Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baby Portrait Session :: 3 months & growing!

I photographed this little sweetheart's big sister exactly two years ago when Circle of Life Photography was still in its infant stage... my how things have changed since then! Sometimes it's a good reminder to me to see how much my photography business and skill has grown and changed~ God has been so faithful, as have my amazing clients, friends and family. This sweet baby girl is the daughter of Carolyn & Derek~ we photographed her at three months and she is as adorable and smile-y as she looks here~ I keep reminding Carolyn to label all those baby pictures... she looks so much like big sis that someday they might be a challenge to tell those baby pics apart! Enjoy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Newborn Portrait Session :: Precious Details

I'm sure everyone is feeling it, but I just can't believe how fast this year is going~ I think 'oh yes, I'll blog this or get to that" and ZIP a week goes by, then another... and here we are with a newborn cutie born back in December, who will soon be ready for his next portrait session! This adorable little guy is the son of Megan and Kraig, and much loved by his Aunt Amy~ as well as his grandparents, cousins, friends and church family :-)

Around the time of his arrival I was considering upgrading my 35mm 1.4 lens to a 1.2 and decided to rent the lens before making the purchase~ I rented it for this newborn portrait session and absolutely fell in love with how it perfectly captures the details~ every little wrinkle, baby fuzz, the creases in his little feet.... all the elements that make up a new baby and are soon changed and outgrown. Hard to believe that one of my "little" guys just turned 10 years old this week... they literally change and grow in a blink and I soooo wish I had some images like these to remember the details of those tiny fingers and toes! So here are a few images of this precious new life, one that God already knows all about~ who he will become, where those now tiny feet will walk, and whose lives he will touch. May your days be blessed, little one!

and p.s. YES, I got the lens! Hasn't left the camera since :-)


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Michelle Miller allowed me to link to her brilliant post about the art of photographing ... I simply cannot say it better myself! Click HERE to read the post.

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.