Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a non-profit organization that provides the free gift of professional portraiture to families suffering a still birth or early infant loss. The agency administers a network of over 1,600 volunteer photographers in the United States, Canada and other countries around the world. NILMDTS photographers visit hospitals not as volunteers of the hospital but instead as guests of the family, volunteering our free services to those in a situation of bereavement. We serve families that request our services and do not judge based on faith, lifestyle or income level. Our volunteer photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost. We are always in need of more volunteer photographers and digital retouch artists, as well as additional funding to expand our reach.

NILMDTS was founded in 2005 by Sandy Puc’ a professional photographer and Cheryl Haggard, a mother who lost her son Maddux shortly after he was born. When co-founder Cheryl Haggard lost her son, she knew that her family’s healing was going to come by remembering details about Maddux, not by forgetting that he existed. Her husband contacted local photographer and eventual co-founder Sandy Puc’ and requested her services in helping to memorialize young Maddux. Over time, memories fade, but these cherished photographs will last for generations and help show the love that was shared between this young boy and his family, no matter how brief his stay on Earth was.

For more information or if you or someone you know are in need of an affiliated photographer please visit the NILMDTS website at