Abby – 2018 Owego Free Academy Senior

Meet Abby, a superstar rising senior from Owego Free Academy! As an honors student taking college courses, it’s hard to believe she has time for anything else…

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…BUT, Abby is also a leader in the community, taking part in Global Leadership Now, YES LEADS, and the Interact Club, to name just a few…

#Seniorpics 2Oh, and did I mention she is also a top athlete? She’s lettered in track and cross country, but NOTHING compares to how much she loves softball!

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It’s clear this girl is headed places – and the most exciting place she’s headed is Italy! Abby has the honor of representing the USA Athletes International team in the Italian Softball Series next summer in Florence. She is just one of just FOURTEEN young women from across the country selected to represent the US – pretty incredible stuff!

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To do that, she needs to raise a bunch of money – please click here to help send Abby to Italy!

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Besides all of these accomplishments – Abby is an absolute sweetheart with a positive attitude and a striking personality. I’m so glad I got to know her through her urban senior session with The Camera’s Eye – best of luck to her in her senior year, Italy, college, and beyond!

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Bringing Some Flair to Your Senior Session

Still stressing about what to wear for your senior session with The Camera’s Eye? Solids with flair are always a safe choice! And what is flair?  In these images, you will see the client’s favorite color with a material pattern, or a piece of material missing, or a string or subtle eyelet pattern to the shirt…

 

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All of this is fantastic flair – it adds a little visual interest, but doesn’t distract from your face! Contact me today to set up your senior photos with The Camera’s Eye – we can chat more about how to get the best senior session for you 🙂

 

 

Clothes, Patterns, and Your Senior Session

Students are always concerned about what to wear to their senior session, and they ALWAYS ask.. “should I avoid patterns?”  As a general rule, yes, but…like all rules…I believe in breaking them for the good of photography  ; )

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If you bring patterns, I’ll either simplify the background so the pattern is the standout or, I’ll play with the colors in the pattern.

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Either way… you are more then welcome to bring patterns to your senior session with The Camera’s Eye!

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That way I can make sure you’re getting the attention you deserve during your senior photo session 🙂

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As always, wear what you are comfortable with, and I’ll make sure the real YOU shines through 🙂

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Contact me today to set up your senior photo session with The Camera’s Eye!

Mallory – 2018 Waverly High School Senior

Check out Mallory, a 2018 Waverly High School senior! I’ve worked with Mallory’s family for years but haven’t seen them in a while, and it was so nice to catch up and swap stories!

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Mallory didn’t come to me with anything super specific in mind for her senior shoot, which is fine! She loves having her photo taken, and I think it shows 🙂

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She also shows some awesome senior photo style – keeping it SIMPLE. For starters, her favorite and most comfortable jeans!

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She stuck with her favorite colors for tops, as well as her absolute favorite green dress. Noticing a theme?

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The flowered dress is SO fun and flowy, which is great for all the different poses we tried out!

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Thanks to Mallory for such a fun senior session with The Camera’s Eye, and best of luck to her in her last year at Waverly!

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Newborn Session with Adelyn at The Camera’s Eye

Welcome to the world, Miss Adelyn! Sarah and Jenise brought their little bundle in to me just a few days after she was born – they were back and forth a bit about doing a newborn shoot, but once she was finally here, they knew they would regret not getting the photos.

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The ladies brought a few memorable stuffed items and a softball glove, but there was really no major planning…sometimes the way to do things involving a newborn 🙂

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We do have babies that aren’t as fast asleep as Adelyn was – which is totally fine. That’s why we try to schedule newborn shoots at The Camera’s Eye before the baby is two weeks old, but you’ll get amazing photos either way!

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Since Adelyn was sleeping away, we did a few extra shots in this ADORABLE Minnie Mouse outfit. And, as happens with EVERY newborn shoot, she left this crocheted diaper a little less white than when we started 🙂

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We took our time to make sure everyone was comfortable. I have a Boppy and a wipes warmer in the studio, and we played Adelyn some lullabies – even used an app on my phone to create some soothing vibrations for her!

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I absolutely loved getting to meet Sarah and Jenise and their little sweet pea. I’m so glad they had a memorable experience with Adelyn’s newborn shoot. As Sarah put it, “I will never forget how it felt watching Lisa take pictures of our new baby. It was one of those moments that you think about while pregnant, and then was coming true in front of me.”

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Hoping to have Adelyn back in the studio for her 6-month shoot and beyond! Lots of love to this family from The Camera’s Eye.

Makeup and Senior Photos!

Q: What suggestions do you have for makeup for senior photos? I normally wear light foundation, eyeliner and mascara with a lip color.

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A: Of course you want to look your best for your senior photos! So how can you use makeup to do that? I always tell my seniors – do exactly what you normally do, with just a HINT of extra blush for the camera.

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This leaves you looking like YOU, and fabulously camera ready. Don’t forget some extra lip balm or blush to add that shimmer 🙂

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NOW is the time to be scheduling your senior photos with The Camera’s Eye! Contact me today so we can figure out the when and where 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Colors to Wear to Your Senior Session!

So last time I blogged about what to wear for your senior session with The Camera’s Eye, we covered all kinds of colors – including avoiding white when possible. But hey, aren’t there exceptions to every rule?

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When it comes to senior sessions with The Camera’s Eye, I like to think of ivory and white as Cinderella and the evil stepsister 🙂 Cinderella is ivory…you can pair other colors with it, complement it, place it just about anywhere in nature and it looks beautiful.  One of my favorite things to do is to “mute it down” and take a soft image.

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And what about going bold with your senior session style? If it’s you, absolutely! I can place bold with any other bold colors outside to make you look great, and to calm down the colors and let you take center stage.

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Since I’m an environmental portrait shooter, you’ll hear me talk a lot about how to coordinate with our great outdoors. So bring me what you have and we will make it work!

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Contact me today via my website or on Facebook to schedule your 2018 senior session today!

 

The Camera’s Eye at Owego Free Academy’s Class of 2017 Graduation

I was SO honored to be asked to photograph Owego Free Academy’s class of 2017 graduation ceremony! The school graduated 164 students at 10 a.m. on Sat June 24th outdoors on the Owego Free Academy campus.
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This class has the highest graduation rate (in OFA history) over a 4-year span at 94%, with a 99% graduation rate since the beginning of this school year.  121 of the students graduated with college credits…one even ended her high school career w/ 46 credits!
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This is a group of accomplished athletes, with many of them going to state-qualifying matches and meets. As a collective of athletes, they carried a 92% GPA! Four of the students will be honoring our Country by furthering their futures in the US Military.
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Principal Heath Georgia stated this class is all about pride, talent and challenging themselves and others, pushing the envelope just a enough to make them outstanding in the future.

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I get to know many high school seniors while shooting their senior portraits and if you’ve read any of my other posts, you know this group is my favorite to photograph!
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I LOVE learning about seniors in the hours we spend photographing and it’s a treat to see them on graduation day!
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A huge congratulations to OFA class of 2017!
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Violet and Co. – A Family Photo Session with The Camera’s Eye

I had such a blast with this family photo shoot with two-year-old Violet and her parents!

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Violet, like most two-year-olds, had her own plan and her own energy – and I love that! I feel like we captured her spirit using lifestyle portraiture.
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As with all of my sessions with The Camera’s Eye – it’s not about a perfectly posed picture! I love capturing your children, families, high school seniors, etc. exactly as they are every day!
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Violet’s two-year-old photo shoot is an excellent reminder – it’s not like we have to stop taking photos of your kids once they turn one 😉 The Camera’s Eye can help you craft a session for kids of any age, (including tweens!)
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The upstate New York summer is upon us, and I’m looking forward to tons more family sessions in the beautiful outdoors 🙂 Call or email to schedule your family photo session with The Camera’s Eye today!
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Wear What You Love for Your Senior Session!

Of course, one of the most frequent questions I get from seniors at The Camera’s Eye is what to wear! You’re already bringing what you love to the session, so why not bring what you love to wear to this session? This is the best way to make you comfortable for your senior photos.
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Remember, you’re only doing your senior photos once, so do it in the clothing you love to make sure the real YOU shines through!
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This 2018 senior below loved the pattern of this shirt and the colors…but they were hidden by all the white in the shirt.  White is a standout color (ok, if we’re being technical, it’s actually the absence of color) but it draws the eye like no other! … so I simply played off that little pop of color by surrounding her IN that color   🙂  Wear what you LOVE and let me do the rest  : )

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The lovely lady below, who is from Athens High School and happens to be continuing her softball career in college, is one of the 2017 Seniors who dreaded her session.  Nearing the end, she put on a dress she and her grandmother went shopping for together.  She was in love with it and her smile reflects how she feels. Do you think someone who dreaded their senior session could strike a pose like this out of their back pocket?  Probably not… but in the right clothes and with the right mindset: Eureka!  This is a pretty dynamic picture of her!  Thank you Aubrey for letting me use this example ; )-

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There is ONE major exception to my rule (ok, if we’re being technical, the absence of a rule) and that’s fluorescent brights, which are a hot trend right now. Seniors, ever wonder why roadside construction workers wear them? That’s right, they reflect and stand out. What’s more, your skin will start to reflect this color and it’s just NOT a good look for a senior session!
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Contact me today to schedule your senior session with The Camera’s Eye!