A little bit about me...
Who's Your Photographer?
Hi there, I'm ReBecca, a professional photographer based in Syracuse, New York, a small city located in the center of the state. I've been a professional photographer for over 20 years. As a child, I would watch my father develop b&w film and photographs in our darkroom and assist him in the studio. I always wondered what all of the numbers meant around the camera lens and I was fascinated by how an image could appear on paper in the room with the red light. In 1992, while still in high school, I took my first photography class. Shortly after, I started my own photography business creating portraits for friends and for those they would refer to me. I photographed my first wedding in 1998 and also graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Photography.
In 1999, after seven years of contemplating a business name, ReBecca's Photography officially made the cut. Fast-forward 19 years later, I've photographed more than 600 weddings and countless portraits, have continued to create art, expanded into B2B photography services, was inducted into the Liverpool Central School District's Fine Arts Hall of Fame, and most recently earned a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications from Marist College. The IMC masters degree program significantly strengthened my skills working with businesses both large and small.
Style - Natural yet Polished
From the moment I created my first portrait and to the present day, I strive to create and capture images that reflect the trueness of my subject. It's taken years to develop my style of shooting and editing with the changes in photo gear and advancements in technology. You won't find commercial props used by multiple clients or heavy post-processing in my work. I believe in photographing you, your family and friends, and yes, even your beloved four-legged fur babies, in a way that is authentic and timeless.
My Clients - Fun. Cool. Classy.
Most of my clients are looking for something unique and of high-quality and like to have some fun (or a lot) along the way. I know I do! My clients like to go with the flow and aren't afraid to explore the road less taken. They have a sense of humor, are pretty cool people, and appreciate creativity.
My past clients learned that I will capture beauty in everything and everyone by finding the right angles and the right light. All they did was trust me.
During a photoshoot, my approach is easy-going and friendly; allowing the true essence to show through. You won’t find rigid posing in my work. Just little adjustments to what feels natural.
A Promise to You
I'd like to assure everyone viewing my work for consideration that because of the values instilled in me, my experience, my education, and respect I have for your wedding day, portrait, or marketing need, I will photograph your request in a way that blends today's artistic and unobtrusive style with yesteryear's high level of professionalism and value of quality. It is with two decades of education and experience that I am able to ensure not only high-quality products but artistic, one-of-a-kind results.
The mission of ReBecca’s Photography is to be one of the leading photographers who set standards of excellence with regards to professional photography. Maintaining a down-to-earth approach while providing clients with images that are genuine, real, and timeless to last for generations to come.
Hello Wedding Couples
I truly love and enjoy photographing weddings, from small intimate celebrations to those that are large and elaborate, and all of those that fall in-between. After 19 years of professionally photographing them, I can assure you with a high degree of modest confidence that I will not disappoint you. Your wedding day is documented in a very unobtrusive, kind, and loving way from the little details to candids to invaluable family photographs. My father, a professional photographer, photographed weddings in the Syracuse area from 1977 until 2002 and his reputation is still respected today. I continually strive to follow in his footsteps as a respected professional photographer and artist. I was brought up in an era when wedding photography was very traditional and the respect and quality for professional photographers was substantial.
A Little Background
I was born and raised in a family skilled in photography, music, and art and received a camera at an early age from my father, a professional photographer and musician. I developed a curiosity for the traditional photographic process, which was inevitable by having a complete photographic b&w film darkroom and photo studio at home. After years of simply existing around a world of arts and photography, I unexpectedly fell in love with the camera when I started to learn more about it in the classroom. From there, I was inspired to take it to a higher level and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Photography from Syracuse University. I learned to combine my years of education with real-world experience and developed an artistic, unobtrusive style of shooting by using patience, photographic intuition, and artistic sensibility.
Capturing images in real-time that are genuine, romantic, beautiful, and sometimes even a little mysterious, was my initial motivation for choosing this profession. My intrigue and developing artistic style continued to grow immensely, whereby I learned to express it in several ways through photography. As a visual artist I document and create impromptu, story-telling images currently using digital photography as my medium. I have always considered it vital to develop a personal connection with all of my clients whether photographing an elaborate wedding or a single portrait. All of my work is a collaboration of my clients' uniqueness and my creative perspective, thus producing an original piece of "artwork."
What I Love About Art
I have always been intrigued by all forms of art. I love to see the color and brushstrokes on an artist’s canvas, to feel the impressions in clay from a potter’s fingers, and immerse myself in the essence of music as it takes you on a journey through the musician’s heart and soul. These are just some of the things that make me who I am as an artist bringing my work to life. There are those that can paint a masterpiece or write eloquently worded lyrics. My talent is that I perceive things that the ordinary eye does not and I have the experience, knowledge, and education to make it come to life through photography. The art of photography and the creative process is not only my calling; it is truly my passion.
My Fine Art Subjects
“Fine Art” is a term that is used loosely today. It’s not just about taking a photograph and applying filters and effects; it’s actually far from that. Fine Art should have at least these following characteristics: Message, Intent, along with Choice & Technique. My Fine Artwork is a mix of portraits and abstracts. One common theme through all of my portrait work is that the viewer will feel my subjects’ profound soul, just by looking into their expressive eyes and body language. The messages vary and touch on many topics. My abstracts are primarily about composition and light. Being an art photographer allows me to show the world how I envision it, frozen in time so that it can be slowed down for the everyday eye to see. Even if you’re not looking for a portrait of yourself, you may find something that you connect with.