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Maggie is LUMINOUS!

October 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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You are just a young girl and already your light is shining!

 

We got together for belated First Communion photos! What a super star model you were both in and out of the studio.

Maggie is the caboose of  a large family. Her mom wanted to create first Communion photos that kind of matched the flare of the portraits of the older children. So we did a traditional series of poses inside.

 

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It was beautiful outside, as well, so we took a walk right here at my studio in the meadow to 

create these sweet images.

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Maggie is bright and sunny and pretty funny! It was so nice to just spend some time with her!

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Maggie is LUMINOUS!

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Rainbow Baby

March 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

UntitledUntitled 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!

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The loss is  dark and  disappointing.  And the nursery, so carefully arranged, is the picture of the emptiness. 

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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. Annie_0093C-WAnnie_0093C-WMy Precious Child

 

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!

 

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This beautiful  image to the left is used by permission of  photographer friend, Jaime Stone of Precious Stones Photography in Killeen, TX


Fresh Apples

October 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

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This is an installation of this gallery of images chosen by the family.

You can check out more photos of children's photography on my website!

 

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Mary Kate is Luminous

September 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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Their Hearts Whisper...

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Waiting...

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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.

 

 

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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. 

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Their hearts whisper,  " I love you. I love our 'us,' all three."

 

MaryKate & John are  Luminous.


BeLUMINOUS: Beth is Luminous

August 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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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.

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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?  

 

 

 

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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!

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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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You can Check out my website, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Luminous 5 Photography captures people in the circle of life- Maternity, newborn, children, families, graduation seniors, and executive portraits.

 

 

 

 

 

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