Leslie Renee Photography » Natural Breezy Custom Boutique Portrait Photography Art

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    If you are looking for a fun creative photographer, you've come to the right place. Leslie is known for her breezy, natural, and heart felt style. When you book a portrait session with Leslie, you are signing up for a memorable meaningful experience that will stay with you for years to come. So come on in, make yourself comfortable, and get to know Leslie Renee Photography. And while you are at it, take a quick moment to like my Facebook page.

Some clients schedule sessions on a whim, or because they have an idea or a concept. Others have specific reasons for scheduling a portrait session, and in this family’s case, they had just planted roots in some new digs! Their big move to a new home was the perfect motivator for updated photos for the walls, and images for a new home announcement card for friends and family. So clever! A new home shoot can be done when you’ve moved your furniture and things inside, or when it’s empty, with lots of light coming through the windows! I’ve seen a few example on Pinterest where families also did a session of the home they were moving out of, since they had so many memories there. Often a first home is a sweet place to capture, since sometimes it’s where you bring babies home to, or it’s your first home you’ve purchased together.

I was more than happy to oblige and met up with these crew, and they were such a lovely family. The young men were so well behaved, handsome, and sweet, and really hammed it up for my camera! I had a great time. Mom specially requested shots that showcased the new home’s spacious yard and fun features, so we made sure to capture a few around all the areas of the home. I love the one of the boys together on the curb, and the one of the whole family in the yard.

Here are some highlights.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, thank you! I sure love that you follow along on my journey to always improve my craft and offer some of the best images around…I love the families, children and special events I get invited into. I never take it lightly that my clients invite me to peek into their lives in such a special way. Something you may not realize is that I showcase different images on Facebook than I do on Instagram. I approach them slightly differently.  My Facebook images are a little more traditional, and usually involve smiling faces looking at the camera and images portraying family togetherness.  The images posted to Instagram, however, are more adventurous with an unique and out-of-the-box point of view.  At least, I hope they do.

I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite images from my Instagram account here, in case you missed them.  You will see a lot of my personal work, but plenty of client photos as well.  Many of these where shot on my SLR and several were shot on the iPhone.  No matter the medium, many have very specific memories attached to them, and isn’t that the point?  That is probably why they are my favorite, because they mean so much to me.

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Well, I’m off to Charleston this week! I am so excited to meet up with some of my fellow photographers from all over the country. San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Illinois and New York will be just some of the cities represented. Last year, we met up in New Orleans. It was my very first visit to that gorgeous city and the perfect trip. New Orleans has rich history and is truly a melting pot of cultures, cuisine, and music. There were so many beautiful colors, sights to see, delicious eateries to try, and an unending supply of laughter and fun.

My favorite New Orleans moment was waking up on the first day and roaming the streets looking for local specialty: the beignet! I could eat one of those every day! We found Cafe Beignet on Bourbon Street, and stumbled upon a group of the most talented kids jamming in the open air. If I had left at that moment, I would have still considered it a success! You can see those kids in this video here.

Below are some of my favorite images from that trip…you can really feel the rich culture and heritage of the city in these snippets!

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Do you remember your 16th birthday? I don’t really remember details about mine, but I do remember that my mom always remembered our birthdays and made them special. To this day, those special memories live with me as I try to make sure my children have great birthdays, too. This adorable girl had the coolest Sweet Sixteen bash ever, with a gossip girl theme! Her group of girlfriends came in prep-school ready attire, and we partied! We did these photos in Central Park, and also in a swanky hotel on 59th street, which looked like it came right out of a Gossip Girl episode (and how fun is the Blair-inspired outfit and headband?)

They were all such sweethearts and a delight to photograph, and they really played up our fun theme for the camera! I tried to capture individual and group shots, to give the birthday girl a ton of memories for a photo book or scrapbook. After all, I know she will want to remember such a fun day! If you’re planning a milestone birthday (or just a regular birthday party!), consider using a professional photographer to document it…your memories will be more crisp and beautiful than just a few iPhone snapshots!

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I love to experiment and learn new forms or portrait photography. Learning new skills and honing my craft not only keeps my clients receiving the VERY best I have to offer, it also keeps me fresh and inspired. When I try something new, I always use my favorite guinea pigs: my kids. For this session, my lucky offspring was my son, Keaton. I may have had to bribe him with his favorite food from Moe’s but I did in fact get him into what he deems “death traps”, aka blue jeans and a sports coat! Ha! Doesn’t he look handsome, though?

My setup was simple; a good sized window for some gorgeous, filtered light and a very simple black V-flat to put my subject in front of. That’s all! What results is a modern, captivating image that is free from distraction. I love this approach because the simplicity allows the tiny details to be on display and the main focus. You can see his hint of a smile, and the number of freckles dancing across his nose, and that charming sparkle in his eyes. It’s a really pure way to photograph, and I know I’ll be exploring this more in the future, so stay tuned!

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