Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Commercial Portrait Session :: Whole Wide World Toys

Sometimes God puts some of the most interesting and fun people in my life ~ meeting Laura Barta, owner of Whole Wide World Toys, was another one of those times when I realize it's more than just a business relationship, I am blessed to make a friend in the process. Laura has lived and traveled abroad, and recently published her first book, My China Travel Journal, aimed at teaching kids about everyday life in China. She is currently working on creating additional toys and games to enhance the book, and has a vision for future multi-cultural books and toys as her company grows.

Last year, Laura bid on (and won!) a Circle of Life Photography portrait session silent auction at the Hershey Playhouse annual fundraiser dinner and decided to use it to create portraits for her growing business. Together we chose clothing and accessories that would be professional and represent her company. The session itself was relaxed and fun, and Laura's personality and warmth just really comes through in the images.

Commercial portrait sessions are a valuable investment in creating a professional look for any business~ these digital images are for use in marketing, business cards, websites, submitting for publications, etc. Even though Laura's images were taken at her home in Hershey, PA, they have a timeless, classic look that could be anywhere in the world, which works perfectly for her business!

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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.