Having a Comfortable Senior Session with The Camera’s Eye

No matter where we are or what you wear, I want you to be comfortable during your senior photos with The Camera’s Eye. That’s why it’s important for YOU to bring a little bit of home with you! Think siblings…best friends…pets! And then cue the gorgeous natural smiles:

Keep in mind – we don’t want your pet (or other ‘significant other’) to dominate your session with The Camera’s Eye. Think about only having your pet for part of the session and having someone there to take him or her home while we focus on you!

Same goes for human companions- it’s super distracting for both of us if your sister or bestie is taking cell phone pictures while we’re trying to knock out YOUR professional session. It also slows us down – we move around a LOT and we need to optimize your time behind the camera, and make it all about you! I do love meeting the people in your life, and I LOVE seeing them add just that right amount of bubble and shine to your portraits!

School is starting up, but it’s not too late to schedule a senior session with me – contact me today!

The Camera’s Eye at the Mud Mountain Rock and Run 5K

I was on such a high after shooting the Mud Mountain Rock and Run 5K last month! Time to finally share some photos 🙂

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The Run is crazy, crazy fun….and funny at the same time. You see all kinds of runners – those who take it seriously, those who are there to laugh and maybe avoid some of the nastier obstacles, and a non-competitive group who could walk and have fun!

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The obstacles aren’t impossible, but they are HARD. I was glad to be behind the camera rather than neck high in mud, like some of the runners.

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At the end of the day, it’s an awesome cause. The money raised went to the Family Enrichment Network. All the runners get to wash off with hoses and enjoy some yummy food and great music. There’s a very communal atmosphere, where everyone gathers with friends at picnic tables.

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I get so jazzed by the energy at events like the Mud Mountain Rock and Run, and it’s really when I’m shooting something like this that I’m at my BEST!

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A Basket of Kittens!

The majority of my clients at The Camera’s Eye are human…but I can never resist the chance to take photos of ADORABLE animals!

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These three kittens, about 3-4 weeks old, were found by my good friend Taunya. Her kids are helping take excellent care of them while they find forever homes!

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I adore them all! The little black one is the runt, and I even helped hand-feed him. Hard not to fall in love!11330046_10153373734093428_1880783671656353946_n 11219598_10153373734618428_8635245555882139558_n

We’ve shared these photos on The Camera’s Eye Facebook page, and it looks like all kitties may have been snatched up. Still, it never hurts to spend part of your day looking at photographs of kittens on the Internet, right? 🙂

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Mother’s Day and The Camera’s Eye

Don’t forget – Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day! At The Camera’s Eye, we love doing photography sessions with families and children, and moms LOVE being able to keep these memories forever!

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If you’re still searching for that perfect gift, contact The Camera’s Eye and we can set you up with a gift certificate for the mom in YOUR life!

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The best part? The recipient doesn’t have to use their certificate right away – think of the beautiful shoot we could do outdoors in the summer! The gift of professional photography truly keeps giving year-round!

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The Camera’s Eye offers gift certificates in increments of $25. Buy a $100 gift certificate for Mother’s Day and get $25 FREE!

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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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Luciano Wishes You a Happy Valentine’s Day!

They don’t get much cuter than this! Meet Luciano, who came in to The Camera’s Eye for a special Valentine’s Day session.

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Luciano, a lucky Christmas baby, is two years old, and these photos pretty much capture his personality – hilarious, totally full of energy, and very easily excited. He’s a blast to photograph – we’ve done Easter portrait sessions and he has been a model at Fuddy Duddy’s, just downstairs from my studio 🙂

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I love these photos because they embody the reasons that I LOVE doing lifestyle portraiture – capturing the moment and the pure energy, rather than having something perfectly posed.

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And with some personalized Valentine’s Day cards from The Camera’s Eye, Luciano’s family and friends get to enjoy this little goofball, too!

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Wedding Floral Arrangements with Tioga Gardens

Anyone who has spent even a little bit of time on Pinterest knows that it is full of eager wedding planners! I think that second in popularity to photos of “The Dress” are photos of “The Bouquet” and “The Flowers.” These photos, however, wouldn’t be possible without a great florist like Tioga Gardens behind the scenes!

In the past, Tioga Gardens has created stunning arrangements for me to display at vendor shows. Check out these delicate and detailed finished products:

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In addition to their own grounds, they’ve also put their talents to good use at weddings at local venues, like Terra Cotta

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…and Traditions at the Glen:

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What a way to make that special day even more memborable! For more info about their floral offerings, call Tioga Gardens at 607-687-2940.

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Megan

Meet Megan, a 2015 senior at Owego Free Academy who had a recent senior session with The Camera’s Eye! We got some great shots in a variety of fun outdoor locales.

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Hard to believe this girl is a tough-as-nails soccer goalie – she’s as easygoing and down-to-earth as can be!

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Plus, I LOVE the outfits Megan chose for her senior session. Everything is both casual and stylish – and check out the range of tones and colors!

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I’m looking forward to meeting even more seniors at The Camera’s Eye as the summer starts to wind to a close. Stay tuned – soon we’ll be sharing some more tips about senior photos, including how to choose your all-important yearbook photo!

2015 Owego Free Academy Senior – Mary

I get to meet all sorts of high school seniors when it comes to senior portrait sessions at The Camera’s Eye. This includes seniors who are shy, those who aren’t sure what to wear, or those who are a little nervous when it comes to their first professional photography session. However…Mary, a 2015 senior from Owego Free Academy, definitely does NOT fall into any of these categories!

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In addition to being a cheerleader, Mary is a total free spirit and loves having her picture taken – she’s been dying to get her senior photos done ever since she was a freshman. She really took to our outdoor settings and loved spending time posing in the flowers!

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One of the reasons this senior session was so much fun was because Mary completely enjoyed being herself. As for senior style: To make sure her outfits matched her personality, Mary chose relatively casual clothes, both dresses and other outfits. She is a self-described “outdoorsy girl” with just “a hint of someone who loves to dress fancy.”

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I think that her smile and the butterflies on her shirt say it all 🙂  Mary – thanks for letting The Camera’s Eye capture your senior session, and good luck in your senior year at OFA!

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Back to the Garden: The Camera’s Eye and VINES

With all the things to love about summer in the Southern Tier, one of my favorites has to be gardening. I have 13 (!) of my own garden plots at home and, despite a constant war with slugs, deer, and other foes, I love cultivating my own vegetables and flowers! That’s why I was so excited to learn more about VINES, a community gardening and education group in the city of Binghamton. My social media manager has a VINES garden plot, and invited me to a Saturday morning “work party” so I could learn more.

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The work party was at the Corbett Avenue garden in Binghamton’s south side, a site that’s been going strong for five years now. Members sign up to rent a plot for the season at a garden location of their choosing. The raised beds are already built and the soil is already cultivated – all that’s left to do is start growing!

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Dick Andrus, a professor at Binghamton University, manages the site. He gave me the grand tour before the everyone arrived, starting with a spot of particular pride – the newly developed compost pile.

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As I chatted with members and wandered between the beds to snap photos, it was clear that the name “VINES” was more than appropriate. There were vines EVERYWHERE!

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Yes, some of them were weeds, which the garden members were taking to task….

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…but many hinted at deliciousness yet to come!

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Even though the program is well established – and obviously popular…look at the turnout at 9 am on a Saturday to pull weeds! – it was a nice reminder that improvement, growth, and change is always possible. The group added a long-awaited official VINES sign to the front gate while I was there.

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VINES does a lot more than just provide gardening space for its members. At their Urban Farm, volunteers grow food that goes out to farm share subscribers. It’s also available for sale at the weekly Binghamton farmer’s market (9-2 on Fridays in downtown Binghamton).

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In addition, VINES hosts numerous events and workshops that anyone in the community can attend for free. Upcoming events include “Season Extension on a Budget” on August 16th, “Freezing Vegetables” on August 20th, and a “Lemonade in the Garden” social event at Corbett Avenue on August 27th.

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A big thank you to VINES for all the work they do for the community, and for letting The Camera’s Eye shoot some wonderful summer images!

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