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Urban Parkour Inspired Boys Pictures

Sometime you need a specific kid to inspire a specific kind of photo shoot.  My young friend “C” here, is did just that.  I love me a grassy field and sandy beach, but sometimes you have to get a little gritty, especially when dealing with boys.  I mean seriously, they are filthy little creatures when left to their own devices.  So let’s take it to the industrial part of town and see what we can find.  Oh and bring your skateboard.  And Oila! Urban parkour inspired boys pictures happens.

I should tell you that my family, as well as Mr. C below, LOVES American Ninja Warrior.  We all gather around the television and marvel at what these people can do with their bodies. It’s inspiring.  What’s interesting is that it attracts a specific kind of contestant, many of whom are Parkour athletes so you hear a lot about this originally french practice throughout the show.  Well my young friend in this photo shoot is super into Parkour and since it perfectly compliments the urban industrial setting, it was a great match all around.

Photographing boys is a blast because they are kinetic and dynamic.  It’s an exercise in capturing motion and unique personality.  We had a great time on this little adventure with my model here offering up tons of great ideas.  It’s always a great idea to let kids have a say in how they are photograph and it paid off is spades with this kid.  I will also mention that mom was right there the whole time and was cool with the climbing and jumping and all around hi jinx.

Check it out, Urban Parkour Inspired Boy Photo Shoot

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If always make an effort to personalize each session.  I want the experience and the images to be meaningful.  So photos like these make me super happy.  And more importantly, they make Mr. C and his mom and day super happy.

Thanks for handing out with me and making this so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you’d like more information about a portrait session with Leslie Renee Photography, call me at 516.425.2590, email me at LeslieBrightEyes@gmail.com, or hit the contact tab at the top of the page.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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Film Friday | The First Roll

It came!  It took me A LOT longer than I anticipate to exhaust a roll of film.  Pushing that shutter took on a whole knew importance.  Digital is all pixels and megabits and ariel, whereas film is physical and solid.  This does a real job on the mental aspect of making a photograph.

Let’s review the challenges of film photographer over digital and add a couple that I forgot to consider.

  • Using a hand held light meter
  • Manual Focus
  • Absence of LCD screen
  • Fixed ISO
  • Max Shutter Speed of 1/1000

Turns out a hand held light meter is really super helpful when you have a fixed ISO less shutter speed options.  You punch in the must settings and it gives you the variable.  It takes the guess work out completely.  As you can see from the images, I apparently over exposed a bit.  I think next time I will adjust accordingly.

Manual Focus was tough.  It was time consuming and I was never quite sure if I was there or not.  Turns out I did an ok job because only one is really out of focus.  I think that there is a more wiggle room in that department with film.

I thought the absence of LCD screen would be the hardest part, and I will admit that I have yet to break the habit of checking the back of the camera after every shot.  I’ll get there though.

Together, a fixed ISO and more limited shutter speed had the greatest effect on the way I make a photograph. Typically and as much as possible, I like to shoot with a pretty wide aperture.  However, the brighter the light and the few ways to control the amount of light, the harder it is to do that, since a wide aperture lets in more light.  I ended up shooting at f/5.8 and higher.

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Film Photography My First Roll

All in all, I truly enjoyed my film camera.  Like, I mentioned above, I seemed to have over exposed everything a little bit.  This has made the images super grainy.  I will work on my exposure with my next roll of film, which is color.  Each click of the shutter gets easier so I hope that I will get through this roll quicker than the last.

Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.

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Bailey Arboretum Family Photos

This session is from a few months back but it needs to be shared anyway.  What a treat to photograph this amazing mom and her incredible kids.  It was a gorgeous autumn day.  We laughed and frolicked (definitely frolicked) and had a great time.  Bailey Arboretum is a fantastic place and you should go just to walk around and take it all in.  There are walking paths, a little lake, a wide range of flora, and these amazing trees called The Dawn Redwood.  All of this makes Bailey Arboretum a particularly good choice of setting for stunning family portraits in every season.  You will want to put those suckers all over your walls.

I can’t say enough about this family.  I loved spending time with them and I love the images we created that day.  They are some of my favorite photographs I’ve taken.

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A fabulous location for a fabulous family.  Make sure to check out this mom’s blog here.  She has a lot of great insight into motherhood and so worth the read.

I want to thank these beautiful people for a killer session.  XOXO  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.

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Girls Birthday Party Photo Shoot | Oceanside Portrait Photographer

You know that age?  The age where she starts to worry about how her hair looks and what outfit she is going to where?  The age where she still gets really goofy but starts showing her sophisticated side as well?  Well I love this age.  It may be my favorite age to photograph. (Though between you and me, I think I say that about every age.)  This tween/preteen age is that time when physical appearance takes on new importance.  That is why portrait sessions for this age are so meaningful.  Seeing a photograph of themselves that they love can go a long way in maintaining kids’ self esteem.  Plus it’s alway a really fun way to spend a couple of hours.  Consider marking a birthday with a fun photo shoot.  Add some besties in to make it a party and then do dinner afterwords to celebrate the birthday kid.  All the kids will walk away with beautiful portraits and fun memories.  Birthday party photo shoots are a great idea for any age, but tweens and teens especially.

Check out this eleven year old Girls Birthday Party Photo Shoot | Oceanside Portrait Photographer.  The personalities are jumping off the screen.


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I had so much fun with these girls.  In addition to be absolutely beautiful, they were full of ideas and their playfulness was contagious.  Much like me, they very much enjoyed this birthday party photo shoot.

In case you are wondering, Birthday Party shoots last 90-120 minutes,  3-7 kids is ideal, and we have a little premiere party where I supply desert and everyone gets to see the slide show for the first time.  It’s a blast.  Email me at lesliebrighteyes@gmail.com or call me at 516.425.2590 to book a birthday party photo shoot for your super star.  P.S. this does not have to be a birthday celebration.  It can be as simple as going in with friends to create fabulous memories for a group of bffs.

Thanks for stopping by and see you next time.

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Oceanside Kids In Home Photos | Long Island Natural Light Portraits

With all of this heavy winter weather we’ve been having here lately, it’s hard to want to do anything but hang out in pjs snuggling in bed.  So what better situation to document and keep for prosperity.  In home portrait sessions are a fabulous option and are quickly becoming my favorite kind of session.  You can see why with these Oceanside kids in home photos.

In home sessions are special because they give a very real glimpse into what life is at that moment.  Inevitably, kids will do the things they normally do and I get to capture it and hand it to you so that you have it for ever and ever.  Being in one’s own space put everyone at ease.  This is a great thing because families interact genuinely and that makes for fabulous family portraits and for getting your children on camera as themselves.

Check out these Oceanside kids in home photos to see for yourself.

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So if you get family photos done outside or in a studio every year, mix it up and go for an in home session.  I think you will love the resulting photographs.  You will especially love them in five, ten, and twenty years because they will be uniquely your family.

And for more in home inspirations, check out one of my favorites, Jean Smith Photography.

Thanks for stopping by, see you next time:)


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  • Bryan - Absolutely amazing!!! Leslie, you have a gift! Thank you for taking the most beautiful photos of our three littles. We love them with all of our hearts and now we will always have these wonderful photos to look back on! Thank youReplyCancel

    • LeslieBrightEyes - You are so very welcome. They were so much fun and full of ideas and up for anything. I really enjoyed my time with them.ReplyCancel

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