CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Alayna Grace Crum recently slept through most of her modeling debut, as a professional photographer snapped numerous glamour shots of her in a fashionable floral outfit. The fact that she was less than two days old made the whole process quite remarkable.
At CAMC's Women and Children's Hospital, infant photos no longer are the mug-shot-looking pictures of the past.
Denise Burgess, director of obstetric services, said Our365, a national photography company, takes photos of every baby born into the 52-crib nursery. As the name implies, photos have been taken 365 days a year by a staff of four photographers since 2003.
"They even take pictures of our NICU babies," Burgess said. "The parents can see photos in the room -- they can dress the babies in the outfits they want.
"They are so good to our patients, the parents, and there are different packages so there's an affordable package for everyone. Each patient can have that memory," Burgess said.
As visitors enter little Alayna's room, they spot a sign hanging from the doorknob that reads, "Portrait Session in Progress."
Alayna and her mother, Brittany, and proud daddy Jonathan Crum all participated in the session. Photographer Joni Harless includes everyone in the photo shoot.
A former real estate agent who photographed houses, Harless made the switch to babies a year and a half ago and thoroughly enjoys capturing the newborns' sweet expressions.
"It's a dream job -- I play with babies all day," Harless said. She directs traffic in the hospital room cluttered with a bedside table, bassinet, nurses' cart and other paraphernalia.