Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Mixing Business and Friendship = Magic Making

People say you should avoid mixing business and friendship. That there is room for tension and expectations that can make both sides of the equation problematic.  It’s probably good advice, based on oodles of collected wisdom.  But I’m glad I didn’t listen.  In my experience – bringing together business, passion, and friendships creates a space for some serious magic-making.

I try to approach all my clients in such a way that we develop life-long relationships.  I love to photograph a baby over the course of her first year, or to watch a bride and groom travel down the path of parenthood for the first time.  Capturing the lives of my clients as their families grow and change is just one of the many things that makes this job way cooler than anything else I can imagine doing.  Seriously, being a family, child and baby photographer is a damn cool gig indeed.

But when the people who hire me are also dear friends – seriously folks – it’s all just that much sweeter.

Yesterday Phoebe and Tamara came by for a visit, and I got to see just how much their babies have grown.  Little Naomi has turned into the most smiley, drooly bundle of beauty.  Asher – having never been little – is now one seriously big boy.  He is crawling, pulling up and looking for the world like he’s going to be an early walker.

I had no intention of taking any photos, but then I happened to catch a glimpse of the four of them standing out in my yard, and I just had to run for my camera.  Can you blame me?

Photograph of baby Asher and his mother by Phoenix Baby Photographer Jeanette LeBlanc

Photograph of baby Naomi and her mother by Phoenix Baby Photographer Jeanette LeBlanc

Photograph of baby Naomi and her mother by Phoenix Baby Photographer Jeanette LeBlanc

Flaunt Your Rock – A National Engagement Contest

Phoenix Arizona Wedding Photography Contest

Valentines Day has come and gone, but LOVE is definitely still in the air!

Did you recently ask the girl (or boy) of your dreams to marry you and want the world to join you on cloud nine?  Did you just get engaged and are beaming with pride over the shiny ring on your finger?  Want to flaunt it some more? In honor of all the love Jeanette LeBlanc Photography is holding a contest for you newly engaged love birds.

What do you get for flaunting that shiny ring? The winner will receive a full engagement session and a $100 print credit ($400 value). In addition the winners of each local Flaunt Your Rock contest will be placed in a national contest to win a grand prize worth more than $450. The grand prize includes custom invites from Paper and Ink Studio, a wedding cake topper from Goose Grease, a custom clutch from Clutch That and a wedding accessory from Little White Chapel Accessories!

Of course, if you know me, you’ll know I like to throw my own little twist into everything.  So let’s be totally clear:

This contest is:

  • All about creativity.  You’re gonna have to think outside the box and show me your personality.  You get two images and 140 characters to set yourself apart, so work it – you fabulous lovebirds, you.
  • Totally inclusive – younger couples, older couples, second time around couples, same sex couples, tattooed and mohawk-ed couples, sit on the couch and watch reality TV couples…all are welcome and encouraged to enter.

This contest is not:

  • About who has the biggest, shiniest or most expensive ring.  If you got your engagement ring from a gumball machine but you can show it off in your own divine style – you just might win.

What You Gotta Do:

  • Fill out the entry form completely and send it in with all required information on or before midnight March 5th, 2010. (Engaged Couples Only)
  • Submit : One photograph of your ring & one photograph of yourselves*.  Have fun with this.  You can certainly submit the cheesy headshot from your Great Aunt Edna’s 65th birthday party, but I’ll give you extra points if you get creative with it.  Images don’t have to be perfect, and they don’t need to be taken with a fancy camera (rock your iphone if you wanna).  Just be you, and I’m sure to fall in love.
  • Tell me your love story, Twitter style.  I’ve given you a whole 140 characters with which to share your happily ever after.  Choose your words wisely.  Write in rhyme if you want.  Or in French.  Just be sincere, and I promise I’ll be impressed.
  • Encourage all of your friends and family to vote for you. Facebook it.  Tweet it.  Send snail mail post cards to your entire graduating class.  The ring with the most votes wins!

*please do not submit images taken by another professional photographer.  You must own full rights to all submitted photographs.  Images taken by a professional photographer will be disqualified.

All submissions must be received by midnight March 5th, 2010.

The Fine Print:
The contest winner will be determined by public vote.  Although there are many different voting methods available, public vote was determined to be the best option for this contest.  If this option is not a good fit for you, we respectfully accept your decision to decline participation.  We will also actively monitor IP addresses and voting participation to ensure fair and reliable results.  We reserve the right to disqualify any entry or vote that appears to be suspicious.

All participants must agree to sign a model release allowing images to be displayed on Jeanette LeBlanc Photography’s blog. Winning participants must sign a release allowing images taken by Jeanette LeBlanc Photography to be displayed on web site, blog, Facebook and print advertising sources. Participants must also agree to all standard Terms & Conditions of Jeanette LeBlanc Photography

Regular session terms and conditions apply.

We require an electronically marked consent that you are entering this contest voluntarily and that Jeanette LeBlanc Photography is not promising any winnings or other compensation for participation.

Entries will be judged by a panel of photographers who will narrow down the selection to 3 rings. The finalists will be posted on Jeanette LeBlanc’s blog and the winner will be chosen via a public voting poll. Voting will occur between March 7-March 13, 2010. There are specific rules around voting that will be clarified during the voting round of the contest.

Winners will be announced on March 15th, 2010. Winning session must take place between March 22-May 1st.

Session will take place within metropolitan Phoenix.  Travel outside of the immediate Phoenix area will be subject to additional travel fees.

Don’t live in the Phoenix area? Have friends across the country? Check out these photographers who have Flaunt Your Rock contests running in other cities!

UNITED STATES

Boise, Idaho: Lucid Deisgn and Photo
Boston, Massachusetts: Helen Makadia Photography
Denver, Colorado: Keri Doolittle Photography
Columbia, Missouri: Ashley Turner Photography
Seattle, Washington: Susan of Whimsical Photo Design
Philadelphia and Main Line, Pennsylvania: April Ziegler Photography
Grand Rapids, Michigan: K. Holly Studios
Spokane, Washington: Cameron Glass Photography
Phoenix, Arizona: Jeanette LeBlanc Photography
Ft. Smith, Arkansas: Beaty Photography
San Jose, California: V and J Photography
Tampa/St. Petersburg: Stephanie Smith Photography

CANADA

Edmonton/Vancouver Canada: Jen Williams Photographer
Fort McMurray/Northern Alberta: Leslie Brown Photography
Powell River BC/Vancouver Island: Jennifer Kennedy
Central Interior, BC: Andrea Blair Photography
Langley, BC: Cathy Empey Photography

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Whew! Now that all of that is over, click on this link to enter the  Flaunt Your Rock Contest!


Featured | Swatchbook Weddings | Phoenix Wedding Photography

It was such a delightful surprise to discover that the lovely Angela of Swatchbook Weddings – a Phoenix-based wedding invitation design firm –  had featured my bridal shoot at the amazing Phoenix wedding venue the Boojum Tree on her  blog.

Jeanette LeBlanc Photography featured on Swatchhbook Weddings Blog

We connected on Twitter and Facebook and then discovered, by total coincidence, that we already had clients in common.  Angela just happened to be the designer Andrea and Andrew had chosen for their beautiful yellow, white and grey wedding invitations.

Jeanette LeBlanc Photography featured on Swatchhbook Weddings Blog

Here is a closer look at the fabulous invitations:

Wedding Invitation designed by Angela at Swatchbook Weddings

Make sure you add the Swatchbook Weddings blog to your RSS reader – Angela posts all kinds of inspiration, from jewelry to makeup to photography – not to mention samples of her amazing designs – and my favorite feature Tuesday Shoes-day (seriously – check out this weeks shoes.  I’m not getting married, but I so need those)!

To Haiti With Love

Haiti.

Most of us were blessedly untouched by the earthquake, at least physically.   In every real way, our lives continue on as usual.  But in the days and weeks following this disaster, we’ve all been shaken by the images and stories and heartache that have traveled back to us.  We sat in horror trying to take in the magnitude of the damage, we cried for the loss, we texted the Red Cross with our donations.  At some point during it all we felt totally, utterly and completely helpless.

In the face of such devastation, we are reminded of just how small we are.  We feel inadequate to the task at hand.  How could we possibly make any sort of real difference when the reality of today is unfathomable, and the road ahead holds challenges beyond our comprehension?  What small gifts could we offer that would make any real difference?

We forget in those moments, that real difference is made moment by moment, dollar by dollar, person by person.  We don’t need a zillion dollars in the bank account.  It’s okay that we can’t hop down there to rebuild the country brick by brick.  All we need is our hearts, and our talents, and people with vision to bring it all together.

To Haiti With Love - Online Art Auction

To Haiti with Love is  an online auction of art, photography, papercrafts, clothing, and creative goods. All proceeds will go direct to the St. Joseph’s Family of homes for children in Haiti.  This weeklong fundraising event is curated and managed by visual artist René Joshi Sims of fruityfantastica and author Kate Inglis of sweet | salty.

Go and see what magic these two have pulled together; beautiful artwork, and books and gifts from profoundly talented individuals.  Remember to look beyond the items themselves, and know that every single one of those postings is really just about love, about heart, and about a belief that we all have it within us to make a difference.  The magic of what Kate and Rene have really created is the way they have nurtured this reality for all of us.  Our contributions matter.  Our offerings change the world.

My donation, ‘being exquisite’ -an 11×14 print from my series of desert images –  is both small and humbly offered.  It, on its own, won’t bring in a million dollars, rebuild a school, or change the course of Haiti’s future.   But I am mistaken if I believe it is inadequate or meaningless.

Desert Flowers Riparian Reserve Arizona

All things done in the spirit of hope are bursting with meaning and potential.

{So go, peruse the offerings and bid on something that catches your fancy.  Change the world today, the way only you can.}

Preview – Rebeka | Phoenix Fashion Photographer

Fierce.

That’s one word to describe Rebeka.  Totally, awesomely, awe-inspiringly fierce (all that, and she’s also as sweet as can be).

Fierce+sweet+total fashionista+urban decay=it doesn’t get much better than this.

Just a preview for now, my sweets.  Much more fabulous-ness in store later.

Phoenix Fashion Photography - Model Rebeka