2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Emma

School is back in session, and we’re still churning out senior photos at The Camera’s Eye! My clients come from many different local schools, and recently got the chance to meet Emma, another OFA senior from Owego!

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As you can see below, Emma is a tennis player 🙂 She currently plays singles, but she started in doubles with her friend Hailey – who was also one of our first senior sessions of the year!

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I love Emma’s personality! She’s a sweetheart, and very determined. She literally stared into my reflector until she was in tears so that we could get the sports shots. I definitely admire that!

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In addition, she has a totally mellow style. My clients at The Camera’s Eye know how much I LOVE shoes, and I can tell you that gray converse sneakers are her go-to!

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Best of luck to Emma with the upcoming year!

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Megan

Meet Megan, a 2015 senior at Owego Free Academy who had a recent senior session with The Camera’s Eye! We got some great shots in a variety of fun outdoor locales.

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Hard to believe this girl is a tough-as-nails soccer goalie – she’s as easygoing and down-to-earth as can be!

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Plus, I LOVE the outfits Megan chose for her senior session. Everything is both casual and stylish – and check out the range of tones and colors!

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I’m looking forward to meeting even more seniors at The Camera’s Eye as the summer starts to wind to a close. Stay tuned – soon we’ll be sharing some more tips about senior photos, including how to choose your all-important yearbook photo!

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Mary

I get to meet all sorts of high school seniors when it comes to senior portrait sessions at The Camera’s Eye. This includes seniors who are shy, those who aren’t sure what to wear, or those who are a little nervous when it comes to their first professional photography session. However…Mary, a 2015 senior from Owego Free Academy, definitely does NOT fall into any of these categories!

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In addition to being a cheerleader, Mary is a total free spirit and loves having her picture taken – she’s been dying to get her senior photos done ever since she was a freshman. She really took to our outdoor settings and loved spending time posing in the flowers!

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One of the reasons this senior session was so much fun was because Mary completely enjoyed being herself. As for senior style: To make sure her outfits matched her personality, Mary chose relatively casual clothes, both dresses and other outfits. She is a self-described “outdoorsy girl” with just “a hint of someone who loves to dress fancy.”

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I think that her smile and the butterflies on her shirt say it all 🙂  Mary – thanks for letting The Camera’s Eye capture your senior session, and good luck in your senior year at OFA!

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Back to the Garden: The Camera’s Eye and VINES

With all the things to love about summer in the Southern Tier, one of my favorites has to be gardening. I have 13 (!) of my own garden plots at home and, despite a constant war with slugs, deer, and other foes, I love cultivating my own vegetables and flowers! That’s why I was so excited to learn more about VINES, a community gardening and education group in the city of Binghamton. My social media manager has a VINES garden plot, and invited me to a Saturday morning “work party” so I could learn more.

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The work party was at the Corbett Avenue garden in Binghamton’s south side, a site that’s been going strong for five years now. Members sign up to rent a plot for the season at a garden location of their choosing. The raised beds are already built and the soil is already cultivated – all that’s left to do is start growing!

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Dick Andrus, a professor at Binghamton University, manages the site. He gave me the grand tour before the everyone arrived, starting with a spot of particular pride – the newly developed compost pile.

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As I chatted with members and wandered between the beds to snap photos, it was clear that the name “VINES” was more than appropriate. There were vines EVERYWHERE!

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Yes, some of them were weeds, which the garden members were taking to task….

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…but many hinted at deliciousness yet to come!

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Even though the program is well established – and obviously popular…look at the turnout at 9 am on a Saturday to pull weeds! – it was a nice reminder that improvement, growth, and change is always possible. The group added a long-awaited official VINES sign to the front gate while I was there.

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VINES does a lot more than just provide gardening space for its members. At their Urban Farm, volunteers grow food that goes out to farm share subscribers. It’s also available for sale at the weekly Binghamton farmer’s market (9-2 on Fridays in downtown Binghamton).

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In addition, VINES hosts numerous events and workshops that anyone in the community can attend for free. Upcoming events include “Season Extension on a Budget” on August 16th, “Freezing Vegetables” on August 20th, and a “Lemonade in the Garden” social event at Corbett Avenue on August 27th.

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A big thank you to VINES for all the work they do for the community, and for letting The Camera’s Eye shoot some wonderful summer images!

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