The most meaningful work you will do with your camera.
"I was nervous to join NILMDTS. I wasn't sure I could handle the emotional part of capturing a session. I'm glad I was encouraged to give it a try though. I was surprised by how strong I am. It is still hard, but I can handle it. And, I know there is support from NILMDTS if I need to talk with someone."
~ Jenn Cheesebrow, NILMDTS Volunteer since 2018
Find fulfillment in gifting bereaved parents with a priceless gift. In addition to photographers we have a number of instrumental volunteer roles for you to start making an impact in your community today!
PERCEPTION: I’m too emotional.
REALITY: You will find that the desire to capture the family’s love outweighs the fear you may have before taking your first session. Your camera acts as a filter and our volunteers say they go into “photographer mode” to capture the perfect shots. Even though this is emotional, remember, you are gifting families their most prized possession on the hardest day of their lives.
PERCEPTION: I won’t know what to do or say.
REALITY: With the compassion and strength you have, along with the training we provide, you will be fully prepared to provide the priceless gift time and time again without hesitation about what you will do or say.
"Sitting with someone in their deepest grief is something I choose to do, because I know the images I give them have the power to bring a tangible comfort to ease the pain of such profound heartache."
~ Colette Roark, NILMDTS Volunteer since 2015
The NILMDTS Application Team will review your application within 2-4 weeks of submission. Digital Retouch Artists will receive an email on next steps.
You will receive an email from NILMDTS with your acceptance status. Photographers may be asked for additional images to complete their application.
Upon completion of training you will connect with your local NILMDTS team and community volunteers.
"Seeing the appreciation in a parents eyes at the end of a session is all I need for me to continue giving the gift of remembrance portraits. It has filled a place in my heart that I didn’t know was empty."
~ Megan Bechtold, NILMDTS Volunteer since January 2019