I love owning up to being human and when anyone else does too.. I support that! This lovely 2013 Senior was so caught up in her Senior Year, she completely lost track of time and just now ordered her Senior pictures. Although I don’t recommend this… I whole-heartedly understand it! This calls for the old saying, “Better late than never.” She photographed way too nicely to never have a printed portrait. Don’t you agree? So don’t worry about the embarrassment.. Just do it. Order late, admit that you can’t keep up in our minute to minute, instantaneous society and just do it. You will find yourself in good company at this company!
I always say, “My favorite age group to photograph is 3 year olds.” They can tell you what they want, they can joke with you and they’re always ‘straight up.’ Case & point: my last name is McQueeney. When Pixar’s animated movie, “Cars” hit the theaters, a young boy, Clayton was a client of mine. His Mom prepped him so kindly to walk in the studio and say, “Hi Miss McQueeney!” He looked at me… looked again… “Is your real name ‘Stickers?’ You should just go by ‘Stickers’. It’s way easier to say!” lol! HOW can you NOT love that??? So for years, 3 year olds have been my heart throbs.
I blogged at the beginning of the High School Senior season about a young man I thought was really exceptional and then the season exploded as it always does… Seniors with sports uniforms, trendy outfits, and interesting hobbies flood into my world every evening. This year however, there’s something crazy in the air or I’m simply in love with a new age group. I’ve met kids already accepted in college, kids in programs that allow them to experience their career choice for more than half the year, kids with ‘out of school’ interests like ice hockey and scuba diving and the list goes on and on. If I could generalize; this may very well be a generation with everything at their fingertips BUT the coolest thing about them is they take advantage of all of it!
What’s the second best thing about them??? In the midst of all that they have in their reach, they really aren’t that much different than the generations before them. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman, with such a witty sense of humor, she kept me on my toes the entire session.
She bravely came alone , so to start conversation, I asked her to run down her outfits with me and give me a sense of her style. She made this typical but unusually polite “dig” on her Father… “Well I have this shirt with this great scarf, that my Father, all of a sudden thinks is too warm for this time of year! When did he become a “FASHIONISTA?!!” Ha! I didn’t even know what say – I just filled the air with laughter.
As we moved along to our location, I asked…”what are you into? what are your hobbies?” In this time of mad-crazed video graphics and high tech everything, she replied, “I really love to read and write.” I continue to fiddle with my photography gizmos and gadgets and she blurts out.. “Do you know ‘so and so’ author? He’s very controversial but he’s my favorite!” I stopped everything I was doing… if there was one moment in my entire life that I wished I read more and could have related to her interest… it would have been THAT moment. A 17 year old with a favorite author… LOVE it!
Now she piqued my interest and as we chased the light through the evening, I kept trying to think of different things to ask her while listening VERY closely & contemplating f-stops and apertures because she would hold me to the answers with her humor. Hmmmm… very much like 3 year olds! She was currently earning money as a waitress, started cosmetology school- but it definitely wasn’t her style, and for as many times as she changed her hair color- today’s color was closest to her original roots. (Incidentally, it’s amazing when the light catches it!)
As we wrapped up the shoot, I asked for a password for her session and began chatting about the fee and purchasing details. OUT of no where, she threw a smirky smile my way and quickly interrupted…”are you going to hack my Facebook account!?!?!!?” DANG! She got me again! No words came out of my mouth- just laughter. At this point in the game, I was robustly belly laughing.
But that wasn’t the last time she was going to get me before we parted ways. I asked if she had any more questions or ‘anythings’ for me (hoping she would say her Dad sent a check with him)… pause, “Nope.” I awkwardly asked…”How about a check from your Dad?” This gets real good… “Oh no, I have cash for that!” and she began to count it. Why I thought I could help this established, pip of a Senior is beyond me.. but I did! Counting, counting, counting.. “can I help you?” “Nope! There’s extra. I’m a waitress…. I believe Tip Karma! It’s good energy!” and away she zoomed, leaving me standing there to pick my jaw up off the asphalt. Couldn’t you hear that from someone in the 70’s???
Regardless the timeframe, these are savvy Seniors and I love their personalities!
So kind of Kathy and very indicative of her nature and business style. We learned the lay of the land and watched the bridal party rehearse under the arbor that overlooked the grape vines and beautful Seneca Lake.
The next day, under the heat of an unforgiving sun, the bridal party and guests engaged in a lovely ceremony as Bill and Katy exchanged vows and rings in the late afternoon.
We photographed in the vineyards and off location at an amazing privately-owned waterfall while guests ate gingerly at a wine & cheese tasting on the lawn and then a cocktail hour on a red and turquoise adorned deck overlooking the water.
Later, we joined the guests inside for a red and teal themed reception decorated by an Ithaca florist who grew all her own flowers. You have to see this bouquet!
Our DJ on the night was Ryan Bombard from Ryan Bombard Entertainment, who entertained quests with his photobooth pictures that were glued into an album for the bride and groom to use as a quest book. What an great idea! Of course… we jumped in with our cameras, mexican hats and enormous red sunglasses! Not exactly work-related, but hey, how could we tell you how fun it was if we didn’t try it?!!
Congratulations Katy & Bill and hats off to all vendors involved! For additional information, don’t hesitate to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: Lisa McQueeney or visit the Glenora website: http://www.glenora.com/Weddings/Weddings-at-Glenora
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Visited my favorite animal shelter, Stray Haven again and here’s a showcase of the cool cats AND pups I met this time…
Lilly… brought in with her sister or companion, Baby Girl
came from a family that could no longer keep them. They have been in the shelter since February and would love a playful family or owner who gives lots of lovings. Once you see the pictures, you’ll understand why. They give BIG kisses!
Lilly is a little milder than Baby Girl and you can see that on her face.
Baby Girl would be perfect for kids… she has spunk and energy, but is gentle enough to still give face kisses. That’s a great dog right there.
Next to jump out of their kennel, were 3 Spaniel puppies,
or should I say “waddle” because they were just fed and their bellies were enormous. Too funny!
Like all pups they are super soft, adorable and friendly.
This little one kept crawling up my leg while I was trying to photograph.
None of these pups were “nippers” which I really like because I can rarely see anything around me while I’m shooting and like to keep my gear in one piece ; )
Then we moved on to a super interesting cat, Sam. Sam, the fat cat was brought to the kennel when his owner passed away.
He is the biggest cat I have ever layed my eyes on, and remember, I’m a cat lover. His paws alone are huge! So cool!
His weight on arrival was 25.7 pounds, lol. He’s in tough competition with Garfield!
And last, but certainly NOT least were the 2 cutest, 8 week old kittens…
Very inquisitive lil’ buggers and friendly! One had a two-toned face and super soft fur and the other had amazing stripes.
One male and one female, not related but great litter mates.
They can be adopted together or alone – just like Lilly and Baby Girl. Kindred souls are they, BUT having an owner would be the best thing for all of them so adopting them separately is ok too! I couldn’t resist including this last image… I think the caption should be, “alllllright! Enough with the lovin’s already!” Email about your favorite interest, email@example.com
All high school seniors are someone special to me at The Camera’s Eye Studio… I spend approximately 2 hours with all of them, learn their likes and dislikes, their interests and hobbies, and definitely share some good life stories.
Every now and then though, you’ll come by one that stays in your memory and this one happens to be THAT one. PLUS, he kicked off my Senior Season so I have such a warm fuzzy going into this 2013 Graduation Class.
The Session started off with his parents telling me all about his hobbies and places he liked to go in our town. As I was getting the formal shot out of the way so we could move into the fun stuff, he saw an image of a baseball player on my wall and asked if we could create that image for lacrosse. I was thrilled! Of course… but I know very little of lacrosse and so asked him to educate me on the sport. No attitude, no eye-rolling, no hesitation… he just started telling me what I needed to know. Bang.. we kick that shot out too!
The next several hours – and I honestly could have kept shooting for much longer because it wasn’t even like work – he took me to his favorite fishing spot, through a huge field in his shiny, red jeep (in which he gave me a front seat ride), to meet his dog, and to a Hose Company, Croton Hose Co. A fire department?? Hmmmm… why ask why, but because he was so friendly, you know I did! He’s a Volunteer Fireman!
I meet a lot of interesting people in my career as a professional photographer, but this kid I will remember for a very long time. What a cool cat!
So here at The Camera’s Eye, http://www.thecameraseye.biz, it’s no secret… I love cats. I have a Studio Cat named, 2Dots that adores infants and tries to snuggle them in their baby carriers and mauls all the High School Seniors who dare sprawl out on 2Dot’s studio floor. I can’t hide her and I can’t hide my love of cats. Of course, I get a kick out of photographing them!
Last week, I visited Stray Haven Animal Shelther in Waverly NY, Stray Haven and met the animal- lovin’ staff who showed me this year’s kittens. The Staff was amazing… one woman was nursing with a dropper a lil’ set of black kittens whose eyes were barely open. So sweet! I asked… can I help you adopt these guys? They had no idea what I meant. A day later, I stopped in with a backdrop, props, a feather duster and anything else I knew that could attract the attention of these lil’ guys. Everybody has a thing… this is my thing. I genuinely connect with cats and so does this staff! Within 10 minutes, 6 of us (Junior, Darlene, Shanna, Lynn, Dezi and I) were scooping up familes of kittens, solo kittens, all the way down to the two, lil’ buggers whose eyes were barely open. No flash- just window light and a lot of lovin’.
All these kittens are for adoption and in need of your love! Take a peek and if you see someone you like… give them a call: (607) 565-2859 or visit your interest: 194 Shepard Road, Waverly NY 14892 Stray Haven Humane Society for directions. Describe who you saw… they will know who you’re talking about. They affectionately name all the kittens based on some attribute about their arrival or their character… it’s very very sweet. For instance, the white/ black tiger striped male to the far left in the basket is “Chunk” and when you lift him up… You’ll know why!
For more images, please visit http://www.thecameraseye.biz, click Client Proofing at the bottom after entering the site and type: Kittens
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!
It’s that time of year when robins begin chirping, daffodils sprout from the Earth, and Peter Cottontail hops into The Camera’s Eye Studio, for portraits with young kids dreaming of chocolate-filled Easter baskets.