Luminous 5 Photography: Blog en-us (C) Luminous 5 Photography (Luminous 5 Photography) Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:24:00 GMT Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:24:00 GMT Luminous 5 Photography: Blog 96 120 2018 Easter Mini Sessions UntitledUntitled

Its so hard to believe we are doing Spring Mini Sessions! It's still so wintry out!


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The weather has not been even close to "on our side" here in the Tri State,  Greater Philadelphia area. 

So this year's Mini Sessions will be all indoors because the weather is not looking any better in the 7 day forecast. 


I created an "Easter Blessings" scene which can be changed up depending on the number of children you will incorporate. 

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And there will also be this bright, clean scene with props galore, and/or bring your own.

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I normally prefer to provide people with ready-to-display prints and products, but because of this late posting (again due to weather), I am offering digital files so that you will have your images by Easter.  Prints and products will be available at 20% off list, and I am promising them in 2-3 weeks after the shoot date.


The cost is $95.00 plus tx. That's $9.50/ image!


The date is just around the corner, next Friday March 23 from 1-6, so waste no time booking this GREAT DEAL!  I only have time for 10 sessions. To book, call or text 610-952-8861 or CLICK HERE and write me on the contact page.  Specify what hour or half hour you would like and I'll get right back to you to confirm. I will send you an invoice and you can pay on line, zippidy-zip.

Joyous Easter!


Get your peas planted by St. Patrick's Day, Which is today! Brrrrrr!





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Maggie is LUMINOUS! UntitledUntitled Maggie M_0077AMaggie M_0077A Hello, sweet Maggie!

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!

To join the fun and be part of the Insiders list, where all our sessions are first listed, CLICK HERE.

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Rainbow Baby 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

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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!




















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!

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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 UntitledUntitled

Their Hearts Whisper...

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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.




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.

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BeLUMINOUS: Beth is Luminous UntitledUntitled Beth is Luminous!

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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."


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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BeLUMINOUS: Rachel is Luminous UntitledUntitled Rachel is Luminous!

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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.

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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. Rachel L. B_0354B webRachel L. B_0354B webSilver Screen Look




















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. Rachel L. B_0152AwebRachel L. B_0152AwebBlessed Mother wearing Chapel Veil At the fashion part of the shoot, Rachel did not hesitate to embrace her youth.  Rachel L. B_0488AwebRachel L. B_0488AwebSpin!




Rachel is graduating in a few weeks. She is going to school to study social work, again to help others.


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All the best, Rachel!

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BeLUMINOUS: Luke is Luminous! UntitledUntitled

Luke is Luminous

Luke Web_0049ALuke Web_0049A This is Luke. I had the pleasure of creating his Senior Portraits with him. He will graduate in June.

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He works for the family business.

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He's actually one of the greatest guys around.

He enjoys everything he does.





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I would describe him as sincere.








                                                                                       Luke works with his mom on their

Lila Rose business doing bookkeeping and sales. He has a lot of fun stories from these adventures.






GPA: well he's Summa Cum Laude.

Enough said there.
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That every person would have as pure a soul as Luke!

Luke IS light.

Luke is Luminous.


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BE Luminous: Fr. Gaffney is Luminous. UntitledUntitled


Fr. Bill Gaffney is Luminous. Fr. Bill Gaffney, CssR is luminous.

If you get a chance to attend one of his missions, you will see. He brings such love and compassion and tenderness with him. He's sharp as a tack and fills you with laughter with his Irish humor. When he lays his hands on you, well, knock me over with a feather-literally.

His charisms are pure. Evident. 

I got a note of thanks from Fr. Bill Gaffney for photos I sent after a photo shoot we had in the fall. He only let me shoot for about 6 or 7 minutes before he got uncomfortable. But I remember that he loved it. This is what he said in his note:

"My deepest thanks for all the photos. I have never been so photographed in my life. I have been so blessed. People find it hard to believe that I am 82 years of age. I am so blessed."

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Oh! to be grateful for a life well lived.

Fr. Gaffney is luminous.

BE Luminous.


PS: Everyone should be "so photographed" in their lives AT LEAST once.

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Be Luminous Be Luminous!


I think I am beginning to understand what I meant by the name of my company.  Luminous 5. I can't say I thought it up myself, it came more as a divine inspiration. I wanted to make it clear that we all can shine our light on others.

Do you know someone who brings light to the world?

Tell me their story: how are they luminous?


For me it is not about body type, height, weight or some kind of look.  It is the goodness that comes through. It is about love.


Nominate them. 

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Mug Shot I have these two favorite tea cups- mugs actually. When I empty the dw, I kind of put them in the back of the cabinet so the guys here don't take them. And in my life I note that "the guys" take what's on top. For instance, if I put my husband's least likeable shirts under the rest, I can be assured that he won't wear them. He will in fact wear what's on top.


I digress.

Looking at these two mugs, I was thinking how different they were. One is a precious porcelain, with a witty, fancy black and white  peacock. The other a thicker clay, in a soft green with imprints on it. They both reflect me in a unique and clear manner. The fancy me and the relaxed me. Both things are true about me.

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And we are more than meets the eye; Created in the image of God.


Which mug do you like better? It's ok, because they are both me, and I like them each one.


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Be Still. imageimage


It has been a time for me to be still in my work. So many other pressing things have taken place.  What a joy to be able to  resume my photography.


It IS like starting from scratch, again.  I waited -was still -and it is time again to move back in.


What a wonderful feeling and great time of GRACE!


I hope you will walk with me and  share your stories with me.

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