Monday, November 26, 2018

"The Portrait Coterie" Membership opportunity | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

Give the gift that will last all the year through. 
"The Portrait Coterie" 
is a studio membership opportunity only available from R. L. Studio Portraiture. 

Membership includes all the perks of a luxurious studio experience with more rewards and benefits. 
It's perfect for gifting to someone special in your life 
and yourself after the busy shopping season.  

Friday, October 5, 2018

Time to think about your Holiday card photo shoot | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

Quick question, I know it’s only the beginning of October, but have you ordered your holiday cards for this year?  

There are some simple ideas to assist you in planning your holiday card photo shootIf you haven't even thought of cards, don't worry. There's still time to schedule your session AND get them back in time to mail them out. 

I know you want a beautiful product to send your message of good cheer and many thanks this holiday season. I also know you also want your cards to reflect who you are, so consider a few tips shared below.

Consider your theme. How d0 you want your images to look for your greetings? 

Do you like a more relaxed, fun, and traditional festive theme? A casual lifestyle session might be the look you're going for.

Do you like Fashion? If you like a more fashion, magazine inspired look, then fresh, dramatic, or formal attire will certainly fit the bill.

Once you know what theme, now it's time to consider your wardrobe.

  • It’s a good idea to coordinate outfits with color rather than try matching outfits. 
  • The classics red and green are always a festive idea for the holidays, but they don’t have to overwhelm the image. Red makes a great pop of color when paired with a black suit coat for men or as a lipstick for women. 
  • Kids can wear hats and hair accessories in matching colors to make the image look seasonal and pulled together. 
  • If you’re not a fan of the traditional holiday colors, use rich and luxurious golds, silvers, purples, royal blues.
  • Black is always a good idea. 
  • And my favorite, rose gold.
My rule of thumb is, if you have a favorite color use it. You will feel and look amazing and your images will truly reflect your personality.

Use patterns as an accent.

An example would be using plaid and stripes. I love them both and they are beautiful when used any time the year. However, too much in one photograph can be overwhelming. Try these suggestions as simple accents.
  • A plaid/stripe tie, vest, or pocket square for men and boys.
  • A skirt, dress, or hair accessories in a coordinating plaid/stripe for girls and ladies.

Finally, don’t forget textures. They are always a great go-to for the holiday season. 
  • Chunky or cable knit sweaters will clearly convey the season and be a bit more casual. As will flannel clothing options.
  • Add visual appeal with layers for an element of fun and personality. This is where your scarves and sweaters will create even more textures and playfulness. They're perfect for your lifestyle themed cards. 
  • Velvet conveys a sense of luxury an often feels dramatic. This makes it perfect for your "Vogue style" portraits. It even comes in a gorgeous array of colors.
And, just in case you are wondering the best time to send your cards, here is are easy guidelines.  

  • Holiday cards are best sent between mid-November and Early December. 
  • Christmas cards are best sent during the first week of December.
Hope these tips help you with planning your next session!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Which Headshot style is best for you? | Rebecca Lewis, Photographer Campbell, New York

Keeping your headshot relevant in our social media dominated world is important. Not only do you build in instant brand recognition, there is also a sense of trust your customers will feel when your photo accurately represents what you look like. 

Professional businesses such as medical offices, attorney's offices, government agencies, etc., typically have a formal business attire requirement for their headshot sessions and have a set background. This creates continuity in the brand of the business. 

For the creative, a comfortable, business casual attire will be acceptable for your headshot. These images may be taken in a more casual atmosphere on location such as out doors and in studio spaces.

If your style crosses back and forth between formal and the creative then you will want to have a mixed collection of headshot images to use for various media outlets. 

These would work perfectly for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The iPhone Portrait Project | Rebecca Lewis, Photographer Campbell, New York

I have been adding personal projects to my list of studio work recently. I believe that they lead to bigger ideas and spark greater creativity. This project (while the idea is not new to the world of photography) was to stay away from my Canon and force myself to use only my iPhone 7 Plus and the apps that I have purchased over time for a photo shoot.

I am sometimes guilty of thinking better toys and a newer camera would make work easier and more productive, however, the tools I have at hand daily are pretty amazing. It was exciting to try something new. Included below are images from the session. We are fortunate to live in the Finger Lakes Region so we took advantage of this opportunity to head out to Seneca Lake for the day. 

- Images all taken on iPhone 7 Plus. 
- Edited with iPhone apps VSCO, Snapseed, MOLDIV
- A huge thank you to my model, Sarah. 
- Video was created by Rolf Lewis

iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Session - Behind the scenes

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A beautiful new treasure for you.

It has always been my goal to provide you with the most beautiful products to take your images home and I have found the perfect piece. 

It is designed to hold 8 - 20 images, has an adorable space to hold a gem encrusted heart shaped USB for your digital files, and it beautifully displays one of your images behind it's clear framed cover. The hinged lid opens to reveal your collection of matted images. 

All folio boxes are 11" x 14", and come in black. This folio is designed to be looked at. Display flat on your table top or stand on end in a portrait or landscape orientation to view your image as you would with any picture frame.

What's also great is that you may change out your cover image any time you want to highlight a different photograph. 
Call me to learn how you can add this beautiful treasure to your home.

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.


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.


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.

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.