Part of my job as a professional photographer is to capture events in my community of Owego and Apalachin, New York. I find myself in some really interesting happenings taking on this responsibility and this weekend is no different at Farmer Browns Spring Maker’s Market.
Once a Season, FBM opens their doors to local artisans, vendors and food trucks for a 2 day celebration of holidays, themes and colors of that Season. Featured here are Spot Girl Designs, a watercolor artist whose childlike flair attracts children and adults refusing to “grow up,” DePueWelding a welding duo specializing in outdoor garden decor, camping specialties and custom-designed iron signs; and lastly B and B Well wellness who centers their focus on Elderberry products for boosting immunity and health.
Moving along the row of 10×10 tents, I found Lavendel Fields, local grower who makes all kinds of products ONLY from lavender and Sam Haines Delights who creates 3 new candle scents per month and 4 new soaps a season. I was enthralled listening to her talk about how community events influence her next series of products. June’s Strawberry Fest in downtown Owego struck her imagination to whip up 3 new strawberry flavors that literally look edible even though I know they’re soap. A dynamic team of 3 woman collaborated to present Hygge Home and Horse Krazy Designs featuring cozy home decor, unique jewelry from bullets and adorable bandanas for dogs. To round off that section of vendors, I found Mischief Exotic Studio, who specialized in wood crafted earnings and so much more. It’s impossible to show off all the vendors in one post – you must take a peak yourself on this sunny Sunday. The Maker’s Market hours are 10 – 4pm with Sugar N Smoke food truck today only.
One thing to note about this festive Marketplace, whether they’re celebrating an event or just hosting a food truck like Pit Stop Popcorn for the weekend, the staff is like no other you will encounter. Take a peak at Custom Planter & Display Extraordinaire, Adam Coney taking pride in his perfectly stacked garden soil for your ease of shopping! He’s the face behind every display at FBM and now you might understand the type of pride that goes into showing off a pansy or a petunia “the right way!”
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
I adore them all! The little black one is the runt, and I even helped hand-feed him. Hard not to fall in love!
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? 🙂
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!
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!
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!
The Camera’s Eye offers gift certificates in increments of $25. Buy a $100 gift certificate for Mother’s Day and get $25 FREE!
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 🙂
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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.”
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!