Friday, September 24, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: Afternoon in the Park

It's hard to believe that a little over a year ago I photographed this sweet little girl as a newborn~ she's back for baby portraits, but, as is the case with all toddlers, this was not a laid-back and sit-around kind of session... at 15 months old, this girl stays on the move! We chased, ran (in circles, at times), climbed, slid, picked up acorns, and occasionally~ for just a moment stopped. but then~ off again!

I was especially excited about these images because Baby K's daddy & mommy, Matt and Kristy, love black and white images; as I was going through the session I realized how many of the images just lent themselves to a black & white conversion~ it doesn't work with every person or every session, but in this case, it works! I love the texture of the sweater that this little one's Nanny knit just for her (and don't worry Nanny, there will be color options :-) Here are a few of my faves:




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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.