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.