I am a photographer and board president for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. We are a volunteer based nonprofit that provides infant remembrance photography free to families. AMA!
Thank you for joining us. I am Cliff Lawson, President of the Board of Directors for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. I have been a professional photographer for 10 years, specializing in portraits and sports photography.
NILMDTS is one of the largest volunteer photography organization, and the pioneers of modern remembrance photography. I am excited to be here and share our mission and answer any questions you may have regarding our organization.
Background - Maddux was born on February 4, 2005, with a condition that was incompatible with life. After six days, his parents, Mike and Cheryl Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support. Before they did, they called photographer Sandy Puc’ to take black and white portraits of them cradling their son. Puc’ photographed the couple with Maddux at the hospital before he was removed from life support and after — when he was free from the tubes and the wires that had sustained him.
Those tender photographs documenting Maddux’s eternal connection with his parents helped honor the legacy of Maddux and brought legitimacy to his life. This inspired Cheryl and Sandy to begin a nonprofit organization in April 2005. They named it Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) after the children’s bedtime prayer. NILMDTS currently has over 1400 active volunteer photographers serving families in all 50 US states, Canada and throughout the world.
If you are looking to help, we have two ways you can get involved.
Join us as a photographer or digital retouch artist by visiting our website at Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. We are actively seeking new photographers to serve more families.
Join us in our annual fundraiser by signing up for Charity Model Search. It's free to participate, and would be a great way to help us and work on your own portraits.
EDIT 3:30pm EST: Thanks for joining me! While I have to sign off, keep posting questions and I'll have the staff answer them throughout the day. If you are interested, please check out the ways to help above. Best wishes. - Cliff