Sunday, March 29, 2009

Baby Portrait Session :: 6 Months and Growing!

I had the pleasure of hanging out with this adorable little guy for his 6 month portraits~ Baby O. has grown quite a bit since last fall when I photographed him as a newborn (see Tiny Blessing), and he's now sporting a couple of new teeth! He is such a delightful little boy for his parents, Doug and Joy, and has a wonderful giggle that just melts my heart. Looking over the session edit, I just had to laugh ~ if he wasn't smiling, he was putting something in his mouth~ his favorite stuffed animal, a fave toy or best of all, yummy toes!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bits of Life :: Annie & Sam

Sam's best friend is our neighbor, Annie, and if arranged marriages were in style I know for sure these two would be a match made in heaven. Their conversations are hilarious and together they are just a joy for me and Annie's mom, Denise, to have around. Although these two play wonderfully together, neither Denise or I ever seem to get anything done because we hide around the corner listening to their chatter and call each other in fits and giggles to share what's going on.

Today Sam, Annie & I celebrated the first day of spring with a trip to the Bounce-U and Chocolate World. Our tradition at CW is to hit the tour ride and then take a cookie break, and that's exactly what we did. So enjoy a few pics of our yummy day and have a Happy Spring yourself!

p.s. Normally, other than my kids, I do not post children's names on the blog, but in this case I was given permission~ really, how can I write this blog post without saying "Annie & Sam"?? Just too cute!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bits of Life :: 90th Birthday Celebration

On Sunday we spent the afternoon with my husband's grandmother~ Grandma Weidler (who officially is a great-great grandmother), was visited by her family and friends, as she celebrated her 90th year. She is a special lady~ one with a big heart, a lot of spunk and a ready opinion on any topic, often of her choosing. Her advice topics cover hair styles, clothing and fashion, gardening, marriage, and raising children, just to name a few~ and you don't need to ask because if you need to be told about it, she'll tell you. Her children, grandchildren and great-grands have many stories to share about her~ some funny, some a little surprising, but in the end after Grandma tells a story, we all just smile, shake our heads and say "oh, that's Grandma for you!" She still sews and keeps busy, and although she no longer drives a car, you can sometimes catch her on her riding mower driving on the road to her sons' homes nearby. Every Christmas she makes me a beautiful wreath for our front door, and I can't bear to take it down come spring.

It was also a bittersweet day for me...what seems like a just few years ago, we celebrated my grandmother's 90th and I missed her terribly, as she definitely would have been there to wish Grandma W. a happy day~ so if you are lucky enough to have a grandma in your life, give her a hug and cherish every visit. I promise you won't regret it ;-)


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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.