Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pet Portrait Session :: Bosco

About a month ago, I got an email from Kari asking for information on family portraits. At the time, I had already decided to limit my fall schedule~ but something she wrote caught my attention and I knew I'd have to make an exception to fit this session in to a full schedule.

Kari and her husband are new parents of their now four-month-old daughter, but their first 'babies' are their two dogs, Ellie and Bosco. Bosco is a Jack Russell terrier, and he had recently been diagnosed with cancer~ they were told they have a limited time left with him, so I met Kari one morning last week to have a mini portrait session just for her and her furry little buddy. It was a calm, beautiful fall morning and Bosco was trying to figure out why we were allowing him to go beyond the normal backyard boundaries...but as long as there were treats nearby, he was more than happy to comply! Thanks, Bosco for being a super-cool puppy model, and Kari, I can see why he's so special to you.

If you have a special pet (or pets) in your life, be sure to give them an extra hug or scratch-behind-the-ears today.

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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.)

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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.

Joni & Friends Family Retreat

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