Chats with Jack

I met Jack, owner Logan Keeney’s Uncle this Spring at Farmer Brown’s Marketplace in Apalachin, NY while photographing & promoting Mother’s Day hanging baskets. Obviously, gardening runs in the genes with the Keeney Klan.  Jack is not only a #garden #enthusiast, he’s ray of brilliance with knowledge of just about any plant on premises.  I was quickly fascinated by him…The Camera's Eye, FBM, OWEGO, Apalachin, NY, Monarch Watch 1

Knowing Jack was a sap for info, while marketing #Perennials at FBM, I brought him a #milkweed stem hosting a tiny Monarch #caterpillar.  I participate in Kentucky University’s Monarch Watch program,  and thought he would “dig it” – all pun intended!The Camera's Eye, FBM, OWEGO, Apalachin, NY, Monarch Watch 2

Approaching him with a smile, I said, “I have a gift for you, but I warn you, it can change your Life.”  Well… it not only changed his, it changed all of ours!  Within an hour, Jack built FBM a Monarch enclosure, hunted for baby caterpillars on the surrounding Milkweed and propagated the Milkweed plants FBM already had for sale.  The Camera's Eye, FBM, OWEGO, Apalachin, NY, Monarch Watch 3

With Jack on staff, customers shopping at FBM are introduced to the #Monarchs- in all stages of their Life cycle and handed a wealth of #butterfly knowledge.The Camera's Eye, FBM, OWEGO, Apalachin, NY, Monarch Watch 4

It occurred to Logan, Jack was a wealth of knowledge that FBM should be sharing,  hence, “Chats with Jack” was born!  Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 5pm,  Jack will be open to any questions about planting, propagating, transplanting, plant identification, plant disease and his new found love, Monarch Rearing.  The Camera's Eye, FBM, OWEGO, Apalachin, NY, Monarch Watch 6

These are just a few topics we mustered up.  Jack will take just about any gardening question you throw at him.  Can’t make it in to see Jack, visit FBM’s website  & click “Chats with Jack” to leave your question.The Camera's Eye, FBM, OWEGO, Apalachin, NY, Monarch Watch 5

No questions to ask???… you may simply want to visit Jack at Farmer Brown’s for a tour of the Monarch enclosure and to see what these inquisitive little creatures have to teach us!  Kids will love it – a definite day adventure before school starts!

2020 Senior Portraits, Ithaca NY

How do you imagine your Senior Year?

Still plenty of time to schedule a Senior Photo session… http://www.thecameraseye.biz

Unleash your Style

The Camera's Eye, Portraits, Seniors, Photogrpaher, Owego, NYAnna, a Maine Endwell student approached her High School Senior photos exactly as we all should- with a tad bit of nervousness and a ton of style!  She kept her outfits simple, yet wore her favorite hat adding a touch of flare.

The Camera's Eye, Portraits, Seniors, Photogrpaher, APalachin, NYAs a musician, she tagged along with her guitar pulling out the soft, contemplative side you see here…

The Camera's Eye, Portraits, high School Seniors, Photogrpahy, Owego, NYThat same guitar strapped around her back evoked a playful, energetic smile that was so natural I didn’t even have to prompt for it behind the camera.

The Camera's Eye, Portraits, High School Seniors, Photogrpaher, Owego, NYJust to be certain I covered all of Anna’s personality, I asked for just a pinch of serious… and bam… there it was.

No two Senior sessions will be the same, but for sure at The Camera’s Eye, they are all effortless because being yourself behind the lens should be just that!  Schedule your session today  http://www.thecameraseye.biz , send an e-mail to lisamcqueeney@gmail.com or drop me a text @ 607 426 6023.

2020 Senior Year Excitement!

 

Laura – 2019 Owego Free Academy Senior

Meet Laura, a 2019 senior at Owego Free Academy! I had a blast shooting with her, her mom, and her friend Maria.

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For her senior session, Laura wanted outfits that would reflect all her different sides. She found most of her clothes at a consignment store the day before!

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Laura does a lot of theater and music and runs cross-country. She also just returned from a one-year Rotary exchange program in northern Thailand.

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A big thanks to Riverow Books for letting us borrow a children’s book. I love when we can incorporate props into a senior session 🙂

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A huge thank you to Laura for a great senior session with The Camera’s Eye! Best of luck in your last year at OFA 🙂

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Thanks to ALL of my 2019 seniors and families! Senior sessions might be over, but it’s never too early to start thinking about grad announcements. And if you want to use any of your photos for holiday cards, I need your orders in by Dec 1.! Contact me today 🙂

Heads Up Tioga – November 1st & 2nd in Owego!

Hey, Tioga County residents! Don’t miss this amazing event on November 2nd and November 3rd! The Camera’s Eye will be shooting portraits to be displayed and for sale as posters throughout downtown Owego during the month of December. All proceeds benefit the Tioga County United Way! Just bring $20 and your best smile. You’ll walk away with a hard copy and a digital file to show your community pride all over social media!

Thank you to our co-hosts: Farmer Brown’s Marketplace, Fuddy Duddy’s, Tom Ash Insurance, Tioga Tourism, The United Way, and The Tioga Arts Council! We are so thrilled to be supporting our local United Way and giving everyone a chance to be a part of the Tioga County community.

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Check out the Heads Up Tioga event page on Facebook! And if you’re a client of The Camera’s Eye from Tioga County, you KNOW I would love to see you again! Mark your calendars for this Friday and Saturday, and get ready to be the face of Tioga County!

 

Hospitality Meets History at Owego’s Belva Lockwood Inn

I’m so excited to collaborate with Julie Loveless, who co-owns the Belva Lockwood Inn with her husband Ike, on our upcoming custom planting auction this Friday and Saturday!

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Julie and Ike bought and have been renovating the historic building, which was in need of repair. They have already enjoyed a spot on HGTV’s House Hunters, which grabbed them international attention (after 6 days of shooting for the 22 minutes of airtime!). They are on their way to opening the inn during this upcoming holiday season.

As Julie puts it: “My vision for the Inn is to provide a unique guest experience, including the history of the building. The furnishings will be a mix of old and new with plenty of technology mixed in. We will have on-site catering available for intimate parties and weddings.”

 

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While the inn’s future is invigorating, its history and namesake is just as important. Julie explains: “The thing that got me about Belva is that I was born, raised and educated in this country, and never heard of Belva Ann Lockwood until I bought this house.  She ran on a national ticket for Presidency twice in 1884 and 1888 and stood for equal rights for all people. She’d be at the forefront of the equal rights movement today, but she’s not here, so I feel strongly that it is our job to help spread her message.

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I’ve photographed Julie tour countless guests through the renovation project and I can feel her passion when she speaks of Belva. It moves me to tears, something very rare while working behind my lens!
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To own a piece of our recent beautification project and support the United Way, don’t miss our custom planting auction tomorrow and Saturday!
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Custom Planting and More with Farmer Brown’s Marketplace

One of my absolute fave local businesses is Farmer Brown’s Marketplace! I’ve had the chance to connect with new owner Logan, who jumped in to help us beauty up the Bella Lockwood Inn and is one of the organizers of our planting auction this Friday and Saturday!

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Logan, who has a self-described “rather diverse background in horticulture,” became the owner of Farmer Brown’s a little over a year ago, and he has HUGE plans for the business 🙂

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In his first season alone, he improved the store display and shopping experience, featuring products that were 85% homegrown, and even increasing sales despite the wonky weather we went through this year in the Southern Tier!

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At Farmer Brown’s, you can now enjoy rewards for frequent purchases. Even more exciting, Logan has brought his brother-in-law Adam R. Coney on board as house designer, which puts them on the path of custom planting!

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Also, just because the temps are dropping doesn’t mean Farmer Brown’s is done for the season. This year, keep an eye out for home-grown poinsettias and ‘Live From New York State’ Christmas trees. Logan and Adam hope to move to a year-round farmers market-style business, and are using this year’s holiday season to test the waters 🙂

To own a piece of Logan and Adam’s custom work and support The United Way at the same time, please visit our plant auction Facebook page! The auction is hosted by The Camera’s Eye, Farmer Brown’s Marketplace, and the Belva Lockwood Inn – sneak peeks are available up until the auction opens on Friday September 28th!

Owego Custom Planting Auction This Week!

As the owner of The Camera’s Eye, I find networking with business owners vital to thriving in small upstate NY!  Last week, I shared my love of gardening with the owners of the soon-to-open Belva Lockwood Inn and scored a fun gardening project that exploded with creativity and opportunity for two other local shops! Read through to learn how THIS WEEK you can own a piece of our project and support The United Way at the same time 🙂
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Locals Julie and Ike Loveless purchased a dilapidated building at 249 Front St. Owego, NY and gained more than they bargained for with both a spot on the hit HGTV television show House Hunters AND a striking piece of history from the 1800s.

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When Julie asked me to “fancy up” the half-torn-down porch for an official tour by travel bloggers converging for an international TBEX conference in Corning NY, I was “game on!” I drew in Logan Keeney, the new owner of Farmer Brown’s Marketplace, not only because his flowers adorn my property; his brother-in-law designer, Adam Coney, also created a stunning arrangement across the street from my studio that I used as a photo backdrop all summer!

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Adam wanted to incorporate a shabby chic style to match the re-purposing of the old house, so off I went to Rusty and Jewel to beg owner Lisa Bystrak for wares that could create the look Adam desired.

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Adam named the custom arrangements “A Cinderella Story” because they literally came to life in one night! The event went off fantastically, and construction at the Inn is now back in full force.  Logan and I can’t handle seeing the Cinderella arrangements become covered in deck stain and wood-working dust, so we’ve decided to auction them off on Facebook with proceeds benefiting the United Way! Bidding is Friday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th – check out our sneak peaks all week!
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