Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Heavenly Babies: Photographers capture brief life of infants

September 17, 2010 Kay Campbell, The Huntsville Times

Heavenly Babies: Photographers capture brief life of infants

MADISON, AL - For the lifetime of his daughter, Joey Karr smiled into her eyes.

Then the infant, who couldn't overcome a fatal form of dwarfism, died in his wife's arms as their other three children patted their sister.

Photographer Kelly Clark Baugher caught that lifetime of love in photos now sacred with the weight of life and loss that the death of a baby brings.

Baugher is one of just four area professional photographers who volunteer their time at area hospitals to take beautiful pictures of heartbreakingly short-lived joy. She and photographer Mary Ellen Pollard, area coordinator, are part of the nationwide network of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado that sends professional photographers, if the families request them, to quietly record their child's brief life.

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