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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
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!