Thursday, May 17, 2018

Picking up my camera again. | Rebecca Lewis, portrait photographer, Campbell, New York


The light is shining beautifully in my new studio space which made me feel like taking some photos of these beautiful lilacs freshly picked at my parents home.
I have hardly worked in the studio. Truthfully, today is the first day I have felt like picking up my camera since January and I am amazed at how heavy it feels.
Everything got put on hold for a while.  My mother fought cancer for two years and took a turn for the worse in February. After a CT scan, she was diagnosed with a large, aggressive brain tumor. 
Her decision was to stop all treatment.
The time spent caring for her along side my father, and with the help from my sister, was not long. Actually it was only about 3 weeks. She passed away in March. 
Since then, I have been slowly getting back to my regular routine. I am still tired. I don't feel like doing much of anything, but I know that with time this will pass. Each day is looking brighter.   

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Behind the scenes - memories of a photo shoot | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

I can hardly believe it has been two years since this session took place. It was so much fun working with Deb. We first met when I popped into her consignment shop one day to have a look around and we quickly became friends.
Here we are (a behind the scenes shot) in the studio during her photo shoot as I guide her through the experience achieving the perfect pose. 


Below: Just one of Deb's beautiful images before framing. 


Monday, January 15, 2018

Have you had your Personal Branding Session?

Make 2018 better.
Tell everyone what you can do for them by 
clearly defining who you are and what your brand is all about. 


View the magazine below


Friday, December 1, 2017

Dreams, Goals, and Portrait Masters

For as long as I can remember, I have been a dreamer and a goal setter. I make lists, each one contains the steps needed to move closer to what I want to achieve. Whenever a task has been completed I cross it off which places me one step closer to what the final goal will be. 
The decision to finally set my dreams into motion and set my goals of becoming a portrait photographer happened while standing in my yard one snowy day during the month of  February of 2011. Standing outside looking up into the sky I declared I would put that dream into action and started setting my goals.

Here I am, it is nearing the end of 2017, and I have been operating my portrait studio just as I had declared and I am still setting goals. Recently, I took the leap and have rented some space on Market Street in Corning, New York. My next goal is to renovate space at another location and utilize both of them. 
Another, more personal goal, has been to submit my work to portrait competitions. Everyday I strive to step up my game, create beautiful images, and improve upon my work so you will always have the most beautiful photos from your studio experience. 
Then I learned of the perfect opportunity to make the commitment. The requirement of course was to put my work in front of my peers to have them critique it and judge it.

NO PRESSURE

Intimidating, yes, but my heart kept telling me I must do it. How would I ever grow and improve if I do not do the work of what is scary? So excitedly I selected three images and sent them on their way.

Here are the three images I submitted:
I've known for a couple of weeks but waited until now to share the news with you. I'd like to announce that I received 
Bronze Merit in the Contemporary Portrait Category at the Portrait Masters Awards with the image below.



Of course, this award could not have been achieved without the amazing work of my makeup artist and model, Martha Mehegan. It is the first step in my new journey and goal to becoming an Accredited Portrait Master. I am absolutely over the moon with this honor and I could never have done it without any of you. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving - Grateful to be able to take time with family


The studio will be quiet this next week as we will be celebrating the holiday with family. 
I hope you too will be taking the time to relax, perhaps do some shopping, and enjoy time spent with with family and friends.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One moment in time and a world of opportunities. | Rebecca Lewis, portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

 Just popping in to share a moment in time. 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 our youngest son graduated from high school.


We are so excited for him at this wonderful time in his life.


There are so many amazing opportunities ahead.


And cannot wait to see what he does with them.







Thursday, June 15, 2017

Celebrating Life Changes and Making New Memories. | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

Life has so many special moments. My family and I are busily preparing for a few now.
my youngest son will be graduating in only one weeks time from high school


and my oldest son will be getting married in 2 weeks time. 


My husband and I are very excited and cannot wait to see where their journeys will take them. 

There are also big changes for us 
(besides becoming empty-nesters and becoming in-laws).

I am moving my studio. 

Details are being worked out amidst the preparations of both celebrations.

As you know, for five years this has been my studio. Day time or night time it has always given me a place to dream. A place to create beautiful moments to be preserved for generations.



Looking back, so many wonderful women have been through the door here. 


They have shared their stories, laughed, and trusted me. Most of all they have given me the honor of photographing them. I am eternally grateful for that gift.

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Here is what I have been doing for the last month or so......
sorting, packing, moving, throwing out unwanted items, and selling.  




As the studio looks today....


As you can see, a huge load has been removed and I have made it this far. The former studio is now ready, ready for the bridal party to get prepared for the big day. One more opportunity to celebrate within these walls and preserve beautiful memories.
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After the wedding, I will be taking this summer off from sessions. Focusing on family, making new memories, and relocating the studio. Studio sessions will resume in the fall. Contact me if you should have any questions in the meantime. I am always happy to hear from you.
I am excited and looking forward to our life changes and new opportunities awaiting as this chapter unfolds.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The "Frugal Fashionista" Recycled Runway a Fashion Event | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, NY

For the last three years I have been fortunate to be able to participate in "Recycled Runway" a fundraising event to benefit The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. This is always a personal project, undertaken as a way to stretch my creativity. The goal is to create wearable fashion using items that might otherwise be discarded.










This years Design utilized 9 pairs of jeans and other findings. A wooden embroidery hoop became a hat adorned with left over tulle and hand crafted denim feathers. Zippers, buttons and seams were turned into jewelry - necklace, earnings, ring, even a brooch. And vintage dress linings became hand-sewn flowers.

The Vision - Submitted for Judging

The finished project.


"Frugal Fashionista"

Make up to complete the look was done by Martha Mehegan of Makeup by Martha
Model: Katie

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Make Your Plan Work with Helene Chaika Fausold | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York



Helene is an Author and Life Goal Strategists in the Finger Lakes Region. She believes that when it comes to our dreams and goals, we all need assistance with creating a meaningful plan to see new ways to manage what we do, better.

Helene will be presenting "Make Your Plan Work" in Watkins Glen at the Harbor Hotel, Wednesday, May 3rd from 

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 


Helene to help you find new solutions through creative insight & practical tools. Break down your 'dream list' and set achievable goals. Gain support to successfully reach your goals.



Learn valuable insight on how to create a path that is unique to your dreams and turn them into reality.


To go to Helene's website, click here: Chaika Unlimited

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring! | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

A day comes in the springtime
When Earth puts forth her powers,
Casts off the bonds of winter
And lights him hence with flowers....
Dora Read Goodale, "The Chorus", 1902



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Recycled Runway 2017 | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer Campbell, New York

Hope you can join me and 34 other designers when we share our runway designs on Saturday, June 3 at The Corning Museum Of Glass for Recycled Runway 2017. 
The event will benefit The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Special moments, creating beautiful memories. | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

Just a share, my future daughter-in-law came into the studio. It was an exciting time, photographing in her wedding gown before her big day arrives. What a gift for this mother of the groom. While we were winding down from the fun of the day, time allowed for us to capture a few more special images that didn't spoil any of the details.



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Choosing favorites | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

It's a tradition, I have always selected a Frasier fir tree for Christmas because they are my favorite. 



However, this year I (gave in to great pressure) let my youngest select his favorite type of tree.....a grand fir. 
It is definitely beautiful. It smells absolutely wonderful. It is also.....well....huge!!!! Not quite sure if I have enough lights to  add to it. Guess we'll figure it out when the time comes to decorate it.



He's rather proud of himself. He's been bragging to his older brother and father that he can now prove that he's the favorite child - because he "convinced" me to get a different type of Christmas tree this year. I'm just waiting till his sister hears about it.  


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thankful everyday.


Sometimes it is still like a dream. The opportunity to photograph a women to preserve this very moment in time for her. Having a job where I am able to see a woman fall in love with herself. To have the skills to create something beautiful for her to keep as a special memento of the day and to share with loved ones both near and far. It is a life nothing short of magical. For these reasons I will always be thankful.


RLStudioPortraiture.com the magazine is available on issue. 
Here is what it looks like:
  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Introducing Mackenzie | Rebecca Lewis Portrait Photographer


It is so exciting to share that there is a new member of the team. Her name is Mackenzie and she will be your hair stylist when you contact the studio for for your in studio portrait session. I have known Mackenzie since she was in elementary school. It has been a pleasure to know her all these years and a great joy for me to be able to watch her grow into an amazingly beautiful and talented woman. 

The holiday season is fast approaching and portrait session dates are still available. Call to set up your complementary pre-consultation soon to ensure you receive your prints for the holidays. You will have the opportunity to meet Mackenzie and celebrate just a little bit early. 

Be sure to watch the video below to see more images from Mackenzie's very own portrait session. It is a short peek at the newest issue of my magazine. The magazine will be available in print soon.

Friday, September 9, 2016

In Her Words. | Rebecca Lewis, portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

I love my job. 

Every session begins with an opportunity to meet with a woman who in many cases has not had her portraits taken in many years some may have never had the experience at all. I call this first meeting a pre-consultation and it is where dreams are discussed, questions are answered, fears and concerns are laid to rest. 

One particular day I had the honor to meet a beautiful woman who was a referral by a previous client. Her name is Sandy. She came in to discuss her dream of surprising her husband with a gift. It had to be something so out of her normal comfort level that he would never expect it. 

It had to be something special for their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Here is her experience in her words.

"I am 72 years old and had never had my portrait taken.  
I decided for our 50th wedding anniversary, I would have pictures taken.  I have recently lost 110 lbs. and thought it would be a good anniversary present for my husband.  
I have a friend who recommended Rebecca Lewis.  I previewed my friends pictures, and saw what a beautiful job Rebecca did, so I set up a session.
I felt like a queen for a day.  They did my make-up, and hair.  When I viewed the photos, I couldn't believe it was me.  It was so much fun posing for the photos.  Rebecca made feel at ease and comfortable.  She had  different outfits for me to wear, as well as some of my own.  She also provided a lunch.  
I fell in love with Rebecca, and feel like I have a new friend.  I highly recommend having this done.  Every woman deserves it.  And oh ya, my husband cried when he opened the portrait.  He has shown it to everyone."













Monday, August 29, 2016

One year, One month, and one day. | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

If you have not met this beautiful woman yet, her name is Martha. It has been one year, one month, and one day since she started working with me in the studio. Our paths crossed a few months before. We met in a parking lot where we made our first introductions. You can read about it here.
I cannot begin to say how amazing this year has been. Having her work side by side with me and create beautiful work for every client who has had the opportunity to sit in her makeup chair has been fun to watch, a valuable learning experience, and her presence has made each session more exciting.
Her talent and creativity is beyond measure. For that I am forever grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Martha.





Martha is available to assist you with your makeup and beauty needs, assisting you with preparing for your wedding and all your special events. To learn more about Martha, get in touch, and stay in the know check out her Facebook Page - Makeup by Martha