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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
If you’ve been keeping up with our blog posts over the last few months you’ve noticed I’ve been talking a lot about business portraits. That’s because I’ve been helping a number of different companies update their look. I’ve been helping them create an up to date, professional look for their online and print marketing materials.
Block 22 Hotels
Earlier this year I met a few employees from Block 22 Hotels. They mentioned new business portraits were really needed for employees. It had been at least a few years since everyone was photographed and they really wanted to update there look.
The portraits were to be used both within the inner office messaging system and in web marketing materials. After a bit of discussion, it was decided that photographing the employees inside the hotel would work best.
Block 22 Hotels has a number of employees with very different job responsibilities. For individuals working in more specialized areas of the hotel, I photographed them in the area they spend most of their time. For example, restaurant staff were photographed in the kitchen and dining areas of the restaurant.
The lobby of the Grove Hotel was a great place to photograph all other employees. The wood details, in addition to the plush furniture and warm overhead lighting, created a perfect location to capture portraits of those employees with more generalized job responsibilities.
If you are looking for business portraits similar to this, consider an on-location session. Using your office or showroom floor as a backdrop will help set your headshots apart. The images will be more personalized and help your potential clients get an inside look at your business.
Want to view more on-location portrait session examples? Jump on over to our website , you’ll find a number of great ideas.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This spring Leap Photography has been helping companies freshen up their look by updating employee headshots. Spring is often a time of renewal and reinvention in the business world. New ideas might be implemented, new products introduced, or maybe the marketing department decides it’s time to update the website.
This is where Leap Photography steps in to help. Photographer Brenda Leap can help your company bring its online image up to date by creating new headshots of the entire team. We also do product photography… so don’t forget to ask about these photography services too.
If you’re just looking for headshot services, Leap Photography offers both studio headshots and on location portraiture. If you have 5 or more employees to be photographed, we can bring the studio to you. So no matter the finished style you are looking for in your images… we can help you create the desired look/feel.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited
Aviation Specialties is just one of the local companies we’ve recently had the pleasure to work with. You may remember we photographed a few people from this company in the past. They were being highlighted in a magazine article at the time. For that particular photo shoot, we used the airline hanger as a backdrop for the portraits. This time around, Leap Photography took the photo studio to Aviation Specialties. The entire staff was photographed. Company owners, sales reps, pilots, engineers, and the marketing department were all included.
For this project, the company was looking for a consistent look to all the portraits. After discussing a few options it was decided to move forward with studio style portraits on a white background. Leap Photography took over a conference room for the day and converted it into a photo studio. Employees trickled into the studio throughout the day, leaving their desks just long enough to have their portrait taken.
Does Your Business Need New Headshots?
If your company is considering updating your headshots… give us a call. We’d love to get to know about your company and help you create a new look.
This past fall I had the pleasure of photographing two lovely couples who had hit major milestones in their marriages. One couple was getting ready to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and the other their 60th Anniversary.
Each couple reached out to me, inquiring if in addition to wedding photography and headshots if I might be interested in capturing their anniversary photos. Both couples were looking for something a bit more traditional and were searching for a studio photographer to capture this special occasion. They thought Leap Photography might be the perfect fit… but were not sure if this was something I’d be interested in photographing.
As you can see from the images below… YES, I photograph couples in the photo studio. In fact, I enjoy it! Each of these couples were just so kind. Plus, it was so much such fun listening to them tell their stories on how they met. The giggles and looks between each couple about memories shared filled my heart with such joy. Each couple is an example of how working on problems together and talking them through are the key to a successful marriage.
Congratulations go out to each of these couples! Also, a huge THANK YOU for choosing Leap Photography to document this special event.
So… What’s Wrong With Using A Selfie On LinkedIN? And Why Do I Need To Have A Professional Headshot?
In today’s digital era if you own a business or are looking for a job… you need to put your best foot forward. Sure… having a great bio page or a rockin’ resume is helpful… but don’t forget potential customers and employers can now use the power of google to find out more about you. The first stop they often make is to check out your headshot. Judgements are made about you immediately, just by the image you use online to promote yourself.
With this said, why would you use a selfie or snapshot on LinkedIn or your company website? You want people to think of you as a professional. One who cares enough about them self and their business to use a professional portrait. Ideally, you need to be using a headshot which has been taken within the last 5 years. If you have lost weight, changed your hair color or maybe no longer sport those glasses from 1997… it’s time to upload a new portrait.
A Perfect Example Of Someone Who Needed An Updated Headshot.
The photos below of Kimberly fit these scenarios perfectly. The headshot she had been using was not only about 10 years old… she’d also lost a substantial amount of weight. She looked different. Her old portrait no longer reflected her current self. Plus the colors she was wearing in her old headshot did not look good with her current logo. It was time for an update and she called me to help her out with this.
When Kimberly came into the studio she showed me her current business card design with logo and branding colors. She also decided to wear clothing that incorporated colors from her business logo. The combination of her showing me her card design and wearing clothes which complimented her business colors, were very helpful. She now has a business card and website that reflect her brand brilliantly. Her business literature looks well thought out and professional.
So, if you are looking for a new job or way overdue for a headshot… give Leap Photography a call. We will talk about your vision and decide whether a studio or on location portrait session is best for you.
This blog post is all about some headshots I took for Aviation Specialties. Their two founding owners were in need of up to date professional portraits. They had been notified their company would be being featured in an upcoming article in Vertical Magazine. The publication was requesting current headshots of both owners… to accompany the article.
Aviation Specialties contacted me, inquiring if I was up to the challenge. The challenge being two fold. One, did I feel comfortable photographing each individual inside the helicopter hanger. Preferably with the helicopters some how incorporated into the images. Challenge two, neither of the gentleman in need of portraits, wanted to have their photograph taken. In fact, they were already “grumbling” quite a bit about the idea. Did I think I could handle a few gentleman not eager to have their portrait taken. I said heck YES, I was totally up to the challenge!
For those of you who are not aware of what Aviation Specialties does… they specialize in aviation products. They design and sell a variety of products, including night vision equipment and tactical helmets. Pilots throughout the world use their products. They are leaders in their industry and they just happen to call Boise, Idaho home.
The images posted below are just a few of those selected as favorites by “Aviation specialties”. In fact, you’ll find the tear sheet from the magazine article at the bottom of this post. It highlights a few of the images taken by Leap Photography.
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Graduation Season is just around the corner for our nations high school and college seniors. For these young adults and their families… it’s not only a time to celebrate accomplishments, but it’s a time to document this special occasion. It’s a time of excitement and great change for these young adults. Possibilities lurk around the corner and the excitement for change is in the air.
In my opinion, high school seniors and college graduates alike should document this special occasion with professional portraits. It’s a milestone in life which deserves to be captured in photos, and preferably by a professional photographer. The excitement for the future is so present in our youth’s faces. It’s an excitement worth being captured and printed on paper for not only them…. but their future generations. This young person will someday be a parent, a grandparent… and let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy reviewing photos of our parents and grandparents from their youth. I know I do! Heck…. I laugh and grimace at my own high school senior portraits. (Oh my the 90’s hair!). Today’s youth is no different. Their children and grandchildren will appreciate viewing their parents and grandparents senior photos as well!
With that said, the images below are of Baylee. A recent college graduate. I was so happy when her mother approached me inquiring about senior photos and mentioned that they both would like to have the photos taken on campus. We set a date and met on the College of Idaho’s campus for an evening session in the spring. We captured a number of great photos of Baylee alone and quite a few with her and her mother. It’s an accomplishment for each of these ladies… so having a few family photos thrown in was important to these two.
If you are interested in scheduling a portrait session… give Leap Photography a call. 208-703-7360
I’d love to chat about your ideas and capture this special time in your life.