Sunday, September 18, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Event. Join me! | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

October is breast cancer awareness month. I personally have never been diagnosed with breast cancer nor do I have immediate family who has been. But I do know for a fact, at one time or another we will all be affected by the impact of a cancer diagnosis. I myself am a survivor of Thyroid cancer. My grandmother was diagnosed and passed away from complications related to Mesothelioma. Most recently my mother was diagnosed and treated for lung cancer.

Through each of these trials, I have been fortunate and will be forever grateful to have a wonderful support system of amazing women. They have helped by listening, have made suggestions about treatments, referrals about physicians, and have suggested many services I might never have heard of. They may not have had all the answers but they were there to offer support and bring a source of happiness, hope and healing to otherwise difficult days. Which is why I am extending an invitation to you.

On October 15th, Deb Hassler of Wit’s End Fashions in Big Flats, NY. , is hosting an event. It is called “Hope. Healing. Inspiration. Women helping Women” and will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Many of the women I mentioned above will be in attendance and I want you to meet them. Some of them will be available as guest speakers sharing stories of survival; others will be offering information about resources, and their services.

This event is open to the public. It’s purpose is to help all women who are affected by breast cancer or cancer in other forms. The event will also share information for the families and friends who are caring for them on a daily basis. The entire mission is about women helping women.

I will be taking part in this day too, I personally invite you to share your stories with me. I believe every day is a celebration of life and the connections we have with one another. 
Bring your mother, your sister, your girlfriend and have your portrait taken by me in my “Tickled Pink” pop-up studio. 
Make it a day of remembrance, celebration, renewed self-love, and inspiration. I would be honored to create a memory of the day for you.

Friday, September 9, 2016

In Her Words. | Rebecca Lewis, portrait photographer, Campbell, New York

I love my job. 

Every session begins with an opportunity to meet with a woman who in many cases has not had her portraits taken in many years some may have never had the experience at all. I call this first meeting a pre-consultation and it is where dreams are discussed, questions are answered, fears and concerns are laid to rest. 

One particular day I had the honor to meet a beautiful woman who was a referral by a previous client. Her name is Sandy. She came in to discuss her dream of surprising her husband with a gift. It had to be something so out of her normal comfort level that he would never expect it. 

It had to be something special for their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Here is her experience in her words.

"I am 72 years old and had never had my portrait taken.  
I decided for our 50th wedding anniversary, I would have pictures taken.  I have recently lost 110 lbs. and thought it would be a good anniversary present for my husband.  
I have a friend who recommended Rebecca Lewis.  I previewed my friends pictures, and saw what a beautiful job Rebecca did, so I set up a session.
I felt like a queen for a day.  They did my make-up, and hair.  When I viewed the photos, I couldn't believe it was me.  It was so much fun posing for the photos.  Rebecca made feel at ease and comfortable.  She had  different outfits for me to wear, as well as some of my own.  She also provided a lunch.  
I fell in love with Rebecca, and feel like I have a new friend.  I highly recommend having this done.  Every woman deserves it.  And oh ya, my husband cried when he opened the portrait.  He has shown it to everyone."

Monday, August 29, 2016

One year, One month, and one day. | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

If you have not met this beautiful woman yet, her name is Martha. It has been one year, one month, and one day since she started working with me in the studio. Our paths crossed a few months before. We met in a parking lot where we made our first introductions. You can read about it here.
I cannot begin to say how amazing this year has been. Having her work side by side with me and create beautiful work for every client who has had the opportunity to sit in her makeup chair has been fun to watch, a valuable learning experience, and her presence has made each session more exciting.
Her talent and creativity is beyond measure. For that I am forever grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Martha.

Martha is available to assist you with your makeup and beauty needs, assisting you with preparing for your wedding and all your special events. To learn more about Martha, get in touch, and stay in the know check out her Facebook Page - Makeup by Martha

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Destination Dream Sessions by Rebecca Lewis | R. L. Studio Portraiture, Campbell, New York

To see beautiful locations, visit museums, take in the culture fills my heart. The best part is always meeting new people and making new friends. It's long been a dream of mine to share these experiences with other women who dream of traveling too.

Big Ben, London

This is why I am excited to share with you that after much work and planning, you are now able to experience your portrait session in a whole new beautiful way. 
Welcome to Destination Dream Sessions!

Destination Dream Sessions is a portrait experience that allows you to take a journey, visit new locations, and have your dream session at the very same time. 
It is designed as a getaway vacation for all women age 21 and over. 
Imagine waking in a new city. Begin your day in luxury by being pampered by my amazing team the morning of your portrait session and enjoy the experience of a portrait session like those you have only read about in magazines. 
Let us create the most beautiful images you have ever seen of yourself. 
I will do your pre-consultation with you in-person if you live near my studio or via Skype if you are more than 100 miles away from my studio.
All you need to do is make your destination selection at the store, make your travel arrangements, arrive the day before your session with your wardrobe, don't forget to make plans to take in the sites and go out on the town the night of your session. We will take care of the rest.

The first destination is planned for January 2017 and there is only one opening.

Let's talk if you want to share the experience with someone special. I will be happy to discuss ideas.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stylized Senior Sessions - It's not too late. | Rebecca Lewis, Finger Lakes Portrait photographer

This is me, 29 years ago. Commemorating my senior year and all of my hard work to get to this point.

My senior pictures were taken in our high school. A local portrait studio came in and set up a mini studio to take our pictures. One by one we were called down to one of the administration offices to sit for the photographer in front of a traditional blue/gray backdrop. I chose a single outfit. It was my favorite, a black velvet dress with a square neckline, and a single strand of pearls. Pearls were and still are my favorite. 

I admit, I actually love my portrait. It's definitely very 80's but I'm not afraid to have it on display in my home.

Which is why I want to create beautiful portraits of you and capture this amazing moment in time.

How exciting for you to be a member of the Class of 2017! I am positive you have been thinking about this time and have known exactly how you want to be photographed for what seems like forever. And if you don't, that's okay because I am able to help you with the details. I want you to love your images for all time.

Your experience begins with your complimentary in-person consultation before any images are even taken. We will meet in the studio where we will get to know each other, discuss your ideas about the look and style your are going for, and schedule your session date.

Stylized Senior Sessions are $300 and will make you feel like a star. Each session includes makeup, hair styling, a full day in the studio, and light refreshments. 

Upon completion of your photo shoot we will schedule your reveal session. Your reveal will take place 2 weeks afterwards. This is where you will be shown approximately 25 expertly hand picked, edited selection your gorgeous images. You may then choose which images to purchase. 

Packages are sold separately and start at $600. All packages include both print and digital images. Additional products are sold separately. You may choose from canvas prints, custom framing, a custom designed photo book, and designer folio boxes. 

It's not too late. Schedule your session today.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Subscription Service

I love my days. Being able to photograph beautiful women is always pure joy. It is inevitable, all women who come into the studio as clients end up being friends. We laugh, we dance, we have fun, and occasionally cry - mostly tears of joy and excitement. What I find most meaningful is that I am always learning from my clients. They all share such wisdom from each of their experiences throughout life. They share their dreams and they share their goals. I am always listening. In addition to creating beautiful images they absolutely love, it is my desire to come away from each experience with insights I had never thought of before. 

Recently, I was asked if I offer a subscription service to pay for sessions in advance. I admit, I had never thought of this before, so after much thought I decided it was something to try.
As of today, it is newly added on my website. Using PayPal, you may pay for your session in advance choosing a time period most convenient for you. Payments are a subscription service. Your session will not be scheduled until the session fee is paid in full. The session fee does not include any prints or products. Session fees are non-refundable. 

Click here to check out payment options and get the details. 
Just think, you could start now and give the gift of a portrait session to the beautiful woman in your life, just in time for the Holidays. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Making memories with mother daughter sessions | Rebecca Lewis, R. L. Studio Portraiture

Bring girls together for a day filled with makeup, hair styling, and photo session, mix in some laughter and fun, and something magical happens. 
Sharing some images from a recent Mother-Daugher session. What a privilege and honor of having them in the studio for the day. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Seeing your beauty through portraits | Rebecca Lewis, R. L. Studio Portraiture, Campbell, New York

I was introduced to Lora by a long-time friend. Lora came in a couple of weeks ago a little nervous for her pre-consultation, not quite sure what to expect, but after seeing Marty's images she knew she had to come in for her own personal session. Here is what she had to say after her reveal.

"I believe everyone comes into your life for a reason and at the perfect time. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Lewis of R. L. Studio Portraiture and experienced an unforgettable day in her studio. Her ability to capture a soul through image photography is amazing. She, along with Martha Mehegan her makeup artist, worked with me, laughed with me, shared stories with me, and shared and amazing day with me.  Thank you Rebecca, for stopping time for just a moment in my photos; I will treasure them forever."

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Lora.

Couture Pregnancy sessions | Rebecca Lewis, R. L. Studio Portraiture, Campbell, New York

We first met four years ago when we took up sailing. She was an instructor with the Seneca Sail and Power Squadron when our youngest son took the ABC course. Now she excitedly awaits the arrival of her 4th child. I am so happy that I was able to capture these beautiful images for her. 

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.

Booking sessions because you deserve to be photographed in the way you have always dreamed of. BOOK HERE.

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."