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?)

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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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