Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bits of Life :: Sweet Miss Sunshine

Time sure does fly when you have kids. It's hard to believe that our sweet little girl is soon finished with elementary school and is literally (gulp) just a couple years away from becoming a teenager. She has been such a blessing to us. I love our boys dearly but there is just something special about girl time and having someone of the same gender to relate to. Our girl's weekends (just mom & daughter) are always exciting and fun times, and something we both look forward to each year. God has certainly blessed her with the gifts of empathy and compassion and it's neat to watch her grow and change and become her own person. She loves to help younger kids~ they take to her so quickly and she is a natural teacher.

Last fall, I let her pick out her own design for a fun skirt from etsy's Boutique Mia and she asked me to photograph her at Jim Shower's garden in Etown with all the spring blooms. In addition to having a green thumb, Jim is also a very talented artist, using texture and splashes of color~ there are some interesting architectural elements in the space. To say our daughter is an avid reader is an understatement, and these images reflect how her friends and family know and see her, and where she is happiest~ buried in a book!

We both loved the hanging blown glass creation~ very Medusa-like
and looks like something out of a Percy Jackson book!

(Striped sweater from Matilda Jane's new Hammond Bay Collection)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: One-Year-Old Cutie

One of the great things about being a mom and a photographer, is that I can totally relate to moms when kids do the opposite of what she was hoping for, especially in the case of portraits. You'd never know it by these images, but this little cutie was not having the best day~ and she was letting us know (and I will definitely have to post some of those images at another time!) This was not expected from a baby who generally is happy and rarely fusses, so something was definitely up. Turns out later that evening she did have a slight fever, so I say blame it on the teeth~ right?

Our time together wasn't a complete loss, of course. She recently celebrated her first birthday and I was so impressed with her signing "more" for more snacks, more singing Elmo, etc. It was also cute to watch her handing any speck of dirt to Mom to take care of. Though we tried pulling out all the stops, she decided to be done, but that's okay, because I'm secretly rejoicing that I get to see her again sometime soon!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Circle of Life Photography :: Take a Spring Break!

Spring is in the Air: 
Time to refresh your look, your wardrobe 
and your home! 

You are cordially invited to join us for a Spring Renewal:
Refresh your skin, your closet and your home with products from 
Mary Kay Cosmetics, Matilda Jane Clothing, Gold Canyon Candles, 
and Circle of Life Photography.

Just stop in at The Playhouse Cafe (directions below) 
on Friday, April 16, 2010 between 10:00am~1:00pm

Enjoy some cookies and coffee, chat with friends
and fill out a Circle of Life Photography entry form~
One lucky person will receive a FREE 
Children's Portrait Session + $100 Gift Print credit!

The Playhouse Cafe is located at 1 Lemoyne Square, Lemoyne
It is a fun place for kids to play, while you cafe!


Not familiar with Matilda Jane Clothing? Eclectic patterns, fun combinations 
and endless mix&match possibilities. They even have adult pieces
from casual to funky~ all very fun!!  Local trunk keeper Cathy Yohe 
will have the Hammond Bay Collection available on Friday. 
Looking forward to seeing you there!


Photo gallery website for proofing and additional info: 

Circle of Life Photography's page on Facebook~ Click HERE to add this page to your favorites!

Michelle Miller allowed me to link to her brilliant post about the art of photographing ... I simply cannot say it better myself! Click HERE to read the post.

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.