2015 Athens High School Senior – Tori

The wind has started knocking the leaves off the trees here in New York’s Southern Tier – so I wanted to share a senior session where we made use of the beautiful autumn while we still could! Tori is a 2015 senior from Athens High School, and she was referred to The Camera’s Eye by her friend Chloe – my Brooke Shields lookalike from earlier in the year 🙂

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Senior session style was key here! Tori spent a lot of time choosing her outfits – and, like a lot of us, she loves to shop so she even considered buying NEW things 🙂 (That’s not usually necessary for senior sessions with The Camera’s Eye, since I want to capture you as you are – but I certainly won’t discourage you if you know there’s a good sale going on!)

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In the end, Tori brought about 6 different outfits and we worked together to match the best ones with the scenery. Even though she’s into fashion, she’s an outdoorsy girl and wanted her senior photos to look natural. Her favorite shots? The ones we did on the railroad tracks.

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Tori, good luck in your last year at Athens High School!

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Carrie

I LOVE shooting senior sessions in and around Owego, NY. However, as you saw in our last post, it’s nice to take advantage of all of upstate New York’s beauty with a location shoot now and then! Carrie, a 2015 senior from Owego Free Academy, had her senior session with the The Camera’s Eye in Skaneateles, NY. She really wanted to get her photos done near the water, and as you can see, we got more than just NEAR the water:

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Carrie’s main goal for her senior portrait session? Making sure that she looked just like herself. In this case, that meant a lot of smiling and laughing 🙂

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We had a blast! It took a few months of emailing back and forth and planning out the logistics, but I’m easygoing when it comes to planning.

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Of course, there’s always the behind-the-scenes story – this shoot was either the fourth or fifth time we had to reschedule due to rain (I lost track!). And it’s not like that kept the rain away in the end – we drove up to our location in a downpour, and back home in a downpour to match. During Carrie’s session, we had to duck under a veranda to escape from even MORE rain rolling in.

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The cards seemed to be against us! The best part though? We tried to stop for pizza towards the beginning of our shoot at a local joint. They told us that they hadn’t started making any yet for the day – fair enough. About five hours later, when we had wrapped up the photo shoot and were totally starved, we stopped back at the SAME place…and they STILL didn’t have any pizza! So if anyone has any recommendations for pizza places that actually serve pizza in the Skaneateles area, lemme know 🙂

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A big thanks to Carrie from The Camera’s Eye for a fun (and adventurous) senior session! Best of luck in your senior year at Owego Free Academy!

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2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Jenn

We’ve wrapped up our senior season at The Camera’s Eye, but there are STILL a few seniors to blog about! Meet Jenn, who is nothing short of busy – she’s a student at Owego Free Academy, but ALSO an early college program student at SUNY Broome. This also means that her schedule is less-than-traditional, so I asked if she would be able to come to Watkins Glen with me for her senior session, and she jumped on it!
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Watkins Glen is a huge attraction because of its beauty, and an all time fave of mine from shooting weddings there at the start of my career with The Camera’s Eye.  I’ve always wanted to try out the scenery there in ANYTHING but a white dress!
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It was also perfect for Jenn’s senior photos for a couple of reasons. #1  She LOVES ivy. Whether it’s climbing, crawling, or hanging, she’s all about it, so we made sure to get plenty of senior pictures with ivy in them.
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#2  Her grandpa used to love sailing, so the shots with the boats in the background are sure to be a huge hit!
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As with a lot of my senior sessions at The Camera’s Eye, we spent most of the time laughing…a LOT. One of the funniest moments: My mom came along for the shoot and Jenn and I were waiting for her while she was in the bathroom. A man walked by the two of us and said, “It’s such a wonderful thing seeing a mother and daughter out bonding together!” We thanked him and then both cracked up laughing :)… a. because that was a hoot but b. MY MOM is NEVER on a shoot with me and was ACTUALLY there – just in the restroom!
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Best wishes to Jenn in her work at OFA and SUNY Broome!