Product Photography: Tatiana’s Millinery

The owner of Tatiana’s Millinery recently brought one of her custom creations into the studio to have some product photography work done. She was in the process of submitting one of her creations into an upcoming millinery competition in London. One of the submission requirements for the competition was to submit professional photographs of your entry.

product photography of millinery

Since I’m most well know for my portrait and event photography work… I thought I’d share a few examples from the photo shoot I did for her. Although I’m not well known in the Boise area for this style of photography… it’s an area of photography I know a lot about. I have extensive training in product photography. In fact, product photos were a huge area of study required to earn my B.A. in photography from Montana State University.

side view of custom made hat

Although I rarely wear hats myself, I truly appreciate the vision and skills required to create pieces of art such as this.

custom hat product photography

Thanks Tatiana’s Millinery for trusting me to photograph your millinery. I had fun photographing this item and hope to help you out with more product photography in the near future.

Bridal Show: 101 | Boise Wedding Photographer

Are you planning a wedding?  Still searching for a wedding photographer, DJ, caterer or maybe even a venue? Or… maybe you are so recently engaged you haven’t even thought about the details of your wedding day.

No matter what stage of planning you’re in… the first item of business you need to add to your agenda is :

I bet you are asking yourself…. isn’t going to a bridal show a waste of time?  I mean….I have Google.  

Although it may seem as if sitting in front of your computer and using the power of “Google”  is the way to go…. I assure you it is not.  Yes, you can gather a lot of great ideas and pin them to your Pinterest boards… but I assure you,  nothing beats the experience of meeting your potential vendors in person.  Plus, you get to smell , touch and taste all the different products vendors have to offer.  Think about it…..will your web browser let you sample a piece of wedding cake, feel that gorgeous silk linen you’ve had your eye on or touch a feel a wedding album that a photographer such as myself has on display?

antlers as centerpiece in wedding decor

In addition, attending a bridal show is a great way to gather creative ideas and to ask local vendors questions not only about the services they offer, but their opinions on other wedding topics.  Or even a recommendation to another vendor, such as a florist.  Attending a show is a great way to learn from the collective experience of the vendors.  We’ve been to a lot of weddings, seen a lot of DJ’s in action, tasted many cakes, and worked with many different coordinators.  Basically, we’ve seen it all and can give you our opinion on what does…. and what does not work.

wedding ceremony arch

OK, I’m in… when is the next bridal Show?

 Leap Photography will be at two bridal shows in the month of January.  I encourage you to come to at least one of them… if not both.  Some vendors are only in one show, and others you’ll have a second chance to visit.

The Boise Bridal Show

January 4, 2020 — 10 am – 5 pm
January 5, 2020 — 11 am – 4 pm

Location:  Boise Centre on the Grove

green and purple table decor at wedding

What can I expect as a bride?

The largest show here in the Treasure Valley is THE BOISE BRIDAL SHOW.  It’s a 2 day show which gives you the opportunity to go back a second time if you feel like you just couldn’t get through it all in one day.  There will be over 100 vendors in attendance plus a number of  fashion shows will be held throughout the two days.  You will want to budget ample time to collect brochures, talk to vendors, taste samples and watch the runway shows.  Make sure to give yourself enough time to get the information you need plus gather the verbal information you may need.  You don’t want to feel rushed. To see a list of vendors at this years show and to find out fashion show times…… click this link:  THE BOISE BRIDAL SHOW VENDORS

wedding photographers bridal show booth
Leap Photography’s Boise Bridal Show Booth Space.

How Many Bridal Shows are there?

  1. IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE: Although the Boise Wedding Show is the largest show of the year, there are a few other shows throughout the area. The next largest show is the  IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE. This one day show packs a lot of punch into 5 hours.  Although I’ve participated in this show in the past…. Leap Photography will not be in participating in the 2020 show. The show is slightly smaller than the one held in Boise earlier in January.  It will have over 50 vendors in attendance. Like the Boise Bridal Show, the Idaho Wedding Experience also has a number of fashion shows and is a great place to sample food and talk to vendors.  I suggest showing up earlier in the day so you can soak in the experience.
  2. THE CHOSEN WEDDING SHOW: A new show as of 2020 is the “CHOSEN WEDDING SHOW “. Leap Photography will not be participating in the show either. Since 2020 is the inaugural year of this show, like you I’m interested to see how it turns out. If you’ve just started planning your wedding day, it might be worth dropping in and checking out.

OK, I’m going to a bridal show. What should I take with me?

1)  Someone who you value their opinion. Ask your fiance to come along….but don’t fret if he declines.  Guys just don’t get as excited about wedding planning as we do.  I definitely suggest asking your maid of honor to come along with you.  It’s helpful to have a second pair of eyes.  Also if you have family members you would like to invite…do so.

 2)  A large bag to throw collected brochures and business cards into.

3)  A list of items you really need to look into for your wedding Like going to the grocery store……it’s easy to get sidetracked while at the bridal show.  If you’ve already done some wedding planning, you will want to bring a list with you to help keep you on track.

 4)  2-4 sheet of labels which include the following:       

  • -your name       
  • -address       
  • -phone number      
  • -email address       
  • -wedding date  

A number of vendors will be giving away door prizes.  You wouldn’t want to miss your chance to win something and you certainly don’t want to spend too much time writing this info down.

5)  A pen/pencil + a pad of paper. It’s helpful to write down notes about specific things you liked about one vendor or another or products you want to research more…. while you are in a vendors booth.  You will gather a large amount of information while at the show.  The notes you make while in attendance will help you remember specifics about vendors and products after the show.

6)  Your smart phone Take photos of all the cool ideas you find at the show.   You can come back to the images later when you need inspiration.

7)  A comfortable pair of shoes. The show is quite large and you will be doing quite a lot of walking.  Comfy shoes are highly recommended.  

8)  A check book and credit card  If you find a a must-have product or service and you want to book it immediately… you’ll need to have some form of payment with you…..and not everyone takes plastic at the show. A lot of first-rate services such as photographers, florists, and venues book quickly, so you may want to reserve their services with a down payment/deposit at the show. Some vendors also offer “show discounts”  if you book with them while at the bridal show.


Most Important Tip
Now that you have all the information on how to attend a show….  the most important advice I can give you is to have fun!  Planning a wedding can be stressful enough.  Don’t turn the show into a miserable experience.

The bridal show was designed to not only be a great way for you to gather all the information you need under one roof…..but to be fun as well.    So enjoy your day at the bridal show!  Taste the cake samples, the mini quiches over at “XYZ” catering and learn a new line dance with one of the DJ’s.  You’ll be glad you did.

gold charger plate with gold napkin

Baby Photo Album | Boise Photographer

A baby photo album is an item almost anyone reading this post will have a distinct memory of. Most likely, those memories include a much younger you, holding your own baby photo album full of photos your parents took. If you’re lucky, your baby album might include a few professional studio shots as well.

A Custom Designed Baby Album?

We all know times have changed, but this is especially true in the world of photography. Not long ago it was unheard of to have your photographer make a custom album of just any photo shoot you hired them for. Except for a wedding album, that has been standard procedure for many years. On the other hand, all other photo shoots were reserved to large prints on the wall.

Why? It was much harder to design and create photo albums before the introduction of digital photography. Shooting on film really limited the type of albums photographers could produce to our clients. We didn’t have design software such as Photoshop. Plus, in the days of film, photographers only had one type of album we could could make. It was the same matted album we provided to our wedding clients. The configurations of the matts were very restrictive plus the albums were only available in 3 different colors… black, brown and white.

baby photo album

The Times Are Changing!

Digital Cameras have opened up a whole new world of photography products available to all of us. The album industry is one in which those of us who have been professional photographers for years have witnessed extreme changes in. Gone are the days of taping prints behind matts and creating a book.

The albums I now offer clients are completely custom. My clients get to choose the cover material and color, text imprinting or no imprinting…. and so much more. The interior pages of the album are now designed in the computer, allowing endless possibilities for page layouts. The largest advantage of the new lay flat albums is there are no more photo matts! I can create a collage of images or even add page textures to the page layouts. I am no longer restricted to the type of matts offered by the album company. The new lay flat books are truly as unique as my client.

photo album with linen cover

OH Baby!

I recently delivered a custom designed, baby photo album to a few of my clients. The parents had brought their little one in for her first professional photo session.

This little girl’s parents were absolutely delighted with her arrival. They had been trying for quite some time to start a family and they were over the moon with joy! Honestly…. what better way celebrate her arrival than to have an album made? The book is filled photos capturing a very specific time in Bradley’s young life. Babies grow up so quickly! These images will help the family remember exactly what she was like in these younger days.

baby album page design

As you can see… their album is filled with unique photos . Photos telling a story about little Miss Bradley. I know, this album will be picked up, viewed and memories will be relived for years to come.

lay flat photo album
newborn photo album layout

I can create custom albums from your family portraits, high school senior or headshot session as well. If you’d like to learn more don’t hesitate to ask for details. I’d love to show you all your options and discover the best option for you.

Event Photographer | Festival Of Trees 2019

Leap Photography is proud to have been an official event photographer for the 2019, Boise Festival Of Trees! This was the 36th year St. Alphonsus hosted this charitable event. Over the years the festival has raised more than $10 million dollars to improve healthcare in the Treasure Valley.

Our photographer, Brenda Leap spent a little time behind the scenes of the annual fashion show. This year, Brenda photographed Santa, volunteers and the fashion show models.

We thought we’d share a little of our holiday fun with you. Here are just a few of Brenda’s favorite photos from backstage of the fashion show.

OH… and don’t forget, if you’re in need of an event photographer, give Leap Photography a call. We photograph events of all sizes.

Happy Holidays everyone!

event volunteers with Santa
Santa with two women at boise event
fashion models at Boise Festival of Trees
event photo of Santa with 2 women
alexander Davis fashion show models
breast cancer survival Star Wars Costumes

Wedding: White Barn at Happy Valley| Idaho Photographer

This White Barn at Happy Valley Road wedding was all about rustic ambiance and being surrounded by family and friends.

The Venue

The White Barn is located on the out skirts of Nampa, Idaho is a relatively new wedding venue in the Treasure Valley. It’s attracting brides and grooms with styles ranging from country western to BOHO. Indoor or outdoor events can be accommodated.

Rustic venues like this one have been in high demand the last few years and those of us in the event industry are excited to welcome the White Barn to the wedding community. It has the charm of a rural setting but is only a short distance from a number of hotels and restaurants. A plus for out of town guests wanting to stay close to modern conveniences.

Nampa Idaho wedding venue
wedding gown hanging in barn

The Wedding

Amber & Jarod are Idahoans at heart. They enjoy the outdoors, country music, rustic decor and being surrounded by their favorite people. When they noticed an old barn being renovated around the corner from their house…. they knew right away it would be the location of their upcoming wedding.

getting ready photo at boise barn wedding

They were particularly impressed with the “getting ready” areas. The brides room is not only spacious but has a large mirrored wall, perfect for pre-wedding hair and makeup. The entire brides room contains feminine touches such as the plush purple couch and the clean white walls.

The grooms room on the other hand is very manly. The dark wood of the barn remains, giving this space a cigar store type feel. The groom and his groomsmen can enjoy the liquor cabinet, pool table and card table while waiting for the wedding day to start.

wedding picture of couple in hayloft doors
bridal photo of Boise bride

Wedding Day Details

Amber created all of the floral bouquets herself in addition to constructing the centerpieces. Jarod is a woodworker and his contribution was building the head table and a few other decor items.

wedding photo of Boise groom
wedding bouquet
wedding portrait of couple in front of white barn
wedding party group photo
wedding portrait photography of bride and bridesmaids
groom with his groomsmen on his wedding day
wedding rings and wedding invitation
wedding decor at Idaho barn wedding
wedding ceremony candid photo
wedding photojournalism shot of ring exchange
marriage photo of bride and groom inside barn
signing marriage certificate in Boise
wedding decor at rustic Idaho barn wedding
First Dance wedding photo
wedding portrait in barn
couple kissing on their wedding day

Headshots | Boise Photographer

This past year I’ve helped a number of Boise businesses update their employee headshots. Companies large and small have reached out, searching for a local photo studio capable of providing quality studio portraits.

Why Studio Headshots?

The main reason companies choose to have all the employees photographed in a studio is consistency. The photography studio allows for duplication of lighting, and background. Creating a similar look for employee headshots every time… no matter what time of year or day they are photographed. The consistency of backgrounds and surroundings is something I can not guarantee with outdoor portraits. An employee being photographed in January may have a snowy background, while the one photographed in July has bright greenery incorporated into their headshot.

Why Choose Leap Photography?

Yes, there are other Boise photographers to select from… but Leap Photography is one of the few photographers in Boise with a photography studio. I also specialize in headshots for business.

If your company needs to update the employee headshots and you’d like to learn more about how Leap Photography can help you… contact me. ~ Brenda

phone: 208-703-7360 | email: brenda@leapphotography.com

group photo of office staff

No Business Lodge | McCall Wedding Photographer

If you love the mountains and you’re planning a wedding… you’ll want to check out these photos. This just might be the perfect wedding venue for you!

No Business Lodge

Nestled in the mountainside just outside of McCall Idaho you’ll find the little venue called “No Business Lodge“. The scenery surrounding the property is breathtaking. The lodge itself sits on top of a hill looking down to the river and across to the nearby mountain range. In the evening, guests can enjoy the soothing sounds of chirping crickets, the smell of fresh mountain air and picturesque sunsets.

McCall, Idaho wedding venue
No Business Lodge sign

About the Couple

Katie and Joey have both served in the US Military and met each other while enlisted. Each has been deployed at one time or another. In fact, Joey had just returned from Bahrain a few weeks before their wedding.

Although both are currently stationed back east… they had decided they wanted to have a destination wedding in the mountains of Idaho.

The First Look

With so many breathtaking views, it was hard to decide on the best spot for their first look. In the end I decided on a nice little secluded spot right below the venue. It allowed guests to watch from afar and also allowed the couple some privacy and a look down to the gorgeous scenery.

After their first look we started walking around the venue, capturing shots around the property. This venue has so many pretty nooks and crannies for photos!

destination wedding photo in McCall Mountains
wedding photo of a bride and her bridesmaids
professional photography of bride and groom
bridal party at a McCall, Idaho wedding
bridal bouquet with white roses and white peony
marriage photograph of couple on wedding day

I love how Katie and Joey kept the decor and their wedding colors simple. It allowed the scenery to take center stage.

wedding ceremony candid photo
first dance during wedding reception

Congratulations you two! It was a gorgeous wedding and I know your guests had a wonderful evening. One they’ll be talking about for years to come.

Community Baby Shower | Boise Photographer

It was an honor to be the Boise Photographer asked to capture photos for promotion of great non-profit event… Community Baby Shower. In June I had the pleasure of volunteering my photography skills to this non-profit. The photographs I created were used in print, web and TV promotions to help raise awareness about the item drive.

What Is The “Community Baby Shower”?

This community-wide event was designed to collect much needed baby supplies to help at-risk mothers give their babies a healthy start. Donation bins are located in various business locations throughout the Treasure Valley. Items such as diapers, wipes and formula can be left in any one of the donation bins. I know these basic baby items may not seem like much of a donation to some of us… but these donations mean the world to the mother’s on the receiving end. These families are not only struggling to make ends meet, they’re often overwhelmed with the new baby in their life.

How Leap Photography Was Involved

I’ve donated items to the donation bins in the past for this event, so when I was approached about helping create images for marketing purposes my answer was YES!

woman and baby on white background

I met up with a few team members from KIVI TV to brainstorm ideas for the photo shoot. After a lengthly discussion, we decided to photograph one of the families who had recently been a “Community Baby Shower” recipient.

baby boy wearing hat

The Photo Shoot

The family and the KIVI TV crew met me in the photo studio to capture the images. I total we 10 people running around my tiny studio. Although it was a little chaotic, and somewhat crowded at times, it was so much fun to photograph.

These little ones brought so much energy and excitement to the photo shoot. They were excited to photographed and to be a part of this promotional campaign. Honestly, It’s not often I have little ones who are so excited and ready for a photo session. These kids felt like starts and it shines through in their smiles.

woman and 2 children
woman holding baby

All in all I feel we captured some great promotional shots! This post highlights just a few of my favorites from the day. There were so many good ones that it was honestly hard to narrow down to these images.

studio photo of girl

So… if you’re looking for a non-profit to donate your time or money to… Consider Community Baby Shower. It not only helps educate the mothers and provide much needed baby supplies, it also helps the mother’s set up a healthy environment for the children.

Michelle Edmonds (KIVI TV Anchor) and the family.

FAMILY PORTRAIT SPECIALS: November 2019 | Boise Photographer

Just in time for the Holidays Leap Photography is announcing a portrait special designed just for families. If you’ve been putting off scheduling your family portrait … now is the time to schedule your photo session. For only $90 you’ll receive the following.

INCLUDES

  • A 45 minute photo session in our downtown Boise photo studio
  • One FREE matted 5×7 print (Artists choice image)
  • private appointment to view your images and select your favorites (1 week following portrait session)

RESTRICTIONS

  • ***STUDIO PHOTO SESSION ONLY***
  • 8 people or less only
  • can not be combined with any other specials/promotions

****It is important to note that most people make selections and order additional imagery – however you have no obligation to invest beyond your initial investment.**

HOW DO I SCHEDULE?

Ready to book your family portrait session? There are two ways to do so.

Minnie: The Kitten | Boise Pet Photographer

Well… my husband and I did it again. We got a new kitten! After much disagreement on potential names we settled on Minnie for her “official” name. Although she’s also been referred to as Peanut, Hot Dog and Frog Legs.

Minnie’s Older “Sister”, Jade

Not long after we had brought home Jade, (our 2.5 year old Tonkinese) our beloved kitty Kali became ill. Kali had been with us for about 12 years. One day Kali was obviously feeling very unwell. I took her to the emergency vet. We quickly discovered she had a large abdominal mass/cancer. It tore our hearts apart… but we had to have her put down. It was the most humane thing to do.

It’s been almost two years since that day, and we’ve been a one cat household ever since. Although Kali and Jade really didn’t get along… fairly quickly after Kali’s death we noticed Jade was exhibiting behaviors of boredom. She was getting into everything. We have many stories about the chaos she created within the house when we were away, but paperclips in particular were/still are her favorite toy.

Her passion and dedication for playing with paper clips had become a problem. She was digging through stacks of paper work, pulling binders off of bookshelves…. searching for paper clips anywhere she thought she might find them. I’d often come home to a home office which looked like a tornado had struck the room. (OH YEAH… she figured out how to wiggle the door open… 100 year old house… go figure). In turn the paper clips were all stacked in the bedroom on the bed or sometimes in her food bowl and my neatly organized office was an absolute disaster zone.

The Search For A New Playmate

So… we started to casually look for a feline friend. A younger “sibling” to divert her attention. We knew we wanted another Siamese and the search would take awhile.

Siamese kittens are highly sought after. Most people want one just for their colorful markings. My husband and I on the other hand are in love with the personalities of the breed. The first thing you learn when you introduce a Siamese into the house is that they are talkative. They have a tendency to talk to you about everything… any time of day. In our experience they have also been very affectionate, people loving critters. Siamese have no problems giving you a piece of their mind if need be, even if it is 2 am. They want you to know what’s on their mind. Plus, they’re incredibly smart. (Jade… paperclips, bookshelves… need I say more).

Minnie

2 months ago my husband and I just happened to both be looking for kittens on the same day. A post came across the Happy Jacks Cat’s Facebook feed of Minnie. I set up an appointment to visit with Minnie that same evening and by 9 pm we had a new kitty in the house.

siamese kitten sitting

She was only about 3 months old when we brought her home. A mere 2 pounds. We’ve now had her almost 2 months and because we had taken photos of Jade when she was about 4/5 months old… we thought it only fair to do the same for Minnie.

This past weekend, I set up the studio in the house and captured Minnie’s first portrait. So… let me officially introduce you to the new addition in our household. Minnie.

siamese kitten standing looking left
siamese kitten sitting looking at the camera