Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bits of Life :: MCP Project 52 Weeks 1-5

A few weeks ago, Jodi from MCP Actions announced that she would be putting together a flickr group for photographers and enthusiasts to post one image each week, based on a proposed theme. I've seen a lot of photographers start (and sometimes complete) 365 projects, literally taking and posting an image every. single. day. Um, I don't know about you, but I find that a tad overwhelming!

I know myself~ that would last about two weeks for me~ mayyybe three, and I'd ditch it altogether. But once a week seems very do-able, a nice break from portrait work, and I have had a lot of fun thinking up something unique for the weekly topic.

All of my images are photographed using only available window light, with a preset action applied in Lightroom, settings adjusted, and then minor finishing touches added in Photoshop to brighten and sharpen. After today I will begin posting the weekly image as I create it~ but here is a recap of the past five weeks~ enjoy and feel free to post a comment on your favorite!

For my MCP Project 52 images:
and the entire group of images submitted:

Please do not copy or download these images~ all images are copyright 2011 Circle of Life Photography. Thanks!

Week 1: Something Around the House
...and how I start most days :-)

Week 2: Illustrate a song~ I chose "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies
Inspired by my kids' candy jar~ placed in the sink and using only natural light.

Week 3: Shades of Grey
Our chocolate lab Henry's favorite spot. Was originally trying to do something with the snowflakes in the window when he plopped down to check out what the squirrels were up to. Perfect timing with the natural light coming through~ can hardly notice those kid finger streaks on the window!

Week 4: Soothing Repetition
Week 4: Amazing how quickly my kiddos offered to be a part of this photography session!
And asked to repeat this over and over and over... too bad they won't cooperate any other time :-)

Week 5: Muse
Muse is defined as a guiding spirit and a source of inspiration. My trust in God's plan for my family, my life and business is something I muse about daily~ I am blessed beyond measure and am learning to give freely and know He will always provide. I listen and find direction/meaning in the Scriptures and music, and am energized by the expression of Christ's love from amazing friends and family who surround me.

If you are interested in participating in MCP's Project 52 feel free to jump in!

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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.