Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Portrait Coterie - Have you heard about it? | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer

The Portrait Coterie is a membership opportunity for all women who wish to experience the pleasure of an in-studio portrait session on more than one occasion per year. 

Experience the many benefits that only come with membership. First and foremost, as a member, you receive two (2) Portrait experiences per calendar year. Each session includes the same personal attention to detail in planning your photoshoot, each one customized to the look and style you are dreaming of. Imagine the excitement of filling your very own keepsake box with twenty (20)* beautiful images from your photo shoot experiences. There is much to enjoy when you join The Portrait Coterie

* 20 Images - 10 images from each session. 
Additional images may be purchased at membership discount rate.

Membership will start the day you make your commitment and place your order. Membership is valid for one (1) year from your date of purchase. All sessions must be scheduled with me, Rebecca Lewis, by phone or in person to verify availability for pre-consultations and session dates. 

Your membership may be used for any of the following styled sessions.

  • Glamour/Beauty Portrait Sessions
  • Teen Portrait Sessions
  • Black Book Intimates Portrait Sessions 
Each year only 20 membership opportunities are available. It is easy to purchase your membership. You may also consider a membership a gift. Simply place your order in the store. 

If you have questions before your purchase please contact me. I will be happy to assist you.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.