Friday, October 22, 2010

Children's Portrait Session :: Autumn in Hershey

This fall I have had fun with some of the very first families I photographed two years ago~ it's so neat to look back and see not only how the kids have grown and changed, but the improvements in my photography skills as well! This family is dear to me~ Kathy and I have been friends since grade school and we have been blessed with an amazing group of girlfriends. She was my assistant for the fall mini-portrait sessions and she was so helpful that I think I will have to hire her next year for extended family portraits!

Her husband Chris, is also special to us too, not only as a friend, but as our family's dentist! He owns Sicher Family Dentistry in Hershey, PA and he and his staff do an amazing job (slightly embarrassed to admit this, I am not a big fan of dental visits, but every six months I still hear my mother's voice in my head saying I need to go. My kids ask all the time when it's their turn to go~ the entire staff is awesome!) Kathy & Chris's two beautiful kids did an amazing job and have the sparkliest (is that a word?) blue eyes ever. Here are a few from our session together~ I had fun, and hope you did too!






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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

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