As many of you know, I work with the organization Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS), which provides infant bereavement photography for terminally ill or stillborn babies.  Often I don’t get a chance to meet the families until that moment I open the hospital room door, but I met Baby Joshua’s mommy early this summer.  We were able to sit down and talk about the family’s wishes and all the special moments they had planned for Joshua.   Then we ended up running into each other at swimming lessons and that gave the older children a chance to see me again.

Yesterday morning I got that call Joshua was ready to meet his family. And he was really ready to meet everyone, I arrived at 10:40 and at 11:14am Joshua Henry was born!  I feel so blessed that I was able to spend hours with Baby Joshua and his wonderful, loving family.  As soon as his brothers and sisters came in to meet him he opened his eyes to see those people he has been hearing all these months.  Joshua had so many loving visitors and he peacefully let everyone introduce themselves.  He did let us know (with the loudest cry of the day) that Kangaroo Care with Mom was his favorite place to be snuggled.

Joshua passed away this morning from complications of  Trisomy 13, he was surrounded by his loving family.  It has taken me so long to write this post, it is just so difficult to write. Please keep Joshua’s family in your thoughts and prayers!  And remember NILMDTS is a wonderful organization for families in need.  Please feel free to contact me if you need more information.

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  1. Robin says:

    I work with Joshua’s aunt Jocelyn. What a beautiful gift you have given this family!

  2. Amanda says:

    Joshua’s Aunt Abigail, Nathan’s sister and i have always been best friends. I love her family like they are my own and you have taken some beautiful pictures of this beautiful family. Even though baby Joshua is gone, he will never be forgotten! Thank you for doing this for such a deserving family.

  3. Your pictures of Joshua and his very special family are beautiful! You are an excellent photographer! This is a very brave family that is known and loved by so many people in Brevard. My heart goes out to Joshua’s Dad and Mom and entire family.
    Thank you and may God bless everyone,

  4. ginny says:

    Thank you all for the comments and messages! Please keep the prayers coming for this special family. I will have another post with more Baby Joshua pictures this week! xoxo Ginny

  5. Theresa says:

    Absolutely the most beautiful photos I have ever seen! What a treasure baby Joshua Henry is! Much love to the family.

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What would it be like without photography?  I can’t imagine it, it hurts to think about. No photos, no cameras… what would I do?  So instead of trying to imagine the world without photography I figured I would dedicate this post to my cameras.

Most of you know I have one beautiful son and a wonderful supportive husband; and of course I love them with every cell in my body BUT I also love my camera babies.  I baby sit them when we are at the beach. I keep them close to me in public places. I don’t leave them in the car alone. I buy them glasses (ok L glass) when then need to see something closer, farther away or just see better.  I keep them clean and fed (ok I just charge the batteries but that is their food, right?)  If one of them is in danger I leap tall buildings to save it (or stick my foot out and let it land there when the strap breaks).  I keep their boxes and paperwork like they are hospital blankets and birth certificates.  I keep first aid kits for them in the bag with first aid kits for my human child when we travel.  Speaking of travel..when we travel they always arrive in style.  I have a bag for every season and never pass up a new bag I think they might enjoy.

Now I know it sounds like I am a really over-protective camera mom but trust me I let them have fun too!  I take them to beach and we stand in the surf and we lay in the sand (I do move really quickly when a little person decides to throw sand at my baby and I have been known to sprout Inspector Gadget arms to protect them from rouge waves trying to take us down).  We play in the rain and splash in puddles together.  They get to stay up late at night and see the stars and fireworks.  They get to travel by plane, car, and boat to exciting new locations.  I let them try new things and play with new toys, they really enjoyed going to school for off-camera flash. We meet all kinds of new people together, they love meeting children! Kids aren’t scared to hold them, try them out, or experiment. I think my cameras have it pretty good!

Enjoy this wonderful holiday and be sure to get your camera out and capture something fun!  I am going to take my boy out this evening and let him pick what we photograph.

Here is a link about World Photography Day

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