Newborn Photography | Boise Photo Studio

Recently I met up with some ladies I had not seen in a while. Through the course of the conversation, one of the ladies mentioned: “you should get into newborn photography”. I replied, “I do photograph newborns I thought you knew that”. It turns out… she had no idea because I don’t talk about this service very often on social media or here on my blog.

Today I’m here to let you know… YES, I do photograph newborns, infants, and children. I’m more than just a headshot and wedding photographer!

A few things to think about before your child’s photo session

I only photograph newborns and infants in the photo studio. I do this because you will end up with a much better portrait of your little one. Working in the studio allows for a controlled environment, free of distractions for the little ones. I can also control the temperature and noise levels within the studio, something that can be difficult to achieve if I come to you.

If your child is 6 months old or older I can photograph him/her in the studio or we can meet on location. Whatever you choose, keep in mind the younger children do tend to photograph better in an environment with few distractions. Quiet parks and backyards would be more ideal than a trip to the zoo or a local playground.

The best time of day to photograph children of any age is in the morning. I don’t recommend photographing children after 1 or 2 pm. Also, do not schedule your child’s portrait session during their nap time or meal time. In my experience trying to adjust their schedule for just one day never works.

To learn more about Leap Photography’s newborn and children’s portrait services don’t hesitate to contact me directly. ~ Brenda


newborn in father's arms
newborn girl in pink headband
infant boy
crying baby girl
sleeping infant girl
baby on father's shoulders
newborn girl
naked infant portrait

Why You Need To Print Photos On Paper | Boise Photographer

Technology today makes finding an image on our hard drive or the internet relatively simple … but I  still encourage my clients to make prints of their images. Be it large ones for the wall, desk size for your office or albums to browse through with loved ones, I recommend prints to share photos.

Why Prints?

You are probably asking why. Why in the world would I pay for prints when I can just get the digital files and upload them to my computer or social media pages to share with family and friends? Well the answer is this, uploading images to your social media is about the here … the now. Your friends and family will look at the photos once and they’ll be forever forgotten. Prints on the other hand are about preserving memories for our future generations. A paper print or album is a future family heirloom which will be handed down for generations. No one pulls out old negatives from 1950 to see what great-grandpa and grandma looked like when they first met, we pull out the prints and albums which have been passed down from mother to daughter and father to son.

The same applies to digital files. Digital files are the modern day negative; prints are the heirloom we hold onto, the item we run back into a burning house to save.

Ask yourself this question; 50 years from now, when sitting down with your grandchildren to show them your wedding or your high school friends, how will you show them the photos?

Why you don’t want ONLY digital files.

Will future computers / tablets be available to read the media storage devices of today? NOPE. One perfect example of how fast technology changes is cassette tapes. We all remember them, but do we have a tape player? Or what about floppy discs? I still have a few lying around the house … but it’s been more than a decade since I’ve owned a computer capable of reading this antiquated media. Fifty years from now, you’ll want to pull an album off the shelf, gather the grandchildren around the couch and start reminiscing right away. You will not want to rummage through the attic or basement hoping to find a device capable of reading a thumb drive or CD.

People don’t hang DVD’s or thumb drives on the wall.  Images stir emotions in us. Those emotions are why we love the image and carry copies around in our wallets or purses. On a moment’s notice we can pull the print out and hold it in our hands … Reigniting fading emotions. Floppy discs, CD’s and thumb drives just don’t give you the immediate warm fuzzy feeling that a paper print does.

Passwords

Everybody forgets passwords. Social media sites will come and go. Many email accounts are fleeting. I don’t think I remember my first email address, let alone the password. How about MySpace? I bet there are some great memories that are lost forever. Don’t let that happen with your photos. Your grand kids deserve to see their heritage.

Printing photos may seem like an expensive luxury, but the priceless memories the prints contain are well worth the expense. If you’re hiring a professional photographer to take your portrait, you’re hiring him / her to capture this brief moment in time. This time in your life meant enough to hire a professional; why wouldn’t you have prints made?

 next to a wedding album

5 Reasons To Choose A Professional Wedding Photographer | Boise, Idaho Wedding Photographers

Choosing a wedding photographer can be a stressful endeavor…especially if you know nothing about photography. Speaking from personal experience, I know all the choices which need to be made for a wedding can be overwhelming and you can have a tendency to doubt yourself on every turn. So in regards to wedding photography, where do you start? My #1 suggestion is to choose a professional photographer. One who has photographed a number of weddings and is familiar with the ins and outs of a wedding day. You will definitely want to review portfolios from at least 2 or 3 photographers before coming to a final decision on who you trust to document your special day.  A seasoned professional will be able to show you at least one, if not more wedding albums from one entire wedding day.  If the photographer can only show you one or two images from a wedding… this is usually a sign the photographer has little, to no experience photographing weddings.
This is your big day and you want to remember it forever.  You don’t want to cringe every time you look at your photos.  You will pull out your wedding photos in the future to reminisce about your big day.  These wedding photos will also be passed down to future generations and one day become family heirlooms.  Don’t leave this important day to a friend or an amateur.  Make the investment, hire a professional wedding photographer.
 
 
5 Reasons to choose a
professional photographer

(even if it isn’t Leap Photography)
1) Qualifications: A professional photographer has an artistic and technical knowledge of photography. A friend or family member may be able to photograph a pretty landscape, but can they handle the technical lighting difficulties that may arise during the course of a wedding? Professionals not only have an understanding of light but the ability to create unique lighting to enhance you, the bride and groom.
2) Experience:  Professionals are experienced in all the events of a wedding, including problems that can and do arise during the course of the day.  They know how to guide and direct large group formals with tact and professionalism while dealing with the general chaos of  a wedding day. All the while, still capturing your future family heirlooms.

 

3) Equipment:  A working professional brings an arsenal of equipment with them to capture every aspect of the ceremony and reception. A seasoned pro won’t leave home without a full set of back up cameras and supplemental lighting choices.

 

4) Creativity:  Because pros come with years of experience and hundreds of weddings under their belt, you can be assured to receive a variety of great shots to choose from, not just one or two nice shots from the entire day. Professionals are visual story tellers. All events and details of the day will be captured for you to relive for years to come.

 

5) Photo Editing:  Great photo editing is essential. Pros go beyond just taking the pictures and handing you a disc. The computer is the new darkroom for photographers and all working pros have top of the line software to edit and manipulate your images. Pros edit out blinks or poor expressions as well as complete enhancements on photos. This is all done before you ever see and fall in love with your images.

Yes, a professional may be more expensive; but is your once in a lifetime moment worth the risk of poor quality images?
 
Bride and Groom Wedding Photography
Bride and Groom Wedding Photography
Wedding Photography of bride and groom
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HEADSHOT MONDAY.. February 4, 2019 | Boise Photographer

As some of you who have been following Leap Photography already know… HEADSHOT Monday only comes around a few time a year. So if your LinkedIn profile or business website is in need of an up to date professional headshot… give Leap Photography a call.

What Is HEADSHOT Monday??

Here at Leap Photography, I photograph studio and on location head shots year round. Over the years I noticed an overwhelming number of people putting off updating their head shots. This occurs even though the image they are using is in dire need of being updated.

I here many excuses of why individuals have put off scheduling a portrait session, but usually it has to do with the time commitment. They feel that scheduling a portrait session will take to much time out of their busy schedule. They don’t want to do multiple clothing changes or they say to me…. “I only need one good image”. So… I’ve created HEADSHOT Monday with these individuals in mind.

HEADSHOT Monday sessions are designed with time efficiency in mind. The $85 price includes 1 outfit/clothing choice in addition to only being photographed on one background. You come into the photo studio and your studio portraits are completed in under an hours time. This includes sitting down with me and selecting your favorite image for use.

What Are You Waiting For?

So… what are you waiting for? You know the image you’ve been using doesn’t reflect the real you. Call Leap Photography today to update your business headshots.

~~Brenda

Headshot Promotion image

Anniversary Portraits | Boise Photo Studio

This past fall I had the pleasure of photographing two lovely couples who had hit major milestones in their marriages. One couple was getting ready to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and the other their 60th Anniversary.

Each couple reached out to me, inquiring if in addition to wedding photography and headshots if I might be interested in capturing their anniversary photos. Both couples were looking for something a bit more traditional and were searching for a studio photographer to capture this special occasion. They thought Leap Photography might be the perfect fit… but were not sure if this was something I’d be interested in photographing.

As you can see from the images below… YES, I photograph couples in the photo studio. In fact, I enjoy it! Each of these couples were just so kind. Plus, it was so much such fun listening to them tell their stories on how they met. The giggles and looks between each couple about memories shared filled my heart with such joy. Each couple is an example of how working on problems together and talking them through are the key to a successful marriage.

Congratulations go out to each of these couples! Also, a huge THANK YOU for choosing Leap Photography to document this special event.

studio portrait of married couple on their 50th Anniversary
professional photo taken in photo studio of couple on their 60th anniversary
50th Anniversary photo of couple taken in Boise, ID photo studio