Standard Gift

Our standard gift to families includes images on approved media, which have been gently retouched and converted to black and white or sepia, along with a print release. Images are high-resolution jpeg files that could print to a minimum of 8×10 size. The normal delivery time for the families to receive their images is 12-18 weeks. If requested, the photographer may be able to email a few images to the family in time for a memorial service or funeral.

  • A complimentary intimate portrait session conducted by a professional-level trained NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer
  • A collection of professional quality portraits gently retouched in black and white
  • Images delivered within 12-18 weeks
  • Unlimited access to your online gallery delivered via email
  • Free digital download of all photographs with a print release
  • Deeply discounted professional level prints, if desired (can be ordered through online gallery)

Questions that May be Asked

When a photographer has agreed to take a session, the following questions may be asked to better prepare themselves such as:

  • Name and phone number of caller
  • Location of baby (hospital/hospice name and room number)
  • Gestational age
  • Perceived emotional state of the family
  • Baby’s condition (specific to physical appearance (i.e.—bruising, discoloration, malformation, skin tears, etc.)

Families are provided an intimate portrait session and gifted with black and white professional portraits, capturing the only moments you will spend with your baby. While it may not naturally occur to you to photograph your baby during this time, these photographs can be an instrumental part of your healing journey.

Your Session

If you learn before your delivery that your baby has a life-limiting condition, please visit our Find a Photographer page to notify the dispatcher or nearest photographer of your delivery date. If you do not have a scheduled C-section or induction date, let them know your due date. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Once you are at the hospital or if you learn about NILMDTS at the hospital, we ask that you have a care provider call NILMDTS, so you can focus on the delivery of your baby and spend time with your baby.

Take Your Own Photographs

The purpose of a NILMDTS photographer is to create monochromatic professional images of an intimate portrait session. Our photographer will only be there for 30-45 minutes, so you have more time alone with your baby. We encourage you to also take pictures with your own camera or phone of the other moments spent with your baby while the photographer is not there. You can never have too many.

Life Support

If your baby is on life support, a NILMDTS photographer will be available to capture photographs before the baby is removed from life support or after. Please do what you are most comfortable with; however, we encourage you to wait until life support is removed. This way, we can capture photographs of your baby without the tubes and wires.