Springtime Photos at The Camera’s Eye

We’re having so much fun with our springtime shoots at The Camera’s Eye! We posted some behind-the-scenes shots of this session a few days ago – so here are some finished photos!

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Nothing like a homemade hat or two for a baby photo shoot 🙂

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I’ve loved watching this little lamb grow up over the last few months…newborn, 3-month, Valentine’s DayThe Camera's Eye, Easter3

And now Easter – the time has flown! Contact The Camera’s Eye to set up your Easter/springtime session at our studio in Owego:)

Springtime Smiles at The Camera’s Eye

Sit and smile – it’s that easy, right? Not always! I had a recent spring-themed session with this little doll:

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Now, would you believe me if I told you that at first she was completely against having her photo taken? That she wouldn’t let go of her stuffed friend? Exhibit A:

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But with a little coaxing, I got to watch both her and her smile bloom.

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What you can’t see in the photo? The pile of stuffed animals that are around her feet. I keep them handy for just these kinds of situations. Once she had her support system in place, she added her own little stuffed friend to the rest.

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I have so, so, so much fun with shoots like this at The Camera’s Eye. And what’s funny is that there are parents out there who dread shoots like this! Not because of the outcome, of course, but because they’re afraid that their kid won’t behave “properly” or won’t let go of that favorite stuffed toy long enough to sit for a photo. Guess what? Sitting still is NOT required to get some memorable shots of your little one. Maybe your kid is too shy to even look at the camera or keeps hamming it up for the lens. That perfect smile can come out in a lot of ways, and I don’t have any rules about how to make that happen. The way that I see it, we’re too quick to call things “misbehaving,” when really kids are just “behaving” – behaving like themselves. And the point of any good portrait is to capture the subject just as he or she is, right?

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Think about this the next time you’re setting up a family photo or thinking about taking your little ones in to get some portraits done. If you work patiently with whatever the hang-ups are, you can get some honest, beautiful photos of your kids. In my opinion, that’s the best kind of photo to have – a snapshot of that moment in time when they were completely free, goofy, whimsical, whatever. Best of all, they can remind us of when we knew how to act the same way.

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We made it through Easter…

Two bunnies, two dozen eggs, and two weekends of portraits with Peter Cottontail… we made it through Easter with these fun-filled images!

Our first bunny, “Pip” affectionately named for his energy, did a wonderful job our first weekend, until he realized I had outdoor cats.  Standing in front of  the tall sliding glass doors in the atudio, I was holding him sharing what a great job he did that day… and then… he saw my cat, Sophia, sitting on the stairs outside and shot out of my arms like Dumbo the flying elephant!  Sooooo sad… we rescued “Pip” from under a stairwell, and that explained all the scratches he had endured on his journey to The Camera’s Eye.   Stray Haven Animal Shelter in Waverly, NY gladly took our furry friend and before we had him inside, Pip was taken by a gentleman who loved rabbits and had to have him.  That’s a happy ending for a rescue bunny!

Franceso, aka Antonio was given to us by a family who had a very ambitious bunny who broke through the divider in his cage to visit his female cage mates on the other side…lol  ; )  The second to last to be adopted away, I had to have him because he sports an adorable mustache.  The children who gave him to me said they had been calling him, Franceso… BUT, after my first shoot… I had to change that.  A little girl convinced me he should be named “Antonio… like Antonio Banderas!”  She said it with accent and all!  She’ll be in theatre by age 11, for sure.   =)  So know lil’ Antonio lives at The Camera’s Eye with 3 cats, all of which eat breakfast right beside him every morning – it’s hysterical.   I can contribute that oddity to the fact that a cat lived on top of his cage as he grew up…  Gotta love cats!

Feathery Fun from last year’s “Duck In for Easter” Portraits!

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Never heard of Portraits with Peter Cottontail & Friends?  That’s ok… take a peak at last year’s Duck in for Easter Portraits at The Camera’s Eye Studio.

These are some of the most hysterical, genuine and un-predictable children’s portrait sessions imaginable!  I think one thing will happen, and then it’s the total opposite.  One thing is for sure… it’s always fun to watch the children interact with the bunnies, chicks or ducks.  I actually think the parents and grandparents love it most.

Here’s how it works… Book your session any time between March 10th & the 18th, view your images in our online gallery, and your Easter Portraits will be delivered one week before Peter Cottontail arrives.  Every child that visits The Camera’s Eye receives a candy gift from Fuddy Duddy’s Fudge in Owego, NY,  and is entered to win one of Sue & Candy’s amazing Easter Baskets.  My niece & nephew are crazy about the chocolate bunnies!

Whose ready for good laughs and springtime fun?  Call:  607 426 6023 or  e-mail directly from my website:  www.thecameraseye.biz  Happy Spring Everyone!

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