Monday, March 15, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: Baby N's 1st Year (6 months)

This little sweetie is part of our Watch Me Grow! first year series...she has been growing like crazy since I last photographed her at three months~ and somehow, in just a few short months, she has gotten even cuter with those pig tails~ over-the-top cuteness! She loooooves her bunny and kept a close eye on me the whole time... and let me know when she was ready to move on! Her family recently moved to a new home about two weeks ago so they are just getting settled and we had lots of new spaces to explore and beautiful window light to work with on an otherwise gloomy, rainy day. Nothing like an adorable baby to make those rain clouds disappear!

The Watch Me Grow! series captures babies at newborn or three months, again when they are sitting up and a final session around their first birthday and includes an album. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: Better late than never!

Last summer little B's mom scheduled with me to photograph him just after he was born in the fall, but as we all know the best laid plans are sometimes not of our own choosing. So here we are a few months later for a baby portrait session~ and this little cutie is just a joy and blessing to his mom, dad and big brother. His big smiles definitely came from his brother's silly antics, although really big bro only had to walk by to get the biggest, sweetest grins. I have know this little guy's mommy for a long time and she is a dear friend. It has been neat to see her transition from a single girl to a married woman with a great husband, to a wonderful mom of two boys. I love when God matches me up with just the right friends, near and far. I am so grateful to be a part of their lives and watch them and their families grow and change.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Newborn Portrait Session :: God Is Gracious

This little one is blessed to be born to Kristin and George, who are both doing an amazing job caring for their newborn. He is already filling out 0-3 month clothing, has beautiful skin and perfect wisps of dark hair. I was so lucky to be able to hang out with them for a few hours and hold him!

This adorable little guy also reminded me today just how hard motherhood can be. Not because he's an overly challenging baby~ he just does what all new babies do: eats a lot, poops a lot, needs held a lot and intermittently sleeps. New moms must gauge each action and consequence and are instantly transformed from a life of independence and freedom to one of being needed at any moment and required to learn a baby's language with no translator~ a tough adjustment.

Thankfully in most cases it does get easier, and because they change so quickly, capturing images of newborns is really the best way we can remember them at this stage, even a few weeks later. It took a few hours to get these images~ we had the room nice and warm (honestly the adults were melting!) and he still wanted to be wrapped up and held, so we adjusted the plan and went with what worked for him. Maybe I am a little biased, but I think he's just precious and perfect. And that's just how God sees each of us~ we may be a lot of work, but we are worth it to Him!


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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.