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.

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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

Bridal Show: 101 | Boise Wedding Photographer

Are you planning a wedding?  Still searching for a wedding photographer, DJ, caterer or maybe even a venue? Or… maybe you are so recently engaged you haven’t even thought about the details of your wedding day.

No matter what stage of planning you’re in… the first item of business you need to add to your agenda is :

I bet you are asking yourself…. isn’t going to a bridal show a waste of time?  I mean….I have Google.  

Although it may seem as if sitting in front of your computer and using the power of “Google”  is the way to go…. 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 beats the experience of meeting your potential vendors in person.  Plus, you get to smell , touch 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 a feel a wedding album that a photographer such as myself has on display?

antlers as centerpiece in wedding decor

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.  Or even a recommendation to another vendor, such as a florist.  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 does not work.

wedding ceremony arch

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.

The Boise Bridal Show

January 4, 2020 — 10 am – 5 pm
January 5, 2020 — 11 am – 4 pm

Location:  Boise Centre on the Grove

green and purple table decor at wedding

What can I expect as a bride?

The largest show here in the Treasure Valley is THE BOISE BRIDAL SHOW.  It’s 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 in one day.  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 need.  You don’t want to feel rushed. To see a list of vendors at this years show and to find out fashion show times…… click this link:  THE BOISE BRIDAL SHOW VENDORS

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Leap Photography’s Boise Bridal Show Booth Space.

How Many Bridal Shows are there?

  1. IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE: Although the Boise Wedding Show is the largest show of the year, there are a few other shows throughout the area. The next largest show is the  IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE. This one day show packs a lot of punch into 5 hours.  Although I’ve participated in this show in the past…. Leap Photography will not be in participating in the 2020 show. The show is slightly smaller than the one held in Boise earlier in January.  It will have over 50 vendors in attendance. Like the Boise Bridal Show, the Idaho Wedding Experience 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.
  2. THE CHOSEN WEDDING SHOW: A new show as of 2020 is the “CHOSEN WEDDING SHOW “. Leap Photography will not be participating in the show either. Since 2020 is the inaugural year of this show, like you I’m interested to see how it turns out. If you’ve just started planning your wedding day, it might be worth dropping in and checking out.

OK, I’m going to a bridal show. What should I take with me?

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       
  • -address       
  • -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 too 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.

gold charger plate with gold napkin

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!

event volunteers with Santa
Santa with two women at boise event
fashion models at Boise Festival of Trees
event photo of Santa with 2 women
alexander Davis fashion show models
breast cancer survival Star Wars Costumes

Impact Club | Boise Event Photographer

I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of The Impact Club Boise until a few weeks ago when they contacted me, inquiring if I was available to photograph their upcoming event.  Sarah filled me in on what the organization was all about and I knew this was something special!  I then waited with anticipation to witness, and photograph my very first Impact Club gathering.


What is the Impact Club Boise?

For those of you unfamiliar with what the Impact Club is… here’s a brief synopsis.  This is a group of individuals who join together, four times a year.  The join forces to pool their money together with the end goal to donate a substantial sum of money to non-profit organizations within the Treasure Valley.  The event duration is one hour.  Each member contributes $100 to the pool of money at the event sign in.

Once the event begins, members listen to a 5 minute presentation given by 3 different non-profits.  After each organization has given their presentation, members vote for the non profit they feel is most deserving.  The votes are tallied… and at the end of the evening, one lucky non-profit goes home with a big fat check!  This time around it was a $20,200 check.

Who Was the Winner?

As mentioned about, each event highlights three different non-profit organizations within the Boise area.  For the September 2018 gathering members voted for “The Speedy Foundation“.  The Speedy Foundation was created in the name of  Boise’s own Olympian, Jeret Speedy Peterson.  As many of us in the area know, “Speedy” took his own life.  The foundation was created in his memory, with the goal of reducing the stigma of mental health issues.

A Few Words From The Speedy Foundation

“A mental health crisis is more common than most people realize. You are more likely to come across a person having a mental health crisis than a person having a heart attack. Where CPR training is common, the same is not true of responding to a mental health crisis. We believe it is crucial to prepare to help our neighbors, friends, relatives and coworkers when they need help. The Speedy Foundation supports and provides Mental Health First Aid and QPR trainings in Idaho and Utah.”

In Conclusion

What an amazing event to have witnessed and to photograph!  If you or someone you know is looking for a way to continually contribute to the community, I encourage you to look into this group.  It might just be the perfect fit for you.


   group of people at impact club boiseimpact club volunteersJayden Deluca Foundation Speaksspeaker at impact club boiseThe Speedy Foundation Speaksgroup of people at Impact Club BoiseCouple at Impact ClubLadies donate to Impact Club BoiseMike Turner of Impact ClubSpeaker at Impact Club BoiseCheck is presented to The Speedy FoundationLarge group photo at Impact Club BoiseThe Speedy Foundation wins $20,200

Gift Card Sale… Just In Time For Mother’s Day | Professional Portrait Photographer

Mother’s Day is just around the corner… and Leap Photography has the perfect gift for your Mom!  A Gift Card to Leap Photography.  Portraits are the gift that truly gives back for years to come.

Use Code:  MOTHER2018

to receive 25% OFF of your Gift Card Purchase.


Interested in purchasing?  It’s easy!  First, go to our web store to view our full lineup of gift card options.  Select the gift card(s) that will work best for your budget.  In checkout… don’t forget to enter the code listed above in your checkout screen (you’ll enter it right above the payment information) to receive the discount.

This sale won’t last forever.  Get 25% OFF now, and we’ll ship the gift card to you.  Your mom can then schedule a portrait session for a later date.  How easy is that?!

So, don’t waste countless hours walking the mall or surfing the internet looking for the perfect gift.  Jump on over to our web store to purchase the gift of professional portraits… you’ll be glad you did!


Portrait Photography Sale

Facebook: Boost Your Business | Event Photography | Boise Photographer

The last 3 months have been completely busy around here.  In fact, so much so that I have not been posting a lot of new content here on the blog.  I know people have been wondering what Leap Photography has been up to… and let me tell you….I’ve been busy.  Busy photographing weddings, corporate events, business headshots, newborns and family portraits.  It’s been nuts around here to say the least….but that’s a good thing because one, I love what I do….and two, I have a lot of photos to share with you in the near future.

Since today is Thanksgiving….I thought I’d jump back into updating this blog and giving you, my readers a little insight into my life as a photographer.  Although I’m not the best at keeping this blog up to date; I do truly appreciate each and everyone of my clients in addition to everyone who reads this blog.  Your support helps me continue to be a photographer and for that I’m very thankful.  I can’t imagine a career doing anything else.

So….let’s start with an event I photographed this past August.  It was the “Facebook Boost Your Business” event which was held here in Boise.  Facebook brought their crew of experts into town to help teach small business owners about all the marketing opportunities Facebook has available to them.  In addition to having a few different keynote speakers, Senator Jim Risch being one of them, the organizers of the event even went so far as to creating panels of speakers from the local community.  A few panels included business owners actively using Facebook as a primary marketing tool and another panel included persons from local resources such as the SBDC (small business development center) and Zions Bank Business Resource Center to field questions from the crowd.

Each panel of speakers discussed some pros and cons about Facebook and how it relates to their business or their clientele.  Panel members shared success stories and stories of failure with the audience.  All great nuggets of info for the business owner in attendance to take note of and consider for future use in his/her own small business.  Each small business is unique and the best course for marketing it varies from business to business.  Event attendees also learned about the current status of small businesses in Idaho and how these businesses impact the local economy.  For example… did you know that 56% of Idaho’s work force are employed by a small business?  I know I didn’t!  Idaho actually beats the national average on this statistic.  Nationally only 47% of workers are employed by a small business.  With Black Friday right around the corner, this statistic makes me even more steadfast about my husband and my decision a few years back to try and only support local businesses.

This was an event I really enjoyed photographing.  Not only did I meet a lot of really wonderful small business owners from the Boise area… I also gained some knowledge to implement in marketing my own small business.


Facbook Boost Your Business Stage DecorAttendees of Facebook Boost Your Business EventPhoto Booth at Corporate EventCandid Photo of Attendees of Corporate Event

Speaker at Facebook Boost Your BusinessKatie Sewell of the Idaho SBDC starts the event off with a brief presentation.

Candid Photo of Event Attendees

Senator Jim Risch Keynote SpeakerSenator Jim Risch was the Keynote Speaker

Facebook Employee speaks at Boost Your Business

Photo of a Panel of Speakers

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Paige Coyle, speaks on panel at Facebook Boost Your BusinessPaige Coyle, marketing director at Payette Brewing talk about how they implement Facebook marketing into their business.

Photo of speaker at Boise's Facebook Boost Your Business

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candid photo of panel of speakers

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Jessica Flynn of Boise Speaks at Facebook Boost your BusinessJessica Flyn of Red Sky PR moderates one of the panels.

Candid photo of a panel of speakers at a corporate event

Event Photography: 2016 Children’s Champion Luncheon | Idaho Voices For Children | Boise Event Photographer

This blog post is WAY overdue… but it’s finally time to highlight Idaho Voices For Children’s annual Children’s Champion Luncheon.


First of all, in case you have never heard of “Idaho Voices For Children” is a group of concerned Idaho citizens who have come together to work on and implement new government policies and issues that will promote the interests and well being of children.  The issues they focus on are health, education, safety and family economic security.

Every year this group holds a luncheon which is not only a fundraiser for the organization, but also a time for them to recognize a person in Idaho who has gone above and beyond to help implement change for children and their families.  This person of the year is given the “Children’s Champion Award“.  The 2016 recipient was Mayor Garret Nancolas of Caldwell Idaho.

“Mayor Nancolas pioneered the concept of involving youth directly in government when he launched the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in 1999, a model that is now widespread. Building on this commitment, Garret implemented the City of Caldwell’s Youth Master Plan in 2012, which involves youth in creating initiatives that make the city better for them. He has been instrumental in launching Caldwell P-16, which provides preschool, after-school, and college and career readiness programs. He has been a champion for making sure that every third grader in Caldwell is water-safe. In 2015  Garret developed Caldwell Saves 1st, a financial education program for parents and children, and he currently oversees the successful Youth Summit, an annual forum promoting youth leadership and involvement.”

It was a pleasure to once again be chosen as the official Event Photographer for the Luncheon.  The individuals who attend are truly passionate about the cause and the positive, giving energy in the room is always inspiring.  Thanks Idaho Voices Children for choosing Leap Photography!

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Polar Bear Plunge | Boise Event Photographers

I’ve heard of The Polar Bear Plunge and even seen clips of footage on the local news … bet never thought I’d attend the event.  In all honesty, I’m usually not even out of bed before noon on New Years day.  I’ll be honest.  In the past, there has been a 50% chance that I’d be nursing a hangover on January 1st.

This year, things were different.  I received a call a month or so ago, asking if I had any availability on New Years day.  I said sure…. what do you have in mind?  This is when I was told the Boise chapter of “Make A Wish” was looking for a local photographer to cover an event.  They were hoping I would be willing to drive a little outside of Boise, brave the cold temperatures and photograph The Polar Bear Plunge.  Although I don’t like cold weather I  said “heck yeah”.  I mean… why not?  First of all, I would be helping to support a great cause.  Making wishes come true for children.  Second,  what a great opportunity to be the official event photographer at  a completely unique event…. full of CRAZY people. It’s one thing donating money to a cause, and another to jump into freezing cold water.

I showed up to Spring Shores Marina a little before 10 am and the plunge was scheduled to start at 11 am.  It was frigid out!  Temperatures were in the teens, but I showed up prepared.  Multiple layers of clothing, gloves, boots, hat… the works.  Plus of course, I had my camera and gear in tow.  I spent the morning walking around taking photos of the event setup, talking to strangers and taking photos of people having a good.  It was a great way to start my 2017.  So many kind souls, gathered in one location to give to children.  I can proudly say I’d photograph it again.

Thanks Boise for keeping it fun!


           Polar Bear Plunge 2017

The rescue crew started the day early.  Ice needed to be broken so participates could submerge themselves into the icy waters.

Breaking Ice before Polar Bear Plunge

Onlookers and participants show up early to not only register…. but scope out the best plan of attack for their plunge.

Registration at Polar Bear Plunge

Onlooker watch as the ice is broken and the plunge area is prepped for the big event.

Costumes are a huge part of the day.

Chicken Costumes at the Polar Bear Plungetwo participants of the Polar Bear Plunge


KTVB’s Larry Gebert was once again the MC of the event.  Plus he had the special privilege of being the first personto get to submerge himself in the icy cold water.

Larry Gebert at the 2017 Polar Bear Plunge

And they’re off!  The race to jump into the icy waters begins.  These people can now say they have taken the Polar Bear Plunge!

participants jump in icy water

COLD!!!   COLD!!  COLD!!!

man jumps out of icy water at Polar Bear Plungetwo women complete polar bear plungeWomen running in ice cold waterVICTORY IS MINE!!!

This man completed the Polar Bear Challenge and stopped for a photo.Man in USA speedo after Polar Bear Plunge

Event Photography: Idaho Voices for Children – Children’s Champion Luncheon | Boise Photographer

I was just getting ready to write a blog post about the 2016 “Children’s Champion Luncheon”….and realized I had not yet blogged about the 2015 event.  I’m not going to lie, I’m terrible at keeping up this blog!

So…what is the  “Children’s Champion Luncheon”?  It’s both a fundraising event and an awards luncheon put on by the Idaho Voices For Children.  This organization is a group of concerned Idaho citizens who group together to work on and implement new government policies and issues that will promote the interests and well being of children.  The issues they focus on are health, education, safety and family economic security.

Every year one individual is honored at the luncheon and given the “Children’s Champion Award”.  The person chosen has made great strides to make changes within Idaho or their community to help children.  Bev Harad was the 2015 award winner.  Bev started a statewide advocacy group called “People for Schools”, worked 18 years as a Boise School Trustee, and serves on the Boise Schools Foundation Board.  She’s spent 25+ years advocating for Idaho’s youth.

So….when you have a big event such as this and need to make sure someone as special is honored, you bring in an event photographer to document the day.  This is where I come in.  I was hired to not only photograph the luncheon itself, but to capture candid photos and detail shots for future event promotions.


Thanks Idaho Voices for Children for choosing Leap Photography.  It was a pleasure!


table decorations at corporate event

group of womenspeaker at corporate event in Boise

Skip Oppenheimer introduces Bev Harad

Skip Oppenheimer and Bev Harad

Skip Oppenheimer

Skip Oppenheimer speaking at corporate eventBev Harad is presented an awardBev Harad accepts award

Closing comments from Lauren Necochea

speaker at corporate eventgroup of women at charity luncheon

(L-R):  Jim Everett, Bev Harad, Barbara Morgan, Skip Oppenheimer

Barbara Morgan, Skip Oppenheimer and Bev Haradgroup portrait at corporate eventIdaho Voices for Children Staff










Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival | Boise Photographer

There is no denying that being a photographer can sometimes have it’s perks.  I do get to meet some really fascinating people, attend events I wouldn’t ordinarily go to and even do something as cool as take a hot air balloon ride.  The later….probably being my top favorite photo shoot in recent history.  Sure, standing in the media pit at a concert or press conference can be somewhat exhilarating…. but neither compares to the rush of going up in a hot air balloon for your very first time.

A few weeks ago the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was back in town and I was fortunate enough to get a chance to go up for a ride.  It was “media days” and I  was one of the many who got the opportunity to go up in a balloon.   I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about going up.  I have a slight fear of heights and I was concerned I might regret my decision  once up in the air.  However, I stopped, thought about it and realized…. these type of work opportunities don’t come along very often.  So….Go….Go…Go!

The day started out early….very early.  I drove into Ann Morrison Park at 6 am.  This may not seem early to you…. but for those who know me well….they know I’m rarely out of my house before 8:30 am.  If it’s morning and it’s still dark out… I’m in bed.

Once I got checked in and was assigned to a pilot the morning flew by.  I watched, photographed and helped the best I could with pre-flight preparations and then all of a sudden it was time to take off.   The photos below show the progression of my day.   It’s an opportunity I’m glad I didn’t let pass me by and I’d do it again if ever given the opportunity.



The morning starts really early for Festival organizers and balloon pilots.  Scott Spencer the director of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival talks to KIVI TV just before the morning pilot briefing.

TV crew interviews Scott Spencer of Boise

Baskets, volunteers and spectators await the pilots return from the morning weather briefing.

just before dawn at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival

The pilot of Simpatico and a volunteer hard at work, working on the first step of inflating the balloon.

hot air balloon crew hard at work



Me….  hard at work snapping photos and watching the balloon field fill up.

(cell phone photo courtesy of my husband)

photographer taking photos at Balloon Festival

My viewpoint!

filling a hot air balloon with hot air

Another candid capture…. courtesy of my husband.

Brenda Leap standing in front of hot air balloons

Just one of many gorgeous sites I witnessed while waiting to board Simpatico.

hot air balloon in Boise sky

Right before take off.

hot air balloon at take off

My view from just above the balloon field.

view from above the Boise Balloon Classic

another great shot from my husbands perspective……my balloon just after take off.  You can even see me, with camera in hand snapping away.

Simpatico Hot air balloon

Oh….the views from above!  Totally worth the 6:15 am check in time.

Looking down on a hot air balloon

hot air balloon silouette in Boise Skyline

hot air balloons above downtown Boise