Monday, September 14, 2009

Giving Back :: Family Portrait Session

Today I got to have fun hanging out with Kristin, Neil and their adorable little guy to capture just a snippet of his fleeting first-year moments. Earlier this summer, Kristin & Neil had bid on and won a special package by Circle of Life Photography for a family portrait session~ the youth at our church (Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ) were holding a fundraiser to help fund their mission trip to New Bloomfield, New Mexico, in July. They worked to assist the Navajo people on contruction projects and led a Vacation Bible school at the BIC Navajo Mission for the children.

Winning the portrait session was especially exciting because Kristin was looking forward to portraits where their now 7-1/2 month old son could sit on his own. Thankfully we were able to squeeze the portrait session in just in time~ before he starts crawling (which looks to be any day now) and is able to get away on his own. We were blessed with a perfect end-of-summer afternoon at Neil's parents home and just enjoyed playing with and getting some giggles out of this little ham. Apparently whenever they try to get a picture of him crying or fussing, he sees the camera and breaks out in a big toothless smile. So enjoy a few images of this little cutie and his many expressions!

I think this one is my's like he's saying
"hey, do you know my mom? Isn't she the greatest?"

a little 'hang time' with dad

wait... is that a tear??

No way!!

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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.