Femme & Fierce Giveaway

As we continue to celebrate collaboration, tenacity, & appreciation for all women throughout the month of March, the Femme & Fierce Giveaway is growing momentum. If you haven’t entered to win or heard about it, read on!

Femme & Fierce is a local event empowering young women in our community through the concept of ‘women collaborating to support other women.The Camera’s Eye, along with other female-owned businesses have created a half day event for teenage girls ages 13 to 15, geared towards teaching a balance between owning their femininity & grasping their fierce.

4 teens can win! – each may bring one friend for a total of 8 teens. Femme & Fierce will centralize at The Camera’s Eye Studio in Lake St. in Owego, NY and venture onto Front St to other female run businesses. Professional Esthetician, Beth Brown from Be A Betty Beauty will demonstrate natural makeup application to encourage a positive self image at a time when everything is changing about a teen’s appearance. I’ll take over as a professional photographer and create a supportive photo session for each teen, as well as a take home portrait. There’s no better way to feel empowered than to “see” yourself empowered.

After a snack, we’ll venture to Hygge Home where owner, Mandy Neira will teach how to create a small space of tranquility and chat about the importance of journaling & taking time for yourself, a concept embedded in the Norwegian art of Hygge. These tools build a quieter, but priceless sense of inner strength.

To wrap up the day with a boost of fearlessness, Kathryn Thole, from Simple Form Pilates will demonstrate the importance of core strength – not only in the body, but also the mind. The simple act of physical Self-Care instills power within the mind, the body and the spirit. Young teens need this now more than ever.

So how can you help your teen win? It’s simple!

Any of the following, receives 1 entry. Stay connected – I will post extra ways to enter!

  1. Share this post w/ #WomensDay to a friend or neighbor with a teen
  2. Follow @thecameraseyestudio , @hyggehomeowego & @simple_form_pilates
  3. Tag a Fav Female Friend in the comments w/ #WomensDay
  4. Like this post
  5. Repost to your Stories

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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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Kate & Bill at Glenora Wine Cellars, Upstate NY

Katy’s dress from Bonjulie’s in Horseheads NY http://www.bonjulies.com/

Last week’s activities landed the crew at The Camera’s Eye Studio in the vineyards of Glenora Wine Cellars  for the celebration of Kate & Bill’s wedding vows.

Vows under the sun: http://www.thecameraseye.biz

Initially greeted by Kathy Marchenese, Wedding Coordinator at Glenora (kathy@glenora.com);  my assistant, Patrick Boyer and I received a complimentary glass of Pomegranate Pizzazz.

Wine and cupcake tower at the Reception at Glenora

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.

Ring exchange on the lawn of Glenora Wine Cellars: http://www.thecameraseye.biz

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.

Maid of Honor, Glenora Wine Cellars, NY

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.

Privately-owned waterfall near Glenora Wine Cellars

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!

Bridal Bouquet from Ithaca-based florist

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?!!

Bridesmaid’s Bouquet from Ithaca-based florist

Congratulations Katy & Bill and hats off to all vendors involved!  For additional information, don’t hesitate to e-mail: lisamcqueeney@gmail.com, Facebook: Lisa McQueeney or visit the Glenora website: http://www.glenora.com/Weddings/Weddings-at-Glenora

Relief and excitement from our Bride and Groom