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Nov 30, 2011

Holiday Sale!

To help you with your holiday shopping, City Lights Studio will be offering 25% OFF all print, canvas and card orders this weekend, Friday 12/02 through Sunday 12/04!

All prints, fine-art canvases and custom greeting cards of all styles are on sale this weekend! Select our professional grade photographic prints to frame and give as gorgeous personalized gifts, or for something truly unique, choose your favorite image to be printed as a ready-to-hang gallery-wrapped canvas! Custom sizes are available for panoramic canvas art or order multiples and make a creative display on the wall! Greeting cards are also on sale and come in a variety of shapes and styles including tri-fold or Luxe die-cut shapes; perfect for holiday greetings, Save-the-Dates or Thank You cards!

It's the last chance to order gifts for holiday delivery so place your orders this weekend; use code FREESHIP for free shipping all orders over $50! That's a savings of almost $90 on big canvas orders!

Friend or family member of a client & not sure what they would like? Purchase any gift with the option to choose the photos that customize it OR purchase a gift certificate right from our website!

 REMEMBER : Orders must be placed by 12/04 to be ready for holiday delivery!

Place your order through the proofing site
or by contacting the studio directly, or by calling 716.866.6603
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View more information in our holiday newsletter here

Nov 28, 2011

Internship Available

City Lights is now accepting applications for a winter intern! If interested, please send your resume, portfolio of your work (if you have samples online) and a description of why you're interested, what you'd like to get out of the internship & what your skill-set is (photographic & office management, etc.,) to Erica at

Only requirements are that you are willing to commit to a three-month long unpaid internship, minimum of 5 hours a week, and would like to learn the front & back of a photo business & be involved with the Buffalo arts scene ... oh and you have to be FUN to hang out with :)

You'll be working with me on :

Nov 24, 2011

Thankful to be a Local

One of the many reasons I LOVE this city is that there's a plethora of artisans, merchants, boutiques and quaint shopping districts who not only make shopping for unique gifts easy, but also a very fun & enjoyable experience (the polar opposite of the malls this season!)

As a board member of Buffalo First! and small business owner myself, I encourage everyone to skip the chaos & stampedes this Black Friday and instead, sleep in, relax and when you're ready, grab your family & friends and head to one of our many shopping districts for a cup of coffee and a fun, slow-paced day of gift-buying. I personally am starting my morning at the Elmwood Village Black Friday Boutique Crawl, which each shop is offering a special and you can check out the deals here!

But, if you're looking for something truly unique, you do not want to miss the Give Local a Chance Bash & Marketplace on Black Friday 11/25 from 7-10PM at my new art studios building located at 515 Main St in the heart of downtown Buffalo! There will be dj's, drinks, dancing, a local marketplace of artisans upstairs and my favorite part, an Experience Buffalo auction! Why get someone a gift certificate for their favorite restaurant when you can buy them a private cooking lesson with the chef instead!? Not only do you get to be, well, pretty much the most kick-ass gift giver ever, but the bidding starts at only $75 and 100% goes back to Buffalo First! to keep supporting local businesses. Too cool.

Items for bid include:
  • A personal cooking lesson with Chef Kate Elliott of Merge.
  • A guided tour of Buffalo with Newell Nussbaumer (Founder, Buffalo Rising), including lunch at Betty’s.
  • Local shopping expedition with fashionista Erin Habes (Lecturer, Buffalo State College) and Justin Azzarella (Executive Director, Elmwood Village Association).
  • A singer/songwriter session with Free Henry!
  • Pints with Flying Bison Brewery’s brewmaster Tim Herzog, at Ulrich’s Tavern.
  • A tour of Community Beer Works operations and an afternoon with the fellas.
  • Lunch for two at The Eights Bistro with local foodie guru, Tim Bartlett (General Manager, Lexington Co-Operative Food Market)
  • A private shoot-along photography lesson with yours truly :)

Lastly, if you're still not convinced, check out this Buffalo News article by Andrew Delmonte that points out the "advantages of buying local, like the ability to find unique holiday gifts, or the fact that your local business owners might also be your neighbors, who use their income to take care of their — and your — neighborhood. There’s also the incalculable importance of preserving the business districts and unique cultural fabric that make Western New York a place you like to call home."

Happy Shopping, Buffalo :)

Nov 10, 2011

10.15 | Rochelle & Kevin Wedding

Even though we had one of the biggest bridal parties ever, and one of the windiest, rainiest wedding days, Rochelle & Kevin were so much fun to work with & we had a blast! Drew Zinck shot this wedding with me & helped to grab some gorgeous shots of this cute couple :) After grabbing some getting-ready photos, we headed to Elma for an entertaining ceremony, including a priest who pulled out a stuffed chicken & played 'The Chicken Dance' song the whole way through haha. We trucked up to City Hall to try to grab some shots on the stairs BUT the entire area was filled with Occupy Buffalo protesters and became a complete wind tunnel which blew my scarf right off when I stepped out of the car.... I knew it was NOT going to work haha. Luckily Rochelle & Kevin had a contact at the Statler, which was warm & wind free :) After photos there, we headed to Samuel's Grand Manor for a BIG reception! It was the first wedding I've ever shot where the guests rushed the dance floor before dinner was even over & the floor stayed packed until the very end haha. It was a wild time & we had a blast; thanks R&K!