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!

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Pool Party with Cousins

What a Triumph!

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Triumph

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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Family Portraits: Mother and Daughters by Maryland, Washington DC Photographer

Last Saturday I was asked to photograph a ladies event at church.   I took advantage of the opportunity to make portraits of some of the attendees.

When I asked my dear Sister McElveen if I could take her picture, she jokingly said she was afraid that she might break my camera.  Well, you can see that she came far from breaking the camera and instead gave me some of my favorite images of the day.  The images capture her grace and elegance.

Her daughters were also there so of course I asked to take their pictures. I took pictures of each alone with her and then took a picture of the three of them together.  I think that it is important to have a picture alone with each of your parents and I always do that during family portraits.

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mother and adult daughters

African American woman and adult daughter

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These are images that the family can treasure for years.

Do you have wonderful  pictures of you with your parents and family?  If not, contact me by clicking on – Lonnie Dawkins

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Lonnie Dawkins is a portrait and event photographer located in the Washington, DC metro area and is available worldwide.

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Marital Bliss

Marital Bliss

Barney and Lucille have enjoyed many years of marital bliss.

I photographed a friend’s family get together. It was a barbecue with family gathering from different parts of the country. Numerous pictures were taken but these two images of the grandparents are my favorites.

Lonnie Dawkins is a Maryland based portrait photographer