The Beauty of Age

“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”

Audrey Hepburn

Here are some examples of ladies who are beautiful inside and out.  Fun happy people who have seen and been through a lot of experiences throughout their lives and have kept smiling and bringing joy to others.
Mature African American woman glamorous


Eula M Hopkins

Annie Davis - woman-in-tweed-suit-with-glasses-smiling-african-american

Lonnie Dawkins Photography Website

Photo – Sit back, Let the joy sweep over you

man asleep in front of National theater with funny sign

Let the Joy Sweep Over You and it might put you to sleep.

Notice sign in background at National Theater in Washington, DC during the Mamma MIa run: “Sit back and let the joy sweep over you”

Saturday morning kitchen discovery – Eyes of a child

It was Saturday morning and I decided that my grandson would be my model for the morning.  After some shots in the bedroom of him just relaxing and watching his favorite Cars videos, he moved the action into the kitchen.

With very little effort he mounted the stools like a pro.  Acting as though I was invisible and as if the camera was not pointing directly at him, he proceded to climb onto the kitchen counter.   After rendering  a few bars of a selection on a pitch pipe and playing with an action figure toy, he decided to find out what was in the little box we use to store salt.

The adventure continued with his deciding that the box needed to have more than just salt in it.  Anything handy that was pour able was then added to the salt-box and what couldn’t fit  into the box was spilled onto the counter.

It resulted in a big mess but gave me some great pictures.

young boy kitchen counter

opening small box on counter African American male

child climbed on kitchen counting reaching into small box

What pictures have you taken of your little one being him or herself?

Lonnie Dawkins Photography Site

Whose Binky is this?

pacifier left in park

While walking through the park last night I saw a pacifier also known as a Binky, bop, and a bunch of other things..  I paused and wondered about its history.

It was laying on a tree trunk and it looked like it had been found and placed there as though the owner would soon return for it.  Maybe the finder thought the child’s family would be back in a split second and still be able to make use of it.  I’m sure the finder had been through some lost pacifier drama.

As a grandfather I know how important “Binky” is.  I also know how binkies can disappear into thin air – here one second and gone never to be found again the next.  There have been times the family would have paid top dollar to replace one..  Once It took trips to several stores in the late hours to find the kind Baby would accept only to return home and have all the lost binkies suddenly pop out of their hiding places.  But back to the binky in the park.

How did it get here?  Did it belong to a toddler who dropped it and the parents had others that they immediately put to use?.  Did the child lose the bop on a peaceful family stroll though the park but once it was lost all hell broke loose?  Did  the family take the child to the park intentionally to say goodbye to Mr. Bop and a small ceremony was held as the peacemaker was placed on the tree trunk and the child bravely walked away?  A big boy or big girl now.  Did the pacifier work as hard as it could to soothe some child unsuccessfully and  decide on its own to disappear and felt the park was the place to do it?

Who was the child?  Was the cutie pie 6 months old?  One year old?  Two?  Was he or she an all day user or just casual?  What race? Nationality?  A walker or a crawler?  Quiet or loud?  Really active or really laid back?  Spoiled rotten or the sweetest most well behaved baby in the world?

How it got here and who the owner was are not to be known but this fantastic piece of rubber and plastic, Mr. Binky, can rest in peace now and should be thanked on behalf of the child, the parents, and the public for the wonderful service provided. It did look peaceful.

Any Binky stories?

Beautiful lights make the party.

I photographed a birthday party at the Appian Way in NJ over the weekend.  One of the reasons that the pictures came out so well is that the room had the most beautiful lighting coming from the chandeliers.

I took plenty of pictures of the party goers and there were soft beautiful hues cast on them from the lighting.  Just like the dj, the chefs, the food, the banquet captain, and the attendants the lighting performed beautifully.

ceiling ballroom lights

3 chandeliers in ballroom at the Appian Way

beautiful chandeliers at the Appian Way in NJ

Same old blanket but beautiful new baby.

Whenever I see someone show a picture of their beautiful new baby and I see what looks like the same hospital issued blanket it brings wonderful memories.  There is something about those blankets that I really adore.  Their simplicity makes the babies look all the more beautiful.   Though the blankets all look the same each baby still looks unique and special.

Earlier this year NPR published a wonderful article about the blankets and asked people to submit pictures and stories of their babies wrapped in the blankets.  I had taken a picture of my grandson Laron within an hour of his birth and I submitted it.   NPR included the picture in the article NPR Article: Born In The USA? This Blanket Might Look Familiar.

standard pink and blue hospital baby blanket


 NPR Article: Born In The USA? This Blanket Might Look Familiar

Does this look like the blanket your bundle of joy was wrapped in?  Did the blanket follow you home?

Headed to the Chapel. Engagement Photography

Jameal and Doug, a wonderful young couple,  announced their engagement.  We met at a beautiful location in Maryland and took pictures.  Wishing them many years of happiness!

engaged couple posing outside

Engaged couple posing in front of waterworks

Night scene of engaged couple

Sillouette of engaged couple at night                               Lonnie Dawkins Photography on Facebook

The Beauty of Fruit and Vegetables. Edible Art.

I normally only photograph people but recently did a photo shoot for a grocery store grand opening.   The arrangement of the produce was beautiful and made wonderful images.

The produce display in the store was so beautiful that it was a shame for anyone to disturb it.  Grocers became artists.  Not being an art gallery the pieces had to be removed for purchase.

Edible art!

Red and green peppers

Organic vegetables

Vegetables on salad bar

Tomatoes and other vegetables

Cut watermelon on display in grocery story                  Lonnie Dawkins Photography on Facebook


Life before Backpacks. How did we get our stuff to school?

School Backpacks for carrying books

Before you know it the school bell will be ringing again. As summer comes to an end parents are frequenting stores readying their children for the coming year and making sure that they have the essential back to school item — the backpack.

It is making me think. I don’t recall ever having a backpack – grade school through college. In fact I don’t even remember having enough of anything to need a backpack! I know I had a big notebook with a zippered pouch inside for pencils and erasers and I had some books. Evidently I just stuck them under my arms and started walking. Later in middle school and high school we had to bring athletic shoes which we weren’t allowed to wear to class along with a pair of shorts, a T-shirt ,and a towel for gym class. We must have had a bag for that.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not knocking backpacks because it is a great convenience and kids today have a lot more to carry back and forth to school than I ever did. All students need backpacks today. Education is a lot more complex and there are more books and accessories needed in addition to supplies that schools no longer provide.

Power to the backpack! I just never had one or can remember how I managed without. What did we do before backpacks and when did they emerge on the scene as the must have item for school? And for those who are wondering…. yes, there was a time before backpacks.