Photos from “Minis for Abbi”

When I’m not in the studio, I’m out shooting, and I recently had the chance to participate in Minis for Abbi, a community fundraising event in Wyalusing, PA. Abbi is the daughter of a long-time client, and this event was put together to raise money for her battle with mitochondrial disease. With three photographers and tons of community members donating time and money, the event showed us all how Wyalusing is really an extended family in the form of a town.

Besides raising over $9,000 for a wonderful cause, this event resulted in some fantastic photos. Lifestyle portraiture, focusing on the authentic moment, is what I love to do and is the foundation of my photography business. In case there was any question about it, my studio in downtown Owego even features “lifestyle” as the largest word in a 40-by-60-foot display. As you can see from the shots, this type of photography shows the subjects as they really are, whatever that means for that particular day and moment.

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I took these images in a series of super short sessions, which is not the norm for me. However, I was amazed to see that I ended up with the same type of images as when I spend extensive, quality time with each of my clients. Guess that means that no matter where you put me, or what limitations I’m under, this is just how I shoot!

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Gotta love this “Baby for Sale” shot! The younger sister was having a hard time sitting still, so I grabbed a spare piece of cardboard lying around, some ribbon and a marker, and went to work. “Is she making you a little crazy?” I asked the older girl as I handed over the sign. She was too shy to admit it to me, but the answer was probably yes, and she did love holding that sign. Look closely and you can see it in the smile she’s trying to hide.

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This little princess could not let go of Minnie, and she never stopped smiling.

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I could have tried to get this ball of energy to sit in his dad’s lap – but why not capture an impromptu hide and seek session instead?

This story goes on and on. Probably my favorite session of the day, and a fitting one for this event in particular, was the little boy in the Iron Man shirt who is most definitely a superhero in training. I asked him for his favorite super hero moves and he was happy to bust them out! On a day filled with community support, it was a nice reminder of the hidden superpowers we can sometimes uncover.

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Mini Sessions for Abbriella “Abbi” Brown

Hello Photo World!!  : )

I know you haven’t heard from me in forever.  Life… we joke it just “gets in the way”  I’ve been busy at The Camera’s Eye, https://www.facebook.com/CamerasEyeStudioNY?ref=br_rs and today is no different!

I’m writing to tell you about a little gal named, Abbi.  I met her Mom & Dad, Delicia & Chris Brown years ago when they brought their first daughter, Nadia, (now 6) for photos.  You all may have seen Nadia as she highlighted many of my promotional materials for years.

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Nadia has several sisters now in 2014… Abriella 3, her twin Elliana 3, and Aliza 1.  This story is about Abriella, “Abbi.” Bri Homer Photography

She has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease.  I’ve never heard of it, have you?  Today, we’re being educated by her Mom, who kindly shared in easy terms how this affects her daughter.

“Mitochondrial disease is a group of neuromuscular diseases caused by damage to mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of our body, they produce energy from food. When  damaged it’s not able to produce the energy. Every cell has mitochondria, so every organ can be affected by the mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial disease has no cure, no treatments, and is progressive so therefore considered terminal. There are hundreds of mitochondrial diseases.  Abbi has a very progressive one called Leigh’s disease.  It has affected Abbi’s brain, brain stem and muscles.  And now they believe its affecting her respiratory system.  Abbi is currently fighting respiratory failure.”

Now, this story is going to become about You and I, and the reason we weren’t placed on this Earth by ourselves.  Why we get on Facebook, Twitter, etc and read about each other and post about ourselves… because we’re social beings filled with compassion, kindness and love… not always, but a lot of time.  We have a opportunity to make a difference- even if it’s in the slightest way to reach out to this little girl and her family.  So we are!

Mini Sessions for Abbi, https://www.facebook.com/events/1377203572535053/?ref=22 started as an idea I pitched to Brie Homer, a friend of The Browns and wonderful photographer at Brie Homer Photography, https://www.facebook.com/briehomerphotography?ref=br_rs.  She took it and ran.. which I loved!!!!

Now it’s an opportunity for all of us to “reach out” on February 23, 2014 at Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grovedale-Winery/113188522089989, where you can schedule a Mini Photo Session, buy a baked good, snag a raffle for all kinds of things from gift baskets to hunting gear or just lend a hug to the Brown Family.  If you have an idea you want to add to the event, want to make a donation to the Brown Family or you just want  more information, check it out on Facebook at either Brie Homer Photography or The Camera’s Eye Studio or drop me a line:  lisamcqueeney@gmail.com or directly through my website: http://www.thecameraseye.biz

Looking forward to hearing from You!!!