Fall Family Portrait Sessions with The Camera’s Eye!

Hard to believe it’s partway through September! While we still have a few slots for senior sessions at The Camera’s Eye, we are already booking family portrait sessions in the great outdoors. Fall, Family, Portraits, The Camera's Eye

I LOVE working with clients to take advantage of all the natural autumn beauty upstate New York has to offer.

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You can’t beat the light and the leaves for a memorable portrait shoot 🙂

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September and October are the ideal months for your family photo shoot – this gives you some gorgeous options for your holiday cards, and lots of portraits as gifts for grandparents and other family and friends.

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Book a family session with The Camera’s Eye in September or October to get $25 off! Contact us today 🙂

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Family Portrait Sessions in August!

We’re right in the middle of our Christmas in August special at The Camera’s Eye….as well as our stamp card deal with other Owego businesses…so let’s learn a little bit more about what a family session is like!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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!

Family Photos in Beautiful Upstate New York!

It’s that time of year when Central New York reveals its true beauty to us…and the best time for professional outdoor portraits with The Camera’s Eye! In addition to senior sessions, we’re now booking family portraits in the great outdoors.

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It makes sense to do family portraits over the summer. (After all, the kids are home from school…or did you not notice the increased noise and maybe the clutter that keeps accumulating in the rooms you just cleaned…?) If you wait until August, you might have to scramble to work around everyone’s schedules, all while prepping for the start of the school year – so why not book today?

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Not only will you have a forever memory of your family, and the makings of beautiful wall art for your home, but you’ll also have allll the makings for a custom-designed holiday card with The Camera’s Eye. (Not to get ahead of ourselves in the middle of June or anything…but those holidays DO creep up on us…)

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Shoot me an email at lisamcqueeney AT gmail DOT com to set up your family portrait session today! Have a favorite spot in a local park or dying to do a photo session at the Finger Lakes? We DO travel 🙂

Great Expectations: A Maternity Shoot with The Camera’s Eye

Autumn in upstate New York is the PERFECT time to take advantage of the natural beauty for a fall photo shoot 🙂 For example, this recent maternity session with Leslie and her husband Chaz!
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Leslie and Chaz never did engagement photos, so they wanted to have a romantic feel to their session with The Camera’s Eye – though we did manage to get some shots of Leslie alone as well 🙂
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And we can’t forget Sam the cat – he followed us EVERYWHERE, probably knowing that Leslie and Chaz are cat people with two of their own at home.
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We were looking for somewhere rural, where we could get a vintage feel to the shoot, and of course capture autumn’s beauty. The weather cooperated fully and it was a perfect day!
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Leslie shared how wonderful it was to have an hour devoted completely to the baby they were so excited to meet, and in such a beautiful environment to boot.
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Now the next step? Newborn session photos! Looking forward to meeting the little bambino!
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The Camera’s Eye – An August Wedding in Owego, NY

Another wedding post from The Camera’s Eye! Capri and Ryan’s wedding took place at the bride’s family home in Owego, NY. Capri is SUCH a sweet girl – very funny, heartfelt and theatrical. And of course, a beautiful bride:

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The day unfolded under various tents on the family property. Guests were ushered in and given fans and water, and took Polaroids as mementos for the bride and groom.

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Popular local band Splash played during the ceremony and the cocktail hour.

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My personal fave, Tioga Gardens, provided the flowers:

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The day included a hot dog station (what fun!) and ice cream truck Here’s The Twist, owned by Dan Liddic.

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After working extensively with a family to prep and complete a wedding shoot, I can always think back to what the day encompassed for me – what my takeaway as the photographer is. What stood out at Capri and Ryan’s wedding was the unBREAKABLE family bond. This is especially apparent between Capri and her uncle, grandma, and dad.

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Capri and Ryan – thank you so much for letting The Camera’s Eye capture your wedding day!

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“Every Now & Then…”

Every now and then, you are granted a gift.  Sometimes, when the stars align, the wind blows from the West or the cat didn’t wake you by licking your ear, you are granted several gifts all in the same day. Yesterday was one of those days in my business and I’ve decided to share it as a 3-part blog!

Gift #1… Lil’ Miss Harper

I met Harper when she was affectionately referred to as H3 by her parents, Heather and Duane.

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Still in the womb at the time, H3 was nicknamed after a chemical compound, as her father works in Bio-chemistry at Cornell and her initials break down to 3 H’s:  Harper Helen Hoch. At the very end of our portrait session at the Cornell Plantations, Duane scribbled H3 on Heather’s belly with a marker I had in my bag.

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Very sweet moment between the parents for me to capture and I drove away with warmth all around me.

The next time I truly met Harper, she was a few days old and I had experienced a crazy morning with my GPS trying to find Harper’s home. Without missing a beat, Heather invited me in and I quickly tried to make up for lost time. If you’re a baby photographer, you have to be very conscious of your energy and this day I was wound up… Guess, who didn’t sleep? Miss Harper!

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While Momma worked her magic, I had the most interesting conversation with Cindy, Harper’s grandmom, who happened to be more than a seasoned veteran in the field of mammography. Fascinating. Who knew that only a month later, I would call Cindy in New Jersey on my own behalf for valuable information concerning an alarming mammogram.

At 6 months, Harper visited me in my studio for a Crawling Like Crazy session. At this point, I had gotten close enough to the family that they brought their dogs to visit in the car and we spent a good amount of time visiting amidst catching Miss Busy Body on film.  It was now the “norm” to hug upon parting ways.The Cameras Eye007

Harper turns 1 this week and agreed to humor me with a Birthday Bash Session (thanks Heather & Duane!) including balloons, a boa, and the infamous extra icing Birthday Cake.

Happy Birthday Harper!

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So far, I was gifted a warm fuzzy, the wisdom of an experienced Grandmom, and friendship. NOT too shabby for simply showing up to work! But it’s the smile that I can’t wipe off my face, even as I work into the wee hours of the night with tiny slits for eyes, that I consider the gift that fills me for days. It’s the gift you’re granted when a family gives you the chance to document their lives over the course of time, as things change and as they grow. Come good times or bad, crazy sessions, balloons popping – whatever it might be – it’s the emotions they share with me as they interact amongst themselves that keep me shooting year after year!

Happy birthday Miss Harper, and congrats Heather and Duane!