Thursday, July 29, 2010

Children's Portrait Session :: Time for a Tea Party!

I really do have the best friends and clients. And I love it when they appease my 'vision' of creating something special for a children's portrait session. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I love the option of using this creative freedom and having it spill over into revealing something special about a child or family. After all, God created each of us with something special in mind! This sweet four year old loves dressing up and playing with her animals so we broke out the tea set, a blanket and had ourselves a little party!

Admittedly this little girl has my heart in more ways than her sweet smile, blue eyes, curly hair and funny antics. She also happens to be our God-daughter, so time spent with her is always a little extra special. I think maybe the best part of the evening was a trip to the ice cream shop for a cone~ not much sweeter than a kid and ice cream!

A tea party with some special friends!


a convincing Sleeping Beauty

love the joy in her face while catching bubbles

and of course, while eating ice cream!
(a vintage finish to these images below~ what do you think?)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: Baby N's 1st Year~ Happy Birthday!!

Wow~ time really flies! When Baby N's mommy contacted me last fall for baby portraits, at that time, this tiny little girl's birthday seemed so far away~ but now it's here! As a part of the Watch Me Grow! baby portrait plan, we photographed this adorable little one at 3 months, 6 months and now 1 year. What a great 'documentary' of her first year of life~ I especially like the one of her pouring 'tea' for her daddy~ so sweet. Happy Birthday Baby N, you are truly loved by so many people in your life!







Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: Six-Month-Old Sweetie

This week I am feeling a little nostalgic/sentimental/sappy with the realization that my sweet little baby girl is headed to middle school in a few weeks. Looking through the images of all the beautiful baby girls from this spring really hits home with how quickly they change and grow up~ people tell you this all the time, but it's hard to grasp until the time has zipped on by. Looking at this sweet six month old baby girl, I see so many of the hopes and dreams her parents, Melissa and Aaron, have for her and and a bit of mystery as to who she will become.

This little one is truly the apple of her mommy and daddy's eyes~ but how can they resist? I love the creases in her wrists and the dimples in the back of her hand and on her elbows. She had her Mommy working hard for this session~ Melissa admits her little love is usually quite serious but also gives the sweetest, heart-melting looks and grins which is, of course, what every mom wants to see in print! So it's neat that many of these cute looks are directed at her mom & dad. And although her schedule was a bit off on this day, she was quite happy to go along with whatever we did with her despite the heat and juggling of her, her baby stuff and all of my equipment. Thanks again for a wonderful time, and enjoy every hug and snuggle with your little blessing!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Newborn Portrait Session :: Precious Little Boy

Today I got to spend time with one of the sweetest, most content newborns I've ever met~ seriously, this little guy made me think "maybe that newborn stage wasn't as difficult as I remember it"?? But he really is a gem. His mommy, Jamie, contacted me last week and I was expecting her call~ she had received a Circle of Life Photography gift certificate for a newborn portrait session at her baby shower from her friend Morgan. What I wasn't expecting, and apparently neither had she, was that her baby boy arrived 15 days early!

So a little rearranging of the schedule and we had a lovely morning enjoying this little one's funny faces, grimaces and occasional squeaks. I don't think he cried once! Here are a few of my favorites~ thanks for being a patient mom and helper Jamie~ you are blessed with a beautiful baby!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Senior Portrait Session :: Brynn {Manheim Township}

Sometimes clients have interesting stories of how they came across Circle of Life Photography~ this one starts with a corn field! Several years ago, Brynn's father was contacted to see if a field owned by the company he works for could be turned into a corn maze as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network. Every year since that time, her parents attend the annual CMN Ball fundraiser held in Hershey, PA and last fall they came across my silent auction for a high school senior portrait session and won it (lucky me, and them!) The total raised from that one Miracle Ball totaled $139,000 ~ giving back rocks!

Brynn attends Manheim Twp. High School~ she was so easy to work with, and to make it even more special it was her birthday! (Just can't help but smile when it's your birthday!) Her mom, Elaine was a great 'assistant'; we had a fabulous time walking all over Mt. Gretna on a gorgeous summer day, finding spots with good light and fun places to photograph. Here are just a few of my favorites from Brynn's senior portrait session~ love her choice of colors and those beautiful blue eyes!


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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.