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.

We’re Having An Open House!! | Boise Photo Studio

Join us on the First Thursday of March for our OPEN HOUSE .

The Leap Photography studio is opening to the public on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The doors will be open from 5-8pm in participation with other First Thursday events in downtown Boise.

Stop in, tour the studio and browse through Leap Photography’s work. Albums, prints and specialty items such as greeting cards will be on display. This is a great time to meet our photographer, Brenda Leap.

Take the elevator to the second floor.

When and Where

Date:  March 7, 2019
Time:  5 pm- 8 pm
Address:  1020 W. Main Street #200, Boise, ID  83702  (located in the historic Alaska Building in downtown Boise)

portraits by Leap Photography

Boise Photography studio

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

We Have Big NEWS! | Boise Photographer

The Big News!

As some of you may have already figured out by watching my social media… the Leap Photography photo studio has moved.  Many of you have asked why?  Well… let me get right down to that.

Why I moved The Studio

Leap Photography has been located in West Downtown Boise for the past 4 years.  I loved my location and my space within the building I was in.  So much so that I had no intentions of moving.  However, I had been leasing my studio space and when you lease, nothing is ever guaranteed.

The building my studio was located in had been on the market for quite some time.  Potential buyers had been through… but no one seemed interested in purchasing.  However, I knew having to move was a possibility.  I loved the space so much I decided to wait it out and see what might happen when a new owner did take over.  Doing so kept me in the building for about a 1.5 years after it initially went on the market.

A little over a month ago, on November 1st,  new owners took over the building.  These new owners just happen to be a church.  They purchased the building with the intentions of renovating the entire space and turning it into their meeting space…. hence my having to move out.  All the renters in the building were given until January 1st to move out, but I got lucky enough to find a new home quite quickly.

Leap Photography’s New Studio Location

As of December 8th, 2018 Leap Photography’s new home is in the historic Alaska Center in downtown BoiseOur new address is 1020 W Main St #200.

Although all of my stuff is in the new space, I’m not yet meeting people there.  Moving a photo studio is quite an ordeal.  Prints needed to be packaged and transported with care and I discovered backgrounds and props I had forgotten about.  In addition, I was continuing to photograph events, weddings and on location headshots during the move.  My plate has been a bit full to say the least.

 Now that I have moved all of the studio belongings, I need to get reorganized, hang prints on the wall and get the space presentable for the public.  As of today, the space is a mess and not ready for the eyes of anyone but myself or my husband!

Because the space is not yet organized, I don’t have photos of the interior to show.  However I can show you images of the outside of the building.  I will show photos of the interior as soon as I’m set up and fully moved in.

In the meantime I thank all my clients who have been so patient with me through this move and look forward to my time in this new space.

Exterior of Alaska Center in downtown Boise
Street view of the side of the Alaska Building in downtown Boise, ID
back side of the Alaska Center Building in downtown Boise

Why You Should Print Your Digital Photos | Boise Portrait Photographer

     Technology today makes finding an image on our hard drive or the internet relatively simple….but I  still encourage my clients to have prints made.  Be it large prints for the wall, desk size prints for your office or albums to browse through with loved ones, prints are what I recommend to all my clients.
     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.  Social media  is about the here… the now.  Prints on the other hand are about preserving memories for our future generations.   When purchasing a print from a professional photographer, you are purchasing a family heirloom which will be handed down for generations to come.  No one pulls out old negatives from 1905 to see what great grandpa and grandma looked like, we pull out prints and albums. 
     The same theory applies to digital files.  Digital files are the modern day negative; that’s the only way they should be thought of.  Prints  are the heirloom we hold onto.  The item we run back into a burning house to retrieve.  Prints are the treasured items that we pass down from generation to generation.
     50 years from now, when sitting down with your grandchildren to show them your wedding photos or baby photos of your future children… How will you show the photos?  Will computers still be able to read the files?  I doubt it.  A few perfect examples of how fast technology changes are  cassette tapes, VHS tapes and floppy discs.  Many of us remember these…but how many of us still have a device which can read the media?    With that said, I promise you, 50 years from now you’ll want to pull an album off the shelf, gather the grandchildren around the couch and start reminiscing right away.  This is why printed photos stand the test of time and digital media does not.
     I know prints may seem like an expensive luxury… but I assure you, 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.  You should purchase prints from the session.  This time in your life meant enough to hire a professional photographer in the first place….why wouldn’t you have prints made?
Vintage B&W portraits
vintage B&W photos

Treefort 2016: It’s just around the corner | Boise Event Photographers

Today tickets went on sale for Treefort 2016.  Early bird pricing of $50 a ticket for an 5 day pass were available for 200 people only.  Tickets sold out in less than 5 minutes.  I was one of those lucky enough to score tickets at this incredibly low price.  I’m ecstatic to say the least.

My excitement has me feeling a little nostalgic about Treefort’s past.  Here is a look back….in photos of course…..to just a few of the Treefort shows I’ve seen.

 

musician playing at treefort 2014

Buxton Band on stage at Treefort 2015

Hollow Wood at Treefort 2014TV On The Radio, Treefort 2015

The Joy Formidable at Treefort 2014

Fly Moon Royalty, Treefort 2014

Fruition at Treefort 2015

Trampled by Turtles, Treefort 2015

Omar Souleyman at Treefort 2015

 

Behind the Scenes | Boise Portrait Photographers | HERLIFE Magazine–September Cover

The past few months of work with HERLIFE Magazine I have met many women.  Some of them have been the subject I’m photographing and others have been the women behind the scenes who have helped make a photo shoot happen.
For almost every HERLIfE shoot I’ve had a group of women working behind the scenes making the ladies being photographed look even more spectacular than they already are.  The upcoming September Cover shoot was no exception.
The makeup is usually one of the first steps of the photo shoot process.
hair and makup before the HERLIFE Magazine cover shoot
(L-R):  Shelly Ambroz (hairstylist:  Mirabella Salon), Jody Liebetrau (Editor in Chief-HERLIFE Magazine), Dina Garshak (Account Executive–HERLIFE Magazine)
Waiting out a 50+ mile an hour wind storm inside the black hawk helicopter
waiting out the storm in the helicopter
Jody’s daughter sometimes comes along on photo shoots.  This patient little gal always brings a smile to our faces during a long photo shoot.
little girl wearing sunglasses

Redfish Lake | Boise, Stanley, Sun Valley, Idaho photographer

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Rick and Teresa’s wedding at the Redfish Lake Lodge.  The lake is located just a few miles south of Stanley Idaho.    Although I stayed in the lodge on this trip, camping spots are available all around the lake. 
All the shots shown on this blog are within 10 minutes walking distance of the lodge.   I think the next time I visit, my husband and I might pitch the tent.  I love crawling out of the tent bright and early in the morning to see scenes like these.