Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Senior Portrait Session :: Cassie {Elizabethtown HS ~ Class of 2012}

Even though I love photographing kids of all ages, over the past year or so high school senior girls have become my favorite group to work with... putting together clothing, shoes and accessories is one of my favorite aspects of the shoot. I want the images from each session to reveal her unique spirit and personality so you feel like you might already know her.

Beautiful Cassie (with that gorgeous red hair!) is a senior at Elizabethtown Area High School and has plans to go to school to become a nurse (apparently the majority of senior girls I photograph have this same plan... not sure if that's a coincidence, but they are certainly some of the sweetest and kindest people I know!) Cassie is active in her youth group at Elizabethtown BIC church, and loves to ski. She brought her best friend along for the session and we had a blast, despite the August heat, a random creeper, big spiders, and fears of poison ivy (rational fears... as in my husband can point it out to me and I will still say "but I don't see a red stem... and lots of plants have three leaves!" Yep. But no worries~ no poison this time :-)

Here are a few images from her session~ we started out in a beautiful butterfly garden and ended (with some of my faves from the session) in a patch of weeds off the main road. Love it!

ahhh that beautiful, long red hair~ seriously jealous!


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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.