After losing her 6-month-old infant in 1998, Deneen Bryan of North Carolina set out last year to create her own foundation Capturing Hopes Photography. Bryan, along with professional photographers, now capture pictures of newborn babies to document their condition in neo-natal intensive care units.
The purpose of the photographs are to capture the amazing progress of newborn child’s health to present a documented record to distressed parents who may be too tensed to take photos. The images are all provided to the parents for free which each parent will be eager to keep with them.
While many parents could be too anxious and tense about their baby’s health to snap photos and obtaining the health report most likely be their top priority, Bryan and her team gifts all their work to the parents.
Bryan’s daughter, Christina, had a liver transplant at 4-months-old, with Bryan as the only donor. Two months later the newborn had surgery, while just before a professional photographer offered her the same thing she captures now. At the time, she didn’t think much about the offer.
“After she passed away we got the photos in the mail,” Bryan said. “That’s when I really realized how important those photos were. That was our only professional photo that we had of our family at the time.”
After her daughter passed away Bryan moved to Ireland, returning to the U.S. in 2008 and settling in North Carolina. She then located a team of photographers in the area, enlisting them in the quest to capture the amazing moments of a newborn’s journey health. She has recently become an avid professional photographer herself and returns the gift of the valuable infant pictures to the family of the child.
Check out this video of the amazing project.