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Just because…an urban mother-daughter shoot.

Just because.

Just because you’re so head over heels in love with her that you’ve been making mixed tapes of sappy 80’s love songs*

Just because right now he won’t take off his superman cape and froggy rubber boots for a single waking moment, and before you know it you’ll blink and he’ll be asking to borrow the car.

Just because your butt has never looked as good in a pair of jeans as it does in these ones.  (seriously, everyone says so).

Just because although you’ve been together for years, there’s something magic about the energy between you two right now.

Just because life is so perfectly imperfect that it would be a shame to forget what right now looked like.

Just because is always my favorite reason for a photo shoot.   We’ve all accepted that there are certain specific times you should get professional photos taken.  When you get married, right after your baby is born, right before the holidays.  And like clockwork we call, and we book our appointments and we take the expected photos.  And although they are no less magic for being expected – what about all the moments and years and memories in between?

Just because takes away all of the shoulds, all the expectations, all the feelings of obligation.  And when those are stripped away, all you are left with is the reality of right now.  And damn, if that isn’t sometimes the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

Plus, holy freaking cow – you were totally right about those jeans!  Girl – you look goooood.

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Maisha is the mama of four children.  Three amazing boys and one impossibly sweet little girl.  She loves those boys with all of her heart, but this photo session was just for her and Alissa.  An opportunity to head downtown, just us girls and a camera, and celebrate that one of a kind mama-daughter connection.  Just because….

phoenix urban photography with vintage car

As the mama of two girls, I can honestly say that these photos made me melt.

Urban mother daughter portrait on stairs in downtown Phoenix

And Maisha….va va va voom!

Downtown Phoenix Urban Mother-Daughter Photo Shoot

Alissa has so much sweetness (and just enough sassy attitude) that everyone falls head over heels in love with her.  Personally, I want to adopt her – but her mama says no!

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phoenix family photographer downtown session

Even in the grittiest parts of downtown, there is still softness and beauty ( and a wee dose of silliness) to be found.

Phoenix Child Photography

Maisha – you’re gorgeous. End of story.

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Urban family photography in Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix Portrait Photography

*yes, I’m totally showing my age with the mix tape comment.  No, I’m not ashamed.  Air Supply anyone?

Where on earth have I been? {crazy busy phoenix wedding photographer}

Yes kittens, I’ve been MIA again.  I know, I know – it’s not exactly a surprise.  Despite all my good intentions and my frequent promises, it seems I am an inherently bad blogger.   I think I’ve had “Blog.  Just Blog, Dammit!” on my to-do list every day for the last several months…and if you look at my posting record you’ll know just how well that is going for me.

So where have I been?  Living in crazy-busy land – that’s where, and somehow this blog seems to be the first thing to slide.  It’s been go-go-go for months now, culminating in four weddings+one charity brunch+ a one year old session in downtown Phoenix in an eight day span last week. Whew. Who knew wedding photography was an endurance sport?!

I’m starting to realize that it’s not going to slow down any time soon.   I’m also admitting that I’m unlikely to get caught up in the foreseeable future (do you know I have weddings from last year that have not been blogged?  Last year, people!).   So, instead of waiting till I invent a time expansion machine that miraculously converts each day to 48 hours while simultaneously maintaining my sleep needs at a solid eight hours (how you like that run on sentence?)  I figured I’d better take the opportunity and splash up a few random images while I have the chance.

Here’s just a slice of my life over the last few months – weddings, weddings, weddings (both my own and second shooting for the amazing Justine Miller and Keri Doolittle at amazing Phoenix wedding venues like  Sassi, Firesky, Wigwam as well as Oasis Ranch in Tucson), miles upon miles of location scouting, gorgeous seniors, three beautiful girls under the age of three (with tutus! and ice cream!), glorious glowing mama’s-to-be,  edgy urban fashion shoots in downtown Phoenix, crazy-cool families, spunky-silly- up-for-(almost)-anything engaged couples, fiesty photographers/branding gurus, off camera flash on the roof of the Orpheum Penthouse and the most knock your socks off beautiful mother-daughter combo I’ve ever laid eyes on.  And of course, just enough downtown, urban, grungy, junkyard shots to keep me happy.

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Julianna

When my first daughter came along I recorded her life in agonizing detail.  Every breath, every burp, every cry was documented for posterity.   Album after album was filled with snapshots of her eating, bathing, crawling, walking, drooling and sleeping.  Like clockwork we schlepped to the mall every single month to get her portraits taken.  This was pre-doula career, pre-photography business.  Heck – for the first nine months of her life, I didn’t even have a car.  It was just Bella and I most of the time, and I quite imagined that the rest of the world found her as fascinating as I did.

Of course, I promised myself, I’ll do exactly the same for my second baby.  But by then I was working as a doula, running a non-profit, and had been bitten by the photography bug.  I didn’t write too much, I have not printed a single snapshot past the six month mark, and you’d better believe I didn’t take her to the mall for portraits (the horror!).   As far as historical records are concerned, Julie has suffered a fate that has befallen many a subsequent child – complete and utter under representation in all known forms of family memorabilia.

Ah –such fodder for mommy-guilt.

I was the first born, not just in my immediate family, but for both sets of grandparents and great-grandparents.  First of my generation, I accepted all the focus and attention as my due.  I didn’t think too much about how little time my busy mother had to log the delicious and mundane details of my sibling’s existence.  But now that I’m a mother of two,  I’m sure that she did.   Obviously, I cannot make up for almost four years of benign but undeniable neglectful behavior toward my role as family historian, but I can start now.

This is Julianna Amelie Grace.  Julie.  Jules.  Julianna-Bananna. My little Amelie. A girl with the most sparkly chocolate brown eyes, and the fullest lips.  A girl with a mind of her own, and the volume to make her opinion known.  My second daughter, my old soul.  Always my teacher, her lesson surrender, her spirit full of conviction and her heart bursting with love.


Images of four year old Julianna taken by Phoenix Children's Photographer Jeanette LeBlanc

I was going to tell you all about her, but then I figured I’d let her do the talking.  So, in the format of my own ‘about’  page on {peace.love.free}.   I gave her the questions and let her fill in the blanks.  (My additions are in italics, the rest are her words)

About:
4 1/2 . Silly. Sweet. Impertinent.  Fun. A force to be reckoned with. Leo.  NOT a morning person. Quintessential girlie-girl.  Cuddler. Kisser. Dancer.   Music in Her Soul, Her Bones,  Her Spirit. Messy. Loud.  Screamer. Whiner. Crier.  Wants to Be Carried. Lover. Back Rubber. Generous.  Alpha.  Make-Believer.  Tightest Hugger. Hair that forms massive dreads about two hours after brushing.

Likes:
Lucy, Frankie, Sadie and Maggie (our dogs), Things in my room. Princess things. Mama’s High Heels.  Barbies.  Going on a Bear Hunt. The Treat Table at Fresh-n- Easy.  Caesar Salad and Carrot Cake at Paradise Bakery. My Soft Princess Blanket. Dress Up. Playing House.  Cherry Tomatoes. Rice. Lemon Cake. Chai Tea with Honey. Dresses and Skirts and Sparkly Shoes. Pink, Red and Purple.  Dora and Sponge Bob.

Then she said “Actually, I love everything in the world, and I’m going to steal it all!” followed by peals of maniacal laughter.

Dislike:
Boy stuff. Cooked Tomatoes. Sticky Stuff on my Hands*. Green.  Jeans and Leggings. Tennis Shoes. Boy TV. Spiderman. Tracing Letters at School.

*She can’t eat without a wet cloth napkin, and she wipes her hands after every bite.

Good At:
Tracing Letters. Making Art for Mommy. Painting with Mary. Makeup.  Writing My Name. Helping Mommy and Mary Do Laundry.  Helping Mommy Bake.  Eating All My Food.

Not so good at:
Cleaning My Room. Putting On Socks.

Dream Of:
Being a Mommy. Growing Up. Doing work.  Pushing Buttons on the Computer. Being a Princess.  Having lots of Money in My Flower Bank.

Wish I could:
Fly a Unicorn. Turn things into pretty.  Make everything beautiful.  Have a rule where you can eat whatever you want.

Sweet girl – you turn things into pretty wherever you go.  I love you.

Katie & Alex | Nova Scotia Photography

{For more information about my 2010 Nova Scotia Photography Sessions, please visit my facebook event page, or this blog postContact me for information on special rates and packages for Nova Scotia Photography Clients}

She lived in the suburbs, but that didn’t matter.   Her mother owned a super cool bright yellow Sunbird, and wonder of wonders, Mandy was allowed to drive it into the city.  It doesn’t really matter where you live, we figured, as long as you have wheels.

A small town girl, newly arrived in the big city, I was making do with more primitive modes of transportation – the bus, and my own two feet.   But when Mandy came in for the weekend, my status was instantly elevated.   Not only did we have a ride, but it was cool enough to get us attention and  – when you are 17 and ready to take on the world – what else really matters?

We circled through the downtown streets, windows down, taking in the energy and life that was only just becoming available to us. Up and down, round and around Mandy drove, through maze of narrow one way streets.  We’d park to stroll the waterfront or peek in the doors of bars that didn’t yet offer us admission and then hop back in the car to look for people (known, cute or otherwise intriguing).   We were about to start university, high on the possibility of life.  In that bright yellow car, the world was at our feet.

We lost touch, Mandy and I, for more than a decade.  But then came the miracle that is Facebook, and we reconnected to share memories, stories of our kids and our lives thus far.  Then I announced that I would be doing Mini Sessions while I was back East last summer, and was so excited when Mandy decided to reserve a spot.  I couldn’t wait to see her and meet her kids.

She pulled up in a maroon minivan – that yellow two-door long gone –  and my old friend stepped out.  While the kids played, and I snapped photos, Mandy and I realized that even when time passes, the people you know well don’t really change all that much at all.   There we were, in the same field where we had first met – over twenty years ago –  as gangly teenagers.  Cliché or not and children aside, it seemed as if no time had passed.

We might be driving different vehicles now, but best as I can tell, the world is still at our feet.

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Cheverie, Nova Scotia is – quite literally – a photographer’s paradise.  I take thousands upon thousands of photographs every summer i spend at home.

Child photography session in Cheverie, Nova Scotia.  By Phoenix-based wedding and portrait photographer, Jeanette LeBlancChild photography session in Cheverie, Nova Scotia.  By Phoenix-based wedding and portrait photographer, Jeanette LeBlancChild photography session in Cheverie, Nova Scotia.  By Phoenix-based wedding and portrait photographer, Jeanette LeBlanc

Note: I am currently booking limited sessions and weddings in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for summer 2010.  Please contact me at info@jeanetteleblanc.com to be placed on my announcement list for finalized dates.

Just the facts…

Things I know for sure

  1. I am the worst blogger ever. Period. End of story.
  2. I would apologize and say I’m going to change.  But I might not probably won’t, and I’d hate to tell you a lie.
  3. I’ve been so busy my head is spinning, but holiday order deadline is almost here so I’ll be coming up for air soon.
  4. My family will be VERY glad to have me back.
  5. I’ve got the coolest, most beautiful, utterly stylish,  totally inspirational, utterly incredible clients in the world.
  6. They make it worth staring at the computer for hours upon hours at a time.
  7. I’m a photographer. I get to pay my bills with my camera.  How cool is that? I still get giddy thinking about it.
  8. Big changes ahead in 2010 – a new assistant, studio manager, new products, new partnerships, new direction.  Watch out Phoenix – ya’ll should stay tuned.  Seriously.
  9. It’ll probably be June by the time I get around to blogging about it, unless you nag me.
  10. Life is good.  Very good.

And since no blog post is complete without pictures, here’s just a bit of what has kept me busy over the past few months.  Check these out, and then re-read #5 above….see what I mean?

This family was amazing!  I was so in love with these girls!

Phoenix Family Photography

Little girls in pink rain boots…. Who wouldn’t be utterly charmed?

Phoenix Child Photography

Um…so I probably don’t have to tell you that I was totally giddy when I saw this one.  Did a little happy dance…for reals.

Phoenix Engagement Photography

Happy Mama-baby shots always make me smile.

Phoenix Family Photography

Ah, baby Max….I melt.

Phoenix Newborn Photography

A beautiful bride in a vintage phone booth at an incredible location….What more could any photographer want?

Phoenix Wedding Photography

These kids were a RIOT.  The first year of my annual summer Nova Scotia Photography Sessions (yes – I’m a Snow Bird….once the temp gets over 100 degrees…I am OUTTA here!)

Katie and Alex

Oh, sweet little Lucy – those lips…those eyes, and a rare quiet moment.

Phoenix Kids Photography

My wee nephew Hayden.  I miss him so much!

Phoenix Newborn Photography

Tamara rocks her urban maternity photography session in downtown Glendale… so much fun!

Phoenix Maternity Photography

I love kids.  The sillier and goofier the better.  Alex and I got along wonderfully :)

Phoenix Child Photography

This wedding at the Anthem Country Club was so beautiful.  Thanks to Keri Doolittle for inviting me to second shoot!

Phoenix Wedding Photography

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