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."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Make all her wishes come true - Gift Vouchers now available | Rebecca Lewis, R. L. Studio Portraiture

The Gift giving season is quickly approaching. 

Give her a gift of a portrait session.
Gift vouchers now available at R. L. Studio Portraiture. 
Gift vouchers are available in $100, $200, and $300 options and

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Experience your "Glam the Dress" Session | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer

What an amazing day in the studio this day was.

I had talked many times with Melody about how beautiful and unique her wedding gown was so while visiting one day discussing her recent wedding anniversary plans, I was able to convince her to bring her wedding gown along to her session.

What she had described and showed me in pictures was not even close to how stunning this gown is in person. The color is absolutely stunning, changing from a bronze-green hue to purple in just one simple movement. I could hardly believe my eyes.

The beadwork and stitching both equally as beautiful. I thought how wonderful it was she chose a dress that strayed from the traditional white or ivory. I am sure you can understand my excitement to capture this in camera and create images as magical as the dress.

I am excited to share that you can experience your "Glam the Dress" Sessions in the studio.
It's another beautiful reason to Celebrate.

It's the perfect reason to wear your wedding dress again.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Accepted! 2015 Traverse: Two Galleries, One Show. A juried exhibition | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer

You may remember this video, shared about one month ago. 
It's a short behind the scenes look into styling of a photo shoot for a juried exhibition I planned to enter. Not quite sure with which direction I wanted to take the theme of the final piece. I attempted to get as many "looks" in one studio session as possible.  

This morning I am excited to share that my submitted piece has been accepted into the 
2015 Traverse: Two Galleries, One Show 
a collaborative exhibition by 

This sample sheet above shows the images used to create my piece of work. I utilized the Brenizer Method to stitch the images of my model together and then further enhanced the portrait with the addition of an old photograph as the background to create more depth and interest.

The final piece has been dropped off and will be available for you to view in person. 

As a collaborative exhibition all art work submitted by the artists will be divided between the 171 Cedar Arts Center and the ARTS Council locations.  
The opening reception takes place Saturday, November 14th, from 5pm-7pm.
Works will be on display until late December. All artwork is available for purchase.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Making the connection. | Rebecca Lewis, Beauty Glamour Photographer, Campbell, New York

Like most women I wear many hats. When I am not being a photographer one of my other duties is filling the position of Admin Officer for a local power squadron here in the Finer Lakes where I am fortunate to make many new acquaintances. One such introduction was Martha, I was given her contact information when she reached out to the organization. Designated with the task of working to gather donations for an event fundraiser for a local family resource center she had hoped we might be able to make a donation. At her request I was able to put something creative together and we were able to carve out enough time to meet briefly in a parking lot to make the donation exchange and have our first in-person conversation.
By this time I had also decided to donate a gift of a glamour session for the event she was working on and while explaining the gift package I happened to mention I was looking to add another makeup artist to my list. She mentioned she had some experience. I gave her my card and we said our good-byes. Several weeks later she contacted me to learn more about the makeup opportunity. 
Always remember opportunities can arise from the most random ways. 
You never know where you will make the right connection.
I now introduce you to Martha. She is a wife, a mother, and a beautiful woman. 
These are images from her personal session. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Behind the scenes. "Traverse" | Rebecca Lewis, Beauty Glamour Photographer, Campbell, New York

Latest images from a recent studio project with behind the scenes look into the creative process behind a new art piece to be revealed November 2015.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The beauty of a woman. | Rebecca Lewis - R. L. Studio Portraiture, Campbell, New York

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
- Audrey Hepburn

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Reliquary - Recycled Runway 2015 | Rebecca Lewis, Photographer - RLStudioPortraiture, Campbell, New York

I am still on what feels like a bit of a hangover from this past Saturday.
The day was a fantastic and filled with fashion and beauty all benefiting 
The goal was to create something fashionable from recycled items and either wear it myself or have a model of my choice wear it at the 
Recycled Runway 2015 Fashion Show and Auction 
held at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

My goal since October 2014 has been to do something creative for myself at least once a month, a concept purely just for enjoyment so when this opportunity arose I took it. 
It has taken me a total of 3 months to work on this one project but I have had more personal enjoyment from the effort and creativity than I have felt in a very long time. 

Model: Katie Alley

Recycled items include: Clock Chain, Broken Jewelry, Earrings, Plastic Table Cloth, Black Trash Bags, Window Screen, Magazine Pages, Embroidery Hoops, Salvaged Dress Lace, Beer Bottle Caps, Vintage Christmas Decoration, 

Watch Katie wear "Reliquary" down the runway. To view larger head over to YouTube.