Supporting The Valley Kiwanis

Every spring, The Camera’s Eye donates several packaged portrait sessions to The  Valley Kiwanis to help with all the good they do year round.  This year, we packaged one for a 2013 Senior, one for a newborn and one for any woman whatsoever… The Madonna Session.  Because this is a new concept and a little different, my phone is ringing off the hook with this question, “what on Earth is a Madonna Session???”  One woman asked…”What is a Madonna Session… MY HUSBAND won it for me!”    I thought that was super sweet because I’m sure he didn’t know either!   Some women may roll their eyes at that one… I give him a thumbs up for trying something new and taking a risk that it might be something special for her on Mother’s Day.  🙂  Obviously, he got a lil’ nervous because she called this week and Mother’s Day is May 13th, hee hee.  ; )-

So a Madonna Session is a session that simply celebrates Women.  Single women, working women, retired women; Moms…moms with 5 children, stay-at-home moms, moms with babies in their bellies, moms who split their lives in sections to be all the people they need to be in one day: wife, mom, money-maker, house cleaner and fabulous chef!  You  think of her and we want to celebrate her life by giving her a session where the world slows down a bit.  Coffee, tea and mid-morning snacks to start the session, a hair and makeup stylist and then some quality portraiture to make her feel incredible.   And it doesn’t have to be our style…. it’s about her style.  She’s a gardener… well then,  we’re going to photograph in the garden.   We usually invite her best friend or sister or mother for some solid estrogen support and then we photograph that person with her because obviously she’s there for a very good reason… 

Here’s a few samples of a new mom and an expecting mom.  It just happened to be that my most recent Madonna shoots revolved around pregnancies, but they don’t have to at all. If you have a question about a Madonna Session that I didn’t answer… do post and ask.  I bet someone else is thinking the very same one!

Celebrating Women at The Camera’s Eye


The Camera’s Eye is always looking for an event in which to participate or a holiday to coordinate a fun, theme shoot.  This Mother’s Day is no different, except we’re planning to celebrate more than just the month of May.

My primary client is under 24 inches tall most days and so I spend a lot of time with moms.  Working moms, single moms, moms with aspiring ambition, moms with 6 children (2 sets of twins plus 2 singles)… it never, ever ceases to amaze me.  Every time you leave the studio, I sit down and think… “How on Earth do they do that???  …and then I think, they deserve an award ….”  Thinking, thinking, thinking….

“What if I could just give them a half day of relaxation and pampering?  What if I carved a moment in time that was all about them?  WHAT if  The Camera’s Eye CELEBRATED WOMEN?!?!?”

And so;  I tried it with a woman I find to be amazing… School teacher, Mom, Volleyball Coach, Wife and HypnoBirthing Practitioner.  Yes, all of that!  Meet  Tiffany Glielmi,  HypnoBirthing Practitioner,“Taking the birthing world by calm.” And if you’re asking yourself, “what IS HypnoBirthing?” we can put you in contact with her so you can find out for yourself.  In my words… it’s simply incredible!

Her session included a stylist for hair and makeup, tea and scones from our fav, local sweetshop Fuddy Duddys,  a photo session just for her and one that emphasized her connection with her daughter!   We created a session that made her feel like Superwoman without lifting a finger… well, she did lift one, but it was so tiny and it was attached to the hand and arm that hugged her back!  We call it the Madonna Session.  🙂