Photo musings, personal stories and faith life
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There is a Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow goes the Irish legend!
From where cometh the rainbow?
The rainbow comes after the storm, of course, bringing us so much joy! "Look! A rainbow!!"
Rainbow babies are children born after parents experience devastating loss by miscarriage, neonatal death or still birth. They are the color in the world after the storm of that loss. The storm is never forgotten, but the joy of the rainbow baby relights their hearts!
The loss is dark and disappointing. And the nursery, so carefully arranged, is the picture of the emptiness.
Annie is a rainbow baby. She came after a series of still born siblings which brought her family to the brink of despair.
When she was born, friends of her family went to their home to setup the nursery for mom- she just couldn't do it again until she was sure. They had no clothes or diapers. They just had to wait. They could not invest in another possible empty crib.
People all over the country were praying for this baby and her mother. Every Facebook post whispered a new milestone, and Elaina and Dan's fears were evident: "Please continue to pray!" Everyone was praying and cheering them on. But it wasn't until they could bring their baby home to their other children that they could begin to rest and believe that she was here to stay.
Elaina's advice to people who have suffered this kind of loss is to "Trust, just trust. God has his timing."
After the storm there is a rainbow of hope. Here I am!
Sweet as Apple Pie!
Way up in an Apple Tree,
two little apples smiled down at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could!
Boy were they good!
These photos are the result of the Sweet as Apple Pie Photo Contest I ran. I needed a model because I had a dress that inspired the whole thng. I was thrilled with the number of applications. All the children were very sweet. This was actually my first runner up! The funniest thing is that she decided she did not want to wear the actual apple dress!! :)
I always work organically in my photo shoots, especially when there are little children involved. We go with the flow both in the studio and on location, and it is in being with the true child that my favorite images occur.
Always on a shoot something is there that makes the unexpected happen. This empty greenhouse, had interesting light at sunset and created an opportunity.
The dress is still available for its maiden voyage if you have a size 3ish little girl who would like to eat some apples and frolic in the fields! And the weather is still beckoning, for all sized children, and now with colored leaves!
This is an installation of this gallery of images chosen by the family.
Their Hearts Whisper...
What has more light than a woman carrying her beautiful new child? I tell you the expectancy, and the joy in the heart of a first time mom rings reality, life, new beginnings, and the sense that the human race is meant to carry on!
There is so much mystery, And the mother's heart already bursts to love this new child completely and selflessly.
Behind the veil of the womb is mini me & you. This husband and wife opt to be surprised as to what their child will be-baby boy or baby girl.
They are in loving unison with each other, and their baby gets to come into a world of joy and family.
The black and white photos below draw me in with the soft light and the pair's connection come through in the photos. This comes as a synergy between my subject and me. We grow quickly in a deep respect for each other, wherever we each are on our life travels that day- at that time.
Their hearts whisper, " I love you. I love our 'us,' all three."
MaryKate & John are Luminous.
Beth is Luminous!
As a parent participant in the Gloucester County 4H Fair in Mullica Hill, NJ, and a "new in the area" photographer, I was hoping to reach out to families so they would get to know me. Beth was the winner of a campaign I created for a portrait at the fair on the fairgrounds.
It was fortuitous to have Beth be the winner. She is a 19 year old teen leader and next year will be an adult leader in the club. Somehow, I think that she kind off deserved the random win- as in- what better a person then one who is already giving back?
I was so pleased to work with a really strong young lady with a gentle heart, bright smile, and one of her 100+ rabbits named Ross. His counterpart, Rachel, was the Grand Champion this year in the rabbit barn. Their breed is called a Mini Satin. At the time of the photo shoot, however, she was already tired of all the publicity, so Ross stood in for her. He was a dear fellow!
Ross was tame and a breeze to work with.
4H is a fabulous organization that grants children opportunities for growth, leadership, and friendship. The families involved are solid and friendly, so everyone is a winner.
Thank you, Beth for sharing your light, and thus, "Being Luminous."
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Rachel is Luminous!
I have had the pleasure of knowing Rachel for the past two years. And she is luminous. For one thing, she has been volunteering to help children with special needs in the Therapeutic riding classes at Shadow Equestrian stables located in beautiful Monroeville, New Jersey (right in our town here at Luminous 5). She has been there for 7 years giving her time to help children with developmental delays.
Rachel is a very humorous girl. We spent a lot of time laughing during her session times. She is also a movie buff, particularly the old black and white genre. Think Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, etc. She likes the old gafaw, slap-stick movies. So I did this image in a Silver Screen look of the old skool actress head shots.
Her maturity and faith are beyond her years and she requested having portraits made in the chapel, wearing her chapel veil and while praying a rosary. We share this faith, even though there are a few years between us. At the fashion part of the shoot, Rachel did not hesitate to embrace her youth.
Rachel is graduating in a few weeks. She is going to school to study social work, again to help others.
All the best, Rachel!
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