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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep


Capturing the perfect picture comes easy for photographer Danielle Fox.

She said the secret to getting her young subjects, like Caden to smile is to act like them.

"I will do anything to make that child happy," said Fox. "I have childfen so I know what they want."

It's a job she loves, mostly because she loves babies, especially newborn babies.

"Let's just say if you are home on Monday, I am there by Tuesday," said Fox.

This makes it even harder to understand why Danielle is so passionate about the pictures she takes when she's not working.

"I didn't want to do it because it was too hard and then I decided that's really selfish of me," said Fox.

Danielle took pictures of Tammy, Phillip and Cara Kampadoos at their fireplace mantle.

But some of the pictures were captured during the families darkest hours last June.

"She looked like a normal baby, three pounds, three ounces," said Tammy Kampadoos.

But Tammy and Philip's daughter Piper was born with Trisomy-18, a genetic disorder.

Babies born with it usually die shortly after birth.

"They said it was a bad roll of the dice and if we had another baby it wouldn't happen again," said Tammy Kampadoos.

Knowing they might have just minutes together, nurses at the hospital told the Kampadoos family about the organization called the organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, an international network of professional photographers who volunteer to take pictures of a family's first and often last moment together.

And that's how the Kampadoos got connected with Danielle.

"She came in, introduced herself, it was like we knew her forever," said Tammy Kampadoos.

And now, Danielle's pictures of Piper are all over the wall.

"Those first moments, going to be here forever," said Tammy Kampadoos. "Those pictures show us that's when I had my baby girl."

"There is not a day that goes by that we don't think about her."

Danielle says sometimes the pain she sees in others gets overwhelming.

"It's heartbreaking, there's nothing you can do," said Fox. "But I kept saying this is a gift I am giving them."

The pain is still fresh for Tammy, Philip and Cara.

But they say they see the pictures not as a reminder of a life cut short, but of the few precious moments they did have together.

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