White Coat Ceremony | Boise Event Photographer

I’ve had the privilege of being ICOM’s official event photographer since the doors opened in the fall of 2019. They are Idaho’s first medical school.

This school was a long time in the making… but has been a great addition to Idaho and the Boise area alike.

What Is A White Coat Ceremony?

The White Coat Ceremony is actually quite a new tradition in some medical schools around the country. For those school hosting the event… it’s considered to be a right of passage for those pursuing careers within the medical field. The ceremony signifies the student’s transition from preclinical studies to the study of clinical health sciences.

white coat ceremony in Boise, Idaho

Every year ICOM brings in roughly 150 new students. These students spend two years on campus before leaving for their clinical rotations. They apply for rotations throughout the US, but many of these students remain in the Northwest. The White Coat Ceremony is just the first of many milestones the students achieve while pursuing their studies.

2 students before white coat ceremony
2 women before ICOM's white coat ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony takes place in the first few weeks of school…. but you’d never guess it from looking at these photos. From the moment these students arrive at ICOM they begin to form close bonds with fellow students and ICOM Staff.

candid event photo of medical students
Speaker during ICOM white coat ceremony

How Is Leap Photography Involved?

Leap Photography has been the official event photographer for the first two White Coat Ceremonies. It’s one of the few events a year that I bring in help and hire a second photographer. It’s no small task to document this event. 150+ students receive their white coats and then walk off stage to have a “formal” portrait taken.

event photo of white coat ceremony

A series of photographs is needed of the white coats being placed on each student by a faculty member or their family member who is a doctor. (For those student who have a parent, sibling or grandparent who is a doctor… they may elect to have their family member place the white coat on them.) Each student then goes to the “official’ photo area to have their headshot taken with their white coat on.

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After the all the students have received their white coats… they collectively read an oath. Keynote speakers follow this oath.

event photo of students during a white coat ceremony
event photo of white coat ceremony
medical student with her mother

The photo above is an example of a student who received her white coat from her mother. The two stopped by the official photo area to have an image captured together. It’s a moments like these that made me want to become a photographer.

keynote speaker at a white coat ceremony
Keynote speaker
A medical student and his father

I look forward to many more years of documenting this ceremony!

If you have an upcoming event which you need a photographer for…. check out my event photography portfolio. I’d love to be your event photographer. ~ Brenda

Event Photographer | Festival Of Trees 2019

Leap Photography is proud to have been an official event photographer for the 2019, Boise Festival Of Trees! This was the 36th year St. Alphonsus hosted this charitable event. Over the years the festival has raised more than $10 million dollars to improve healthcare in the Treasure Valley.

Our photographer, Brenda Leap spent a little time behind the scenes of the annual fashion show. This year, Brenda photographed Santa, volunteers and the fashion show models.

We thought we’d share a little of our holiday fun with you. Here are just a few of Brenda’s favorite photos from backstage of the fashion show.

OH… and don’t forget, if you’re in need of an event photographer, give Leap Photography a call. We photograph events of all sizes.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Santa with two women at boise event
fashion models at Boise Festival of Trees
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alexander Davis fashion show models
breast cancer survival Star Wars Costumes

Bridal Show: Tips for Attending | Boise Wedding Photographers

Got a wedding photography checklist started?  If not, you should.  And the first item of business you need to add is :

  • Attend A Bridal Show
I’m bet you are asking yourself…. isn’t going to a bridal show a waste of time?  I mean….I have Google.

I know it seems as if sitting in front of your computer and using the power of “Google”  is the way to go…. but I assure you it is not.  Yes, you can gather a lot of great ideas and pin them to your Pinterest boards… but I assure you,  nothing, absolutely nothing beats the experience of meeting your potential vendors in person.  In addition you can see, smell and taste all the different products vendors have to offer.  Think about it…..will your web browser let you sample a piece of wedding cake, feel that gorgeous silk linen you’ve had your eye on or touch and feel a wedding album that a photographer such as myself has on display?

In addition, attending a bridal show is a great way to gather creative ideas and to ask local vendors questions not only about the services they offer, but their opinions on other wedding topics.  For example, you could walk into the Leap Photography booth, browse through my display albums and see a photo with floral arrangements you just love, or see photos where the guests are having a great time at the reception.  If you asked me… I’d be able to tell you who the florists or DJ were for those weddings.   Attending a show is a great way to learn from the collective experience of the vendors.  We’ve been to a lot of weddings, seen a lot of DJ’s in action, tasted many cakes, and worked with many different coordinators.  Basically, we’ve seen it all and can give you our opinion on what does…. and what doesn’t work.

OK, I’m in… when is the next bridal Show?

Leap Photography will be at two bridal shows in the month of January.  I encourage you to come to at least one of them… if not both.  Some vendors are only in one show, and others you’ll have a second chance to visit.

January 6, 2018 — 10 am – 5 pm
January 7, 2018 — 11 am – 4 pm
Location:  Boise Centre on the Grove (Boise)
January 20, 2018  —  10 am – 3pm
Location:  Idaho Ford Center (Nampa)


What can I expect as a bride?

The biggest show here in the treasure valley…THE WEDDING PARTY SHOW    is quite large.  It is a 2 day show which gives you the opportunity to go back a second time if you feel like you just couldn’t get through it all.  There will be over 100 vendors in attendance plus a number of  fashion shows will be held throughout the two days.  You will want to budget ample time to collect brochures, talk to vendors, taste samples and watch the runway shows.  Make sure to give yourself enough time to get the information you need plus gather the verbal information you may be in search of.  You don’t want to feel rushed.

To see a list of vendors at this years show a… click this link:  THE WEDDING PARTY SHOW VENDORS

The…..  IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE is the next largest show in the valley.  This one day show packs a lot of punch into 5 hours.  The show is slightly smaller than the one held in Boise earlier in January.  It will have over 50 vendors in attendance. Like the Wedding Party Show, this show also has a number of fashion shows and is a great place to sample food and talk to vendors.  I suggest showing up earlier in the day so you can soak in the experience.


What should I bring?

1)  Someone who you value their opinion.
Ask your fiance to come along….but don’t fret if he declines.  Guys just don’t get as excited about wedding planning as we do.  I definitely suggest asking your maid of honor to come along with you.  It’s helpful to have a second pair of eyes.  Also if you have family members you would like to invite…do so.
2)  A large bag to throw collected brochures and business cards into.
3)  A list of items you really need to look into for your wedding
Like going to the grocery store……it’s easy to get sidetracked while at the bridal show.  If you’ve already done some wedding planning, you will want to bring a list with you to help keep you on track.
4)   2-4 sheet of labels which include the following:
       -your name
       -phone number
      -email address
       -wedding date
 A number of vendors will be giving away door prizes.  You wouldn’t want to miss your chance to win something and you certainly don’t want to spend to much time writing this info down.
5)  A pen/pencil + a pad of paper.
It’s helpful to write down notes about specific things you liked about one vendor or another or products you want to research more…. while you are in a vendors booth.  You will gather a large amount of information while at the show.  The notes you make while in attendance will help you remember specifics about vendors and products after the show.
6)  Your smart phone
Take photos of all the cool ideas you find at the show.   You can come back to the images later when you need inspiration.
7)  A comfortable pair of shoes.
The show is quite large and you will be doing quite a lot of walking.  Comfy shoes are highly recommended.
8)  A check book and credit card
 If you find a a must-have product or service and you want to book it immediately… you’ll need to have some form of payment with you…..and not everyone takes plastic at the show.
A lot of first-rate services such as photographers, florists, and venues book quickly, so you may want to reserve their services with a down payment/deposit at the show. Some vendors also offer “show discounts”  if you book with them while at the bridal show.

Most Important Tip
Now that you have all the information on how to attend a show….  the most important advice I can give you is to have fun!  Planning a wedding can be stressful enough.  Don’t turn the show into a miserable experience.

The bridal show was designed to not only be a great way for you to gather all the information you need under one roof…..but to be fun as well.    So enjoy your day at the bridal show!  Taste the cake samples, the mini quiches over at “XYZ” catering and learn a new line dance with one of the DJ’s.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Go Red For Women 2015 | Boise Event and Corporate Photographers

Once again I stepped in and helped out with the American Heart Association’s annual event… Go Red For Women.  Every year women gather together to not only support the American Heart Association and their efforts on raising funds to support heart and stroke research, but to participate in one of the many educational “break out sessions”.  In these sessions ladies pick up helpful tips on how to be more heart healthy.

Alone with all the educational events, a photo booth area is also available to attendees.  It’s a fun way for ladies to create a keepsake from their day at the event.  Props are provided and ladies can gather together for a group portrait or even just have a photo taken by themselves in the photo booth area.

Here is a selection of just a few of my favorites from this year’s event.

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Heart Ball 2014 | Boise Event Photographers | American Heart Association

I once again was given the opportunity to photograph the events of the 2014 Heart Ball.  This is just one of many events the American Heart Association puts on to help raise money for medical research and heart healthy education for the public.


Jessica Budzianowski–Executive Director of  American Heart Association
Jessica Budzianowski speaking at heart ball
The ladies from the local Heart Association office gathered together for a quick group shot.
employees of the American heart Association Boise
auction paddle
a few ladies who attended Heart Ball
honored speaker
2 ladies of heart ball 2014
having a good time on the dance floor
formal portrait
Jayden Deluca Foundation
group having a good time at heart ball

Boise Event Photographers |Heart Ball Decor

This past Saturday I once again had the honor to be the official Heart Ball Photographer.  I wanted to have an elegant backdrop to go along with the heart ball colors and 2014 theme.  To pull it all together….I decided to call in help from my friends over at Delicate Designs and the Wedding Flower Rental Shop.  
I think it turned out great!  Thanks Diane, Destiny and Jennifer!  This would not have happened without you.
photography backdrop for black tie event

Go Red For Women 2013 | {Boise Event and Corporate Photographer}

Well I have to admit, I’m really behind on adding this event to the blog.
In early November I once again had the privilege of being involved with the Go Red For Women luncheon.  The past few years we have had a “photo booth” at the event and once again it proved to be a huge hit.
As always this event was a wonderful reminder of how many people heart disease does affect.