I am moving offices after moving homes less than three months ago (ahhhhhhhhhh!) so I cannot spare a single moment to be in front of the computer these days but I HAD to drop a few choice gems from this recent mini shoot in Ballard. This big kid turned four years old and I was so thrilled to capture this intimate family celebration. Whether your fete includes 500 people or just one, I believe its important to mark these special days for all of us.
Hi Dear Ones,
I disappeared. I'm sorry.
There was so much going on! I couldn't handle it all. There was drama and then a thing and then another thing and then we bought a house on the south side of Seattle (eeee) and then there was stuff. Anyways. I just wanted you to know that I love you and I see you and I swear that I will never leave you.
JK. I'll totally quit blogging whenever I need to in order to take care of me and my family. That's ok. But I'll probably also always come back and catch up.
So, whats been going on with you?
Well, I'm happy to report that I've been photographing like crazy these days since it's summer in the PNW and every day outside is pure sunshine foresty goodness. The sad part is that I've been photographing a lot of goodbye parties. Sniff. Don't leave me friends!
Enjoy these gems from Jessie and Cori's recent Ballard lawn goodbye party (kick ass in Utah ladies). And I'll try not to be gone this long this time ya'll.
A few months ago our lovely Nature Kids Community had a pajama holiday party and I snapped a few pictures in between cuddling my tiny human and drinking hot chocolate. This blog is a part of the collection called Our Beautiful Ordinary Life which invites you dear reader to imagine inviting a photographer into the ordinary moments of your days and believing that they are beautiful and will yield beautiful photographs of connection and joy.Read More
Last Summer I shot my first wedding. I knew I wanted the whole experience, to be there from the first moment to the very last. So I worked with John and Colette to help come up with a special portrait package that fit their needs. This is something I love to do with Clients. It falls under my umbrella of co-creation and flexibility - I deeply believe that you having a voice in your pictures. If you ask me for my standard package prices, times or ways of working and upon review they are not a good fit, please inquire further about making something special just for you!
Now it is possible that you might notice that this was a wedding in high summer and I am blogging it in January. I hear you. It is possible that this is not exactly a traditional internet timeline where people would never dream of telling stories 9 months out of date. But alas, this was an OVERWHELMING blog post to write. Which I hear should be an oxymoron or at the very least a terrible case of white people's problems. And it is. And yet - the process of turning 6000 or 8000 photos into 600 and then into 100 and then into 20 is DAUNTING>. I really really want to pick the right ones and it's super hard. But I did it. I have triumphed and you shall enjoy the fruits of my labors and don't hold your breath for part 2 because I'm intimidated just thinking about it.
But seriously, enough about me. Can I introduce you to our beautiful talented witty bride and groom?
John and Colette knew they wanted to invite their family and friends to celebrate their good life here - in Seattle, so they set about readying their backyard for a beautiful at home wedding and finding a cool joint (Jacks BBQ in South Seattle) that could host a fun rehearsal night filled with love and drinks and the very best kind of tears. Keep scrolling to hit some highlights of this gorgeous two day event, of their close knit tribe who flew in from all across America and check back soon for a selection from the wedding day!
Backyard Wedding Rehearsal:
Cocktail Hour | Celebratory Dinner at Jack's BBQ:
Toasts | Afterparty:
As I exited the private space at Jack's BBQ with the noise and revelry fading behind me, I saw the Bride's grandma resting on a rocking chair on the back porch. As I slipped away into the night I clicked my shutter button one last time.
I just popped in for a moment to tell you that I bought my husband Ziggy Marley tickets at the Woodlawn Zootunes Summer Sieres and it was magical. I wanted to tell you because it's so rare, even with all of our PLENTY and our privilege that we make each other perfectly PERFECTLY happy. And it was the best feeling. The outdoor venue and the summer evening magic made our large city feel like a small town. It was sunset and brie and crackers and dancing with children and making friends with strangers and laughing and and and... Well I wanted to show you. And if you want to tell me your summer sun-drenched memories, I want to hear them.Read More
Hey Internet Darlings,
I'm still trying to catch up, showing you all the fantastic portraits I've made this year. Why am I lagging so hard? WHY AM I JUST NOW SHOWING YOU A BIRTHDAY THAT HAPPENED MONTHS AGO????? Well it is perhaps because I was spending all my time building...Read More
I know I know!
It's February right? It's long past the holidays. The voice in my head keeps telling me to "move on Leanna Bre. It's a new year! You missed the window! Do better next time."Read More
Poh Poh (the Cantonese word for grandmother) was turning 88 years old. Her son was flying in to surprise her and her whole family was gearing up to celebrate her favorite holiday of the year. Poh Poh is fiercely independent and still insists on living alone So the family decided they would take her out for her favorite dumplings, surprise her with her visitors and then open presents back at her house. They asked me if I would consider photographing the whole day. OBVIOUSLY I SAID YES. Because I love birthdays and grandmothers who don't speak English and DUMPLINGS and also I love photographing clients a second time.
Because I had already photographed Poh Poh and her family, (see here) and because I had already wrestled with the light at Din Thai Fung and because I had already made friends with the grandchildren i knew that we all trusted each other.
Common knowledge says that magic happens when your photographer has a good camera and your photographer is talented. That's true. Kind of. It is more true to say that magic happens when you trust your photographer. And when your photographer trusts you. And I would say there is no way to that trust other than building it brick by brick, picture by picture.
Great pictures, that show YOU are a hundred percent about how comfortable you are. And cameras make everything UNCOMFORTABLE. That thing where you feel awkward - IT SHOWS.
So brick by brick, me and my clients, work to build trust. To get comfortable. To get un-awkward. And when that happens, MAGIC HAPPENS.
All of that to say that I was really really giddy to photograph the Woo family a second time because we had made something really beautiful together last time, I knew they would open their hearts a little more to me today and we would go even deeper down the road of life together.
Poh Poh's granddaughter Sassia tells about it in her own words:
"I wanted a photographer at my Poh Poh's birthday party because at 88, she is lively, smiley and strong. Her birthday is her favorite holiday with all her favorite people - that's how all of my family members will remember her - singing happy birthday to herself while laughing.
I chose Leanna because I love the way she frames a moment with people and things. Sometimes it's not what is in focus that is the most important thing in the pictures. As you look deeper at her photographs, you are able to unfold deeper layers of what the mood is at the moment or the history behind the relationships of people.
My favorite from that day is the black and white of a bunch of us Woo Women standing around waiting for the restaurant to open. We are just talking but it's Poh Poh in the background that really catches your eye. Leanna shows her independent - strong nature as she explores the world by herself. I think these photographs show what all of us women strive to be - strong like my Poh Poh."
Good morning friends and internet strangers,
Join me today as we travel to a gorgeous farm on the outskirts of Seattle where a tiny wild thing recently turned one years old.Read More