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12 days of Christmas~ Self LOVE challenge ~ DAY 4

12 days of Christmas~ Self LOVE challenge ~ DAY 4

Its day 4 ya’ll!!! How is the self love challenge going for you so far? I’m hoping the dancing vibes got you a bit more flowy and aligned yesterday. I know movement always gets me feeling more alive and mentally fit. Today we’re going to be going on a different kind of self love journey.…

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12 days of Christmas~ Self LOVE challenge ~ DAY 3

Alrighty~ so maybe yesterday was not your cup of tea…or maybe it WAS? I sure enjoyed seeing some of those selfies!!! Kudos for celebrating yourselves! Today I’m going to make things WAY more fun. So much fun in fact that you’re going to get up and DANCE. Cue, “Dancing Queen, young and sweet……” Ok, well…

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12 days of Christmas~ Self LOVE challenge ~ DAY 2

So yesterday I let you off pretty easy, I mean, looking into the mirror and giving yourself a compliment isn’t THAT difficult after all~ or was it? Well if yesterday made you feel awkward, today is bound to take it up a notch. Because no SELF love challenge would be complete with out a SELFIE,…

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12 days of Christmas~ Self LOVE challenge ~ DAY 1

The dawning of the new year is upon us. I mean, its almost New Years Day and all! You might be thinking its time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, or how to change yourself for the upcoming year? Media and advertising certainly seem to want us to all dig deep and find something…

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6 reasons to update your current headshot

If you’re reading this, I bet you already know that having a scroll pausing headshot is vital to your success as a business owner. There are so many reasons why one should have their headshots taken, but its important to remember that having headshots taken is NOT a one time deal. As our business, appearance…

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What is the meaning of happiness?: oh…. and YOU are FLAW-some!!

The Dictionary defines happiness as “a state of being happy.” Well now, that sounds pretty simple right? Come on get HAPPY!!!! (insert Donny Osmond and the rest of the partridges) Ok, so maybe that song was before your time…ahem, I digressed there a bit. Ok, so back to the subject at hand. Happiness! To me…

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The Golden Harvest: A time lapse maternity portrait project with Emma Frisch

Harvest season is a time of gratitude where we give thanks for the abundance of life around us. From each seed, we plant, we receive what we’ve grown, and appreciate how it sustains us through the cold winter months. Thats a pretty dang magical though when you sit down and contemplate it for a moment!…

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Maternity Portrait Time Lapse Project (Part 2): Emma Frisch’s Journey

It was in early February of 2018 that I received an exciting (and top secret) message from Ms. Emma Frisch, owner of our local glamping retreat, Firelight Camps , and author of of the cookbook, Feast by Firelight. “Hi Jamie, I wanted to share the news with you that I’m pregnant again! I want to explore working on…

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Why printed photographs aren’t dead.

As a consumer culture that is now armed with phones and digital cameras, we are taking more photographs then we ever have before. It is estimated that the billions of humans on earth will have taken about 1.2 trillion pictures over the course of their lifetime. Many of them will be shared on social media,…

A dream waterfall maternity portrait session, Ithaca NY

A dream waterfall maternity portrait session, Ithaca NY

Diana had contacted me when she was about 28 weeks pregnant, she knew she wanted some maternity portraits to celebrate the arrival of her newest little girl in late October. With her previous pregnancy, the maternity portraits didn’t come out as well as she had hoped for, and so she really needed the job done…

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A Workstyle Portrait Session with Radiant Compassion

Alison contacted me to talk about her need for some updated imagery for her website and social media following as she transitions herself to L.A. California.  She manages a business called Radiant Compassion. where she offers a multitude of healing modalities, from yoga and reiki, to mindfulness based yoga and psychotherapy for those afflicted with…

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How to prepare for a professional portrait session

Over my many years of providing dream portrait sessions to my clients, I’ve been witness to some amazingly successful portrait sessions and some, well, less than amazing sessions. What is the key difference between a successful and unsuccessful shoot? The successful clients spent time PREPARING for their sessions, and the unsuccessful ones, showed up unprepared.…

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Senior Empowerment Collective Headshot Session

This years Senior Empowerment Collective members are pumped for some exciting opportunities. The first two girls who signed up over this Spring were Shakira and Gabrielle. Most people are thinking…class of 2019 seniors signing up for portraits in the summer of 2018??! but they’re juniors? So here is the scoop on why. If you are graduating…

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Workstyle Session Case Example: Joyful Fitness

I received an email from Shimon initially requesting headshots. When we spent some time on the phone discussing his needs, we soon realized that what he was looking for was more of a Workstyle Portrait Session. He was working with a web designer to create a new website which would feature his Fitness Coaching business,…

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Workstyle/Personal Branding Case study: Guided Touch Massage, Ithaca, NY

During a web design meeting with my personal web designer months back, I was trying to explain to him my vision for a page on my website where I could promote a photography service that I often find myself doing for my clients.  I kept telling him, its not quite personal branding, because personal branding…

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Ithaca High School Senior Ana’s journey towards Falconry.

These photos to me are the living proof that anything is possible when you follow through on your dreams! Local 17yr old Ana Maria spent her early childhood days reading books like “My Side of the Mountain” and dreaming of becoming a falconer. Led by her imagination and a deep passion and love for wildlife,…

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The mission of the Senior Empowerment Collective: Ithaca, NY

The mission of the Senior Empowerment Collective is to birth the next generation of fearless community leaders who are NOT afraid of their own greatness. When the world tells a teenager that their dreams are too big, or that their goals are unattainable, or that they need to “be more conservative, rational, or reasonable” I’m…

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Why getting at $40 mini session with all the digitals is a waste of your money

Imagine you’re going out to eat with your husband for a special event. Perhaps its your anniversary, or maybe you are wanting one last amazing meal out ALONE together before you prepare to have a baby that will consume all of your upcoming days. You go to the “Sweet Moments Cafe” a restaurant that was…

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Ithaca, NY Senior Portrait Photographer tells about her own senior portrait experience.

Moment of truth time… I HATED having my senior portraits taken!!! Back in 1997, there was only two options in my small hometown, you either paid thousands of dollars to one photographer that only worked in a studio, or just did the photos from the staff photographer who showed up for “picture day”~ well we…

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Local teens challenge racism with an epic performance of Hairspray: Ithaca, NY, event photography

Backstory: When local high school junior Emma Ellis, who is caucasian, was cast as Esmerelda for the school play, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, student activists from Students United rallied together to create a protest letter to the schools administration. They protested the plays lack of diversity, and felt that the use of cultural appropriation…