Juggling “Kates” at The Camera’s Eye!

Senior season is always pretty dizzying at The Camera’s Eye! What makes it even more of a whirlwind is having four clients at the same time with the same name! I do a LOT of texting and emailing back and forth with my seniors, which made it crazy – and yet somehow I managed to get everyone’s senior photos finished, with social media images out the door, and even some yearbook photos to boot 🙂

Meet Kate from Union-Endicott, a natural in front of the camera:

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Kaitlyn from Owego Free Academy, who brought a range of fun outfits:

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Kate, also from Owego Free Academy, who is totally at home in the outdoors:

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And finally Catherine from Notre Dame in Elmira, who I know from an earlier session with her sister:

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Hard to believe I’m already taking her senior photos! A shot from our earlier outdoorsy session a few years back:

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Lovely ladies all! A big thanks to them for booking their senior photos with The Camera’s Eye, and best of luck to them in their final year of high school! For next year, if you have a popular first name, come ready with an alternate name for me to use – just in case 🙂

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Madison

At The Camera’s Eye, we get that occasional photo session where, even with the odds against us, everything comes together like magic! If we’re lucky, it’s even a load of fun and I find that intangible photography buzz 🙂 Even though my senior session with Madison was super short, this post is one of the longer ones – because there are SO many good stories to tell!

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We had originally planned for an urban senior session, but when Madison asked about some of the chicken images I shot last year, and I asked her WHY she was interested in those…the answer made me realize that we were going to scratch that urban session plan and shoot at her house!

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Madison refers to her ducks, including the one named “Ducky,” as “the light to my world.” How could we not include them?

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Of course, as well planned as anything can be, life gets in the way! We get rained out for our first shoot, and I end up running late for our rescheduled, shorter slot due a previous shoot. By the time I get to Madison’s house, there is  – I kid you not – one sliver of light in the entire barnyard, cutting through the Queen Anne’s lace. So I say, “Let’s get to work!” And that’s when the magic starts…

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This duck seriously FOLLOWS Madison over to our small spot of sunlight. And then so does the dog.  I hear is silence – because THAT’S what I hear when I’m in the zone and loving what I see and knowing exactly what I have to do!

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I get so caught up in it that Madison has to remind me – what about the canoe? “Go!” I shout, and we both take off in a sprint to get some pictures in the boat. We’re both cracking up at this point!

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Then I suggest shooting with a couple of old cars I saw down the road. This is a total gamble, since I don’t even know whose cars they are, but Madison is game! So off we go, running to stay ahead of the setting sun. The owners of the cars are outside eating dinner and couldn’t care less what we do, and we get these shots in just under 10 minutes.

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We had only 45 minutes to shoot…I found the zone…and quiet Madison turned into a super model! The moral of the story? Listen to what YOU love when you’re planning your senior photo session. Throw your ideas at me! Take me to your world and invite me in! I will totally forget who I am and what I do… I just want to make you the happiest client possible!

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Senior style alert – Madison’s favorite outfit? “The shirt with the flowers and the white pants.” Favorite moment? “When the canoe started to float away!” I was running down the bank trying to take pictures of her, and she was laughing, laughing, laughing!

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Keep that same sense of humor into your senior year at Owego Free Academy, Madison! Thank you from The Camera’s Eye!

2015 Athens High School Senior – Chloe

The Camera’s Eye recently had the pleasure of shooting a senior session with Chloe, a 2015 senior from Athens High School.

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Chloe was an absolute treat to work with! She’s quiet and composed, but she took direction like she had been working in front of a camera for years. Maybe it’s not just a coincidence that she could be a double for Brooke Shields? 🙂

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I really admire this ability to be comfortable and work the camera. Even though I’m a professional photographer, it’s not something I know how to do myself…my place is pretty squarely BEHIND the camera!

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Miss Chloe is an EXCELLENT example of how to accessorize for senior photos. She’s really into fashion, especially scarves. Notice the little touches of jewelry in each shot! Plus, as we mentioned in a previous post, the patterns in her outfits give her photos some personal flair, without being visually overwhelming.

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Best of luck to Chloe from The Camera’s Eye as she embarks on her senior year!