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{Frames} of Love

{Frames} of Love ( 806-654-6191)

Created by professional photographers, Shannon DeFord & Carol McKinney in January 2013.


Our MISSION is to provide cherished memories through photography to families of terminally ill babies/children and to parents suffering the loss of a baby/child and special needs children in the Texas Panhandle.


{Frames} of Love provides professional quality photographers who are trained with great sensitivity to families in unique situations.

You probably didn't think about having images of your baby/child at first, but we believe you will be glad you have them later. You may feel uncomfortable about the thought of taking photographs of your baby/child during this time, but we ask you to please consider it. You do not have to look at the photographs right away, but you will have them when you are ready. This is a special opportunity, one that will not come again.


Photographs are one of the most precious and tangible mementos that a parent can have, showing the love and bond that was given and shared with their baby/child. These portraits will last for generations.


How it Works:

A family or medical facility (on your behalf) requests a {Frames} of Love volunteer photographer to come to your location for a special photo session. (We are available to come to any hospital, hospice, medical facility, home, church or funeral home.) Families will then receive an image CD soon after.

This special service is a gift at no charge to you.


FAMILIES: Terminal illness and death are beyond what many are able to fathom. It is our great desire to provide you with a precious gift that we hope will help bring you lifelong, lasting memories. We strive to provide your photo shoot with utmost sensitivity and respect to all.


MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: You have witnessed the heartbreak and devastation families feel during this time. You also have opportunity to help in their grief and healing process by offering our free services to them.




~What does Frames of Love provide the family?

Each family will receive a printable CD of images with a copyright release, which allows them to have the photographs printed by a photo lab. Please let us know if you need a few images quickly by email for a memorial service or funeral.


~Who is eligible for the services?

All parents experiencing an infant loss or who have a baby/ child that is terminaly ill.


~How does the program work?

At your request, one of our photographers will come to your location or, when possible, you may come to our studios, for a photo session done with utmost sensitivity to your situation.


~When should I contact Frames of Love?

Please contact us as soon as possible. All volunteers either own their own photography studio business or have full time jobs and families. With this in mind, for most cases, expect that it could take at least two hours before a photographer is able to be at the hospital and up to 10-12 hours. Advance notice, when possible, is greatly appreciated (i.e. baby not born yet, scheduled removal of life support, scheduled c-section, etc).


~How much will the photography services cost?

Our services are free because our photographers have graciously volunteered their time and want to be a blessing to you.


~How do we contact you?

You may contact us 24/7. We make every effort to be available for you in your time of need.

Our contact info:

Carol McKinney - 806-654-6191

Shannon DeFord - 806-236-2399

Frames of Love mailing address:

5715 Mary Dell

Amarillo, TX 79109






~ Before the Hospital

Please contact us as soon as you know you need our services. If you have a fatal diagnosis weeks or months before the due date of your baby/child, you can still contact a photographer, so you can have one lined up.


~Bring your own camera to the hospital and take photographs ( If subject is a baby). Sometimes it takes up to 4 weeks for the professional images to be delivered. You may want some of your own before then.


~You may want to bring special keepsakes for your baby/child to help us get several different poses. Be sure and consider what size your baby will be when he/she is born. You may need to purchase preemie clothing.


~ Delivery of the Images

Once you receive the images, make several copies. You want to assure that if something happened to the original copy that you have back ups.


" If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever. "


- Winnie the Pooh