Tuesday, July 3, 2007

baby calypso

Melissa, the sweet mother of beautiful baby Calypso, contacted me this weekend for photos through the ACPCG (American Child Photographers Charity Guild). I made my way to Riley Children's Hospital to meet with the family yesterday afternoon.

Calypso was born premature and her kidneys are not functioning. I have such a weak spot when it comes to children so being there was definitely not an easy task. I am so glad I had the opportunity to photograph her though. Being in the NICU surrounded by babies all fighting for their lives is an unreal experience.

Below I've posted my favorites from our short visit. I hope everyone reading this and viewing Calypso's photos will keep her in their thoughts!

All my best to you and your family, Melissa! Looking forward to updates with good news.

UPDATE: Beautiful Baby Calypso passed away on 7-7-07. Please continue to keep her family in your thoughts. <3






20 comments:

Deanna said...

This is a really good post for you to have. It brings a little reality to the world of photography. Good shots.. they are awesome.

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful thing for a wonderful little girl and her family.

You are a fabulous photographer and a wonderful person.

Bekah said...

I am a friend of Melissa and wanted to thank you for posting such beautiful photos of baby Calypso. Your short note gave me the chills.

Melissa ~ you and that beautiful baby girl are always in my prayers. May she overcome this and become the amazing woman she is ment to be.

love & hugs

Becky said...

What a sweet baby. She is definitely in my prayers. You are absolutely wonderful to be doing this for these families.

Meredith said...

Thank you so much for using your time and talent to help out Melissa and her family - namely Baby Calypso. The pictures are very beautiful and touching.

Tina said...

I am also a friend of Melissa and I want to thank you for taking such beautiful pictures of baby Calypso.
Melissa, you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers.

mom said...

Awwwww, she's beautiful!!! Her family is going to loooove these. I think it's cute her Mom asked if Baby Calypso would be on your blog! It is wonderful of you to give your time and talent, to these beautiful babies and their families.

Jara said...

Thank you so much for doing this for Melissa and her Family! The pictures are wonderful.

Continuing to keep Calypso in my thoughts and prayers!

Kirsten said...

Awesome pictures!
Yeah, I had a NICU rotation in nursing school and my mom has been a NICU nurse for most of her 37 years as a nurse. It's sad. What's worse than this is when the parents due ot to the children by using drugs, smoking or drinking alcohol. A lot of my mom's patients (the babies) are there to go through withdrawal. :-(
What's going on with baby Calypso's ears? I haven't seen that before. Are they just swollen or get folded over in the womb?

tparum said...

ty so much for takeng such beautiful pics of baby Calypso. im a friend of Melissas and i know she will love them.

Melissa you and youre family in our thoughs and prayers.

char said...

What you do for these families is just fabulous!!!

lauren c. - openField photography. said...

so tiny...these are beautiful.

meg said...

Nicole - I, too, think what you do for these families and tiny children is just amazing. You captured this fragile time with such gentle understanding and insight. I was touched this evening reading your words and viewing these images - thank you for the inspiration as a photographer and my thoughts go out to baby Calypso and mother.

Joy said...

Nicole you captured some wonderful shots of Calypso! I know that her family really appreciates it. As a friend of Melissa's, I want to say THANK YOU!

dazyflower said...

Nicole they are beautiful they made me cry i am a mom of 3 and I can imagine my kids being in the NICU fighting for their life thank you for taking those pics Melissa you are in my prayers

Kami

D said...

Nicole,
What you do is truly insipirational and wonderful. Don't know why or what made you decide to do this for these unfortunate families but I'm glad you are! Major ((((HUGS)))) to you. BTW I'm also a good friend of Melissa so I know what you did for her was very important and special for the family-so THANK YOU again.

-Dori

Amanda said...

I am also a friend of Melissa, those are beautiful pictures, stay strong Melissa we love you

Bekah said...

Again I want to say thank you ... Calypso lost her fight July 7th 2007 (7-7-07) ... I know Melissa and Joe will cherish these photos of their Beautiful Angel forever.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry your angel passed. My son Logan was a stillborn at 29 weeks 2 days May 28th, 2005, My daughter Cheyenne was born April 7th, 2007 at 32 weeks 4 days, she weighed 3lbs 12oz. Your notes inspired me and I am offering support in anyway, you are in my prayers. Your photography is beautiful. I know how it feels to be a mother of a preemie. Spending alot of time wondering if your baby will be alright. Once again I am sorry for your loss.

Jen said...

i'm crying. what a beautiful baby. i am so sad to hear baby calypso passed away. the photos are beautiful.