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New Packages for Clients!

I first fell in love with photography when I was six years old. My brother, seven years older than me, had a kodak disposable camera lying around, and being the obtuse little sister that I was, I took it and made it my own. I’ll never forget the sound the camera made as I wound it up, or looking at the image I framed through the viewfinder and pressing the shutter to capture that moment. Of course, that first moment was documentation of my brother’s messy room: I was tired of always being yelled at for clothes on my floor when right across the hall, another room was just as messy.

Baby Leanne ready to get her gremlin hands on things that were not hers

Baby Leanne ready to get her gremlin hands on things that were not hers

My first set of photographs was a day in the life of six year old Leanne. I lined up my stuffed animal friends for the perfect shot on my little bench, I followed my childhood dog around the backyard, and took pictures of my parents. I was upset I used my twenty or so pictures so quickly, but, seeing my work when my parents finally got around to getting that camera developed was so monumental to me. I was able to “hold” my day again. They were physically there, captured forever.

My parents still have those first ever photographs in their home, and I love being able to hold those moments again. Now, while my photographs have certainly evolved from blackmail and my dog going to the bathroom, the feeling that I get when photos are developed haven’t changed.

In today’s digital age, it’s easy to forget how important printed photographs are. It’s easier to leave the photographs on the computer and just share them on social media. Which is why I’m excited to introduce a new package for all my clients moving forward. I have wanted to do this for a while now, but, I wanted to do it in a unique way to myself. I also wanted to make sure the pricing would work: it’s a finnicky balance to honor your art while also honoring budgets, but, I’m proud to be able to offer clients something new.

Moving forward, when you book with me, each session will include a keepsake box with prints inside. Of course, clients can still order prints through their galleries (and, I would definitely suggest doing any canvas prints with my printer!).

As I grow and expand my business, the importance of being true to my values grows more and more, and I’m excited to honor six year old Leanne with these keepsake boxes. It’s my hope that holding your photos will bring you the same joy it always brings me.

Looking forward to printing and creating more and more memories with you all.

xo,

Leanne

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Family Photoshoot: Northport

For Mother’s Day, Joe bought his wife a family photo session. With two kids in college and one a teacher upstate, their lives were moving rapidly, and all they needed was a pause button. Getting a family of young adults together is not an easy task, but, after a lot of back and forth, we were able to make it happen.

Spending early Father’s Day with this family was a gift. We all laughed so hard, and it was the best way to spend an early sunday morning. Plus, it was a nice change of events to photograph adult “kids”, although, a lot of my techniques didn’t translate to them well. I guess only 2 year olds like “Ducky”. (kidding! Ducky wasn’t present)

Here are a few of my favorites from the day!

Maternity Photos in Islip

The greatest gift you can give a photographer is trust, and that is exactly what Mike and Heather gave me the day of their Maternity Photoshoot.

Heather knew she wanted to capture her expanded baby bump before Spud was born. Mike knew he didn’t want to shoot on the beach again ( I can’t blame him- it was windy that day.) I knew I wanted to use my last smoke bomb. Together, we created a vision.

While I have yet to experience what it is like to grow a human inside of me, and while I still envision it much like when Bella from Twilight was pregnant, there is something magical about the idea that one woman human is carrying around another human for nine months. Heather and Mike talk about “Spud” (they won’t tell me the name- I tried!) as if she has been around forever. And, maybe she has. After all, their love story dates back far, and this Spud is a creation of two people who genuinely, truly, love and respect each other.

Much like the novels that Heather teaches, I wanted Heather and Mike’s love story to be encapsulated in a magical way. I wanted their photos to have the juxtaposition of the darkness of the woods, with a whimsical element like the giant balloons. The balloons also serving as a pun because Heather is truly about to pop.

These portraits are not typical Maternity Photos, and for that I’m grateful to Heather and Mike. I wanted to capture them at their purest, happiest moment since their wedding day. I wanted to give them genuine portraits of their love, and I wanted to be able to show Spud one day just how in love her parents are.

Heather and Mike, thank you for trusting me with this moment, and for your friendship. I cannot wait to meet Baby Spud.

Family Portraits in Islip, New York

One of my favorite things about living on Long Island is how rich in history this little island is. Growing up in East Meadow, I was surrounded by the first suburbs; an extraordinary piece of history that has shaped our entire nation. WIth easy access to the Gold Coast, I have always had an affinity to historical sites and an appreciation for all the non profits that keep these buildings up and running.

Now living in Suffolk County, I have a whole new frontier of historical buildings to explore. This year, when Vitina contacted me to do her family photoshoot, I knew the exact location that I wanted to shoot at. The Brookwood Hall in Islip is a government building overlooking a lake. Operated by the town, the location has art pieces scattered throughout the landscape, a beautiful, historical building, a playground, and a beautiful little forest area. The versality of this location kept the boys moving, exploring, and not feeling constrained to one spot. We played with leaves, we saw a swan, we walked along a pebble path, and posed in a forest. This mini session was so much fun, and I’m so grateful that Vitina once again trusted me with her family memories.

Here are a few of my favorites.