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And here it is, the FIRST BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for my Global NICU Project, the first leg will take me to SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA! Full Details of the GLOBAL NICU PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT are here on the blog at THIS LINK or under Project Info.

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I’ve been planning this for a few months now and the time has come to announce to you the details of the first leg of my international portrait project to document preemies both in and post NICU in all cultural regions of the world. The plans and dream for this project was born of my heart and soul, and so it’s appropriate that it all starts in Seoul.

As I’ve documented and shared stories of preemies here in the USA, just the Kansas City Metro, I’ve become a part of the deeply personal and close knit NICU community. I noticed that people from far and wide all over the world would share their stories just by seeing one of my photos and many, too many to count, tell me they wish they had someone who could do for them what I do for my families here, that is to help heal the heart through the art of compassionate photography of their wee littles while still in critical care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As I searched online, I rarely found professional images of preemies in other cultures and started studying what I could to learn of other cultural approaches to prematurity. But here’s the thing, people can read all they want to try to find and know facts on other cultures, but it’s a whole different approach to find out how people actually FEEL, REACT, and COPE with having their child in the NICU. It’s not facts and statistics that I care so much about, it’s the PEOPLE, the FAMILIES, and the BABIES whose stories NEED TO BE TOLD and they NEED to have these images they would otherwise never have to be able to show their child(ren) what that experience was like. As with here at home, it won’t cost any family I photograph in the NICU any money at all.

Forget math, it is the art of Photographs that are the universal language that not only our minds understand, but our hearts.

WAYS YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS AMAZING PROJECT:

Financially:

While I am fronting a lot of out of pocket expenses to make this happen, I still NEED YOUR HELP.
This trip will cost me about $3000 US and I’m only hoping to raise half that in donations to cover my plane ticket if you felt led to help with this project for whatever reason, which you can do at my GoFundMe page. $1500 US for one round trip airfare is what that is going towards.

Pay What You Can Photo Session Days:

On select days I will be hosting 5-10 minute sessions for cash donations to help with the expenses of the trip. In these sessions you will receive 2-3 High Resolution Digital images of my choice for you to use however you like. Perfect for filling the need of a family photo for your Christmas card or a baby or toddler portrait. Images to be delivered via email only. Suggested cash donation is a minimum of $40.

Dates are:

Sept 22nd –> 5:30 pm – 7pm (Ironwoods Park)

Sept 24th –> 5:30 – 7pm (Antioch Park)

Sept 26th – 5:30 – 7pm (Antioch Park)

Please EMAIL me at jessicastromphotography@gmail.com for more info!

Donate Items:

I am accepting donations of knitted or crocheted preemie hats & booties and gently used/still look new preemie clothes to take with me to donate to families. Please email me when you’re ready to ship or drop off and I will make arrangements for you. Please note that you are responsible for cost of shipping to me, thank you for understanding.

I’m so excited about this project and can’t wait to share this part of the Global NICU Community with you and the rest of the world.

Thank you for all your love and support, it means so so much!

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So social networking is a wonderful thing sometimes and Instagram is my favorite (hey you should follow me at http://instagram.com/jessicastromphotography). I was browsing NICU related hashtags on the app and found a current image of two most beautiful twin sisters who were born at just 25 weeks in April. I liked the image and their mom checked out my feed and as it turns out, she was a local Mom and she’d even heard of me while in the NICU but hadn’t had a chance to get in touch while the girls were admitted. Such a nice way to meet a new friend! After chatting with their Mom, I asked her if she would be interested in bringing the girls into the studio for a complimentary mini-newborn session to just play and have some fun. I was so delighted when she said yes and brought these gorgeous girls in to the studio!

Introducing twin sisters Adeline and Amelia, born weighing just 1 lb 6 oz and 1 lb 7oz and look at them now! They were NICU graduates sent home 4 weeks before their due date and here they are just a week before their due date at 3.5 months old weighing approx 7 lbs each. I loved cuddling with them and they did so wonderfully. Getting twins to sleep at the same time is tricky at best when they’re brand new but the fact that we did this at 3.5 months old when they’re usually quite alert when awake, I was so excited and thankful my tricks worked! =)

If you’re interested in a newborn session, be it a mini or a full studio session, please check out my packages page and get in touch! I have openings for the fall!

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If you’re pregnant and due in September, November, or December, YOU NEED to check this out!

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

What are First 48 Sessions? –> Lifestyle portraits of your new babe within the first 48 hours of birth to capture all those brand new details that go away FAST

No posing of babies, no props, just baby as she/he is, fresh and wrinkly.

Skip the inexperienced corporate packages that are sold room to room and give your baby the very best of first portraits.

Scroll down for Package Info!!

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PACKAGE OPTIONS:

Package 1: $100 + tax

Includes my time & expertise in a 20 minute session
Your choice of 5 high resolution digital images from a selection of 20 proofs
Print Release
Facebook Cover Birth Announcement Design

Package 2: $200  + tax

Includes my time & expertise in 30 minute session
Your choice of 10 high resolution digital images from a selection of 20 proofs
Print Release
Facebook Cover Birth Announcement Design

Package 3: $300 + tax

Includes my time & expertise in a 40 minute session
Your choice of 20 high resolution digital images from a selection of 30 proofs
Print Release
Facebook Cover Birth Announcement Design

LOCATIONS:

The following locations are covered with no additional travel fee:
Overland Park Regional, Shawnee Mission, St Luke’s South, Menorah, St Joseph Medical Center

The following locations will require an additional $50 travel fee to cover the additional time and expense involved:
KU, St Luke’s Plaza, & Olathe Med

Birth Centers:
Because New Birth Company sends parents home within approx 8 hours of delivery, it is hard for me to get to the birth center before you leave as I am not on-call and the sessions are done within the first couple days. IF I am available, I will make every effort to get there, however I can not guarantee it. If you live within 10-15 minutes of NBC, I may be able to come to your home to do the session instead. This is NOT a newborn session and I will not be posing or using props on the baby.

Home Births:
If you are birthing at home, I may be able to do a First 48 session in your home depending on your location. A travel fee may apply.

NEED TO KNOW:

–> A minimum of Package 1 is to be paid in full at time of booking to guarantee your reservation around your due date

RESERVE HERE —> https://squareup.com/market/jessica-strom-photography-inc/first-hospital-package

–> You may upgrade packages down the road or upon seeing proofs
–> Most often I go the day after the baby is born once the family is settled in their room
–> This is NOT a birth session where I am on-call to capture the moments right after birth
–> You may email me to let me know baby has arrived or text ONLY if it is during the day. Middle of the night texts are not cool.
–> This NOT a newborn session and I will not work with props, please don’t ask me to use them or to drape a blanket as a backdrop because I will say no.
–> If timing works out, I love to capture first meetings with siblings but you will need to be aware of the time limit on the package you choose
–> Images are proofed online within approx 2 weeks and your selections made available to you via email only
–> Please be ready to start the session upon my arrival, this will involve preplanning baby’s feedings so you’re not feeding when I arrive
–> If your location is not listed above, I am unable to go to your location as it is some distance from my home. For example, Centerpoint is almost an hour away from me, so by driving there and back it is an additional 2 hours of my time and of gas, which is why I’m unable to offer these sessions there.
–> It is YOUR responsibility to contact me to let me know baby has arrived. If you forget, the price only of the package paid will be credited towards a standard newborn session in the studio that does not include any images that must be scheduled within 2 weeks of birth or monies are forfeited
–> Types of images captured are baby alone in bassinet, with parents, with each parent, with siblings if applicable, and other details such as hands, feet and hair as applicable
–> I shoot Mondays thru Saturdays during the day time only, evening sessions are not available
–>  I do not shoot on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day so I too can enjoy my family

These may not be back after the new year so get them while you can! September, November and December babies!!

Please email me today to book your session! jessicastromphotography@gmail.com

Check out securely online to reserve you session at https://squareup.com/market/jessica-strom-photography-inc/first-hospital-package

THANKS SO MUCH!!

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It’s BACK for a VERY LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Belly to Baby ALL-INCLUSIVE package pricing! SAVINGS OF $250!!

You get it all! Includes the following:

45 minute Maternity Session of you & spouse in either Overland Park or Leawood

2-3 Hour Newborn session of your baby in the Newborn Studio in Merriam

YOUR CHOICE of 20 total HIGH RESOLUTION digital images to keep, choose an assortment from maternity & newborn sessions

In person private one-on-one image viewing and choosing with me at the studio approx 3 weeks after your newborn session

WOWZA!!

The terms & details:

Only on sale from August 12th – August 18th, meaning you must pay at least one payment to get the package

For due dates of OCTOBER THROUGH EARLY March of 2015

The newborn session is of the baby only in the studio

I am out of the country October 6th through October 18th 2014

I am closed on Sundays and holidays

There is an additional $30 fee if choosing to pay in two payments which is worked into the payments. First payment is due at time of booking, second is due within 60 days or two weeks before due date, whichever comes first.

**All monies paid are non-refundable as I only take a limited amount of bookings each month. In the event of an early arrival with a NICU stay and you miss your maternity session, we will still proceed with the newborn session when the baby is discharged and you will be able to choose the 20 images from the newborn session, no additional credit is offered if the maternity session is missed. If in the event the baby is born with a minimum of a month NICU stay, I will happily offer you a NICU portrait session at no charge**

Questions are AWESOME and welcome!! Please email me at jessicastromphotography@gmail.com, text or call at 913-620-6295

Pay securely online, easy peasy!!

PAY IN FULL —> https://squareup.com/market/jessica-strom-photography-inc/sale-belly-to-baby-combo-package-pay-in-full

PAY FIRST PAYMENT —> https://squareup.com/market/jessica-strom-photography-inc/sale-belly-to-baby-combo-package-in-payments

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I’m trying to catch up on blogging and get into a bigger groove about it, but I wanted to share some images from baby Marlowe’s newborn session in the Studio recently that I love. This sweet babe could pull off any color I put on her and we did a variety of shots using a simple pop of color to neutral and naked, she did so well. When they had a girl, Mom sent Dad out to get something ‘girly’ for the photo shoot, he bought the sweetest most frilliest pink tutu he could find, and of course we incorporated it into the shoot and she looked so pretty in pink. Since I had the parents prep her before she arrived to help her sleep during the session, Marlowe slept the entire afternoon and we were able to wrap up the session in just two hours, so awesome!

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Check out those eyelashes on her! They say boys get the best eyelashes but Marlowe definitely got the best from her Daddy. Those little kissable pouty lips, adorable nose, and the hairs on her ear are just too cute for words. And those piggy toes, oh I can’t get enough of baby’s toes. Ever!

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I have newborn openings for September and November in the Studio, please do get in touch at jessicastromphotography@gmail.com

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