This past year I’ve helped a number of Boise businesses update their employee headshots. Companies large and small have reached out, searching for a local photo studio capable of providing quality studio portraits.
Why Studio Headshots?
The main reason companies choose to have all the employees photographed in a studio is consistency. The photography studio allows for duplication of lighting, and background. Creating a similar look for employee headshots every time… no matter what time of year or day they are photographed. The consistency of backgrounds and surroundings is something I can not guarantee with outdoor portraits. An employee being photographed in January may have a snowy background, while the one photographed in July has bright greenery incorporated into their headshot.
Why Choose Leap Photography?
Yes, there are other Boise photographers to select from… but Leap Photography is one of the few photographers in Boise with a photography studio. I also specialize in headshots for business.
If your company needs to update the employee headshots and you’d like to learn more about how Leap Photography can help you… contact me. ~ Brenda
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.
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.
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)
***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.
call us to reserve your photo session: 208-703-7360
Although it’s hard to believe, summer is almost over! It’s back to school time which means it’s time for the annual school photo.
Mini Sessions With Leap Photography
Don’t settle for the photos taken by the school photographer! Schedule a mini session for your child with Leap Photography. Your child will receive 10 minutes of time in front of the camera and you’ll have a number of proofs to select from. Plus you’ll receive one digital file of your choosing… copyrights included. It’s a deal too good to pass up!
How Do I book?
To schedule, your child’s mini session give Leap Photography a call. 208-703-7360. Appointments are limited.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
As some of you who have been following Leap Photography already know… HEADSHOT Monday only comes around a few time a year. So if your LinkedIn profile or business website is in need of an up to date professional headshot… give Leap Photography a call.
What Is HEADSHOT Monday??
Here at Leap Photography, I photograph studio and on location head shots year round. Over the years I noticed an overwhelming number of people putting off updating their head shots. This occurs even though the image they are using is in dire need of being updated.
I here many excuses of why individuals have put off scheduling a portrait session, but usually it has to do with the time commitment. They feel that scheduling a portrait session will take to much time out of their busy schedule. They don’t want to do multiple clothing changes or they say to me…. “I only need one good image”. So… I’ve created HEADSHOT Monday with these individuals in mind.
HEADSHOT Monday sessions are designed with time efficiency in mind. The $85 price includes 1 outfit/clothing choice in addition to only being photographed on one background. You come into the photo studio and your studio portraits are completed in under an hours time. This includes sitting down with me and selecting your favorite image for use.
What Are You Waiting For?
So… what are you waiting for? You know the image you’ve been using doesn’t reflect the real you. Call Leap Photography today to update your business headshots.