Engagement Photos: Jasen + Tawny | Boise Portrait Photographer

You might recognize this couple from a post I made earlier this month.  It highlighted photos from their wedding day.   They exchanged vows at the end of May, but we got together to capture their engagement photos a few weeks before the wedding.

We decided on an exact location for their engagement session after discussing how they were going to use the images and what type of look they were hoping to capture in their photos.  In the end, Jasen and Tawny opted to have a two location portrait session.

We started with a stroll through downtown Boise’s “Freak Alley” and moved onto Kathryn Albertson Park to catch a few images in a more natural setting.  Jasen and Tawny decided a downtown photo shoot was a perfect fit for their personalities.  They are the first to admit that they are not really outdoorsy people.  Plus, their wedding ceremony was going to be held in downtown Boise at CW Moore Park and the reception was set to be held at Besides Bardenay in Boise’s Basque Block.  Both venues are right in the heart of downtown Boise.

Although Tawny and Jasen were really looking for urban portrait photography …. they knew their parents might appreciate a few more traditional outdoor portraits to display on their walls.  Because of this, we all decided it would be good to finish up our portrait session at Kathryn Albertson Park.

If you look below, you will see a few of Jasen and Tawny’s favorite engagement pictures.

If you’re getting married and looking for a professional photographer to capture your engagement pictures or your wedding day…don’t hesitate to give me a call.    I’d love to get together and chat about your portrait photography needs.

~ Brenda

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Event Photography: 2016 Children’s Champion Luncheon | Idaho Voices For Children | Boise Event Photographer

This blog post is WAY overdue… but it’s finally time to highlight Idaho Voices For Children’s annual Children’s Champion Luncheon.


First of all, in case you have never heard of “Idaho Voices For Children” is a group of concerned Idaho citizens who have come together to work on and implement new government policies and issues that will promote the interests and well being of children.  The issues they focus on are health, education, safety and family economic security.

Every year this group holds a luncheon which is not only a fundraiser for the organization, but also a time for them to recognize a person in Idaho who has gone above and beyond to help implement change for children and their families.  This person of the year is given the “Children’s Champion Award“.  The 2016 recipient was Mayor Garret Nancolas of Caldwell Idaho.

“Mayor Nancolas pioneered the concept of involving youth directly in government when he launched the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in 1999, a model that is now widespread. Building on this commitment, Garret implemented the City of Caldwell’s Youth Master Plan in 2012, which involves youth in creating initiatives that make the city better for them. He has been instrumental in launching Caldwell P-16, which provides preschool, after-school, and college and career readiness programs. He has been a champion for making sure that every third grader in Caldwell is water-safe. In 2015  Garret developed Caldwell Saves 1st, a financial education program for parents and children, and he currently oversees the successful Youth Summit, an annual forum promoting youth leadership and involvement.”

It was a pleasure to once again be chosen as the official Event Photographer for the Luncheon.  The individuals who attend are truly passionate about the cause and the positive, giving energy in the room is always inspiring.  Thanks Idaho Voices Children for choosing Leap Photography!

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Bryn: Actor Headshots | Boise Studio Portraits

Miss Bryn came to me for studio portraits back in July.      She was accompanied by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willard…who both just happen to have both been my Junior High & High School teachers way…WAY BACK WHEN I lived in Montana.  I hadn’t seen them since I was a freshman or maybe sophomore in high school and I’m not going to throw out a number of how long ago that really was, but let’s just say it was a long time ago.  Bryn’s Mother (Mandy), Uncle (Scott) and Aunt (Kristin) were also school mates of mine.  So… you can say this portrait session was a perfect example of just how small the world really is.

Bryn herself was the one who had initiated the process for getting her headshot updated.  She’s very active in local theater and knew she needed to get an updated professional portrait for upcoming auditions.  She’d grown a little older since her last photo and it was time to capture an up to date image.  Her mother contacted me explaining the situation and I mentioned I’d be more than happy to help out a young student interested in the arts.

This session was a blast for me.  Not only did I get to catch up with two people I’ve known for years…. I also got to know Bryn.  Her ambitions are certainly inspiring!  I know she’ll accomplish great things in her lifetime.

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Here’s a snap shot Bryn took for me while she was in the studio. 

It’s of myself and Mr. and Mrs. Willard.  Such a great time catching up with the two of them!

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Senior Portraits: Dalton | Boise Senior Photography

Dalton, his mother and I met up earlier this summer to capture senior portraits of Dalton. At the time, he was just about ready to graduate from high school.

They had decided that they did want professional pictures…..but didn’t want to have images taken in the photo studio.  They would prefer to have Dalton’s portrait taken outside and wanted a location which had a more natural look.  So… I suggested Kathryn Albertson Park, right in the heart of downtown Boise.

Below are just a few of  their favorite images from the session.

If you, or someone you know has a 2018 graduate…don’t forget…Leap Photography is more than just a corporate headshot and wedding photographer….. we photograph high school seniors too!

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CW Moore Park Wedding: Jasen & Tawny | Boise Wedding Photographer

Inspired by the downtown Boise landscape and culture.  Jasen and Tawny’s creative wedding held at CW Moore Park fit their unique personalities to a T.  Crisp bright colors,  comfy converse sneakers, the urban setting of downtown Boise as the venue combined with a comfy reception getaway (Besides Bardenay) were the theme of this wedding day.

As I’m sure you’ll notice from the photos….this couple not only has a style that is all their own, but they’re laid back and fun.

For wedding photos Jasen and Tawny had requested a mix of traditional and fun images to select from.  They did want a variety of classic wedding poses…..or images which can be passed down for future generations.  On the other hand, they did not want their images to feel to dated, as sometimes traditional portraits do.  So, they requested that a number of creative wedding photos to be taken as well.  Jasen and Tawny  were drawn to my work because they noticed my wedding portfolios include a mixture of timeless, classically posed portraits in addition to some non-traditional shots.

Their wedding certainly was a blast!  In addition to traditional wedding events such as the first dance, toasts and garter toss; guests enjoyed great food, craft beer, wine, spirits and the Funbox Photo Booth.  A fabulous time was had by all!

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