Photos Required: Children grow up so fast

young boy making funny faces

Children grow up so fast! One minute you have a little baby and before you know it the little one is asking for car keys.  Time won’t stand still but pictures can capture some of the moments.

Along the way we can snap pictures and can hold the memories.

Take lots of pictures of your little ones and from time to time have a professional capture those precious images.

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Diamonds! – Women with Age Photography

Photography showcasing the beauty of women with age. Diamonds!!

Some of these women are sisters from church,  some I met at various events, some are aunts.  Some are friends from the neighborhood.  The one on the cover with the black hat is my late mother.

Some are gone all and some are still here to treasure.  God bless them all!

Do you have pictures of your diamonds?

Lonnie Dawkins is portrait photographer based in Washington, DC

Children Photography – Young lad with braids

young african american male with braids

Handsome youngster with braids.  Photo taken at his family reunion event in July 2015.

Children are always a pleasure to photograph especially when they are like this young fellow. He enjoyed having this picture taken.  He was often nearby ready for another shot.

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

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



Big Bold Pictures in Big Bold Frames

We believe that one should not settle for digital images.  Make beautiful images and print them large.  Then pick big beautiful frames to show them off.  Put them on your wall where all can see or gift them for friends.

woman if black hat and colorful clothing framed Lonnie Dawkins Photography

Senior Portraits – It’s All About the Graduate

Senior Portraits – Gleeful image of a college graduate during her photo shoot.

Smiling young female college graduate - African American
During the session we take the standard cap and gown images and then we take creative shots that express the graduate’s personality. Pictures are taken in studio and in various locations of the graduate’s choice.

It’s all about the graduate as we celebrate his/her accomplishment.

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

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Family Circle – Gathering for prayer. Family Reunion – Rutherfordton, NC

Reuniting for fellowship, fun, and food.  36th annual Hart-Sims family reunion.  It’s not the largest family reunion but it has been consistently held since 1976.  After many years of holding banquets in hotels, etc. our family went back to a simple backyard celebration this year..  Fish Fry on Friday night, cookout Saturday afternoon, and large dinner Saturday night.  Nothing fancy but just as much fun.  All together in one location for 2 days.  Keeping it simple.

What does your family do?

Family praying together

Photos: Hundreds Marched Demanding Justice for Trayvon Martin in Washington, DC

Saturday, April 7, 2012. Hundreds of protesters marched in Washington, DC demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was killed.  Marchers represented people of all races, young and old.  Buses and cars blew their horns in solidarity.

Protest sign - Trayvon Martin rally in DC

Trayvon Martin Stand against justice sign

Justice for Trayvon sign in march in DC

Stand for justice sign in march demanding justice for Trayvon Martin

Diverse group of people marched in protest for Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin marchers protest carrying sign washington dc

Meeting my grandfather: Search for ancestors in North Carolina

grandfather - man with 2 horses

I know that this is not the best picture but it is one of my favorites.  It’s a picture of my maternal grandfather given to me by my aunt.  I have only seen this and one other picture of him.

The picture sparks so many questions.  My grandfather David Beam Hart died the year I was born so I never knew him.  HIs nickname was Buddy and he and my grandmother Alda were the parents of 12.  My grandmother lived a long life and I have many fond memories of her.

Grandpa (I guess that’s what I would have called him) worked on the railroad.  For the longest time I misunderstood what working on the railroad meant.  I had seen the movie “10000 Black Men Named George” and had imagined him working on the train as a porter which would have been hard enough.   Later I learned that he and a lot of others actually worked on the tracks – a hard and extremely dangerous job.  These men helped make the railroad industry possible.  Many gave their lives.  Also he was a resident of Rutherford County, NC.  Rural North Carolina was not a safe place to be an African-American in the early 1900s.  Knowing this I have since become fascinated by the history of southern railroads and early life in Rutherford County, NC.

Here’s a picture though that no one knows much about.  How old is it?  Are those his horses?  Where is he?  It is even not clear enough to really show how he looks.

A lot of my time has been spent doing genealogy and some questions like who his brothers and sisters were have been answered.  I even found his draft registration card.  On that card I was delighted to find out that I was born on his birthday.  This date varies from what is stated on some other records but I will go with the draft registration date of course.  The search for more information about Buddy Hart continues.