About janetleephoto

I am a natural light/on location photographer in beautiful central New York. Syracuse to be exact. ... passionate about all aspects of photography, digital art and design. Contact me for all your photography needs except weddings...unless you want to pay me at least $5,000. :-) My Focus Is On You!

It’s Time to Catch Up

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Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what’s been going on with me:
I had my sunroom redone because of water damage. Ended up being a bigger job than expected, but luckily the insurance covered it. Phew! Major kudos to the guys
from Allcraft Home Improvement especially Sam! They were wonderful!

Went Hot Air Balloon Chasing With Wendy

And Sunset Chasing With Chris

Did Some Sessions Out at Lockwood Lavender Farm despite the heat and humidity although I did have to reschedule a couple of times. Once due to heat and once due to wind. All didn’t go perfectly, but I learned a lot for sure.

Got Some Swimming In. Was a perfect summer for that! I miss my pool. If you know me at all, you know I despise cold weather so you didn’t hear me complaining about the heat this summer.

Made The Cover of Plank Road Magazine And Was The Featured Entrepreneur For The WISE Center In The September Issue Of Syracuse Woman Magazine! My first cover and first time being featured in an article. Thank you Plank Road and  WISE Ctr and Syracuse Woman!

Shipped My Youngest Off To College, and He Seems to Be Adjusting Well
Judging By How Little I Hear From Him. He claims he’s very busy with classes and homework, which I mostly believe. He’s a very smart and hardworking young man, and I’m very proud of him, but I do miss him quite a lot.

And sadly my sisters and brother and I said our final goodbye our mom on September 15th. She was 89 Years Old and One Tough Cookie! Still trying to get used to her really being gone. She usually made faces whenever she saw a camera pointing at her, but thankfully I was vigilant and managed to get several wonderful images of her throughout the years.

 

I’m so glad I took this picture.

So there’s been some ups and there’s been some downs, but I’m still standing because I’m my mother’s daughter and also one tough cookie!

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First Real Estate Shoot!

Recently I did my first real estate shoot! Fortunately, I rented a wide angle lens, and if I were to do these types of shoots regularly, I would be buying a wide angle lens. I think it went pretty well. This is what the homeowners said:

“Beautiful! Nice job. They look better than the house actually is so I hope it doesn’t work against us. Lol”

“Hi Janet, yes the photos were fantastic.Thanks so much!! We have two people extremely interested already.”

If you are selling your home or are a realtor and need some professional images of your listings, please contact me.

Here is a collage of some of the images. I’ll be putting them on my website for a better view soon.

Portrait Sessions at Lockwood Lavender Farm!

Very excited to share with you about a collaboration between Lockwood Lavender Farm of Skaneateles, NY and myself, Janet Lee Photography! I am doing 30 minute portrait sessions at the farm with the BEEEEAUTIFUL lavender as the backdrop between 5-7 P.M. on June 18-22 and June 18 & 19. It’s a wonderful setting, and the light that time of day is perfect! So bring the kids, your significant, your bestest friend, your mother, your father, your whole family or just yourself! The session price is $95 ($85 if you get on the schedule by April 15th) and includes 1 8×12,
2 5x7s and a private gallery on my site from which to order more prints, canvas wraps, etc. {Total value $225} This is the perfect opportunity to update your family photo or start a brand new tradition! It promises to be the most relaxing photo session of your life!
You can visit the Lockwood Lavender Farm Blog http://lockwoodfarm.blogspot.com/Directions to the farm are on the right hand side. It’s just past Mandana on W. Lake Rd./41A.




Oh Christmas Tree!!!

It was later in the afternoon this past Sunday when my two boys and I went out to get our Christmas tree. I had done some research online and decided to stay close to home and chose Cedarvale Maple Syrup Co. So we get there and the guy says all he has is what is cut out front. My plan was to cut a fresh one…I said ‘are you sure? what about the ones across the road?” too small he says. I must’ve looked convincingly disappointed because then he said ‘there might be something out back’ and mentioned he had to trim some branches off a few because of deer nibblings. my word, not his… Yay! We got a saw and made out way up the hill and through the maple syrup harvesting tubed areas to the back lot…. The choices weren’t many, but we only needed one. It was quite nice out. A little snow on the ground. Not windy. Just a little chilly, and the light was fading. Of course I brought my camera to document this family event. I think the last time both boys went with me to cut a tree was when Lee was just a little guy in a snowsuit. Long time ago!

Canvas Wraps Continued….

At Donna’s request I took some photos of the canvas wraps I have here to give you an idea of how they look in person. Two are 16″x24″. One is 16″x20″.
The kitty one I just got today. Turned out fabulous! There are a few more on the way. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

signed,
Crazy for Canvas Wraps!

Warning! Don’t Be Fooled Like I Was

To continue on with my crazy for canvas topic, I just want to put a word of warning out about an online company that I ordered two canvases from recently.
Canvas Discount I was suckered in by their very low prices. Not realizing until after I received my order that I had to put the canvas on the frame myself! This is not clearly stated on their site. Not to me, anyway. Go look and see what you think. Imagine my disappointment when instead of seeing the usual square boxes on my porch I see a long thin one containing rolled up canvases and a puzzle of wood pieces! And to make things worse, the quality of the prints are very bad. If they were up to my standards, I would maybe be less upset, but they’re not. So just return them. What’s the problem, Janet? Geesh!! Yeah, well the problem is this company or so it claims to be, is run out of Germany, but has a Miami, Florida phone number and address. To make a return, you’re supposed to email them first, which I have done twice and twice the email gets bounced back as undeliverable. So I call the number. First time I get a busy signal. Last two times it just rings and rings and rings… no answering machine. Nada! I’ve Googled the CEO’s name, Daniel Mühlbauer. Nothing comes up linking that name to this company. So what do I do now? I’m not sure. If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. But, trust me about this. Do NOT order anything from this company.

It Was Fear All Along

Hi! Well, guess it’s been awhile since my last post here. Hasn’t it? Almost six months! Time sure flies. Seems the older I get, the faster it goes…

Yes, tonight I finally realized why I haven’t hung any of my framed images in my living room. I’ve hung them in other parts of the house, but the walls in that room remained bare and lifeless. I was moving the furniture around making room for the Christmas tree we’ve yet to get and decided to hang a few images since I had the couches away from the walls making it easier to pound in nails. Had the ones chosen and everything… then I went to pound the nail and realized I couldn’t hang this heavy framed photo above the couch. What if it fell on someone or something? My son, a cat, me!? I wasn’t willing to take the chance. These are heavy with very pointed corners. Serious injury could result! Luckily I had two canvas wraps available that go perfectly on those walls. No worries of them falling and hurting someone. They are lightweight so even if they did fall, there’s a slight risk of it hurting someone. I’ve been on a canvas wrap craze lately. Besides being light in weight eliminating the need to locate a stud in the wall, the colors and texture of the material enhance the image immensely. There is no glass to break or get smudged with fingerprints, and no glare! The canvas is stretched over a box frame continuing the image along the sides giving a gallery effect. Widths of .75″, 1.5″ and 2″ are available. I’m partial to the 1.5″ one. Any size is possible from very large to make a bold statement or you could group several smaller ones for a cool wall collage that can be rearranged on a whim because they are so easy to hang and move. Any type image looks fabulous made into a canvas wrap. Anything from pets to people to landscapes to macros of flowers. Anything at all. Here are some examples, but to really appreciate them, you must see them in person. More can be seen on my website Janet Lee Photography I’d love to know what you think. Have you ever worried about framed images falling and hurting someone?