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.

FAMILY PORTRAIT SPECIALS: November 2019 | Boise Photographer

Just in time for the Holidays Leap Photography is announcing a portrait special designed just for families. If you’ve been putting off scheduling your family portrait … now is the time to schedule your photo session. For only $90 you’ll receive the following.

INCLUDES

  • A 45 minute photo session in our downtown Boise photo studio
  • One FREE matted 5×7 print (Artists choice image)
  • private appointment to view your images and select your favorites (1 week following portrait session)

RESTRICTIONS

  • ***STUDIO PHOTO SESSION ONLY***
  • 8 people or less only
  • can not be combined with any other specials/promotions

****It is important to note that most people make selections and order additional imagery – however you have no obligation to invest beyond your initial investment.**

HOW DO I SCHEDULE?

Ready to book your family portrait session? There are two ways to do so.

How I Became A Photographer

I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked how long I’ve been a photographer.  What I can tell you is I’be been asked far more times than I can count.   Typically when asked, I throw out the elevator pitch of “I’ve been taking pictures since I was a kid… but I’ve only been a professional for about 18 years”.  This short explanation is so much faster than telling the whole story.  I do however know a lot of you are curious.  So, for those of you who would like to learn more, keep on reading, the full story is below.

The Beginning – Montana Girl

In elementary school, I went on a cross country trip with my grandparents to Massachusetts and New Hampshire to visit family.  At the time it was a huge deal.  First of all… I had convinced my grandma somehow with cute smiles and batting eyes that she should take me with her.   You know…because I was the cutest grandchild ever!  Or so I thought.   To my surprise she bought me a ticket!  The next thing I know this little Montana farm girl, who was only about 10 at the time, was riding on a plane for the first time and seeing her first big city… Boston.

My mom decided to send me off with a camera in hand.  It was a cheap 110 camera.  In fact, I actually still have it.  My Aunt Carol drove my grandparents and I around Massachusetts and New Hampshire visiting all kinds of historic sites.  I took pictures at all the places we stopped.  I’ll be honest, the photos were HORRIBLE.  I mean horrible!  As in I can’t believe my mom paid for the film and processing!  Most of the images were a big blurry mess of objects.  I didn’t hold the camera steady and I often was to far away from the subject matter.  More often than not, you couldn’t even tell what I was trying to photograph.

Although my parents and I held a stack of blurry photos in our hands, my my mother noticed something.  Even though the majority of my photos were HORRIBLE, she felt I had an eye for subject matter and most of all I enjoyed taking photos.  (I started taking photos around the ranch when we got back)

The following fall I enrolled to take photography as a 4-H project.  Let me stop here for a moment.  For those of you who think 4-H is all about raising animals and baking cakes;  you’re wrong!

photographer brenda Leap at age 9
age 9

My Learning Years

I completed the first year of the photography project and continued onto level 2.  Around this same time my mother started entering my photos into various fair competitions.  I usually did “OK”,  I won a ribbon here and there.  At some point a local photo enthusiast  (I don’t remember who) saw my images in the fair and told my mother she should push me a little harder.  This person felt I had talent and told my parents they should consider buying me an SLR to learn the in’s and outs’ of photography.  My Dad had an old Yashica 35mm rangefinder camera in the closet. Leftover from his days in the Navy.  He took it out one day and started showing me how to focus the camera and load the film. The 4-H books taught me the rest.  Shutter speeds, f-stops, film speeds, composition, on camera flash and so much more.  I guess you can say I was hooked.  It all made sense to me.  It just clicked!

Advanced Amateur

By the time I was in high school I had taken multiple levels of photography in 4-H, was entering photos in competitions and was the a photographer for the school yearbook.  In addition I was working a variety of “odd job” photography gigs within the community.  If I remember correctly my first semi professional photo gig was to take photos of all the grand prize large animal winners at the county fair for the local extension office.  Within the next few years the local newspaper hired me to cover the entire week of the fair as well.  I took photos of most of the 4-H grand prize winners plus sewing, cooking, quilting, swine, rabbit, chicken, steers… whatever they asked me to photograph.  All those photos were featured in the local news paper and my name was listed as “photographer”.  At the time, I was thrilled.  My involvement with the local paper grew.  If my school and extra corricular activity allowed, I also photographed sporting events for them.

Right around my junior year of high school is when I began photographing portrait sessions of friends.  Prior to this… my sister was my favorite model and primary test subject.  Although I was mostly shooting senior sessions of friends…  I was getting paid for my talent.

I’m not sure off hand if I was in middle school or high school… but at some point I set my mind to being a professional photographer.  In the beginning my dream was to be a portrait photographer. I never considered other possibilities/niches within the profession until going to college.

Photographer Brenda Leap holding a 35mm SLR
1989

In college, I was drawn to documentary work and upon graduation, I had an idea in my head that I wanted to work on large, in-depth photo essays.  Maybe something such as National Geographic.

A Professional Career Is Born

Straight out of college, with a B.A in hand, I was trying out a variety of jobs within my field of study.  I could be found working a number of part-time jobs and any given time.  I was a freelance photographer for local newspapers and magazines, worked in 3 different photo labs that I can remember, sold cameras, and even worked for various local portrait photographers.  In the end, my bills needed to be paid and I realized I wanted something a little more stable than freelance work & part-time gigs.  It was during this time that I remembered how much I enjoyed photographing people.  Slowly I let the freelance work drop off and I began to only focus on portrait work.

Since this progression back into portrait photography, I’ve worked for other photographers in addition to starting my own portrait studio.  Time spent with other business owners has taught me both what to do and what not to do with my own business.

holding a self portrait of myself taken in college.
20+ years ago.

Leap Photography was officially established in 2004, not long after my move to Boise.  Up until about four years ago, I ran the business out of my home.

Boise Photographer

My husband and I own a 1917 craftsmen home in Boise’s West Downtown neighborhood.  The house is perfect for just the two of us… but not large enough to have a separation of business and home.  My poor husband was getting kicked out of the house more often than not because of my client appointments.  So….with much hemming and hawing… I finally moved the business out of the house.   My husband now has a home to always come back to, where he knows he won’t be walking in on my business appointments and I can now relax at home and keep work at the office…. well, for the most part.

Nowadays I photograph weddings, event, and portraits of all kinds.  My studio is located in downtown Boise but I’m frequently found throughout the treasure valley on photo shoots.

I’ve recently picked up some personal photography projects that lie within the “fine art” realm of the craft.  You can check out some of my non-portrait work by either jumping on over to my Etsy Shop or dropping by one of my “First Thursday” open houses.

So that’s my long story in a nutshell.  I hope I didn’t bore you too much, but 30+ years of photography experience is a lot to cover! — Brenda

portrait of photographer Brenda Leap

Elopement Photos | Boise Photographer

Wedding days are always filled with such joy, but I find this especially true when photographing an elopement. In most cases, the number of people in attendance is very few and the couple is just so excited about their special day.

Alaska to Boise

This couple flew into Boise from Alaska just to exchange their wedding vows in front of a very select group of family and friends. Including the couple, there were only 11 people in attendance… myself included.

They met in Alaska, but neither had family there. Plus… they wanted to go someplace a bit warmer. So, they opted for Boise. A place where some family members now live.

elopement photo in front of Idaho State Capitol
newly eloped couple looking into each others eyes

The Nuptials

Vows were exchanged in Marianne Williams Park in east Boise. It was a sunny but windy day. The groom’s father officiated the ceremony while family and friends witnessed the event.

The vows were short and sweet, but not lacking in heartfelt statements of devotion.

elopement ceremony photo of couple

After The Ceremony

Immediately following the elopement ceremony the couple and I started with a stroll through the park to capture images. We then moved onto downtown Boise, taking photos in both the Julia Davis Rose Garden and the Idaho State Capitol area.

elopement portrait of newly married couple
candid elopement portrait inside park
rose garden boise wedding picture
just eloped couple outside of Idaho State Capitol

Congratulations Jessica & Jonathan!

Business Headshots: J-U-B Engineering | Boise Photographer

We’ve been updating employee headshots for a number of different companies in the past few months. All of these organizations have been updating their websites and looking for new images. The goal has been to bring a fresh new look to their online and printed literature. One way a business can accomplish this is by getting new portraits of all the employees.

J-U-B Engineers

J-U-B Engineering is just one of the companies who have reached out to me within the last few months. They have a number of locations throughout the northwest, with leadership teams located in different facilities. Earlier this spring they reached out inquiring about two things. My availability and to find out if I was willing to bring the photo studio to them. The leadership team was gathering in Boise for meetings. It was the perfect time to get everyone’s headshot up to date.

headshots of two different male professionals in suits

We decided on a location, and the background color to be used in advance of the photo day. To help better prepare employees, Leap Photography gave advice on clothing choices. This advice included information about recommended color selections and clothing styles.

headshots of a female and a male

The rest was up to the employees. But, as you can see they all did a great job of “keeping it simple” and kept their attire professional.

business headshots of a woman and a man taken on a white background
photos for LinkedIn of two men

Leap Photography goes the extra mile!

One of the items/services we provide to all of the companies we photograph is a folder of images with “matching head sizes”.

Most companies will be displaying all their new headshots next to each other on a website. Having images that match in size gives your web page a nice clean, professional look.

collage of company headshots

Is it time for your company to update their “About Us” page?

If your “About” page is looking a little dated? Or maybe everyone’s photo is taken on different backgrounds. Consider giving Leap Photography a call. We can help you update your look. We’ll help select a photo background to compliment your company style and colors. Plus, we’ll make everyone look fabulous! It’s just what we do!

Senior Portraits: Katya | Boise Photographer

Katya and her mother met up with me a little over a month ago to capture her senior portraits. At the time, Katya was just a few months away from graduation. She was in need of photos to not only commemorate the event… but to use in graduation announcements.

Senior Portrait location

Katya mother was the one who initially reached out. At first, the duo was not sure about what type of photo session they would like, studio or on-location. After some discussion, I discovered they really wanted photos with a relaxed natural look. With this in mind, I offered up some suggestions for potential photo shoot locations. After reviewing their options, it was decided Kathryn Albertson Park would be the best fit for Katya’s senior portrait session.

The Photo Shoot

The three of us met on a weeknight after school. I had never met either of these ladies before. So, while we strolled through the park capturing photos, we chatted and got to know each other a bit better. This helped make the experience for Katya as relaxed and fun as possible.

Although many high school seniors look forward to their senior pictures, they are often nervous on the day of the photo shoot. They have a lot of concerns about how to pose, what expression looks best and of course, what to wear. Many of them are also aware that their senior portraits are the photos which will remain on their parent’s walls for years to come. With this in mind, I try to make all of my photo sessions as laid back and relaxed as possible.

On any given day of the year, the areas of Kathryn Albertson Park which are usable for photos varies. Boise had been experiencing quite a bit of rain around the time of Katya’s senior portrait session. Although this made the grass a luscious green color, the ground was soaking wet! This made walking through some areas of the park a challenge. Katya and her mother were troopers! Although we were walking around and jumping over sections of mud… we all managed to leave the park relatively mud free.

Leap Photography… your senior portraits specialist!

Below are just a few of  Katya’s favorite images from her session.

If you or someone you know has a 2020 graduate… don’t forget…Leap Photography is more than just a corporate headshot and wedding photographer… we photograph high school seniors too! Contact us today to learn more

High School Senior female, wearing a beige dreess, standing in a green forrest area
Female High School Senior leaning up against a rock
senior picture of a high school graduate squatting in an open field
high school graduate standing in front of a large log inside Kathryn Albertson Park
senior picture of a female high school graduate.  Photo taken inside Kathryn Albertson Park in Boise

To review more senior portraits by Leap Photography… visit our website.

Professional Headshots: Why You Need them | Boise Photographer

Besides work experience and a resume, using professional headshots to help promote yourself for a new job or on your company website is a must!.

Before the internet, corporate America and Hollywood were the only industries requiring individuals to have an up to date, professional headshots. The internet has since come along and made information extremely accessible to anyone with a web connection.

Google Images is at our fingertips

If an individual wants to learn more about you or your company they now look no farther than their smartphone/computer. Information is literally at the consumer’s fingertips. Because of this, the first impression you often make is via the internet. Be it your company website, your LinkedIn profile or your social media pages, people are looking for information about you online. They are also looking for images of you.

Impressions are made about you/your company before a person even meets you or steps through your company doors. How many times have you done research about a company or looked up a new doctor before going in for your appointment? Your potential customers are doing the exact same thing. They’re researching you and your business.

First Impressions Count

Almost everyone has narrowed down their selection of whom to hire based on the headshot placed online.  Maybe you felt a person’s photo made them look as if they would be easy to work with. Or, a stern expression on another person’s headshot gave you the impression they would be a tough lawyer.  Although many factors do go into selecting whom you will hire, the headshot used on their website and sales literature do leave you with an impression about the person and their business.

Don’t Use a Selfie!  Hire a Professional Photographer.

I know it’s easy to snap a selfie or ask a friend to take a quick photo on a cell phone. However, the lack of energy put into your selfie in comparison to having your headshot taken by a professional photographer can affect your business negatively. Investing a minimal amount of time and money into a good headshot can help show your prospective clients you take your business/job seriously. It leaves an impression you care about your business and in turn your potential clients.

This is where Leap Photography can step in to help you out. Our photographer, Brenda, can help recommend ideas for clothing, jewelry, hair, and makeup which will help you set yourself apart. She’ll ask you how you plan on using your headshot and recommend either a studio or an on-location portrait session. If a studio session is what you desire or what your company requires… Leap Photography has a number of different backgrounds on hand. We have a number of different colors and background styles available for use. Backgrounds range from contemporary solid colors to traditional canvas backgrounds.

So… what are you waiting for? Contact Leap Photography today to learn more.

studio headshots
casual business headshot
executive headshot in boise
on location headshots
business headshot of helicopter pilot
Casual studio headshots for business
business headshot

Want to see more samples from our portfolio? Jump on over to our website!

Not sure what to wear to your portrait session? Here are a few links with helpful Tips.

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Capital City Event Center | Boise Wedding Photographer

Today I’m featuring one of the many recent weddings I’ve photographed. All the bridal photos from this wedding were taken in downtown Boise.

The Wedding Day

Courtney and Joe tied the knot on a gorgeous fall day. The colors selected for their bridal party and floral bouquets complimented the beautiful October day. Since this couple was exchanging nuptials and celebrating at The Capital Event Center, all of the photos were captured in downtown Boise.

The bride is an architect and has a great love for historic architecture. With this in mind, I tried to incorporate as many of downtown Boise’s sights into the background of photos. We even got lucky enough to jump on a cycle pub for a quick photo of the entire bridal party.

More recent additions to downtown Boise such as Freak Alley Gallery were also incorporated into the photo shoot. Plus we used the outside of historic buildings such as the Idaho State Capitol and the old downtown post office. These older, more traditional buildings helped add a few more classic wedding pictures to the mix.

The Venue

The wedding ceremony and reception were both held inside the historic Adelmann Building. This was an especially fitting venue taking into account the bride’s love of architecture.

The Adelmann houses Capital City Event Center. Originally built in 1902, this building has been remodeled in recent years. The hardwood floors have been beautifully restored and the wallpaper updated to highlight the buildings historic roots. Red velvet drapes, dripping with opulence have been hung. Looking up towards the ceilings, you’ll see gorgeous chandeliers and restored crown moldings. This wedding venue even has a fireplace. It’s tucked away in a side room, making it perfect for a cozy seating area for guests. This venue truly takes you back in time.

This wedding was beautiful! Guests were surrounded by historical beauty and the love this couple has for each other.

Congratulations Courtney & Joe! I wish you many years of wedded bliss.

bridal portrait at capital city event center
groom
Boise Bride
wedding photo in freak alley boise
capital city event center wedding ceremony
photo of bridal party in freak alley
bride and groom in boise
bride and bridesmaids
groom with his groomsmen
bride and bridesmaids in downtown boise
bridal party in freak alley boise
marriage portrait of Boise couple
bride and groom kissing at Boise wedding

Want to see more photos taken at Capital City Event Center? Click the links below.

Tiffany & Richard’s wedding

Quinceañera Photos

Catherine & Neils Wedding

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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