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Waterfall Catering and Special Events

I am so excited to be announcing a new partnership.  I am pairing up with the Waterfall Catering and Special Events in Claymont, DE. I will be one of the featured photographers in their venue brochure coming out the January of 2015!

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So to prepare, I called back two of my couples to put on their wedding attire one more time.  Of course the ladies jumped at the chance, the gentlemen might not have been quite as enthusiastic but humored us ladies for the day.

Chrissy from Charming Blossoms in Hammonton, NJ created such beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres.  I couldn't get over how lovely the bouquets were or how perfectly they matched each girls' gown.

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Karen Zeigenfuss did the hair and makeup not only for Allecia but also for herself!

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The couples, Allecia and Jason, and Karen and Dave, put up with some intense humidity and long hours of getting the absolute perfect shots--which we did of course.  Thank you all!  And thank you to Chrissy for the amazing arrangements and the Waterfall Staff for all of your help.

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The following images were taken at the second shoot so that we could capture the real essence of each ballroom! Talk about fairytale ladies!

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Queen of Hearts Board Members

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When Marjorie from Queen of Hearts Foundation of New Jersey asked me if I could take head shots of their board members for their website, I immediately agreed.

 

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Queen of Hearts fundraises to help those suffering from cancer or awaiting or recovering from transplants.   Visit their website! www.njqueenofhearts.org  Their next fundraising event is March 15th, their annual Dinner/Dance held at Lucien's Manor in Berlin, NJ.
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Pink Dahlia Vintage and dawn elizabeth photography Stylized Shoot

I'm sure you all saw the sneak peak image from my stylized shoot with Pink Dahlia Vintage, a local florist.

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Sally, owner of Pink Dahlia Vintage, is so very talented.  She is the florist for my wedding coming up in November. So when she asked me to photograph some bouquets and centerpieces for her, I immediately agreed.

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Jessica Kennedy agreed to model for us that day.  Well, it was January and we had no idea what the weather was going to bring. However, we got no snow, a cold but sunny day.  Everyone tolerated the cold and we were able to get some stunning images of Sally's amazing talent.  Her arrangements and bouquets were rustic and vintage (hence the business name) and absolutely wonderful.

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All arrangements created by Pink Dahlia Vintage

Model: Jessica Kennedy

Photography: yours truly, dawn elizabeth photography
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!Food!!!

Ok, who doesn't like food??  I for one, love food!

I jumped at the chance to photograph food for One Atlantic in Atlantic City.  The food looked beautiful and smelled great! Sadly I was too busy getting that perfect shot to sample the culinary delights.

But I must say, One Atlantic at the Pier Shops in Atlantic City hits it out of the park each and every time.  They have the staff to make it a friendly and professional atmosphere, the expertise to make delicious dishes, the ambiance to aid in the creations of one-of-a-kind portraits, and the location to entice and create the most fun and wonderful memories.

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One thing that I found very unique was the wedding cake they had me photograph.  It was fake! Made of styrofoam.  I was told that it is a wise budgetary choice for couples who opt to have other deserts but still want to have the cake cutting ceremony, as one section of the cake is real cake slid into the styrofoam fake cake.  As you can see below.  What an interesting idea!

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Smile Creations Crafts ...Alia

The second model for the Smile Creations Crafts shoot was Alia.  She also modeled beautifully hand knit items.  Smile Creations Crafts offers a wide range of hand knit items. You saw some in a previous blog2 I posted.  You can view Smile Creations Crafts' blog2 and follow the business on Facebook. http://smilecreationscrafts.blog2spot.com/ or on Facebook...@SmileCreationsCrafts.

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Smile Creations Crafts

Just look at these knitted items. They are finely handcrafted by my sister for her business, Smile Creations Crafts.  And who better to model them, than the absolutely adorable, Sofia.

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Rewind...

Smile Creations Crafts is a business that sells knit items.  It was established in 2007 by Patience, my sister, who started out knitting as a hobby while working in Philadelphia.  Now, it is knit one, pearl two, don't drop a stitch, frogging, yummy yarns, fabulous colors, and complicated (by my standards) patterns.

The business started out as finely handcrafted items which included a myriad of different. Some of these items included, jewelry, macramé, needlepoint, and of course knit.  Patience has made a big jump and decided that her real love in this venture is yarn.  She both knits and crochets.  She offers ready made items, custom made items, and items for consignment.

When Patience asked me to create a slideshow so that she can better streamline her presentations for homeshows, I was trilled to help.  Wanting a professional in depth product she asked me to first photograph a sampling of the items she makes.

Several unique items did not require a model.  Some being the "Love Mites," the pumpkins, Market Bags*, and washcloths*, as well as some accessories*. (*= pictured below)

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Then of course the clothing items require models.  For the first session, we had Sofia and Luisa.  A beautiful mother and daughter.

Sofia was a great joy to photograph.  She hasn't even turned two yet and sat in front of the camera for two hours!

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We had a few hat and scarf sets for Luisa to model.

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And finally we had to get at least 1 with both!

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There is one more session on the way with more knitted items from Smile Creations Crafts.  Be on the lookout for Alia.

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Brand Jewelers: Hammonton, NJ

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Brand Jewelers a family owned jewelry store has been around for 40 years, since 1972!  Though not in its original location, the staff is still as friendly and the jewelry still glitters and shines.  Brand Jewelers is located on the White Horse Pike in Hammonton, NJ.  Their second location is at the Deptford Mall in Deptford, NJ.

After the photoshoot I spoke with the owner, Anthony, and he was telling me that most of their business comes from the custom work their clients want them to do.  Wedding bands can be made and ready in one week, he said.  They also offer Art Carved rings for High School Seniors.

All jewelry photographed was precious metals set in 18K white gold.  Two interesting facts about white gold: it is made from 75% gold and 25% other metals that are white in color, and to get the nice shiny appearance, all white gold is Rodium dipped.  Rodium is the most expensive metal per gram that is available. And yes, more expensive than Platinum.

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He offers specialized jewelry, such as ballet slipper pendants. And beautiful watches.

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This ring is all Diamonds! Frosting for your finger! (Taken from How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days)

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This ring is Natural Sapphire and Diamonds.

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This gorgeous necklace is London Blue Topaz.

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The last piece of jewelry photographed was a Pink Sapphire.

Anthony also has an assortment of jewelry boxes available to choose from.

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So visit your nearest Brand Jewelers and see what they have to offer you!  Or give them a call:609-561-6222 (Hammonton location) or 856-848-3511 (Deptford Mall location).

 

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Aztec Salon Welcomes Their Newest Stylist

Aztec Hair Salon welcomes a new stylist.  Angie Rodio is there two days a week and very excited to be getting to know the Aztec family and building her clientele.

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Angie is the former owner of Shear Styles Salon.  She brings a lot to the Aztec family having been a Master Stylist for the past 16 years.  She specializes in color, foil highlighting, styling, and up-dos.

Ed, the owner of Aztec, asked me to shoot her headshot for the newspaper and I had to share with all of you this bit of information and news about my favorite salon!

Below, Angie is pictured with Ed Bailey, owner of Aztec Salon and Master Stylist and Colorist.

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The Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show theme was Springtime in Paris.  My second photographer and I checked it out this year for the first time.

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The Flower Show was sponsored by PNC and has been for the past 20 years.  This cake was especially designed for PNC Bank by Buddy Valstro, from TLC's Cake Boss, for their 20 year anniversary of sponsering the Flower Show.

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The Flower Show started in 1829, the year that the poinsettia was unveiled to the American public.  Ever wonder where the money from ticket sales goes?  It is partially used to sponser programs such as the City Harvest program, providing organic produce grown locally to those in need, and the Plant One Million (a campaign to plant trees over the states of PA, NJ, and DE).  Those are just two of the programs according to Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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The central structure as you walked into the Flower Show was a large, lit, replica of the Eiffel Tower.  Some interesting facts about this replica: it had 1,000 lights and was 75 feet wide and 37 feet tall.  Set beyond the Eiffel Tower was the Carousel Stage.  The different carousel animals, designed by Valley Forge Flowers, which were flower-stuffed, were laid out along the path leading up to the carousel.

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One display was more spectacular than the next.  It was a visual feast.  One of my favorite was "Romantic Paris" a fantasy wedding at Notre Dame Cathedral complete with gargoyle shaped shrubs.  Too bad they couldn't have a complete wedding here. It was amazing.

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The Men's Garden Club had a sweet little display of a Parisian Cafe.

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There were prize winning cactus...

 

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And beautiful flowers...

 

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And displays that were beautiful beyond words...and cute, like you wouldn't believe.

 

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One could spend hours talking of the spectacular displays.  I will let the photographs do the talking, but I do highly recommend taking a day and checking out next year's Flower Show!

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Homeshows

Before Christmas, my sister, Patience, of Smile Creations Crafts, and I held a Homeshow at her house.  It was a huge success. What is a Homeshow? Have you ever heard of an Avon, Tupperware, or Jewelry party?  Well, ours was the same idea. There was food, raffles, lots to look at, conversation, and fun!

Here are two samples of door prizes that everyone got. A Free Facebook Profile Picture!

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This is something we would both like to continue doing for our businesses.  There are host incentives and always fun prizes.

Look us both up on Facebook and follow our businesses!

@Smile Creations Crafts

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The Inn at Montchanin Village

I am thrilled to have been given the oppotunity to photograph the Inn at Montchanin Village in Montchanin, Delaware.  We concentrated our efforts in the Spa.  It is a clean, homey, wonderfully relaxing atmosphere.

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I had one female model who was lucky enough to get a small sampling of a facial and then hot stone massage.  I was jealous. :) The second model was the masseuse for these services.  I must say both ladies were so patient and easy to work with.

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After photographing the Spa, the chef prepared some of his signature dishes for me to photograph.  By the way they looked and smelled, the food is as amazing as the ambiance and atmosphere of the Inn itself.

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Great Pics Dawn!! I had a blast being your model!whit
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Thank you. I'm so glad you had fun. I really liked how everything turned out.
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The Baby has Arrived!

Remember the alpacas I wrote about?  You got it! The baby alpaca was born on May 14, 2010 to the herd at Moore's Misty Pine Alpacas. A full month late.  I cannot imagine being pregnant for a full extra month.  But the baby was born with little difficulty.  Kelli and her family are now the proud owners of Don Vito, the first male alpaca in their herd.  Mommy and baby have bonded appropriately and are both healthy and doing well.

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There are two more alpacas expecting little ones any moment.  Hopefully we will get the privilege of photographing those babies when they are born as well.

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Love it....Didn't realize it was on your blog also! Thanks
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I'm glad you like it. I thought it was only fitting to announce the baby's arrival.
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Alpacas? Moore's Misty Pine Alpacas

When I heard of this business, I asked myself, "What exactly is an alpaca?"

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Well, alpacas are very similar to llamas, only smaller.  Originating from the Andes Mountains in South America; bred for their fleece.  To this day they are still bred for their fleece.  It is extremely soft, warm, and get this...hypoallergenic.  They are sheared in April or May. There are two "cuts" of fleece that come from the alpaca.  The blanket (which can be worth a lot of money and entered into shows along with the animal to win ribbons) and the seconds (fleece from the legs which is best for felting).

Kelli and Mike Moore own Moore's Misty Pine Alpacas.  I asked Kelli what made her want alpacas.  Well, the family went on a trip to Hershey, PA where they met Paco and Taco.  The owners of the hotel they stayed at happened to have two alpacas, Paco and Taco.  These two little guys were the inspiration for the family to invest their time and money into the docile, cuddly creatures.  At first it began as just a venture to have some additional pets. They already had a dog and a cat! However, the more research Kelli did the more valuable she found alpacas to be.  So it became a little business for the family.  They raise all female alpacas so far and have started to breed them.  Additionally, Kelli felts the seconds and makes washcloths around these fabulous little organic soaps and she said she has made a purse through felting as well!  She let me try the French Milled Lavander soap.  It is wonderful.  The combination of the soft washcloth with the organic soap is so luxurious.  She also offers African Shea Butter lotion.

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In getting into the shows and more of the business end of alpaca fleece, Kelli is avidly trying to find a fiber artist to purchase the "blanket fleece."  She said these can sell for top dollar, but for now she is mainly interested in getting Moore's Misty Pine Alpacas name into the market.

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Feel free to contact Kelli and Mike if you want more information about their business or their lovable alpacas. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Moore family and their alpacas will be welcoming their second baby alpaca into the world in April.  The first was born in September.  We have been invited to come back and photograph the newborn. Stay tuned for photographs of the baby!

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Operation Homefront

There are many soldiers that fight for our country and they need our help, love, and support.

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I like to do what I can to support them, which is why as a photographer, I joined OpLove.  OpLove is a charity that provides families of soldiers with a photo session of the soldier's departing, the family while the soldier is away, or the homecoming of the soldier.

Taking this into consideration, when I was contacted by Tracy, a representative of Operation Homefront, asking if I would donate my time and photograph an event, I couldn't refuse.  Operation Homefront provides financial assistance as well as assistance in more everyday practical needs (like moving, auto repairs, food assistance, home and appliance repair, and more) to the soldiers and their families.

For this event, Operation Homefront paired up with KIDS and donated nurseries to soldiers who recently had a baby or who were expecting a newborn.

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In the short time I was there, 75 nurseries were donated to very grateful families.  Everyone's heart was touched.

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If you would like to donate to Operation Homefront, visit their website at http://www.operationhomefront.net/default.aspx.
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Food...Food...Food.........

Food is something everyone loves. Having the opportunity to photograph food is such a delight.  Brides choose great venues with fantastic chefs who make not only the taste buds go wild but my artistic eye as well.  The food is beautiful and quite enticing.  I have followed my passion for photographing food and do some commercial work for restaurants and catering companies on the side.  It is always an added bonus when I can taste the food.  I hope these photographs make you as hungry as they have made me--at least I know I have done my job in that case.

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