Friday, June 26, 2009

Children's Portrait Session :: A+DORABLE

Last evening my good friend Jen and her almost 3-1/2 year old daughter joined me to scout out a new location and little did we know we'd end up on a hike in the process. I have been excited about photographing this little munchkin for many months for a number of reasons as she is a very special little girl to our family~ she happens to be Goddaughter to me and my husband. She loves dressing up in princess costumes (and has quite a collection, as every princess should!) but we decided to add the fairie wings for some fun images. I don't think I am being biased in thinking she is absolutely gorgeous and thank goodness her mom has the same curly hair, so she will know what to with it when she gets older! I hope you enjoy these pics of this little one who brings joy and laughter to so many people in her life.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Newborn Portrait Session :: Pure & Beloved

This month has been just chock full of birthday celebrations, day trips, baseball games...the only thing missing are days of swimming, because lately the cold and rain have put a damper on that! A very special birthday celebration happened just seven days ago, when this cute little bundle arrived into the world. She is a darling little thing, with hardly a complaint or whimper except when it's time to eat...then she'll be heard loud and clear! Sweet baby K is the daughter of Matt & Kristy, and cousin to another baby I photographed in January: see Sugar & Spice. Our family is overjoyed with the arrival of these little ones and their older girl cousins are even more delighted to have some new playmates. I found myself getting a bit sentimental today, hardly believing that it has already been 10 years since the birth of our oldest daughter and reminiscing what it was like to be a brand new family as I watched Kristy & Matt just be in awe of their baby girl. Here are a few of my favorites from today~ thankfully the sunshine started peeking through the clouds near the end of our session, giving us just the right lighting for these special family portraits.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Extended Family Portraits :: The Bordner's

Yesterday turned out to be a much-needed gorgeous day after the many days of rain that left most of us feeling like we just stepped off the ark. But, what wonderful green color everywhere as a result! I met the Bordners at Nissley Winery near Elizabethtown for an extended family portrait session that was organized by granddaughter, Tara. At Christmas this past year the family had decided that the last family portrait had been taken nearly 18 years ago, so it was time for an update! We enjoyed walking around the lovely grounds and I had fun getting to know this wonderful family a bit better as we also took time for some mini portrait sessions with individual families. They were very forgiving with me mixing up names (and occasionally children) and were quick to joke and sometimes tease one another, all in good fun. When we were finished they all headed back to Elizabethtown for a picnic. There are more pics than usual in this post~ it was hard to narrow down; a few are from the main session and then some of my favorites from the mini sessions. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bits of Life :: The McGough Kids

This past weekend my husband and I took our annual trek out to Pittsburgh to visit with our friends, Rich & Tricia and their three children, who happen to be the same ages as our three kids (each within a few weeks or months of one another.) This tradition got started four years ago when we attended our youngest son's adoption agency reunion, held at the Pittsburgh zoo each year, and now it has become our family's favorite weekend of the entire year. The McGough kids are anxiously waiting by the curb and the van is barely in park before the Weidler kids tumble out, everyone gives hugs and tears up the stairs of the McGough's lovely home. Normally they all disappear and we hardly hear from them for the evening, giving us a chance to catch up on the past year, but this year they were LOUD and had some wild game going on that had them whooping and hollering all around the house. Needless to say, we parents still got to catch up over dinner and had a fabulous time together. This year we also got to meet their newest family member, Goliath, who at four months old weighs in at more than 50 lbs.(!) He is as sweet as a lamb, but thankfully with a lot less energy. Here are a few pics of the kids from a mini session we did at their nearby church grounds and the last one, of course, with Goliath- while they can still hold him. Enjoy!

And this post wouldn't be complete without a pic of the whole, crazy crew,
who amazingly will do just about anything for 30 seconds if it involves the promise of a lollipop:


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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.