Support Local

If you’ve walked or driven anywhere in the last 2 months you’ve most certainly noticed something out of place. No people, closed shops, and empty streets evoke a feeling of loneliness. Boise looks like a ghost town.

All businesses are hurting in this time of the global pandemic, but small business owners are feeling the pinch more than most. In most cases, their income has come to a complete standstill.

Shop Local!

I ask all of you to THINK LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL, and make a conscious effort to help revive your LOCAL economy.

Not only will you be helping small businesses stay afloat, but you’re helping your local economy. If you need more clarification on this… check out Buy Idaho.

How To Do Your Part

Supporting Local has been something my husband and I have been big believers in for many years. In fact, we were locavores before there was a word for it. We try really hard to keep our $$ in the local economy…. even when we travel out of state. Shopping at big box stores and chain restaurants is a huge NO-NO for us! Here are just a few ways we do our part.

  • We only patronize locally-owned restaurants. Not only are we supporting a business owner and their employees, but everything trickles down to local farmers. Therefore the money we spend directly affects multiple small businesses within the community.
  • All goods and services that can be purchased from a local business get our cash. For example, pay for better service at a local greenhouse rather than buying from Lowes or Home Depot. Why? Like the restaurants, we know most of the money these businesses spend, stay within the community.

An All Idaho Food & Drink Spread

Almost every Friday night, my husband and I have a charcuterie spread that allows us to not cook and graze while enjoying some downtime. Last week we decided to do a “100%, All Idaho” Friday night. It was a perfect way for us to support local and do our part to revive the local economy.

The goal was to have an evening of consuming only locally sourced food and beverages. I think we did an excellent job! It was easy, fun, and super tasty.

Idaho Food Platter

It is easy to find locally sourced libations.

Idaho beer & cider

Cider & Beers

idaho meat and cheese platter

Meat & Cheese Platter

chocolate and pecans on a plate

Chocolate & Pecans

  • The City Peanut Shop in downtown Boise roasts and creates amazing treats in their downtown Boise storefront. These Maple Syrup pecans are one of my favorite treats.

  • Sea Salt Chocolate Bark by Arno Chocolate is a sophisticated treat to enjoy alongside a 100% local charcuterie plate.

This is basically how we enjoy most Friday nights. Everything was perfect and seemed to taste better when there is a tie to our community and a bond with area businesses. We hope you will give “buying local” more of a chance and slowly learn to embrace the “Support Local” movement.

Event Photography | Make A Wish Idaho

Event Photography for non-profits and charity organizations is something I really love to do. These organizations need all the help they can to promote their organizations. Having high-quality event photographers from their fundraisers is a much-needed marketing tool for these organizations.

Make A Wish of Idaho and the Boise State Athletics department host a “Serving Up Wishes” event every year. I was on hand and in charge of the event photography at this past year’s fundraiser.

What Is “Serving Up Wishes”?

The events of the evening included:

  • Boise State student-athletes showcasing their many talents to the delight of the event guests.
  • A sit-down dinner
  • Live auction
  • Presentation from a wish child and/or their family highlighting their special wish experience.

Life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness are funded with the money raised at this yearly event. To learn more about some of these children and their wishes you can go to this Make A Wish Idaho’s page. It features just a few of the many stories from the lives they have touched.

Event Photography of BSU marching band performing

The BSU Marching Band started the evening’s fundraiser off with a BANG!

Candid event photography from a Boise Charity fundraiser
Boise State Athletes talking

Boise State University Athletes describe the rules of their game

2 people playing tennis at a Boise Charity event
Candid Event Photography of Pie In The Face
Event Photography of a speaker on stage
Boise State athletes cheer on a event participant
A Make A Wish recipient Speaks at a Boise Event

A former Make A Wish recipient talks about his “wish” experience.

fun games at a charity event

These two are waxing their legs for charity.

BSU athletes sing on stage at an event
Group photo of Boise State Athletes

A group photo of all of the Boise State Athletes who participated in this event.

Keynote speaker at a "Serving Up Wishes" event

The Keynote speaker…. a former Make A Wish recipient… talks about how uplifting her experience was.


As you can see, this fun-filled night was jam-packed with entertainment!

If you are interested in other Make A Wish of Idaho fundraising events, I encourage you to contact the local office. If you would like to view more photos from another Make A Wish event I photographed, jump on over to our post featuring “The Polar Bear Plunge”. Another fun, fundraising event that Make A Wish holds.

Riverside Hotel Wedding | Boise Photographer

Not all Boise couples are looking for large outdoor venues to host their wedding. Some are just looking for an indoor, all inclusive wedding & reception venue. A venue where guest can arrive for the weekend and never leave the hotel. For couples getting married in Boise…. the Riverside Hotel fits this bill perfectly.

The Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel is located right on Boise’s scenic greenbelt… allowing guests quick access to downtown Boise, Esther Simplot Park, White Water Park or Garden City’s Live-Work-Create district.

The hotel itself includes 2 restaurants, Bar 365, The Sapphire Room and an outdoor pool for the kids. It’s conveniently located right off of I-184 and is just a few minutes drive from the downtown Boise core.

wedding portrait

The Wedding

Mai & Zach had a late summer wedding. Neither is super outdoorsy and each thought it would be a good idea to have an indoor wedding to keep guests cool and comfortable.

bridal party group photo

Mai & Zach each selected family members to stand by their sides and be a part of their wedding day. Zach’s two brothers stood by his side while Mai’s cousins acted as her bridesmaids.

bride and her bridesmaids
wedding ceremony candid photo
bride and groom exchanging vows

Vince of Boise Wedding Officiants was the officiant of choice.

bride and groom kissing
wedding officiant with bride and groom
bridal headshot
bridal party group photo
wedding cake details

Bridesmaids dresses, cake details and even Mai’s hair had a pops of blue.

family photo on wedding day
Fun photo of newly married couple
wedding rings and tatoos

If you’d like to view images from other events Leap Photography has photographed at the Riverside Hotel. Click the links below.

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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