Friday, June 24, 2011

Commercial Portrait Session :: Ramona Ndlovu

This year, I have really been enjoying work in commercial portrait sessions for local business women. For these business owners it is an investment in putting together a complete professional look~ a first impression that counts when someone is deciding to approve a press release, schedule an interview to talk about their business, and overall adds credibility to business websites and online social sites.

I had the privilege of working with my good friend, Ramona Ndlovu, whose business Sage Heart Studio is just getting underway. She is looking to combine her artistic talent with her counseling background to help others in their spiritual growth. While Ramona's latest art project is rughooking, she also enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling with her husband and two children.

This December, she will be leading a one day retreat for Oasis Ministries at the Palmyra First United Methodist church. For more information about the retreat (and to see one of Ramona's images in action) click here:  Below are a few of my favorites from her portrait session~ she has such natural beauty, both inside and out!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Being TWO is Fun! :: Camp Hill Baby Photographer

One of the best things about being a children's photographer is getting to watch these little ones grow and change. I photographed this sweet baby girl several times last year, and it was such a joy to see her change from a baby to a toddler. I could spend all day just listening to her chatter and marvel at simple discoveries like picking dandelions and watching ants. I met with her mommy and daddy to spend a fun spring evening evening walking around and capturing who she is at this stage of her life. From her pipsqueak "I do it, MYself!" to her adorable way of calling me to follow her "you come, Miss Marshie?" she has me wrapped around her little finger, as I suspect most people in her life would be as well. Here are just a few images from our evening together~ enjoy!

these next two are from her album (a great way to showcase your favorites when it's hard to decide!)


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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.