Gem County Chamber | Emmett, Idaho Portrait Photographers

I know a lot of people tend to associate Leap Photography with weddings…. but I’m actually available to hire for any of your photography needs.  This includes a portrait session in my studio or on location.  Location portraits include anything from a session in a local park to me… a.k.a. Leap Photography,  coming to your home or office.

Last month I took a drive out to Emmett to photograph the Gem County Chamber of Commerce.  Photos included new head shots of staff members and group portraits of both the board of directors and the Gem County Ambassadors.  The chamber is getting ready to roll out an updated website and they were in need of professional portraits to give the new site a finished look.

So… if your business is trying to improve it’s image, consider Leap Photography for your needs.  I offer in studio sessions in my west downtown Boise studio or if you have 5 or more employees in need of new portraits, I can also come to you.

To find out more go ahead and give me a call or send me an email.  I’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions and discuss all of your options.

Phone:  208-703-7360

email:  sales@leapphotography.com

business head shots of Gem County Chamber staff members

Gem County Chamber board of directorsGem County Chamber Ambassadors

 

Wedding Day Emergency Kit | Boise Idaho Wedding Photographers

Memorial Day is the official start of summer for many families around the U.S.   This start of summer also marks the beginning of wedding season around the nation.  Couples everywhere are finalizing their wedding plans and preparing for their big day.  If you are among those who are tying the knot this summer there is one thing you can do in advance that can “save your bacon” on the day of your wedding.  Pack an emergency wedding day kit.

As a wedding photographer I’ve been witness to many chaotic moments.  Sometimes it’s a result of an item forgotten at home… and other times a mishap occurs and an item such as a band-aid is no where to be found.  Most of these issues can easily be resolved by having a kit of supplies at your fingertips.

 

With this in mind…here is a brief list of items frequently needed on your wedding day.

  • Black socks  (include both adult & boys sizes)
  • Band-aids
  • Blister treatment
  • Allergy Pills
  • Eye drops
  • Pain Reliever
  • Tums, pepto bismol etc.  (you never know when someone might not be feeling well or nerves have just gotten the better of you.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray  (evening weddings in Idaho require a little extra skin protection)
  • Sewing Kit.  (Include scissors, needle + white & black thread)
  • Spot Remover (if the ring bearer dumps grape soda on his white shirt… you’ll be glad you this.  Believe me it can and has happened!)
  • Tampons/panty liners
  • Baby wipes (these are especially helpful with the little ones in the bridal party)

 

Extra items to consider

  • Safety Pins
  • Bobby Pins
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Corsage pins
  • Lint roller  (make sure the guys have this one)
  • Lighter (preferably a BBQ lighter…..for lighting candles)

Of course many more items could be thrown into your emergency kit….but as I mentioned before the items above are the ones I see couples most frequently scrambling to find.

In the end….just remember you want to have FUN at your wedding.  So… don’t sweat the small stuff.  Just remember your guests only remember if they had a great time at your wedding.  They won’t remember if a candle wasn’t lit or you had a run in your stocking.  So….if something happens, and you don’t have an item from above to fix the problem, take a deep breath and remember “I’m getting married today!”

 

 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Boise Event Photographers

For those of you who have been keeping an eye on my blog…. you’ve probably noticed I donate quite a lot of my time to non- profit organizations.  The Alzheimer’s Association is just one of about three groups I work with on a consistent basis.  There are a lot of organizations I could choose to work with, but the Alzheimer’s Association is just one I’ve chosen to work with because of a personal impact Alzheimer’s has had on my life.

Often times it’s assumed I’ve had someone close to me, a family member, family friend etc. diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  In actuality, this is not the case.  My first experiences with a person affected with the disease dates back to when I was about 16 years old.  Few people know this… but my first paying job,  other than baby sitting,  was working as a CNA in a nursing home.  I worked this job every summer and some weeknights throughout the school year until I graduated and moved onto college.  In college, I continued to work in health care but instead of working in a nursing home I chose to work in home health care.  The hours were flexible and the job helped pay my way through school.

In those first few years at the nursing home I was frequently assigned to work in the Alzheimer’s wing.  I worked with numerous patients every single day.  All were affected by the disease in various ways.  Although the job could be beyond difficult on some days all in all it was a rewarding experience, one which I will never forget.  In fact,  I still remember some of those people vividly.  One of them in particular, Nellie…. I don’t think I’ll ever forget.  By the time I met Nellie she was in the final stages of the disease.  At his point she was not really with us most of the time, but every once in a while she’d start talking about a traumatic event from her past.  To her it was if that moment was happening all over again.  It was heartbreaking to see her relive those moments over and over and of course all I could ever think is  “please, please…..I don’t ever want to have Alzheimer’s”.

 

So… with that said.  I guess Nellie and countless other people I’ve helped are the reason I support the Alzheimer’s Association every year.  My hope is that individuals and families will someday not have to experience the heart ache of this disease.  The least I can do is take photos of all the those walking to support the cause, providing them with a memento from their day.

team photo of group at the Boise Walk to End Alzheimer's

 

Team Photo from 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's event in Boise, Idaho

What makes Leap Photography different | Boise portrait photographer

I know there are a lot of photographers in the Treasure Valley for you to choose from.  A quick search on Google or even a Facebook search may bring up dozens of potential photographers for you to choose from.  Different businesses show up on the first page of Google for various reasons and it’s not always because this business is truly the best in their field.  So…when it comes to finding a photographer in Boise you are probably asking yourself how do I decide or choose which photographer to go with.

This blog post has been designed to tell you a little more about me.  It’s not about showing you numerous examples of my work… you can browse through my website and this blog to see my work.  It’s about telling you what makes me… Leap Photography different.

 

1)  I’ve been a professional photographer for over 17  years. 

I’ve been working on my skills and refining my craft for years.  What this means to you is you can feel confident when you hire me to be your photographer.  Over the years I’ve gained knowledge and experience… making me a highly qualified photographer in the most difficult of lighting situations.

Don’t worry… the fact I have multiple years of experience in the field of portrait photography does not mean you’re hiring an old “fuddy duddy” who hasn’t’ kept up with current technology and portrait styles.  Review my online galleries.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with my unique style of portraiture.  You’ll find I provide professional quality images… well lit, properly exposed, pleasingly composed and yet uniquely you.  It’s a style of photography which has taken me many years to refine.

 

2)  I have a B.A. in Photography

Yep that’s right.  I went to college to be a photographer.  I graduated from Montana State University in 1997 (please don’t do the math) and have been working as a professional photographer ever since.   I’m passionate about photography and love what I do.

 

3)  I only use professional labs and album binders

You can rest assured when I send your files off to print I’m not using cheap labs such as the local Walgreens or Costco.  All of my prints are outsourced to a pro lab that specializes in providing the best quality product available to professional photographers.  I trust these labs to provide you with an heirloom product because they only use the highest quality photo paper, albums and canvas materials.

These pro labs provide me with lusciously thick paper and prints printed at a proper color balance….. and these are are things that bring out the true “photo geek” in me.  If you ask my husband… it’s best to not get me started on the intricacies of a proper color balance.  Let’s just say I’m a stickler about my prints having  “true blacks” and  “true whites”.

 

4)  I have a Brick and Mortar business.

I don’t work out of my home or a coffee shop like so many other photographers.  I’m serious about my craft.  I’m a full service studio providing my clients with the option of studio sessions or location sessions.

When you schedule your studio session or proofing appointment with Leap photography… you will be meeting me at my studio.  I’m located at 2675 W. Main Street, #205.  I’m in the West Downtown neighborhood of Boise…. right on the corner of 27th and Main street.

 

5)  I own and use lights

So many photographers are advertising they are “natural light” photographers.  You may be asking yourself what this really means.  Well….it means they don’t use any kind of external lighting.  So….no flash on or off camera.  In most cases this is because these photographers don’t even own lighting….and in many cases even if they do….they may not even know  how to properly use it.

I shoot without lighting from time to time too….but I always have lighting with me on each and every shoot I go to.  I own an arsenal of canon speed-lights and photogenic studio lights which I routinely pull out at sessions, events and weddings.

Why do I use lighting?    I use the lighting to help cut out harsh shadows created by the sun, add a sparkle to your eyes and to create interesting lighting effects.  Without lights, I couldn’t always do this.

Why is this important to you?   When I photograph your session, you don’t have to worry that you won’t love your portraits.  Your skin will have an even tone and your eyes will shine.

 

6)  Photoshop is a tool…..not a crutch!

I’ve been a photographer since the days of film.  Back then we didn’t have screens on the back of our camera’s to show us if the image was good or not.  We had to get it right at the snap of the shutter.  Because of this, my philosophy is to “get it right in camera”.  Doing so saves me lots of time in post production, time which I don’t have to, nor want to, spend in front of a computer fixing images.

I do use Photoshop but I primarily use it to retouch skin.  Occasionally I’ll remove an object from the background or maybe do a “head swap” if necessary; otherwise the final product I provide to you is not heavily over processed.  It’s very similar to the image I originally captured in camera.

Don’t get me wrong…..I think some of the Photoshop & Lightroom filters available to photographers are pretty cool.  Sometimes I use them to add a special effect to a specific image.  My opinion is filters have a time and place.  I personally have chosen not to use them consistently because 1)  I think doing so is a crutch to not becoming an even better photographer and 2) I feel that a lot of these filter effects are going to make images look very dated within a few years.  I’d personally prefer to offer my clients a more traditional/classic product.  One that will not feel to dated 2, 5, or 10 years from now.

 

 

So… now that you know a little bit more about me… feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email.  I’d be glad to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

March for Babies | Boise Charity Event

As some of you who follow this blog know…..I attend quite a few charity event walks. Just a few weeks ago,  I had a chance to attend my first ever “March for Babies“.

What is March For Babies?

If you’re not familiar with it… and don’t feel bad if you don’t…. it’s a walk to benefit the March of Dimes.  What’s the March of Dimes?  A non profit organization which raises money to help mom’s have full term pregnancies.  Full term pregnancies lead to a higher percentage of healthy babies at birth. 

The March for Babies walk is just one of many fundraisers the March of dimes do throughout the year.  This walk helps the March of dimes raise much needed money which will be used for the research of problems that lead to premature births.

group photo at event

This years annual charity event took place on April 25th.  Teams gathered in the band shell behind the Boise Art Museum inside Julia Davis park.  The weather was absolutely perfect!  No rain, no snow and lots of sunshine.

I was on hand to photograph team groups and take a few candid shots along the way.  I talked to many different people and had a great time capturing everyone having a good time.  Here are a just a few of the group photos I took on the morning of the walk.

St. Lukes employees & family team photo from March for Babies 2015

Large team group photo at March for Babies

Chic Filet posing with cows at March for Babies

St. Lukes Nicu team photo at March for Babies