For the parents and recipients of First Holy Communion, I’m certain it feels like a “Once upon a Time” experience donned in white suits and dresses carrying heirloom rosary beads to their photo shoot prior to Church. For me, as the owner of The Camera’s Eye, it’s a smiled upon once-a-year tradition.
Sister Anne Quigley of the Church of Epiphany contacts me faithfully, all pun intended, to photograph the group and individual images every year. 2022 marks her 37th First Communion and she actually instructed 8 children whose parents were also under her care years ago.
In my 21st year as a professional photographer, I sometimes ask myself, “what keeps you motivated, Lisa?” I don’t know. I do know, I was so excited to make these images better than any other year and I’m so grateful for that. It keeps the work fun and enjoyable for myself and the kids.
The recipients must have picked up on my energy; even the young boys stepped up to the plate, posing handsomely with their suit coats. They’re usually the least thrilled about this photo session and would rather be suited up for another inning of baseball!
Congratulations to all at the Church of Epiphany, parents and children involved in this year’s First Holy Communion. Interesting in your child’s portraits? Contact me at http://www.thecameraseye.biz or 607 426 6023. I’d love to hear from you!
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My previous blog post chatted about prepping for First Holy Communion photographs – the “ins and outs” from the parent’s side of things. This post is what we can learn from children during the event. Really, who’s the student here? Me!!!
As I began the morning, I had a whole new lighting set up to make things more protected taking Covid into account. Instead of a wide open set, I had created a bit of a cocoon to slide one child into at time. First boy into the set stops me dead in my tracks, “Ummm, can I say something?” Me, “Sure! are you uncomfortable? Is everything ok?” Boy…”Oh yeah, I just think this is like sooooomething out of a movie- are you gonna clone me in here or anything?” Ha ha ha! What do you say to that?!! This is 7:45 a.m. GREAT way to start my day! I loved it!
I’m about 20 minutes into shooting, and posing is happening effortlessly. I think to myself, these parents are incredible, they must show their children images of “how” they want them to smile, or look serious, etc. So I just ask… “How did you know how to give me such a great little smile just now?” Answer… “Oh I didn’t, I just really like your sneakers and they made me smile.” There you have it – posing is all in the shoes! I do try to “dress down” when working with kids and I had a pair of floral printed Chuck Taylors on… I might need to start a collection!
Continuing with the theme of clothing as it was a hot topic this particular morning, I quickly fell in love with the dresses and asked, “Oh my goodness, this dress is so unique, did you pick it out yourself?” Without a care in the world as if we were in the Royal Palace prepping for Tea, “This one? Ohhhhh Noooooo, Harper picked it out for me, of course!” lol! I really had to keep my composure on THAT one, because THAT was hysterical!
I think it’s important to introduce yourself to children. They have all the same feelings as we do, so I try to let them know whose working with them to create their portrait that day. As more kids arrive and people are buzzing around, I sometimes forget, so I accidentally introduced myself twice to one child. I saw the look on her face,… “did I already tell you that?” Answer… “Um yes, you did, but that’s ok Lisa, because I’ve been wanting to tell you I really like your necklace- it reminds me a Jelly Beans!” PRICELESS!
There’s always a few children that just aren’t comfortable smiling- whether they don’t like their teeth or they’re afraid to be silly because it’s a Church event, who knows why. I try to get them out of the moment by asking about their pets. This morning, I got the entire history of the family pet, as well as the family! “Do you have a pet? A dog or a cat in your house?” Loooong streaming answer… “Yessss. A dog. He’s kinda like Bolt. Acts like Bolt too. Do you know the movie, Bolt?” Me…”uhhhh, Yes, I do- great movie!” Continuing….”oh yeeaaaaah, well he even runs around like him, zoom zoom, like lightning and then we have to yell his name to calm him down. My Grandmother named him by the way. She said we have to name him Bolt and the next thing you knew, we called him Bolt.” At this point, I’d forgotten the whole reason I asked about a pet. “How did we get to talking about Bolt?” “I don’t know. You were taking my photo and asked me if I had any smiles in my back pocket, and then, You asked me about my pets.” RIGHT!!! Schooled again!
I feel thoroughly prepared for next year. I need a new wardrobe, a name tag made of candy, and a fashionista to pick my clothing for the event! What a treat to work with kids!!!
I’ve worked with Brian and Lorrie’s family for years now…even before some of them were around 🙂 We’re talking engagement photos, newborn photos…and on it goes!
It takes a little bit of wrangling and a lot of patience, but we’ve gotten some great shots of kiddos Chase and Bryce over the years!
This family portrait session is the perfect example of lifestyle portraiture – capturing who my clients truly and naturally are. Playing with silly putty, throwing rocks, hiding around Christmas trees…you name it!
During one shoot, there was a spider on a windowsill…which was the ONLY thing that could hold Bryce’s attention. And that’s one of our most successful portraits!
The key to a successful family portrait session at The Camera’s Eye, especially with younger kids, is to GO with the FLOW! Let them be who they are and I will capture it for you – for your Christmas cards, for your walls, and anywhere else you want your memories to live 🙂
Contact me at 607-426-6023 or lisamcqueeney AT gmail DOT com to schedule your Christmas in August family portrait session today! Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and get 10% off your holiday card order!
Just had the great fun of doing a springtime Easter shoot at The Camera’s Eye for my blogger Sam! She knitted both of the hats so we could get both bunny and lamb shots 🙂 Check out some photos that her mom took while we worked:
Easter is pretty early this year, so we’re doing combo Easter/springtime photo sessions at The Camera’s Eye! It’s a great way to celebrate the warm weather that’s just around the corner in Owego. Contact us to get your little lamb into the studio 🙂
Don’t forget – Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day! At The Camera’s Eye, we love doing photography sessions with families and children, and moms LOVE being able to keep these memories forever!
If you’re still searching for that perfect gift, contact The Camera’s Eye and we can set you up with a gift certificate for the mom in YOUR life!
The best part? The recipient doesn’t have to use their certificate right away – think of the beautiful shoot we could do outdoors in the summer! The gift of professional photography truly keeps giving year-round!
The Camera’s Eye offers gift certificates in increments of $25. Buy a $100 gift certificate for Mother’s Day and get $25 FREE!
Meet Gwen! At 6 months old, she is one of my youngest customers but also one of my studio’s most familiar faces! I first shot Gwen at 7 days old. We used that newborn photo session to create birth announcements at The Camera’s Eye.
Gwen received a year’s worth of gift certificates to The Camera’s Eye at her (parents’) baby shower from a forward-thinking relative! We’ve been documenting her first year of life in various photo sessions. We have two left – Crawling Like Crazy and Up, Up, and Away. The following are from the one that I like to call Bare Bottom Baby – for reasons which you’ll see below:
I’ve also been working with Gwen’s parents to create a TON of fun photo products throughout the year, including baby books and baby blocks!
Luciano, a lucky Christmas baby, is two years old, and these photos pretty much capture his personality – hilarious, totally full of energy, and very easily excited. He’s a blast to photograph – we’ve done Easter portrait sessions and he has been a model at Fuddy Duddy’s, just downstairs from my studio 🙂
I love these photos because they embody the reasons that I LOVE doing lifestyle portraiture – capturing the moment and the pure energy, rather than having something perfectly posed.
And with some personalized Valentine’s Day cards from The Camera’s Eye, Luciano’s family and friends get to enjoy this little goofball, too!