Founder’s Values and Background

Career

Currently focused on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs develop a stand-out personal brand, CC Photo & Media owner/founder, Caylena Cahill, is passionate about photography and helping advance her clients to the next level. Her work in photojournalism (for publications such as Newsday Westchester and the Times Herald-Record) and in marketing for non-profits and tourism gives her a special ability to find the unique, “promotable” elements of a personal brand or small business and turn them into compelling photos that help her clients connect more effectively with their prospects and fans.

Caylena was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and first got into photography as a child, playing with a 35mm camera and her Gymnastics Barbie dolls. After pursuing photography more seriously in high school and college, she graduated from Ithaca College and currently holds degrees in Still Photography (Bachelor of Science) and French (Bachelor of Arts). She also completed a minor in journalism.

Presently, Caylena works primarily in the Hudson Valley, and NYC and Washington D.C. metro areas, though she has also worked in St Louis and in France, and would be very happy to meet your travel needs. She currently serves as the Director of Public Relations for the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership NY East organization, where she has been volunteering for over 10 years.

Caylena’s personal work has been exhibited in Ithaca, NY, New Paltz, NY, Rhinebeck, NY Kingston, NY, Woodstock, NY, New York City and St Just St Rambert, France. Her assignment work has been featured in publications such as Chronogram, Upstater, Newsday Westchester, the Times Herald-Record, Organic Hudson Valley, Washington Business Journal, Raine Magazine and Fuse Magazine and in regional advertising campaigns and organization/business websites.

CC Photo & Media/Caylena Cahill is currently a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. CC Photo & Media is a sponsor of Meeting Professionals International Greater New York and the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. She regularly attends professional photography conferences and business development seminars to keep up her game and offer the best possible value she can.

Values

  • Impacting the community
  • Inspiring thoughtful Action
  • Long-term relationships
  • Creating Positive Change in the World
  • Quality & Excellence
  • Leadership By Example & through Service
  • Groundedness
  • Harmony & Oneness
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Creativity
  • Fulfilling One’s Potential
  • Balance

Passions

  • Health, Nutrition and Exercise
  • Helping and Inspiring People
  • HOBY
  • Travel
  • French
  • Tap dancing
  • Creative Problem Solving

Dream

My life’s dream is to travel the world and make pictures that make an impression, inspire action, promote understanding and harmony, create change and help people live to their fullest potential.

Fun Facts

  • Sitting at a table on a sidewalk outside of a French café, sipping un café crème or a fraise à l’eau; eating a tarte aux pommes, pain au chocolat, or éclair au chocolat; while people watching or chatting in French with a friend gives me a strong feeling of the stars being aligned.
  • The first time I really felt something about photography was in high school. I was feeling down, but when I went to photograph a pep rally, I felt happy.
  • The first photos I remember taking were of Gymnastic’s Barbies, my friends and family, and the Christmas tree. These were all taken on film.
  • I speak French fluently and have lived in both France and Italy.
  • I like to dye my hair fun colors.
  • I’m running two half-marathons this year. If you’d have told the old me that I’d become a long-distance runner… I wouldn’t have believed you.
  • I’m a 10-year volunteer with Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership. Returning each year to volunteer rekindles my fire.

Why I love Photography

  • The opportunity to create beauty
  • The opportunity to capture moments
  • Self Expression
  • Personal Exploration
  • The beauty of found moments and things
  • Telling stories and giving voice to those that wouldn’t otherwise necessarily get the attention they deserve
  • Questioning reality versus fantasy
  • Documenting important moments
  • Sharing the experiences of myself and others with people who might not have access
  • The people I meet, the places I get to see, and the experiences I get to have that I otherwise wouldn’t meet or see or have
  • The ability and opportunity to affect change and leave a legacy

For more detailed info on her experience, visit her LinkedIn profile, or if you’re ready to put these expertise to work on your project, please email her or call at 845-418-2718.