Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Children's Portrait Session :: Cutest Farm Boys

When Heidi mentioned wanting to update her boy's portraits, I was so excited~ after all these guys were my original models from when I first started photographing and beginning a business! Let me tell you~ looking back at those original images I could just cringe! But thankfully Heidi tells me she loves them because they are her boys~ and it's a good reminder for me to see how far I have advanced technically and visually in just a couple of years...God has blessed me in many more ways than I can explain!

These little guys are so funny and cute and remind me a lot of our boys~ they are VERY serious about what they like, but also a bit silly at times. Their dad Eric is a local farmer, and farming definitely runs in the family~ these two boys are completely enthralled with anything relating to farming, farm equipment and construction. I got a few lessons in farm equipment terminology during their portrait session and several stories about events happening at their farm. We had a blast playing at their great-aunt's home just down the road~ skipping stones in the pond, chasing balls, playing on the swingset and sharing wagon rides up the lane. I have to say, our evening photographing was so much fun~ they did a great job just being themselves, we got some great images, and they wore me out!

Heidi~ this is the image I was envisioning...

but this is definitely my new favorite~

Monday, June 14, 2010

Giving Back :: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

The past few weeks have been packed full of events for our family~ including the end of school year 'chaos' that seems to leave every family piled high with stacks papers that mysteriously appear in kids' backpacks (even though they are clearly dated from the winter months) and multiple requests for supplies for those special end of year parties. The Grosh family can relate~ with four growing girls plus their own busy schedule, they were all a little restless for summer to start!

We planned the family's portrait session to update the images for Tom's work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate and Faculty Ministries~ some of these images will be used on his blog and in a monthly newsletter. Much of Tom's energy is currently focused on encouraging and equipping faculty and young scholars (Emerging Scholars) to grow in their faith. He also partners with the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) in ministering with medical students, graduate students, nurses, and faculty at PSU-Hershey Medical Center. For more information please visit:

Of course this time I could not resist photographing each of their beautiful girls~ and for fun, a chicken or two. Yep, they also have a coop of hens and a couple of (crazy) roosters. And if you're not careful, they'll steal your seat and want a picture themselves!

These girls LOVE their chickens!

and I wasn't kidding about losing your seat...

a fabulous family! So blessed to know them.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: First Birthday Wishes

Sometimes wonderful things happen if you wait~ and our rescheduling Baby S's one-year-old portrait session certainly was worth the wait and then some! We had a beautiful morning to run around and enjoy this little one's cute way of walking and talking. Kari and her husband Jason wished to celebrate their little girl's first birthday with a portrait session, and she was at a great stage~ just beginning to walk well on her own, but not able to get away too quickly! She LOVED the balloons and the look on her face when she saw them across the parking lot was priceless. Thanks for a fun time, little munchkin and I know you will have a very happy birthday!


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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.