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!

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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.

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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?

 

The carnival comes to town in the summer. Maryland

When the carnival comes to time it’s a good time for pictures.  Beautiful lights whether it’s color or black and white.  Night time adds even more beauty.

The first pictured carnival took place at Capital Plaza n Landover Hills, MD.

The black and white pictures are from the carnival that was located in New Carrollton, MD around 2006.  It was located at the corner of Annapolis Road and Riverdale Road.  If you are familiar with the area there used to be a Toys-R-Us there.  Now the is a CVS Pharmacy and a TD Bank.

Anyone remember going to these carnivals?

Carnival at Capital Plaza in Hyattsville, MD Ferris Wheel at night Carnival hot dogs and hamburgers

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.

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Happy father holding the little birthday girl!

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Dancing with father

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The party girl reaches for cookies

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Mom and baby with the birthday cake

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Civil Ceremony – Wedding Photography

I photograph civil ceremonies in Prince George’s County, Maryland and throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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If you plan to be married at the Clerk’s Office located in the Circuit Court Annex in Upper Marlboro I can meet you there.  Pictures can be taken of the ceremony and at the beautiful lake across the street.  If you are planning a reception or gathering afterwards that photography can also be included.

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Dancing wedding couple

Civil ceremonies can be beautifully captured.

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Photo Shoot with DC model Patrick Amara

Patrick Amara is a fashion and physique model.  Pictures were taken a few hours before he flew off to the west coast to enjoy his birthday and the Christmas holidays.  More of his work can be seen on Instagram.

After shooting several sessions outdoors we went into a residence hall near the University of Maryland in College Park.  I wanted to take advantage of the shadows in the room and the mood they provided.

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Maryland Model Patrick Amara

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Lonnie Dawkins is a Washington, DC based Portrait Photographer.

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Near and Far – Sitting Side by Side

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One of my favorite images taken at Million More March in Washington, DC years ago. I like how close the men are sitting though there was plenty of room on the wall. Not sure if they are father and son or just close friends. They are sitting side by side but seem to be miles apart in thoughts. Nevertheless, bond by affection. What do you think?

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Washington, DC Model – Donte

Donte – DC Male model wearing striped knitted sweater.

This is from our 3rd photo shoot.  Due to busy schedules it is difficult to find time to shoot. When time does permit we are both pleased with the results.

The first image was taken in existing light.

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