The most meaningful work you will do with your camera.

Give the Gift of Heirloom Remembrance Portraits.

Capture special moments of love for parents experiencing the loss of an infant. Your precious gift provides healing for a family while honoring the baby’s legacy.

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"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 

Volunteer Roles

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! 


Volunteer your time and talent to provide remembrance portraits to parents suffering the loss of a baby. Learn more.


The success of NILMDTS is dependent on the post- photography digital retouching skills of our Digital Retouch Artists (DRA). Learn more.  

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Watching our free Informational Webinar is a great way to learn more about becoming a NILMDTS Photographer, the time commitment, and the application process.

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Perception vs. Reality of Volunteering

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 Power of Volunteering

Application Steps


Submit your application today to volunteer. Click here for details on preparing your application.


The NILMDTS Application Team will review your application within 2-4 weeks of submission. Digital Retouch Artists will receive an email with sample images to retouch.


You will receive an email from NILMDTS with your acceptance status. Photographers may be asked for additional images to complete their application.


Approved volunteers will complete an online training. For more information on training, check out our volunteer FAQs.


Upon completion of training you will connect with your local NILMDTS team and community volunteers. 

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"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