Thursday, July 16, 2009

Baby Portrait Session :: 9 Months and Growing

Baby O. is back and cuter than ever~ sporting more new teeth which make him seem even older with that charming smile. We met at a local park this morning for some fun images of his very first summer. I know I say it all the time, but it's almost astounding the rate in which these little ones grow up. I remember when my three were babies and toddlers I would think people with kids in elementary school were soooo far ahead of me...that the toddler and preschool years would never end. Now my youngest starts kindergarten this fall, and I am thinking I'll need to quickly get adjusted to this new perspective!

Lately I have been photographing seniors in high school alternately with newborns and babies and my emotions get so mixed up when I hold these tiny people who seem to grow and change entirely too fast. This little guy is actually ten months old now (yes, we're a little behind~ life moves quick-- remember?) and his age is one of my favorites for babies in general. They are often content to hang out, don't mind trying new things and are just starting to learn how to keep Mom on her toes, but usually can't get too far too fast. I had a hard time narrowing down images for the blog~ he has so many great expressions and he and his mommy were having so much fun together as you can see. Enjoy!

This little guy is part of the "Baby's First Year" series which captures little ones at every important stage in their first year~ from newborn through their first birthday. The year ends with an album highlighting all your favorite images from the previous sessions and your choice of an 11x14 gallery wrap or 50 custom-designed 5x7 flat greeting cards.

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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.