Monday, October 27, 2008

Realty1 :: Holly

Time for more photos from the Realty1 crew! I met with Holly Himelfarb yesterday to some capture some images so she can update her realtor photos. I especially like the second one! Holly works at the Realty1 Lancaster office and happens to be Heidi Risser's twin sister, if you haven't figured that one out from the previous posts. Holly's email is if you have any real estate questions!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Realty1 :: Katina

You'll be seeing more pics here from the folks at are a few I took today of Katina Musser. She recently received her realtor's license and will be working at the Realty1 E-town office when it opens. They are still working on some details, and Katina's email will be ...she will soon be ready to help with your real estate needs!

If you are interested in updating your professional images for business cards, ads, marketing needs, etc. please contact me. 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thelma & Louise?

So my good friend Holly and I share passion for all things photography. We were truly excited to finally have an afternoon to actually photograph together instead of just talking about it! Needless to say it was a blast and we didn't get a citation. (I guess I should mention though that we did get a lengthy lecture on the dangers of electricity and railway systems and why we shouldn't have been on the railroad tracks even though no trains were coming and later the same officer saw us in the parking lot and made reference to Thelma and Louise... although I only ever saw previews of that movie...besides I think they drove a convertible and it was too cold for that today...) But enough rambling! We had a great time scoping out places to photograph around town. And now we each have great pictures for our own~ the one thing most photographers lack is a great photograph of themselves. Below are my faves of Holly~ she has the best giggle and I love her 'joyful expression'~ and you can check out the ones she took of me when she posts them on her blog at  (p.s. all railway pictures on this blog with the exception of the one below are taken on abandoned track. So no worries ;-) 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Couldn't resist sharing this...

I really need to get to bed, but I am so tickled with this I just had to share! Don't they belong in a magazine~ such a good looking family!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fab Four

I love this family~ Kathy and I first became friends in the third grade and it's a little surreal that we now both have children the same ages as when we met. I look at our daughters and wonder who of the friends they met in the past year will still be around in 25 years? We have been so blessed to have a great group of girlfriends who are supportive and caring of one another. I honestly don't know what I'd do without them~ there's just something incredibly meaningful about being real with people who have known you long enough to cover decades of laughter, tears, great success, trends, embarrassing moments and everything in between.

The kids (and Tucker, their chocolate lab) did a great job tonight and I am so excited with how their images turned out...check out those amazing blue eyes...unbelievable! They had fun picking out their "spots" to be photographed and I especially loved Mr. E with his totally cool pose on the king's throne ;-)  Thanks for a great time & I'll have your pics ready on the gallery later this week! 

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Heidi's New Venture

Heidi Risser recently got her Real Estate license and is working with Realty 1~ their E-town office opens soon. She needed some images for her business cards and future ads, promotions, etc. so here are a couple from our mini session today. If you need professional pics done for work, email me and I'll get you some info...and if you need help with buying or selling a house~ email Heidi! Starting next week, her work email will be:

Sunday, October 12, 2008


This afternoon I had the privilege of hanging out with Mike & Tami and their two boys. Mike and Tami are a great couple and I knew we could have some fun trying out a new location...the boys were so cooperative and easy to photograph, so we went to a few places. I hadn't told Tami exactly where we were going, and then found out one was their engagement spot! How cool is that. Here are my faves from tonight's session...I esp. like the one of Tami looking at Mike...her face says it all...and the last one we caught some sweet light to perfectly capture the love these two have for each other. Enjoy! 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The 'T' Girls

My new neighbor, Jackie, literally has her hands full right now with daughters ages 21 months and just 3 months of age. The girls are adorable, and I love their expressions...almost-two year olds are so sweet, fun, curious and full of energy (and esp. cute when they are not your own!) One thing I love about photographing kids in general, especially these ages, is that they don't hide what they are is all out there and they don't hold back or pretend to be happy when they're not. Big sister's expressions were so cute I couldn't pick just a couple to here are a bunch from our little session this morning. Thanks for a fun time!

just relaxin'

luvin Mr. Z bear...

lookout, here I come!

such a smiley baby!

lost in thought...mmmm....good cheerios...

we weren't quite sure if a 3 month old can be teething already, 
but this is what she looked like most of the morning...

love her expression here...

another one...just too sweet!

this was right before she pushed herself over the pillow~ 
Jackie calls her bigger-faster-stronger! 
because this girl can already move ;-)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Special Family

One thing I have been thinking about since Circle of Life came about was in what way I wish to "give back." Not wanting to simply throw a donation at an organization, I have felt called to provide a service through my work, and the idea came about to provide family pictures for missionaries to use in their ministry. I greatly admire families who have heard the call to uproot themselves to follow God's will and have seriously taken on the challenges that go with it. If you know of a missionary family who will be in the area and need an updated photo, please let me know!

This evening I spent a little time with the Grosh family. The kids may look a little familiar from a previous post, and this time we were working on getting some family images for Tom to use for his South Central PA ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. IVCF reaches out to college students and professors~ their vision statement is to see student & faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Tom does a lot of things, but his area of emphasis is "to identify, encourage, and equip Christian scholars to be redeeming influences among the people, ideas, and structures of higher education." They are a wonderful family whom I appreciate greatly for their Christian example. I did have to put one here of the twins, just sweet girls~ Enjoy!


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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.