Thursday, August 28, 2008

Great-Aunt Rosie's 80th

Two of Bob's grandmother's siblings (are you with me?) still live on their parents' homestead about 40 minutes northeast of here and we stopped in to visit on Sunday.  Our family has a soft spot for things nostalgic and visits to this place are always extra special. Great-Aunt Rosie celebrated her 80th birthday and we enjoyed a gorgeous summer afternoon, meeting several relatives for the first time. The original (now restored) home on the property was finished in 1744, and the kids went wild over the fact that George Washington was just a boy of 12 years old at the time.  A number of furniture pieces in the main house were handcrafted by Bob's great-grandfather.

Believe or not, this lady is 80... and looking amazing
The original home
The barn, a mere 205 years old...
loved the lighting amazing place for exploring
Rosie with her sister Verna, 
trying to identify those in pictures of times gone by
Great-Uncle Clarence
Bob's Uncle Glenn and Great-Uncle John
Bob's Grandma seated on the left with her four of her five siblings
Grandma Weidler's bouquet for the birthday girl...always a special treat

Fun @ the Fair

Here are few photos from the E-town Fair. We look forward to it every year and with it comes the realization that summer ends all too soon. Believe me, we were there no less than six times last week. Here are a few of our favorite things:

Fair food is fabulous, (we each have our favorites) and the kids 
consistently visited the Shaved Ice man throughout the week... 
and often ended up looking something like this:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sweet Baby

This morning I visited with my friend Theresa and her four beautiful daughters. The newest addition to their family arrived in June, and this was my first attempt at photographing an infant. This little one has such a sweet spirit and is quite a smiley baby for being so new! Everyone (including baby) was so patient with me. Big (twin) sisters and the three (and-a-HALF) year old big sis are great helpers and each took a turn cuddling with their newest playmate.

this could be the cutest belly button ever...

with the blanket Grandma made...
these girls just LOVE their new sister

too cute..she'd had enough, but big sis keeps smiling

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ready, Set, Capture!

Wednesday evening I spent an hour with Christine & Jeremy and their two active kiddos~ whomever thinks photographing children under the age of five does not require Olympic effort has simply not tried it! I got quite a workout chasing these two cutie pies around their home. Thankfully some turned out quite well, despite my wondering if all that movement would leave me with any pictures to share ;-) I love black & white photography and adore how the b&w pic turned out of their pretty little girl.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Afternoon @ Long's Park

The boys and I headed to Long's Park this afternoon after Ike's playdate fell through for today. I decided to take a borrowed lens and try it out~ here are the results along with a play by play of the action as needed...feel free to leave a post and let me know what you think!

time for lunch!



can you hear me NOW????

mulch happens...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Family Gathering

If the people photographed on this blog start all looking similar, that's just a coincidence ;-) A Starr family reunion of sorts took place this past week (Greg's sister and family live in Canada) and I had the pleasure of capturing some photos, including the grands and kids...Greg's parents' homestead was a great spot and the kids love exploring "Grandma's Grove." I am finding that photographing kids is so much fun, and it's a challenge to come up with tricks to keep their attention longer than the first picture. We had a great time and here are a few from the evening:

These two are way too cute
(this is Greg's non-twin brother & his wife ... even 
the nephews and nieces were getting confused between uncles)
grands & kids
sittin' by Grandma's apple tree
parents & sibs
the whole family...


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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.