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    Thank you so much to all my wonderful clients over the past 7 years. My family has recently moved out of state and as a result I have closed my photography business in Lancaster.

May Mini Session Portraits

Well, the first ever CB Portraits Mini Session Day was a big success!   The weather was just perfect, and all the families and kids were just too stinkin’ cute!  Only one little guy was sick, and he still came and smiled so nicely for pictures.  :)    I had a lot of fun…but whew – I was ready for a nap!   Trying to get kids to open up, laugh, and be themselves to a stranger in just 20 min. (over and over again with each child) – is definitely a challenge!   Thank you so much to all of you who came!  It was so nice to see some of you again, and to meet some lovely new families.

Faith - June 7, 2010 - 12:44 pm

Bonnie—BEAUTIFUL!!! We absolutely LOVE the shots you got of Braden!! Thanks for working so well with him and getting him to smile :)

9 months * Lancaster Child Photograpy

Meet the adorable Miss Abbi.  She was a delightful 9 month old with adorable baby rolls and beautiful blue eyes!   I had such a good time with her and her mommy. We took some pictures inside and then found a lovely spot outside.   Little Abbi did great!  9 months is such a fun age to photograph.  They generally aren’t moving too quickly and they are fascinated by everything.   Isn’t she sweet!

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Emma - May 31, 2010 - 11:44 pm

I love the outdoors shots – that pathway is so cute! The last photo is stunning too…what a great location.

Kelly - September 1, 2010 - 7:06 pm

WOW! These photos are so stunning, what excellent work. You are an inspiration!

Circle of Life

I was outside weeding yesterday, when Savannah (our 4 year old), comes running over to me.  “Mommy, Mommy – Kiwi (our cat) is getting a baby bunny!”  She points to a bush in our yard, and as I push the branches aside, I see a little baby bunny huddled inside.    Out of my two oldest kids, Savannah is the animal lover.  She has always played with stuffed animals – no baby dolls for her!  She constantly begs and pleads to have a pet she can hold in her arms.

So, I go find a pair of mittens, and tell her she can hold the bunny.  He was pretty jumpy at first, but she was so happy.  She held that baby bunny for hours!  We talked about letting him go, but she got upset, so I decided he might as well stay until the next day.  We put him in a bucket with a little water, a carrot, and a towel.

The next morning, she went to the bucket so excited to hold the bunny again.  “Shhh,” she says as she picks him up.  “He’s sleeping.”   I looked closer and was surprised to see that he was not moving.  The little baby bunny had died.   That was the last thing I wanted my daughter to have to experience.  I knew she didn’t really know what death was.

We told her the bunny wasn’t coming back; he was asleep and not going to wake up.   She seemed to take it okay.  We found a little box and an old piece of material and put him inside.  Daddy dug a hole and she put the little box inside.  I was surprised that she didn’t seem to be reacting too much.

But, as soon as we started putting dirt on top of the little box, she bursts into tears.  She starts sobbing and doesn’t stop for probably 30 min.  This was one of those times we were ready to promise her anything.  Our poor little heartbroken girl….   She did seemed to forget about him for the afternoon, but at bedtime she looks at me and says, “Mommy, can I have the bunny after he is done being dead?”

Amanda Nicole - May 11, 2010 - 2:55 pm

OMG, that is so sad. I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes just reading this! How sad for her! :(

Dawn Gordon - May 17, 2010 - 2:43 am

Oh, that is so tough. I was heartbroken for her when I read this and saw her face. I went through a similar situation with my son when he was 4. He found a baby bird that fell from it’s nest, and we put it in a box. After 2 days we thought it would be ok but on the third day we woke up to find that he didn’t make it. My son was so upset and the tears came like a waterfall. Even though it broke my heart I tried to also look at it as a positive learning experience that all kids have to go through at some point, especially if they have pets.

Nadia - May 18, 2010 - 3:22 pm

Oh, how sad…. poor girl.

Mom mom - May 21, 2010 - 10:36 am

Such a tender heart. . . and such a sad situation. We love her dearly!

[…] so very much.   You might remember a previous blog entry I posted about her and a little bunny (Circle of Life).   I think you really should go back and look at it again.  It is definitely a heart tugger!  […]

Lancaster County Designer, Janell Almodovar

A few weeks ago I put a call out looking for names of talented small business owners who are from right here in Lancaster County.  It can be hard to make it as a small business, even if you have real talent and a quality product.   I think buying locally is such a fabulous way of supporting our community.  You can often purchase very creative and original products that no one else has seen before!

Well, I’d like to introduce Janell Almodovar – a very talented designer of beautiful handbags.    And, since it is fun to get to know the person behind the product,  I’ve asked Janell some questions so we can get to know her better.  And, just to give you a heads up, she is graciously giving away a FREE handbag!  You will have to read on for more details!!

handmade handbags in lancaster county


How long have been in business? I started experimenting part-time in 2002, and officially went full-time in 2007.

When you’re not creating and designing bags, where can we find you? With family! I work a lot, so when I’m not working I need that special time with my hubby and 2 boys.

Do you twitter? Facebook? Just Facebook – j.almodovar handmade creative

What is  your:

  • guilty indulgence? Coffee, wine, dark chocolate…donuts….did you want just one??
  • favorite getaway? MIAMI! I love the heat, the beach, the people.
  • favorite family ritual? Any weekend that my husband is off work…. We spend a lot of time with family and love having whole family    sleepovers. This usually includes a big breakfast, grilling in the backyard and lots of noise. Our poor neighbors!
  • favorite thing in your closet? I love layering, so my cardigans are a must and since summer is right around the corner – my sandals.
  • current reading material? Wish I could say something intelligent here, but I’ll be honest – W magazine, Lucky magazine, Nylon, The New  York Lookbook are some of my favorites.

How did you get into this business? I’ve always been in love with fashion, but didn’t do anything serious with my interest until after I had my first son. (That’s right, I didn’t want to go back to work, even though I eventually had to.) From 2002-2007 I experimented part-time with designing handbags. I had a few home shows, pushed them on friends and family, and eventually set up my etsy shop online.  Within this time period a store in Hawaii started stocking my bags. In 2007 I was able to completely supplement my income from working part-time jobs and go full-time with my business.

My handbags are currently in 11 stores across the US and 1 international store with 8 more stores pending contracts. The workload has become a bit much for 1 person so I have fashion design interns who help out in my home studio for 3 month terms. When things are really busy I bribe my husband and friends to cut patterns. I’m also looking forward to having my first employee (yay, my sister!) this summer.

What do you think makes a business successful? Good, fast communication, staying current and creative, customer satisfaction – most of the stores that stock my handbags came about from word of mouth.  Happy customers are the best at marketing!

What inspires you as a designer? # 1 would be people watching. I love seeing how people put their outfits together and express themselves. I’m also inspired by different cultures, traveling, fabrics, my magazine collection and blogs that I follow.

And, here are just a few bags I pulled from her Etsy shop.  I love the creative patterns and colors!

lancaster small business, handmade handbags

And now for the FREE bag giveaway that Janell is graciously giving us!  The bag you can win is the patchwork shoulder bag (similar to the one in the image above).  These are the rules:

1.  You must live in the United States to enter.

2.  To enter,  hit the “share” button on Facebook to tell your friends.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me you “shared.”

3.  To enter a second time, visit her etsy shop and then come back here and leave a comment stating which of Janell’s bags are your favorite.

4.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner.

5.  The deadline to enter is Sunday the 9th at 10pm.  The winner will be announced on Monday, May 10th – a perfect Mother’s Day present to one of you!

Make sure you also “like” my CB Portraits Fan Page so you will find out when we have additional contests and giveaways!

Jennifer - May 8, 2010 - 2:09 am

I Shared this post, as well, Bonnie!! Thanks for the introduction to a great local artist!

Jennifer - May 8, 2010 - 2:11 am

Love the shoulder bag in patchwork and multi.

Janell Almodovar - May 9, 2010 - 12:56 am

Love it! Thank you so much, Bonnie!

Gracious Interiors * Lancaster Portrait Photography

I had the pleasure of taking pictures for this beautiful and very talented lady.   She is passionate about interior design, and shares her inspiring message on her blog Gracious Interiors.   To say she knows what she is talking about is an understatement.  Her Lancaster County home is one of the most beautifully decorated homes I’ve ever seen!  Go check out her blog and be inspired! :)

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