The Camera’s Eye – An August Wedding in Owego, NY

Another wedding post from The Camera’s Eye! Capri and Ryan’s wedding took place at the bride’s family home in Owego, NY. Capri is SUCH a sweet girl – very funny, heartfelt and theatrical. And of course, a beautiful bride:

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The day unfolded under various tents on the family property. Guests were ushered in and given fans and water, and took Polaroids as mementos for the bride and groom.

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Popular local band Splash played during the ceremony and the cocktail hour.

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My personal fave, Tioga Gardens, provided the flowers:

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The day included a hot dog station (what fun!) and ice cream truck Here’s The Twist, owned by Dan Liddic.

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After working extensively with a family to prep and complete a wedding shoot, I can always think back to what the day encompassed for me – what my takeaway as the photographer is. What stood out at Capri and Ryan’s wedding was the unBREAKABLE family bond. This is especially apparent between Capri and her uncle, grandma, and dad.

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Capri and Ryan – thank you so much for letting The Camera’s Eye capture your wedding day!

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2016 Owego Free Academy Senior – Maddie

Senior season is in full swing at The Camera’s Eye, and I wanted to share some shots from Maddie’s senior session!

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Since Maddie was looking for an edgy urban feel, we shot in downtown Binghamton.

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Maddie did an awesome job choosing her outfits for her senior session! As she explains: “I don’t normally wear a lot of color in my everyday outfits but I wanted my senior pictures to have color so they didn’t look washed out.” She added some prints and jewelry pieces for some extra pizzazz. The basic outfit breakdown was 1) black romper with bright statement jewelry, 2) black dress with colorful flowers and 3) ripped capris with an off-white tank top, brown hat and gold jewelry.

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I love how these outfits work because they add a pop of color and interest without overwhelming the shot, all while staying true to Maddie’s personality and style 🙂 That makes for an ideal senior session outfit! She radiates confidence in every shot, no?

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Thanks to Maddie for a fun senior photo session in Binghamton with The Camera’s Eye. Good luck in your final year at OFA!

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Why I LOVE Canvas Photo Products!

We have a range of finished photo products that you can order from The Camera’s Eye, but you should know that I. LOVE. CANVAS. It’s durable, it has a beautiful texture, and it has incredibly brilliant color saturation!

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You can choose a canvas gallery wrap or even put it in a frame. It’s still lightweight in the frame since there’s no glass front, making it a breeze to hang! Many of my clients at The Camera’s Eye go for a 16×20 or 20×24 canvas print, and don’t need to go bulk up at the gym in order to hang the finished piece 🙂 The Cameras Eye, Framed Canvas3

You can collage your canvases on the wall or hang them one by one.  A 16×20 with two 9×9 pieces makes a lovely collection. We have our most popular canvas collections listed in our brochure  : )

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One way to cluster your canvas pieces…

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…and version two!

Our newest canvas product at The Camera’s Eye is the canvas pop out – check it out below! The Cameras Eye. Image Pops The Cameras Eye. Image Pops1

Unlike glass, canvas is super easy to clean – just wipe it down with a damp cloth and you’re good to go! The most fantastic part of canvas, in my opinion? It lends your photos a deeper, richer color. A canvas wall hanging is eye-catching because of its contemporary style, but also because that color just POPS, making it the focal point of your room. And if you love texture? Canvas is just shy of magical 🙂 The Cameras Eye. Image Pops4

The Easter Bunny Came Early to The Camera’s Eye!

Spring is officially here, and that means that Easter is around the corner! At The Camera’s Eye, we love doing Easter shoots with our littlest clients, like Sawyer 🙂

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I’ve worked with Sawyer’s family before, when I photographed his older brother Trevor last year.

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The bunny ears are adorable, but Sawyer really just needs those eyes – and not much else – to capture your heart 🙂The Camera's Eye, Easter5  The Camera's Eye, Easter3

Sawyer’s photos are currently on display at Fuddy Duddy’s, just downstairs from The Camera’s Eye studio in downtown Owego. Stop by to grab some chocolatey goodness and check out his photos in person!

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Finished Photo Products From The Camera’s Eye

When you’re working with a professional photographer in a selection session, you shouldn’t feel intimidated by all the options out there! Sometimes the simplest answer is the one that works the best! Because I work with so many seniors, one of our most popular products is Gallery Wrapped Canvas. And if you can’t narrow down your faves to just ONE, why not try a Canvas Cluster, Mini Accordion or a Shelfie? Check out Chloe’s Mini Accordion book:

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These are the kinds of surprises that come from a selection session at The Camera’s Eye. I work ALL DAY LONG in images… these ideas might not come as easily to my clients, but when they share a little about their home or display area, they pop into my head effortlessly.

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Then again, the reverse is always a pleasant surprise – I often meet a mom or dad who has tons of great ideas and then we spin thoughts around like mad people – this always results in a great end product!

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One example that comes to mind is a dad who didn’t do anything with his daughter’s images because he only bought the CD. He never had time to create anything, but what he really wanted was a side-by-side canvas cluster of both of his kids, the daughter who graduated three years prior and his son, who was currently graduating.  So we designed two canvas clusters with matching neutral background and similar poses.  It was stunning!

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The “Shelfie” – a simple and elegant display of a few fave shots at once.

While we do offer the CD-only option at The Camera’s Eye, I’m not a huge fan. If you’re not art-inclined or if you don’t have the time to figure out what to do with the photos, you’ll probably end up like that dad – great intention, NO TIME. More often than not, the CD gathers dust – trust me, I’ve seen it time and again!  Keep in mind, we offer free retouching on any print that you purchase from The Camera’s Eye. You’ll see in your selection session: retouching is the true magic of professional imagery.

 

Can't forget about senior graduation announcements!

Can’t forget about senior graduation announcements!

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Juggling “Kates” at The Camera’s Eye!

Senior season is always pretty dizzying at The Camera’s Eye! What makes it even more of a whirlwind is having four clients at the same time with the same name! I do a LOT of texting and emailing back and forth with my seniors, which made it crazy – and yet somehow I managed to get everyone’s senior photos finished, with social media images out the door, and even some yearbook photos to boot 🙂

Meet Kate from Union-Endicott, a natural in front of the camera:

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Kaitlyn from Owego Free Academy, who brought a range of fun outfits:

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Kate, also from Owego Free Academy, who is totally at home in the outdoors:

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And finally Catherine from Notre Dame in Elmira, who I know from an earlier session with her sister:

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Hard to believe I’m already taking her senior photos! A shot from our earlier outdoorsy session a few years back:

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Lovely ladies all! A big thanks to them for booking their senior photos with The Camera’s Eye, and best of luck to them in their final year of high school! For next year, if you have a popular first name, come ready with an alternate name for me to use – just in case 🙂

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Madison

At The Camera’s Eye, we get that occasional photo session where, even with the odds against us, everything comes together like magic! If we’re lucky, it’s even a load of fun and I find that intangible photography buzz 🙂 Even though my senior session with Madison was super short, this post is one of the longer ones – because there are SO many good stories to tell!

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We had originally planned for an urban senior session, but when Madison asked about some of the chicken images I shot last year, and I asked her WHY she was interested in those…the answer made me realize that we were going to scratch that urban session plan and shoot at her house!

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Madison refers to her ducks, including the one named “Ducky,” as “the light to my world.” How could we not include them?

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Of course, as well planned as anything can be, life gets in the way! We get rained out for our first shoot, and I end up running late for our rescheduled, shorter slot due a previous shoot. By the time I get to Madison’s house, there is  – I kid you not – one sliver of light in the entire barnyard, cutting through the Queen Anne’s lace. So I say, “Let’s get to work!” And that’s when the magic starts…

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This duck seriously FOLLOWS Madison over to our small spot of sunlight. And then so does the dog.  I hear is silence – because THAT’S what I hear when I’m in the zone and loving what I see and knowing exactly what I have to do!

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I get so caught up in it that Madison has to remind me – what about the canoe? “Go!” I shout, and we both take off in a sprint to get some pictures in the boat. We’re both cracking up at this point!

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Then I suggest shooting with a couple of old cars I saw down the road. This is a total gamble, since I don’t even know whose cars they are, but Madison is game! So off we go, running to stay ahead of the setting sun. The owners of the cars are outside eating dinner and couldn’t care less what we do, and we get these shots in just under 10 minutes.

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We had only 45 minutes to shoot…I found the zone…and quiet Madison turned into a super model! The moral of the story? Listen to what YOU love when you’re planning your senior photo session. Throw your ideas at me! Take me to your world and invite me in! I will totally forget who I am and what I do… I just want to make you the happiest client possible!

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Senior style alert – Madison’s favorite outfit? “The shirt with the flowers and the white pants.” Favorite moment? “When the canoe started to float away!” I was running down the bank trying to take pictures of her, and she was laughing, laughing, laughing!

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Keep that same sense of humor into your senior year at Owego Free Academy, Madison! Thank you from The Camera’s Eye!

Getting to Know High School Seniors at The Camera’s Eye

Diving into AP classes…heading up clubs and other activities…oh yeah, and applying to colleges…with everything else on your plate as your senior year approaches, senior portraits should NOT be another source of stress! At The Camera’s Eye, we make sure that your portrait session is fun and relaxed, and that planning your senior photos is collaborative process!

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As a professional photographer, I pride myself on providing a personalized photo session and REALLY knowing my clients! In many cases, I’ve known my seniors for years and have already worked with their families on everything from baby photos to high school dances. In other cases, our senior session is a jumping-off point for the future – engagement shoots, baby sessions, etc…

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The first step: I’ll send you a quick questionnaire in the mail, which you can fill out, snap a photo of, and text back to me. This is a good starting point to get the juices flowing, since what I need to know is: Who I am working with? Where can we shoot? Where are you most comfortable? What’s going to showcase your personality? This, however, isn’t the end of the road!

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Some of it might seem like the same chit-chatty questions you always get, like “What subject do you like in school?” “What sports do you play?” “Where do you work?” But trust me, we can use this! When we talk about your work schedule, it lets me know when you’re free – but it also tells me a little bit about your personality. Sports and hobbies can add flair to a senior photo session. Some of my favorite senior sessions have involved props, cultural outfits, and settings that seniors brought to ME.

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And, not to sound shallow, but how you dress tells me everything I really need to know 🙂 We’ll be using your personal style to craft your senior photo session style, so that you’ll have pictures that show YOU as truly YOU. Check out our senior style board on Pinterest for some ideas of outfits that can work for your senior session!

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Never Too Late for a “Senior” Session!

Over the years at The Camera’s Eye, I’ve gotten to know countless families through maternity photos, baby photos, family sessions, etc. It’s common for me to do a senior session for one sibling, and then have the younger sibling come in for their own session a few years down the road. This year, I’ve already had a couple of these sessions; however, we’re talking about two OLDER sisters who came in! Both ladies missed their senior sessions for different reasons and are now past high school- but the only time it’s ever too late for photography is if you NEVER schedule 🙂

Meet Sarah, Nadia’s older sister by four years:

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Another great “senior” session? Coco’s older sister Anna. Love, love, LOVE the shots with the family dog.

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Thanks to these lovely ladies for scheduling portrait sessions with The Camera’s Eye!

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Coco

Working with seniors at The Camera’s Eye, I learn all sorts of important tidbits about my clients. For starters, Coco’s name is NOT actually Coco. She couldn’t help but pick the name up as a kid when her mother’s European friend would refer to her as “Miss Coco Chanel” in a thick and glamorous accent. And who *wouldn’t* jump on the chance for that nickname?

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Shooting with Coco was a blast – she is all energy and has a really playful personality. I love it because she’s JUST like me – a big kid! Before Coco’s senior session, we collaborated over Pinterest, and she shared her ideas for these unique tennis shots:

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Coco is obviously very sporty, but she also has a soft and gentle look:

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Love it when we can hit all sorts of styles in one senior session 🙂 Best of luck to Miss Coco Chanel in her final year at OFA!