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.

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.

Back To School Mini Sessions | Boise Photographer

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.

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

Back To School: Mini Sessions | Boise Portrait Studio

Most of the Treasure Valley went back to school this week and with that comes school photo day.  Although all students are photographed on school photo day….primarily for school records (ID Cards, school administration software…etc.) you as a parent DO NOT have to purchase those photos.  In fact….it’s a little known fact…but you can submit photos from an outside photo studio to the yearbook staff. 

Unfortunately…to many parents settle for the photo taken at the school. The primary reason being they feel that going to a professional portrait photographer such as myself is simply just out of their price range.  I’m here to tell you that’s not true!  Quality portrait photography is affordable.

Leap Photography has designed a “Back to School” photo day just for parents who want to be on hand when their child is photographed.  The date is set or September 9, 2017.  You’ll get to make sure their hair is perfect, their clothing is impeccable and YOU WILL GET TO CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE IMAGE.   A proof gallery will be uploaded online…and you will select your favorite image.  You don’t get that option on school photo day!

So….if you have a pre-k to 11 th grade student…..what are you waiting for?  Call or email  Leap Photography today to schedule an appointment for your student(s).


Back To School Portrait Special

Just For Kids: Studio Portrait Day | Children Photography | Boise

I’m excited to announce  “Just For Kids”!  A  studio photography event designed just for the little ones in all of our lives.
This portrait event is all about capturing the personality of your child!  So…I’m keeping the look simple and clean.  Just a white background, your child and their smile….or maybe frown….whatever they bring to the camera.  It’s all about capturing this phase in their life.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your children photographed…or maybe you’ve never had them photographed by a professional photographer…now is the time to do so!  Call, text or email Leap Photography today to reserve your session time.  Session times are limited and will fill fast! 
Children Photography Promotion

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.



Children’s Portraiture | Boise Family Portrait Photographers

I know the recent snow storm has some of you feeling a little down and thinking maybe you missed out on your chance to have portraits taken of the kids until next spring.   It’s never to late to schedule your child’s portrait session with Leap Photography.   We have a studio…. which means we’re available rain, snow or shine.

So…..don’t go to a big box chain for your portraits.  Give us a call.

You’ll pay about the same price and receive personal one on one attention that you will not get in the  big box store.

Call us today to schedule your portrait session.  208-703-7360

Children's portraits, studio, home portraiture and outdoor portraits in Boise Idaho

Boise Newborn Photographer | Mia

Little Miss Mia and her parents came into the studio for a visit when she was just 8 days old.
I just love it when parents bring their little ones in for photos at this age.  Not only are my subjects super adorable….but the first two weeks are the best time to capture newborns.  They sleep, sleep and are still easy to bend into all those super cute positions we all just adore.
Congratulations Mom and Dad!  I think she’s a keeper.
crying newborn
newborn lying in a fuzzy blanket

Boise Child Photographer | Ju Ju

This little 3 year old is such a spark of energy and it’s almost impossible not to get a smile on your face while around her. Even looking at these photos, weeks after our portrait session, puts a smile on my face!
Ju Ju’s grandparents contacted me because it was finally time to add images of their only granddaughter to the wall of photos of all their grandson’s.  With this said….all the boys had their photos taken in grandpa’s fireman’s hat….and now it was Ju Ju’s turn to try it on.
Thanks for all the giggles and early morning energy Miss Ju Ju.  It was a blast!
3 year old in denim and a firemans hat
3 year old in a white dress
3 year old making faces, in a fireman's hat