Diamonds! – Women with Age Photography

Photography showcasing the beauty of women with age. Diamonds!!

Some of these women are sisters from church,  some I met at various events, some are aunts.  Some are friends from the neighborhood.  The one on the cover with the black hat is my late mother.

Some are gone all and some are still here to treasure.  God bless them all!

Do you have pictures of your diamonds?

Lonnie Dawkins is portrait photographer based in Washington, DC

Family Reunion – Honoring our Seniors

 Hart-Sims Family Reunion

We celebrated our family reunion this past weekend as we have consecutively each year since 1976.  This year I wanted to honor our senior family members for their examples and contribution to the family.  God bless them!

Aunt Vivian ldAunt Vivian

The last of the Hart brothers and sisters.
I like to be around her because she reminds me so much of my mother.   For the longest time she would not let me take her picture but yesterday she sat patiently for a portrait.

Glennelle ld Glen

One of Uncle Marvin’s daughters.  When I see her I always think truant officer because she was one way, way back in the day in NC. She has had a career in education since then.

Charlie ld Charlie

Cousin.  Don’t think he has ever missed a family reunion – heart of gold. Always look forward to seeing him and Nannette.  Part of Prince Edward County School closing history.

Aunt Sarah ld Aunt Sarah

Late Uncle Charlie’s other half. Former school teacher/librarian. Moved back to Asheville, NC.  Always kind and pleasant.

Cozette ld Cozette

One of the senior cousins. Raised by Grandma.  We cool as long as we don’t talk about which family reunion anniversary it is. Family has been meeting annually every year since 1976 so the answer should be quite simple. Her way of counting the years makes no sense to me and mine makes no sense to her. It really doesn’t matter.

Janet ld Janet

Uncle Marvin’s other daughter. Glen’s sister. Librarian, history buff.  We have hung out a lot, worked on projects together, and gone places.

How often does your family get together?  Do you have lots of pictures?

 

Triumph! Challenges but Celebrating Second Birthday like a Rock Star!

My nephew was born premature and had many challenges including numerous surgeries.

This week Little Nick celebrates his second birthday.  Family and friends are partying all month!

These pictures were taken at his lunch pool party followed by a family dinner.  That’s only the beginning!

Baby's pool party - boy with birthday hat

Birthday Hat!

birthday pool party

Pool Party with Cousins

What a Triumph!

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7 year old says he wants to cut the grass. I got it on tape!

My seven year old grandson was so excited about cutting the grass when he saw me working in the yard.  I thought it would be great to capture him on video so I can play it back when he is old enough to actually cut grass.

I am not sure that it will be legally binding.

What do you think?

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Imaginary becoming Real – The Journey Back

journey backIt was almost a year ago while minding my business and at the end of what seemed to be a  normal day, I was stricken with a stroke.  Doctors said it was a “small” stroke but it has made a major difference in my life.

I was blessed to not have most of the issues that stroke victims have  – no headaches, no speech problems, no vision problems, and no notable facial drooping.  I did have weakness on my right side and the inability to use my right arm and leg.  When I woke up that day I did not imagine how it would end or that I would spend almost the next 8 weeks in hospitals and rehab facilities.

Wheel chair bound and having to ask to be taken to the bathroom was my start.   Hard headed I listened to what doctors were saying but I never imagined being less than what I was before the stroke.  When I was wheel chair bound I imagined being able to walk with a cane.  Each day I pleaded with the therapist to leave one in my room so I could practice. Eventually one day she “forgot” and left one there.  Once I became comfortable (in my mind) with the cane and before the therapist thought I was ready I started taking steps without the cane.  Scolded for walking around the rehab center without the cane I became more frustrated but more determined and somewhat sneaky.  I felt that it was my body and if I fell it was my business.   Fortunately, I never fell at the rehab.  I could notimagine being cane bound.

Now I am almost 11 months post stroke.  I go where I want to go on my own 2 feet. No cane or wheel chair!  My walk is not pretty yet.  It is getting easier and easier to walk up and down hills and to climb on and off metro buses and the subway.  I am also a professional photographer taking pictures again – probably better than I did before.  People see me on the streets and probably feel sorry for me and think I have it so bad but they have no idea what I looked like a few months ago nor can they imagine how great I will be walking next month which will be 1 year post stroke.  I can imagine it!

Do you have an ailment or situation and know that you are going to do better?  You just can’t imagine anything less!

Lonnie Dawkins is a portrait and event photographer based in Washington, DC

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Children’s Birthday Party Photography

A one year old’s birthday party was the occasion for photography coverage last Saturday.

Friends and family gathered to wish Lauren a Happy First Birthday.  Lauren looked beautiful in her festive party dress.

Baby girl's birthday

Happy father holding the little birthday girl!

father dancing with little daughter at birthday party

Dancing with father

little girl reaching for cookies on table

The party girl reaches for cookies

birthday cake with little girl and mother

Mom and baby with the birthday cake

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