I always say, “My favorite age group to photograph is 3 year olds.” They can tell you what they want, they can joke with you and they’re always ‘straight up.’ Case & point: my last name is McQueeney. When Pixar’s animated movie, “Cars” hit the theaters, a young boy, Clayton was a client of mine. His Mom prepped him so kindly to walk in the studio and say, “Hi Miss McQueeney!” He looked at me… looked again… “Is your real name ‘Stickers?’ You should just go by ‘Stickers’. It’s way easier to say!” lol! HOW can you NOT love that??? So for years, 3 year olds have been my heart throbs.
I blogged at the beginning of the High School Senior season about a young man I thought was really exceptional and then the season exploded as it always does… Seniors with sports uniforms, trendy outfits, and interesting hobbies flood into my world every evening. This year however, there’s something crazy in the air or I’m simply in love with a new age group. I’ve met kids already accepted in college, kids in programs that allow them to experience their career choice for more than half the year, kids with ‘out of school’ interests like ice hockey and scuba diving and the list goes on and on. If I could generalize; this may very well be a generation with everything at their fingertips BUT the coolest thing about them is they take advantage of all of it!
What’s the second best thing about them??? In the midst of all that they have in their reach, they really aren’t that much different than the generations before them. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman, with such a witty sense of humor, she kept me on my toes the entire session.
She bravely came alone , so to start conversation, I asked her to run down her outfits with me and give me a sense of her style. She made this typical but unusually polite “dig” on her Father… “Well I have this shirt with this great scarf, that my Father, all of a sudden thinks is too warm for this time of year! When did he become a “FASHIONISTA?!!” Ha! I didn’t even know what say – I just filled the air with laughter.
As we moved along to our location, I asked…”what are you into? what are your hobbies?” In this time of mad-crazed video graphics and high tech everything, she replied, “I really love to read and write.” I continue to fiddle with my photography gizmos and gadgets and she blurts out.. “Do you know ‘so and so’ author? He’s very controversial but he’s my favorite!” I stopped everything I was doing… if there was one moment in my entire life that I wished I read more and could have related to her interest… it would have been THAT moment. A 17 year old with a favorite author… LOVE it!
Now she piqued my interest and as we chased the light through the evening, I kept trying to think of different things to ask her while listening VERY closely & contemplating f-stops and apertures because she would hold me to the answers with her humor. Hmmmm… very much like 3 year olds! She was currently earning money as a waitress, started cosmetology school- but it definitely wasn’t her style, and for as many times as she changed her hair color- today’s color was closest to her original roots. (Incidentally, it’s amazing when the light catches it!)
As we wrapped up the shoot, I asked for a password for her session and began chatting about the fee and purchasing details. OUT of no where, she threw a smirky smile my way and quickly interrupted…”are you going to hack my Facebook account!?!?!!?” DANG! She got me again! No words came out of my mouth- just laughter. At this point in the game, I was robustly belly laughing.
But that wasn’t the last time she was going to get me before we parted ways. I asked if she had any more questions or ‘anythings’ for me (hoping she would say her Dad sent a check with him)… pause, ”Nope.” I awkwardly asked…”How about a check from your Dad?” This gets real good… “Oh no, I have cash for that!” and she began to count it. Why I thought I could help this established, pip of a Senior is beyond me.. but I did! Counting, counting, counting.. “can I help you?” ”Nope! There’s extra. I’m a waitress…. I believe Tip Karma! It’s good energy!” and away she zoomed, leaving me standing there to pick my jaw up off the asphalt. Couldn’t you hear that from someone in the 70′s???
Regardless the timeframe, these are savvy Seniors and I love their personalities!
So kind of Kathy and very indicative of her nature and business style. We learned the lay of the land and watched the bridal party rehearse under the arbor that overlooked the grape vines and beautful Seneca Lake.
The next day, under the heat of an unforgiving sun, the bridal party and guests engaged in a lovely ceremony as Bill and Katy exchanged vows and rings in the late afternoon.
We photographed in the vineyards and off location at an amazing privately-owned waterfall while guests ate gingerly at a wine & cheese tasting on the lawn and then a cocktail hour on a red and turquoise adorned deck overlooking the water.
Later, we joined the guests inside for a red and teal themed reception decorated by an Ithaca florist who grew all her own flowers. You have to see this bouquet!
Our DJ on the night was Ryan Bombard from Ryan Bombard Entertainment, who entertained quests with his photobooth pictures that were glued into an album for the bride and groom to use as a quest book. What an great idea! Of course… we jumped in with our cameras, mexican hats and enormous red sunglasses! Not exactly work-related, but hey, how could we tell you how fun it was if we didn’t try it?!!
Congratulations Katy & Bill and hats off to all vendors involved! For additional information, don’t hesitate to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: Lisa McQueeney or visit the Glenora website: http://www.glenora.com/Weddings/Weddings-at-Glenora
There’s always something brewin’ in Upstate New York in the spring & summer, but sometimes it’s not always a picnic… often times it’s a Storm!
I blogged earlier in the year about understanding the sound of trees falling in the darkness in the middle of a storm. They don’t always sound like you think they would, nor do they make the noise you would imagine when they land on your house. A few years back, the tree providing shade over the roof at The Camera’s Eye Studio split in half due to a wild storm. Later that day, I found a postcard in my mailbox…
I was skeptical, but thought, “how convenient!” I didn’t have to search for help or ask all my neighbors “who should I call about this dilemna???” The person even wrote in their own handwriting on the postcard a short assessment of the damage and offered a free quote. Who does that in our fast-paced society today?
I gave him a call about the tree stretching across my yard onto the roof. This tree specialist was so skilled at tree climbing, professional and informative that I shared him with all my neighbors! I gladly paid him for his services (even though I would have rather bought something nice for myself ), and offered my skills in return if I could ever help him.
Well, he took me up on it! This week’s adventure covers Patrick Boyer, owner and tree expert of Caretakers Tree Service located in Nichols, New York. Caretakers’ business motto is: “The RIGHT tree in the RIGHT place” and the business didn’t get it’s name for the purpose of making money. Patrick spends a good portion of time educating homeowners about the maintenance of trees in their yard and caring about the potential danger of trees during storms.
He’s not a pushy salesman.. the choice is up to you what you want to do on your property, but you can rest assured in hiring him that he will leave you educated and satisfied with the end results of his labor.
Check out his work here and on Facebook, Patrick Boyer. If you’re in need of tree work and no one left a postcard in your mailbox, give him a call for a free assessment: (607) 768 9674.
If he’s done work for you in the past… take a moment and leave a comment! There’s nothing better than a good testimonial!
Staying regularly involved in some aspect of Tioga County; Tioga County Chamber of Commerce brings a new adventure to me every week. Last week’s event brought me to the fingertips of Jody Tackley, owner of Handprints Massage Therapy and NEWLY created Wellness Center…
Jody, a licensed massage therapist, brought her Massage Therapy business to our area on Delphine Street, 7 years ago to the date that she turned it into a Wellness Center. How do I know that??? When I arrived to photograph the Open House held last Wednesday, July 11th, I asked… “did ALL Star Sports (the business next to her behind the Owego Agway) make all your signs?” She replied… “You’ll never believe this, but when I went into the closet to see what I used for the first Open House… the date was exactly the same! I was just meant to do this in my business on THIS day.”
Handprints Massage Therapy, http://www.handprintsmassagetherapy.com which normally specializes in various types of massage, including deep tissue and hot stone massage, expanded its doors to an additional massage therapist, an accupunturist and a yoga instructor.
For more information on who and what is being offered… please visit any of the above links or drop Jody a message and ask about her new services: 607-687-4263, email@example.com.
In the meantime, take a look at the people who freely enjoyed the new offerings last Wednesday July 11th from 11 – 2… and yes, I absolutely jumped in the yoga demonstration, relaxed for a 10 minute chair massage and had a little stress relief applied to my ear from the accupuncturist!
All high school seniors are someone special to me at The Camera’s Eye Studio… I spend approximately 2 hours with all of them, learn their likes and dislikes, their interests and hobbies, and definitely share some good life stories.
Every now and then though, you’ll come by one that stays in your memory and this one happens to be THAT one. PLUS, he kicked off my Senior Season so I have such a warm fuzzy going into this 2013 Graduation Class.
The Session started off with his parents telling me all about his hobbies and places he liked to go in our town. As I was getting the formal shot out of the way so we could move into the fun stuff, he saw an image of a baseball player on my wall and asked if we could create that image for lacrosse. I was thrilled! Of course… but I know very little of lacrosse and so asked him to educate me on the sport. No attitude, no eye-rolling, no hesitation… he just started telling me what I needed to know. Bang.. we kick that shot out too!
The next several hours – and I honestly could have kept shooting for much longer because it wasn’t even like work – he took me to his favorite fishing spot, through a huge field in his shiny, red jeep (in which he gave me a front seat ride), to meet his dog, and to a Hose Company, Croton Hose Co. A fire department?? Hmmmm… why ask why, but because he was so friendly, you know I did! He’s a Volunteer Fireman!
I meet a lot of interesting people in my career as a professional photographer, but this kid I will remember for a very long time. What a cool cat!
So here at The Camera’s Eye, http://www.thecameraseye.biz, it’s no secret… I love cats. I have a Studio Cat named, 2Dots that adores infants and tries to snuggle them in their baby carriers and mauls all the High School Seniors who dare sprawl out on 2Dot’s studio floor. I can’t hide her and I can’t hide my love of cats. Of course, I get a kick out of photographing them!
Last week, I visited Stray Haven Animal Shelther in Waverly NY, Stray Haven and met the animal- lovin’ staff who showed me this year’s kittens. The Staff was amazing… one woman was nursing with a dropper a lil’ set of black kittens whose eyes were barely open. So sweet! I asked… can I help you adopt these guys? They had no idea what I meant. A day later, I stopped in with a backdrop, props, a feather duster and anything else I knew that could attract the attention of these lil’ guys. Everybody has a thing… this is my thing. I genuinely connect with cats and so does this staff! Within 10 minutes, 6 of us (Junior, Darlene, Shanna, Lynn, Dezi and I) were scooping up familes of kittens, solo kittens, all the way down to the two, lil’ buggers whose eyes were barely open. No flash- just window light and a lot of lovin’.
All these kittens are for adoption and in need of your love! Take a peek and if you see someone you like… give them a call: (607) 565-2859 or visit your interest: 194 Shepard Road, Waverly NY 14892 Stray Haven Humane Society for directions. Describe who you saw… they will know who you’re talking about. They affectionately name all the kittens based on some attribute about their arrival or their character… it’s very very sweet. For instance, the white/ black tiger striped male to the far left in the basket is “Chunk” and when you lift him up… You’ll know why!
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This lively “red head” had a blast during her Senior session at The Camera’s Eye http://www.thecameraseye.biz last Fall. Finalizing her order for Graduation made me think of the expression, “blondes have more fun”… not in this case!