Although it’s hard to believe, summer is almost over! It’s back to school time which means it’s time for the annual school photo.
Mini Sessions With Leap Photography
Don’t settle for the photos taken by the school photographer! Schedule a mini session for your child with Leap Photography. Your child will receive 10 minutes of time in front of the camera and you’ll have a number of proofs to select from. Plus you’ll receive one digital file of your choosing… copyrights included. It’s a deal too good to pass up!
How Do I book?
To schedule, your child’s mini session give Leap Photography a call. 208-703-7360. Appointments are limited.
I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked how long I’ve been a photographer. What I can tell you is I’be been asked far more times than I can count. Typically when asked, I throw out the elevator pitch of “I’ve been taking pictures since I was a kid… but I’ve only been a professional for about 18 years”. This short explanation is so much faster than telling the whole story. I do however know a lot of you are curious. So, for those of you who would like to learn more, keep on reading, the full story is below.
The Beginning – Montana Girl
In elementary school, I went on a cross country trip with my grandparents to Massachusetts and New Hampshire to visit family. At the time it was a huge deal. First of all… I had convinced my grandma somehow with cute smiles and batting eyes that she should take me with her. You know…because I was the cutest grandchild ever! Or so I thought. To my surprise she bought me a ticket! The next thing I know this little Montana farm girl, who was only about 10 at the time, was riding on a plane for the first time and seeing her first big city… Boston.
My mom decided to send me off with a camera in hand. It was a cheap 110 camera. In fact, I actually still have it. My Aunt Carol drove my grandparents and I around Massachusetts and New Hampshire visiting all kinds of historic sites. I took pictures at all the places we stopped. I’ll be honest, the photos were HORRIBLE. I mean horrible! As in I can’t believe my mom paid for the film and processing! Most of the images were a big blurry mess of objects. I didn’t hold the camera steady and I often was to far away from the subject matter. More often than not, you couldn’t even tell what I was trying to photograph.
Although my parents and I held a stack of blurry photos in our hands, my my mother noticed something. Even though the majority of my photos were HORRIBLE, she felt I had an eye for subject matter and most of all I enjoyed taking photos. (I started taking photos around the ranch when we got back)
The following fall I enrolled to take photography as a 4-H project. Let me stop here for a moment. For those of you who think 4-H is all about raising animals and baking cakes; you’re wrong!
My Learning Years
I completed the first year of the photography project and continued onto level 2. Around this same time my mother started entering my photos into various fair competitions. I usually did “OK”, I won a ribbon here and there. At some point a local photo enthusiast (I don’t remember who) saw my images in the fair and told my mother she should push me a little harder. This person felt I had talent and told my parents they should consider buying me an SLR to learn the in’s and outs’ of photography. My Dad had an old Yashica 35mm rangefinder camera in the closet. Leftover from his days in the Navy. He took it out one day and started showing me how to focus the camera and load the film. The 4-H books taught me the rest. Shutter speeds, f-stops, film speeds, composition, on camera flash and so much more. I guess you can say I was hooked. It all made sense to me. It just clicked!
By the time I was in high school I had taken multiple levels of photography in 4-H, was entering photos in competitions and was the a photographer for the school yearbook. In addition I was working a variety of “odd job” photography gigs within the community. If I remember correctly my first semi professional photo gig was to take photos of all the grand prize large animal winners at the county fair for the local extension office. Within the next few years the local newspaper hired me to cover the entire week of the fair as well. I took photos of most of the 4-H grand prize winners plus sewing, cooking, quilting, swine, rabbit, chicken, steers… whatever they asked me to photograph. All those photos were featured in the local news paper and my name was listed as “photographer”. At the time, I was thrilled. My involvement with the local paper grew. If my school and extra corricular activity allowed, I also photographed sporting events for them.
Right around my junior year of high school is when I began photographing portrait sessions of friends. Prior to this… my sister was my favorite model and primary test subject. Although I was mostly shooting senior sessions of friends… I was getting paid for my talent.
I’m not sure off hand if I was in middle school or high school… but at some point I set my mind to being a professional photographer. In the beginning my dream was to be a portrait photographer. I never considered other possibilities/niches within the profession until going to college.
In college, I was drawn to documentary work and upon graduation, I had an idea in my head that I wanted to work on large, in-depth photo essays. Maybe something such as National Geographic.
A Professional Career Is Born
Straight out of college, with a B.A in hand, I was trying out a variety of jobs within my field of study. I could be found working a number of part-time jobs and any given time. I was a freelance photographer for local newspapers and magazines, worked in 3 different photo labs that I can remember, sold cameras, and even worked for various local portrait photographers. In the end, my bills needed to be paid and I realized I wanted something a little more stable than freelance work & part-time gigs. It was during this time that I remembered how much I enjoyed photographing people. Slowly I let the freelance work drop off and I began to only focus on portrait work.
Since this progression back into portrait photography, I’ve worked for other photographers in addition to starting my own portrait studio. Time spent with other business owners has taught me both what to do and what not to do with my own business.
Leap Photography was officially established in 2004, not long after my move to Boise. Up until about four years ago, I ran the business out of my home.
My husband and I own a 1917 craftsmen home in Boise’s West Downtown neighborhood. The house is perfect for just the two of us… but not large enough to have a separation of business and home. My poor husband was getting kicked out of the house more often than not because of my client appointments. So….with much hemming and hawing… I finally moved the business out of the house. My husband now has a home to always come back to, where he knows he won’t be walking in on my business appointments and I can now relax at home and keep work at the office…. well, for the most part.
Nowadays I photograph weddings, event, and portraits of all kinds. My studio is located in downtown Boise but I’m frequently found throughout the treasure valley on photo shoots.
I’ve recently picked up some personal photography projects that lie within the “fine art” realm of the craft. You can check out some of my non-portrait work by either jumping on over to my Etsy Shop or dropping by one of my “First Thursday” open houses.
So that’s my long story in a nutshell. I hope I didn’t bore you too much, but 30+ years of photography experience is a lot to cover! — Brenda
If you’ve been keeping up with our blog posts over the last few months you’ve noticed I’ve been talking a lot about business portraits. That’s because I’ve been helping a number of different companies update their look. I’ve been helping them create an up to date, professional look for their online and print marketing materials.
Block 22 Hotels
Earlier this year I met a few employees from Block 22 Hotels. They mentioned new business portraits were really needed for employees. It had been at least a few years since everyone was photographed and they really wanted to update there look.
The portraits were to be used both within the inner office messaging system and in web marketing materials. After a bit of discussion, it was decided that photographing the employees inside the hotel would work best.
Block 22 Hotels has a number of employees with very different job responsibilities. For individuals working in more specialized areas of the hotel, I photographed them in the area they spend most of their time. For example, restaurant staff were photographed in the kitchen and dining areas of the restaurant.
The lobby of the Grove Hotel was a great place to photograph all other employees. The wood details, in addition to the plush furniture and warm overhead lighting, created a perfect location to capture portraits of those employees with more generalized job responsibilities.
If you are looking for business portraits similar to this, consider an on-location session. Using your office or showroom floor as a backdrop will help set your headshots apart. The images will be more personalized and help your potential clients get an inside look at your business.
Want to view more on-location portrait session examples? Jump on over to our website , you’ll find a number of great ideas.
Wedding days are always filled with such joy, but I find this especially true when photographing an elopement. In most cases, the number of people in attendance is very few and the couple is just so excited about their special day.
Alaska to Boise
This couple flew into Boise from Alaska just to exchange their wedding vows in front of a very select group of family and friends. Including the couple, there were only 11 people in attendance… myself included.
They met in Alaska, but neither had family there. Plus… they wanted to go someplace a bit warmer. So, they opted for Boise. A place where some family members now live.
Vows were exchanged in Marianne Williams Park in east Boise. It was a sunny but windy day. The groom’s father officiated the ceremony while family and friends witnessed the event.
The vows were short and sweet, but not lacking in heartfelt statements of devotion.
After The Ceremony
Immediately following the elopement ceremony the couple and I started with a stroll through the park to capture images. We then moved onto downtown Boise, taking photos in both the Julia Davis Rose Garden and the Idaho State Capitol area.
We’ve been updating employee headshots for a number of different companies in the past few months. All of these organizations have been updating their websites and looking for new images. The goal has been to bring a fresh new look to their online and printed literature. One way a business can accomplish this is by getting new portraits of all the employees.
J-U-B Engineering is just one of the companies who have reached out to me within the last few months. They have a number of locations throughout the northwest, with leadership teams located in different facilities. Earlier this spring they reached out inquiring about two things. My availability and to find out if I was willing to bring the photo studio to them. The leadership team was gathering in Boise for meetings. It was the perfect time to get everyone’s headshot up to date.
We decided on a location, and the background color to be used in advance of the photo day. To help better prepare employees, Leap Photography gave advice on clothing choices. This advice included information about recommended color selections and clothing styles.
The rest was up to the employees. But, as you can see they all did a great job of “keeping it simple” and kept their attire professional.
Leap Photography goes the extra mile!
One of the items/services we provide to all of the companies we photograph is a folder of images with “matching head sizes”.
Most companies will be displaying all their new headshots next to each other on a website. Having images that match in size gives your web page a nice clean, professional look.
Is it time for your company to update their “About Us” page?
If your “About” page is looking a little dated? Or maybe everyone’s photo is taken on different backgrounds. Consider giving Leap Photography a call. We can help you update your look. We’ll help select a photo background to compliment your company style and colors. Plus, we’ll make everyone look fabulous! It’s just what we do!
Katya and her mother met up with me a little over a month ago to capture her senior portraits. At the time, Katya was just a few months away from graduation. She was in need of photos to not only commemorate the event… but to use in graduation announcements.
Senior Portrait location
Katya mother was the one who initially reached out. At first, the duo was not sure about what type of photo session they would like, studio or on-location. After some discussion, I discovered they really wanted photos with a relaxed natural look. With this in mind, I offered up some suggestions for potential photo shoot locations. After reviewing their options, it was decided Kathryn Albertson Park would be the best fit for Katya’s senior portrait session.
The Photo Shoot
The three of us met on a weeknight after school. I had never met either of these ladies before. So, while we strolled through the park capturing photos, we chatted and got to know each other a bit better. This helped make the experience for Katya as relaxed and fun as possible.
Although many high school seniors look forward to their senior pictures, they are often nervous on the day of the photo shoot. They have a lot of concerns about how to pose, what expression looks best and of course, what to wear. Many of them are also aware that their senior portraits are the photos which will remain on their parent’s walls for years to come. With this in mind, I try to make all of my photo sessions as laid back and relaxed as possible.
On any given day of the year, the areas of Kathryn Albertson Park which are usable for photos varies. Boise had been experiencing quite a bit of rain around the time of Katya’s senior portrait session. Although this made the grass a luscious green color, the ground was soaking wet! This made walking through some areas of the park a challenge. Katya and her mother were troopers! Although we were walking around and jumping over sections of mud… we all managed to leave the park relatively mud free.
Leap Photography… your senior portraits specialist!
Below are just a few of Katya’s favorite images from her session.
If you or someone you know has a 2020 graduate… don’t forget…Leap Photography is more than just a corporate headshot and wedding photographer… we photograph high school seniors too! Contact us today to learn more
To review more senior portraits by Leap Photography… visit our website.
This spring Leap Photography has been helping companies freshen up their look by updating employee headshots. Spring is often a time of renewal and reinvention in the business world. New ideas might be implemented, new products introduced, or maybe the marketing department decides it’s time to update the website.
This is where Leap Photography steps in to help. Photographer Brenda Leap can help your company bring its online image up to date by creating new headshots of the entire team. We also do product photography… so don’t forget to ask about these photography services too.
If you’re just looking for headshot services, Leap Photography offers both studio headshots and on location portraiture. If you have 5 or more employees to be photographed, we can bring the studio to you. So no matter the finished style you are looking for in your images… we can help you create the desired look/feel.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited
Aviation Specialties is just one of the local companies we’ve recently had the pleasure to work with. You may remember we photographed a few people from this company in the past. They were being highlighted in a magazine article at the time. For that particular photo shoot, we used the airline hanger as a backdrop for the portraits. This time around, Leap Photography took the photo studio to Aviation Specialties. The entire staff was photographed. Company owners, sales reps, pilots, engineers, and the marketing department were all included.
For this project, the company was looking for a consistent look to all the portraits. After discussing a few options it was decided to move forward with studio style portraits on a white background. Leap Photography took over a conference room for the day and converted it into a photo studio. Employees trickled into the studio throughout the day, leaving their desks just long enough to have their portrait taken.
Does Your Business Need New Headshots?
If your company is considering updating your headshots… give us a call. We’d love to get to know about your company and help you create a new look.
Besides work experience and a resume, using professional headshots to help promote yourself for a new job or on your company website is a must!.
Before the internet, corporate America and Hollywood were the only industries requiring individuals to have an up to date, professional headshots. The internet has since come along and made information extremely accessible to anyone with a web connection.
Google Images is at our fingertips
If an individual wants to learn more about you or your company they now look no farther than their smartphone/computer. Information is literally at the consumer’s fingertips. Because of this, the first impression you often make is via the internet. Be it your company website, your LinkedIn profile or your social media pages, people are looking for information about you online. They are also looking for images of you.
Impressions are made about you/your company before a person even meets you or steps through your company doors. How many times have you done research about a company or looked up a new doctor before going in for your appointment? Your potential customers are doing the exact same thing. They’re researching you and your business.
First Impressions Count
Almost everyone has narrowed down their selection of whom to hire based on the headshot placed online. Maybe you felt a person’s photo made them look as if they would be easy to work with. Or, a stern expression on another person’s headshot gave you the impression they would be a tough lawyer. Although many factors do go into selecting whom you will hire, the headshot used on their website and sales literature do leave you with an impression about the person and their business.
Don’t Use a Selfie! Hire a Professional Photographer.
I know it’s easy to snap a selfie or ask a friend to take a quick photo on a cell phone. However, the lack of energy put into your selfie in comparison to having your headshot taken by a professional photographer can affect your business negatively. Investing a minimal amount of time and money into a good headshot can help show your prospective clients you take your business/job seriously. It leaves an impression you care about your business and in turn your potential clients.
This is where Leap Photography can step in to help you out. Our photographer, Brenda, can help recommend ideas for clothing, jewelry, hair, and makeup which will help you set yourself apart. She’ll ask you how you plan on using your headshot and recommend either a studio or an on-location portrait session. If a studio session is what you desire or what your company requires… Leap Photography has a number of different backgrounds on hand. We have a number of different colors and background styles available for use. Backgrounds range from contemporary solid colors to traditional canvas backgrounds.
So… what are you waiting for? Contact Leap Photography today to learn more.
Want to see more samples from our portfolio? Jump on over to our website!
Not sure what to wear to your portrait session? Here are a few links with helpful Tips.
Today I’m featuring one of the many recent weddings I’ve photographed. All the bridal photos from this wedding were taken in downtown Boise.
The Wedding Day
Courtney and Joe tied the knot on a gorgeous fall day. The colors selected for their bridal party and floral bouquets complimented the beautiful October day. Since this couple was exchanging nuptials and celebrating at The Capital Event Center, all of the photos were captured in downtown Boise.
The bride is an architect and has a great love for historic architecture. With this in mind, I tried to incorporate as many of downtown Boise’s sights into the background of photos. We even got lucky enough to jump on a cycle pub for a quick photo of the entire bridal party.
More recent additions to downtown Boise such as Freak Alley Gallery were also incorporated into the photo shoot. Plus we used the outside of historic buildings such as the Idaho State Capitol and the old downtown post office. These older, more traditional buildings helped add a few more classic wedding pictures to the mix.
The wedding ceremony and reception were both held inside the historic Adelmann Building. This was an especially fitting venue taking into account the bride’s love of architecture.
The Adelmann houses Capital City Event Center. Originally built in 1902, this building has been remodeled in recent years. The hardwood floors have been beautifully restored and the wallpaper updated to highlight the buildings historic roots. Red velvet drapes, dripping with opulence have been hung. Looking up towards the ceilings, you’ll see gorgeous chandeliers and restored crown moldings. This wedding venue even has a fireplace. It’s tucked away in a side room, making it perfect for a cozy seating area for guests. This venue truly takes you back in time.
This wedding was beautiful! Guests were surrounded by historical beauty and the love this couple has for each other.
Congratulations Courtney & Joe! I wish you many years of wedded bliss.
Want to see more photos taken at Capital City Event Center? Click the links below.
Join us on the First Thursday of March for our OPEN HOUSE .
The Leap Photography studio is opening to the public on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The doors will be open from 5-8pm in participation with other First Thursday events in downtown Boise.
Stop in, tour the studio and browse through Leap Photography’s work. Albums, prints and specialty items such as greeting cards will be on display. This is a great time to meet our photographer, Brenda Leap.
Take the elevator to the second floor.
When and Where
Date: March 7, 2019 Time: 5 pm- 8 pm Address: 1020 W. Main Street #200, Boise, ID 83702 (located in the historic Alaska Building in downtown Boise)