Sunday, January 25, 2009

Newborn Session :: Sugar & Spice

Today I blessed to be able to visit with this little beauty and her wonderful parents, who also happen to be my husband's cousin Nathan and his wife, Melissa. She is their first baby, and they are doing a fabulous job~ what a blessed girl! Being with this fresh and new little person took me back to when my kids were babies...there is so much you forget, because this stage seems to be gone in an instant. The funny cross-eye stares, the way they sleep through anything (once asleep!) and the cute pouty faces turn into smiles and make you wonder what they are dreaming about. This little bundle was w-i-d-e awake most of the day, and quite modest (does not like taking her clothes off) but our patience paid off and here are a few images from our session. After feeding, burping, rocking and letting Chloe, the puppy, join in on the action, she finally snoozed long enough to get some of those wonderful, sleepy pics that make newborns so endearing. Oh, and if you haven't figured it out, I love baby feet. Enjoy!


  1. Marci~ These are absolutely beautiful! You are so amazingly talented. When a picture brings instant tears to ones eyes, it truly captures all that it should and more. Thanks for helping my brother and sister create these wonderful memories that they will cherish for fo!

  2. Marci, you truly have a gift with the babies...I love looking at them. You made the right choice!

  3. These are absolutely precious! The most beautiful baby pictures I have ever seen. How can you possibly pick a favorite. Since I can't come see my great niece this was the next best thing. Wendy Phelan

  4. Wow! Thanks~ these are some images I've had in my head for a while, so it was wonderful to see them come together with Nate & Melissa's little one. Thankfully they didn't mind me hanging out for hours, because the last few images are literally from the last 20 minutes when she finally fell asleep and we could move her! And yes, I do love babies in general, so combining this with my work is unbelievably fun ;-)


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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.)

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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.

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