The Tiny Footprints Project is a group of photographers who are matched with local families to offer their services free of charge to parents of premature babies living in the NICU.
The photographers capture the newborns earliest moments and are a part of the families precious beginnings.
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The Tiny Footprints Project is featured as a
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Founded in March 2013.
The Tiny Footprints Project was founded by Heather Hartlen, who, after capturing the precious photos of baby Ayla, realized how many parents are without professional newborn portraits of their premature children.
In an effort to support the little fighters, and their overwhelmed parents, The Tiny Footprints Project photographers offer their services free of charge, thereby preserving both the stress-filled and awe-inspiring moments of life in the NICU.
Testimonials from TTFP Parents
"I believe this organization is the greatest during a time where parents are going through the hardest."
"My tiny miracle was born September 11 2013... I was told that I was unable to have kids... I was just 6 days shy of my 39th birthday when I was told that I was 4 months pregnant... I thought I just had heartburn.. Lol... Two months later my water breaks and I'm on the hospital trying to wait because it’s too early... At 31 weeks my son came into this world... Abraham James Carrasco is what I named him ... I felt it was a strong name for such a strong lil boy! 3lbs 4oz I had never seen such a tiny person... I almost missed the opportunity to be a part of this project cause Abraham was doing what he was suppose to and growing.. But Melissa and our photographer Tawyna made it happen... God bless this project and all who give their time to it! It gave us parents a moment if normal because we got to dress out babies and capture a moment we'd all like to forget but know how important it is to remember... Cause our lil miracles are our heroes they fought to be here and they fight everyday ... They show you how precious life is and how much we take the simple things like breathing or gaining even an ounce for granted ... We cheer them on every day to grow and they do ... These pictures capture that ... They capture that moment and for just a moment it gives you a lil peace and reminds you how far you've come.. Abraham is 6 months now and weighs 16lbs... Those pictures remind me of how much he fought to be here and what a blessing I have... The tiny footprint project is a blessing and so are all the people who take the time to give a total stranger a moment."
"As a family, we were shocked and unprepared when I went into preterm labor and subsequently gave birth to our twins at 27.5 weeks. It was an emotional 12 weeks, to say the least, as our babies spent time in the NICU and we are so eternally grateful for Melissa, from the Tiny Footprints Project, for sharing her time and talents with us as she very gently captured the beauty of their early life. These breathtaking pictures are some of our most treasured possessions. We are truly humbled by the kindness and service of those who provide this gift of professional newborn portraits during such an emotional and stressful time. Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."
"Our story is a bittersweet one. Our boy girl twins Sophia and Sebastian were born at 27 week. Sophia is here with us today and Sebastian watches over us. Towards the end of our NICU Journey Heather from the Tiny Footprints project came to us and did a photo shoot with us. It was an amazing experience from start to finish. When she had asked what things we would like to include in our shoot I told her about Sebastian and his passing. It was very important to us to include him in Sophia's photo session. She was absolutely wonderful she took beautiful pictures of Sophia and also beautiful pictures of Sophia while including and representing Sebastian. The Tiny Footprint Project and Heather gave us a wonderful gift. They gave us some normal in the NICU we got to have the newborn baby photo shoot. As parents of a premature baby or babies you give up a lot of those things that seem so simple but mean so much. The Tiny Footprints project gives so much more than pictures to the families they serve. Our Photo shoot gave us something to look forward to and be excited about, during a long exhausting and stressful time."