Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bits of Life :: MCP Project 52 Weeks 6 & 7

Weekly submissions for MCP Project 52~ can't believe it's been 7 weeks since this started! It has been so much fun to try and come up with something creative to relate to the weekly topic~ even the kids are into it :-) 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. 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 6 theme: Words

in honor of a special day this month :-)

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Week 7 theme: Open Your Heart
Our oldest kiddo and I collaborated on this one~ we both loved the saying in the wrapper! She was disappointed to have missed the oreo cookie session the other week, and today her brothers weren't around, so guess who ate the candy heart?

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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.