Friday, April 13, 2012


Thank you for visiting the Circle of Life Photography blog~ we have officially moved blogs and updated our look~ please visit  and bookmark it! Thanks!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Photographer Marci Weidler
Thanks so much for checking out the Circle of Life Photography blog! I am an on-location portrait photographer specializing in capturing artistic portraits of high school senior girls. I mainly work in the South-Central PA area, but love to travel too! You are currently on my first blog featuring past photography sessions (when I was photographing mainly babies, kids and families.) You are welcome to stay here, BUT if you want to see my latest work, go here:

More blog updates to come!

If 2011 went flying by at the speed of light, 2012 is surely going to beat it... lots of great stuff going on for this year: new business plans for high school seniors, getting creative and having fun with packaging, lots more to share, but for now just popping in to say I am still here and appreciate you checking in! Since I can't give out virtual hugs, here's a virtual smooch from one of my favorite little guys :-) Hope you are all doing well and enjoying life!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fall Mini Portrait Sessions :: Elizabethtown PA Children's Photographer

The holidays are officially upon us! Here are sweet images to share of a few of my favorite two-year olds during a sunny fall afternoon of mini sessions~ their families donated the session fee to Haiti Partners, and together this year, we have donated nearly $500 to this organization alone. For more images, check out our page on Facebook. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Twins Are Two! :: Children's Portrait Session :: Elizabethtown, PA

One of the things I love about living in Central PA is being able to experience all of the seasons~ each has its special qualities, but fall is the one season I enjoy most. Woodsy picnics, campfire s'mores, boots and sweaters, apple cider, changing leaves... and beautiful light. I was so tickled to be able to photograph the twins again and since we've done portraits in the summer, Robin and Eric thought it would be fun to have the boys' portraits done in the fall this time. These sweet, curious boys never stopped running, jumping and throwing leaves... there were leaves everywhere~ in their hair, eyes, even teeth! And the best part was their parents calmly telling them "Okay, enough jumping off the tree stump now, I thinking you're making Miss Marci nervous!" Here are just a few from their session where they were doing what two year olds do best~ play with abandon!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Senior Portrait Session :: Brooke {Palmyra HS ~ Class of 2012}

I am so very far behind on blogging, seems this time of year it always falls far behind on the list of things to get done!

Brooke is a senior at Palmyra High School and we had a wonderful time walking around her family's home and nearby woods~ finding her childhood hideouts and spending a little time with her horse, Lakhota. It was a good thing we photographed Brooke's session when we did~ less than a week later this same area would turn into a soggy mess after tropical storm Lee moved through our area. I love that these images are special to Brooke and her family since they were taken at her home, a place with lots of good memories. She enjoys playing volleyball and soccer for fun, and plans to attend Bloomsburg University to major in nursing. And, a girl after my own heart, she likes to shop! :-)

I think her choice of outfits worked well with the natural background colors and I have a bunch of favorite images, but here are a few of this beautiful, brown-eyed girl:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Senior Portrait Session :: Cassie {Elizabethtown HS ~ Class of 2012}

Even though I love photographing kids of all ages, over the past year or so high school senior girls have become my favorite group to work with... putting together clothing, shoes and accessories is one of my favorite aspects of the shoot. I want the images from each session to reveal her unique spirit and personality so you feel like you might already know her.

Beautiful Cassie (with that gorgeous red hair!) is a senior at Elizabethtown Area High School and has plans to go to school to become a nurse (apparently the majority of senior girls I photograph have this same plan... not sure if that's a coincidence, but they are certainly some of the sweetest and kindest people I know!) Cassie is active in her youth group at Elizabethtown BIC church, and loves to ski. She brought her best friend along for the session and we had a blast, despite the August heat, a random creeper, big spiders, and fears of poison ivy (rational fears... as in my husband can point it out to me and I will still say "but I don't see a red stem... and lots of plants have three leaves!" Yep. But no worries~ no poison this time :-)

Here are a few images from her session~ we started out in a beautiful butterfly garden and ended (with some of my faves from the session) in a patch of weeds off the main road. Love it!

ahhh that beautiful, long red hair~ seriously jealous!


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Michelle Miller allowed me to link to her brilliant post about the art of photographing ... I simply cannot say it better myself! Click HERE to read the post.

Giving Back~ Organizations supported by Circle of Life Photography

In giving back, Circle of Life Photography's main goal is to help those experiencing extreme poverty and nourishing them with food, shelter and spiritual guidance. Education is a big part of helping people learn how to help themselves and change the downward spiral of poverty for a better future for themselves and their children. Locally, a more tangible way of giving back is through using my photography gifts to serve others who are experiencing crisis (see NILMDTS and Pillows of Love.)

Compassion International~ Haiti's Child Survival Project

In 2011-12, Circle of Life Photography makes a monthly $30 donation to the non-profit organization, Compassion International, whose goal is to change Haiti through the rescue, nuture and discipling of children during the critical early childhood years.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart for families overcome by the grief and pain of the death of their newborn or infant. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. I am an active NILMDTS volunteer photographer for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital.

Joni & Friends Family Retreat

I am honored to be a volunteer photographer at the Joni & Friends Family Retreat in the Poconos (Spruce Lake Retreat) for a week each summer (click here for past blog post.) Joni & Friends seeks to serve as a ministry of outreach to people with disabilities and their families across the US and around the world. Families from around the country attend Family Retreats seeking relaxation, encouragement and a time to strengthen their family.