Sunday, April 17, 2016

Recycled Runway, creating beautiful fashion | Rebecca Lewis, Women's Portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

You may have heard that I participated in the Recycled Runway Project  last year. It was an event to benefit the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning, New York.

This year I am so excited and fortunate to be able to participate once more. As many days as I can I have been busy working on creating my latest design since January. 
This years event takes place Saturday, June 4th and starts at 7 p.m. With more designs than last year it is sure to be an exciting evening. 

Just in case you did not see last years creation, here are a few snapshots of my design.

It is titled "Reliquary"

Vintage dress lace removed from old wedding gowns painted gold. 
Beer bottle caps make the perfect settings for sparkling "Jewels" of crushed plastic.

Vintage clock chain and bits of jewelry.

Hand sewn "roses" made from an old plastic tablecloth. Stitched directly to 
old window screen.

Modeled here by Katie. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Inspiring details for your wedding | Rebecca Lewis, Women's Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

I am so excited to finally be able to share a collaborative shoot that took place back in March. 

If you are a bride excitedly preparing for your wedding day here is some beautiful inspiration to get your ideas flowing. Create the day you have always dreamed of. 

Don't wish to wear a veil? Accent your hair with flowers that match or coordinate with your bouquet. 

The "Naked Cake" - Simple and elegant with just the right touch of decoration.

Simple bouquet with Roses, Gerbera Daisies, Seeded Eucalyptus, Heather. All hand tied with a dark silk bow the color of Merlot wine. 

The bridal portrait. A beautiful heirloom you will cherish for years to come. 

Model: Erica Tims
Cake: Rebecca Lewis

Monday, March 21, 2016

Springtime means Beautiful Opportunities | Rebecca Lewis, Women's Portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

Spring has arrived and there are so beautiful opportunities popping up! 

It was a wonderful weekend. Saturday I was a vendor at the Wit's End Fashions "Love and Pamper yourself, Take care of you" event. 
Here are a few pictures for you to see my area.
Thank you to all of you who stopped by and making the event a success. 

I am excited to share that I will be in attendance as both a vendor and a presenter at 

workshop event created by

I will be presenting a seminar on 

"The Art of the Selfie - Mastering your creative Beauty"

Through hands-on experience, you will receive a greater understanding of the tools we hold in our hands every single day. You will grow a new appreciation of an artistic process and utilize “The Art of the Selfie” as a form of self-expression. 

The event will be held at the 

Holiday Inn Elmira - Riverview
760 East Water Street
Elmira, New York 14901

On Saturday, April 9, 2016
Cost is $75

You may purchase tickets before April 1, 2016 for $60.

Click on the link for more information.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Join Me, Saturday March 19! | Rebecca Lewis, Women's Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

I will be at Wit's End Fashions in Big Flats, New York on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 11am - 3pm
for their "Love and Pamper yourself, take care of you!" Women's day out event.
Stop by say hello and see whats new.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Eighteen years ago today. | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photogrpaher, Campbell, New York

Eighteen years ago today I lie in wait. For the little boy who was to arrive but much too early. I had hoped that this day would be much later than the 24 weeks that he was ever so eager to arrive by. I had hoped that all would go well but deep down I knew, as a mother knows (and with the knowledge of a pediatric nurse) that this day we would meet our son, have to say our goodbye's, and that we would not be taking him home.
There were so many challenges against him. Since 20 weeks he had already endured, a ruptured placenta, a ruptured amniotic sac, and pulmonary hypoplasia ( the under development  of his lungs that would inhibit his ability to breath on his own). Till then, in my lifetime, I would
have never imagined ever having to experience the loss of a child but there I was waiting to say goodbye not knowing where life would take me and my husband next. Wondering how this would impact our two oldest children. How sad that day was. Yet there still seemed to be a feeling of calmness, a connection, a comfort in knowing what to expect. And so much love.

Once in the NICU, we held him in our arms. We counted his perfect 10 little toes and 10 little fingers, talked about how perfect he was. At 1 lb. 12oz. and 12 inches long he was beautiful. We remarked how much he looked like his older brother. We took comfort in seeing his tiny body relax when we were near and talking to him. We held him as he took his last breath. Giving him kisses. Once the nurses removed all the medical equipment we were able to spend the day
together as a family in our room. We introduced him to his older brother and sister. Talked about how tiny he was
and how cute he was, and we sat for a family photo. 
A photo that will mean more than anything for the rest of my days.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Behind the scenes | Rebecca Lewis, Women's Portrait Photographer - Campbell, New York

Recently another beautiful client came into the studio. While I won't be able to show you her final images for a few more days I wanted to share a quick behind the scenes from her session. I love to re-watch behind the scenes like this because each session is such a moving experience and creating wonderful memories is what it is all about.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"The Client Experience - In her words" | Rebecca Lewis, Women's portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

We've known each other for over 40 years. Our mothers were girlfriends. Actually, roommates who lived together in Corning, New York before they met their spouses and each started their own families. 

Each of us are the oldest in our families. We often laugh joking we must have been switched and sent home with the wrong mother because I sometimes act more like hers and she like mine. She is "wickedly" inappropriate at the best of times. Loving and supportive at the worst of times. But most of all she is beautiful and I am so happy were friends. 

What joy and comfort it gives to say that simple phrase "we have been friends for what seems like forever".

Late last year I was finally able to convince her it was her time to come into the studio. After reviewing schedules, it was decided December 14th would be the day. To share the experience with you I asked her to be my guest and write about her thoughts and feelings about the day. 

I give you "The Client Experience. In her words" 

"I had viewed Rebecca’s photos on Facebook, but when she approached me to have mine done my immediate reaction was “God no”.  I take a terrible picture.  I have wrinkles, grey hair, am over weight.  I didn’t want all that photographed!  You can’t cover up arm fat or a double chin! I had had a terrible year and it showed on my face. The last thing I wanted was to see myself in a photograph!  She actually wore me down in her loving way, and one Monday morning I showed up at her studio. Willing to be photographed, but wicked nervous.

Everything was so gorgeous to look at, that at first I couldn’t stop looking around.  One wall is covered with Rebecca’s work, and the photos are just breathtaking.  The studio itself is warm, womanly, and cozy.  Martha, the makeup artist showed up shortly after and we began.  I had met Martha before as well and her warm personality put me at ease quickly. I’ve had many makeup artists work on me because of the work I do, and Martha was the gentlest one I’ve ever had. 

I was told to bring about 5 outfits, so it was wicked cool to see what Rebecca thought of my choices. I was asked to bring my favorite jewelry. I think it’s always fun to peer in a friend’s closet, and this reminded me of that. Being at a girlfriend’s house and seeing her clothes and jewelry.  Before I knew it I was swept up in the fun of makeup and getting dressed, and jewelry.  I was still somewhat nervous about the photos.  I got in front of that camera and honestly felt like, this is going to suck.  She takes all these gorgeous photos of these women, and I’ll be the one that looks awful.  I do not know how to smile without looking just a bit foolish. 

Next thing I know Rebecca is on, huge camera in hand, telling me how to move my neck and head to make my neck look long. Relax my eyes, smile, relax my eyes, and turn this way, all while clicking away on her camera! Martha is holding up this huge white thing to catch the light and I’m just trying to not look stupid, or crazy eyed, or smile too much, and actually I have no idea what I’m doing.  But they get me laughing, and I relax and suddenly she’s got something and she shows me and my breath is taken away, because that is me!  I cannot believe that’s me! How did she do that?  It made me want more pictures of me like that!

I started thinking about who I’d want to give these pictures to.  Before the shoot, I thought I’d never give a photo of myself to anyone.  Now, suddenly, I wanted my sons to have a beautiful photograph of their mother.  I wanted my boyfriend to have one, my parents. 

When it was over, we sat at the table, drank some delicious wine and had some warm soup that Rebecca made and just chatted and talked.  It was a perfect ending.  After I came home I kept going over my day. I was amazed at the change in myself. I felt beautiful. I’m so grateful that Rebecca was determined to get me in there. I needed this.  I think every woman at some point needs this experience.  I also believe that everyone should have a beautiful photograph of themselves. It reminds us, we are beautiful, strong, brave, and bold."