Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fall Mini Portrait Sessions :: Elizabethtown PA Children's Photographer

The holidays are officially upon us! Here are sweet images to share of a few of my favorite two-year olds during a sunny fall afternoon of mini sessions~ their families donated the session fee to Haiti Partners, and together this year, we have donated nearly $500 to this organization alone. For more images, check out our page on Facebook. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Twins Are Two! :: Children's Portrait Session :: Elizabethtown, PA

One of the things I love about living in Central PA is being able to experience all of the seasons~ each has its special qualities, but fall is the one season I enjoy most. Woodsy picnics, campfire s'mores, boots and sweaters, apple cider, changing leaves... and beautiful light. I was so tickled to be able to photograph the twins again and since we've done portraits in the summer, Robin and Eric thought it would be fun to have the boys' portraits done in the fall this time. These sweet, curious boys never stopped running, jumping and throwing leaves... there were leaves everywhere~ in their hair, eyes, even teeth! And the best part was their parents calmly telling them "Okay, enough jumping off the tree stump now, I thinking you're making Miss Marci nervous!" Here are just a few from their session where they were doing what two year olds do best~ play with abandon!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Senior Portrait Session :: Brooke {Palmyra HS ~ Class of 2012}

I am so very far behind on blogging, seems this time of year it always falls far behind on the list of things to get done!

Brooke is a senior at Palmyra High School and we had a wonderful time walking around her family's home and nearby woods~ finding her childhood hideouts and spending a little time with her horse, Lakhota. It was a good thing we photographed Brooke's session when we did~ less than a week later this same area would turn into a soggy mess after tropical storm Lee moved through our area. I love that these images are special to Brooke and her family since they were taken at her home, a place with lots of good memories. She enjoys playing volleyball and soccer for fun, and plans to attend Bloomsburg University to major in nursing. And, a girl after my own heart, she likes to shop! :-)

I think her choice of outfits worked well with the natural background colors and I have a bunch of favorite images, but here are a few of this beautiful, brown-eyed girl:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Senior Portrait Session :: Cassie {Elizabethtown HS ~ Class of 2012}

Even though I love photographing kids of all ages, over the past year or so high school senior girls have become my favorite group to work with... putting together clothing, shoes and accessories is one of my favorite aspects of the shoot. I want the images from each session to reveal her unique spirit and personality so you feel like you might already know her.

Beautiful Cassie (with that gorgeous red hair!) is a senior at Elizabethtown Area High School and has plans to go to school to become a nurse (apparently the majority of senior girls I photograph have this same plan... not sure if that's a coincidence, but they are certainly some of the sweetest and kindest people I know!) Cassie is active in her youth group at Elizabethtown BIC church, and loves to ski. She brought her best friend along for the session and we had a blast, despite the August heat, a random creeper, big spiders, and fears of poison ivy (rational fears... as in my husband can point it out to me and I will still say "but I don't see a red stem... and lots of plants have three leaves!" Yep. But no worries~ no poison this time :-)

Here are a few images from her session~ we started out in a beautiful butterfly garden and ended (with some of my faves from the session) in a patch of weeds off the main road. Love it!

ahhh that beautiful, long red hair~ seriously jealous!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Liz + Weston = Engaged! :: Elizabethtown Portrait Photographer

Even though my first love is photographing high school seniors (girls), then babies, kids and families~ I was so excited (like jump-up-and-down-giddy excited) when our good friends daughter, Liz, contacted me about portraits~ engagement portraits! This was a first for me~ it was fun to try something different and since Liz also has an eye for photography, it was extra sweet to collaborate on a few ideas.

These high school sweethearts are such an amazing couple and everyone who knows them, adores them.  Liz currently attends Millersville University, majoring in social work and minoring in photography~ she has a huge heart for kids and helping those in need. Weston is finishing his last year at IUP and will have a degree in music education with plans to return to Central PA and teach. Their wedding date is set for next July, and one thing about their future together is guaranteed: they will be an absolute blessing to the people around them in the years to come. Here are a few of my faves from their session~ please leave them a love note in the comments section at the bottom :-)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Fun :: Lebanon County Children's Photographer

Children's portrait sessions are so much fun, and this little six-year-old girl happens to be my god-daughter and totally has my heart. With her sweet voice, infectious laugh and charming manner, it's useless to resist! I was so tickled that she still likes her fairie costume and she's not 'too grown up' to enjoy wearing it. We had to wait out a little rainstorm before heading over to a local playground, and ended the session with a slice of summer fun~ watermelon! These are some of my favorite shots from the evening~ such a blessing to watch her grow and change over the years. These images will be priceless memories as she grows up!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Darling boy :: Marietta Baby Photographer

Oh, this summer is just getting away from me! We are enjoying every moment of these wonderful days when the kids are still young~ our oldest turned 12 this summer and I feel like time is on warp-speed... wasn't she just a kindergartner last year? I look at this little guy and just know how short the time is between him being a baby and turning into a little boy... and can see it happening already!

Our dear friends, Jen and Stacey, have been blessed with caring for this precious little guy who has the greatest laugh and eyes to melt your heart. And don't get me started on his precious pout! Stace is a chef and fabulous stay at home dad, and Jen is an artist whose every waking moment is spent thinking about her son! It's been a long, precarious road to get to parenthood for these two and they are relishing every moment~ some times God allows us to go through challenging times even though we don't know why and can't see the end of the journey... and this time, the gift He gave to Jen and Stacey is a darling little boy was more than worth every mountain and valley they had to travel. The best part is, their son will only remember happy days filled with love, laughter, baseball and looking for the moon (his very favorite activity :-)

Here are some images from his one year old portrait session, and more recently at eighteen months. Enjoy!


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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.