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First Friday Style Exhibit March 4 2011: Day|Twelve Gallery

At the beginning of 2010 I set myself some personal goals.  They weren’t resolutions, mind you, that would be far too cheesy.  And kittens – just so you know – I would never dream of being cheesy.

Just five simple goals, ten words total.

The first one of the list was a single word:

GALLERY


When we neared the end of the year and that one particular goal didn’t seem to be materializing I shrugged it off.  Figured I’d just slide it over into the 2011 column, all casual like so nobody would notice.  No biggie – it happens.

And then, somewhere between Turkey Day and Auld Lang Syne I got an email from Alex Evjen (the genius behind Ave Styles) who invited me to be a part of The Phoenix First Friday Art Exhibit on  March 4th (that’s tomorrow peeps!) at Day|Twelve – an incredible gallery space in downtown Phoenix.

So what, it wouldn’t take place till 2011.   The invite came in 2010.  I immediately made the executive decision that this totally counted.  Mission accomplished.  Goal crossed off.

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Phoenix Fashion Photographer Jeanette LeBlanc exhibits at Day|Twelve Gallery

The theme of tomorrow night’s exhibit is STYLE.   I will be featuring images from several fabulous urban fashion shoots – and joining some other incredible artists in showcasing our work.  The best part?  We are collaborating in support of the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation – an organization which exists to educate and assist women in difficult life transitions.  We will be collecting pens and journals all night – these will be used by women at the foundation as they move through the program and on a path to a better future.

The portraits are chosen, the frames are hung and the gallery is ready, but the really important question remains….

What the heck am I going to wear?!*

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Place: 812 2nd Avenue,Phoenix, AZ 85003
*Parking is available across from the gallery and on the street.

Check out our Facebook invite,  and share with your friends. The official event  flier can also be downloaded.

**Send me some style inspiration – if I choose your suggestion (or something close to it) for Friday night, I’ll send you a $25 gift card to use towards your next session or print order!

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!

urban child photography in phoenixdowntown phoenix child photography session

phoenix urban family photography

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.

downtown phoenix portrait photography
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?

favorite. bridal. ever. {phoenix wedding photographer}

Sometimes, before you even click the shutter, you know.  It’s a combination of the subject, and the setting, and the light, and the buzz in the air.  And you just know you’ve gotten something magical.

Bridal Image taken at a Blackstone Country Club wedding in Vistancia Arizona

Nicole and her new hubby got married last month at the  Blackstone Country Club in Vistancia. Check back soon for their Sedona engagement images and their beautiful wedding.

Unleash Your Inner Fashionista – Phoenix Fashion Photographer

Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot

Okay, I admit it.  I love fashion photography.  Love it.  Head-over-heels-jumping-up-and-down-giddy love it.

The entire process is ridiculously exciting.  Working with the client to create a vision for the shoot, scouting the perfect location with just the right vibe, brainstorming with a brilliant stylist to pull together the wardrobe and accessories to create the desired look and watching a talented hair and makeup artist work her magic and transform a woman into a absolute knockout….

Pure. Artistic. Heaven.

And it’s not always about working with professional models, needing uber-expensive haute couture clothing, or being hired by a commercial client with a ginormous budget.  In fact, the majority of my fashion clients don’t get any closer to the catwalk than watching ANTM from the comfort of their couch.  They don’t have crazy budgets for numerous hot-off-the-runway ensembles.   They’re not imagining that they’ll see the photos plastered on the cover of a glossy mag at the checkout line.

No, most of the time I photograph everyday women, with everyday bank accounts.  Every single one is both ordinary AND extraordinary and most of them don’t have the slightest idea just how beautiful they are.

And I get to help show them.  I get to step behind my camera and capture these vibrant, vivacious women, coax them to let loose their inner fashionista, turn on the diva and unleash all the attitude they’ve been keeping tucked away.  For some women, the simple act of seeing themselves in this new way is a game changer.

And it’s absolutely, completely and utterly amazing to witness.

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We set out early one June morning to meet with Adrienne at her chic loft apartment in downtown Phoenix.  Adrienne had laid the contents of her closet and accessory collection out across the furniture and countertop, and we dove in to create a series of fabulous looks – giggling like a group of high school girls as we debated our options. Clothing in place, hair and makeup artist extraordinaire Meghan Reese went to work and transformed Adrienne into an edgy couture-goddess, rocking a runway-inspired teased style that begged to be photographed.  We headed down to the streets, braving the hot desert sun and prowling through alleys to find texture and color and hidden bits of urban grunge.

And clearly, she rocked it. (so well in fact, that she managed to get herself wrangled into modeling for an incredible styled bridal shoot a few months later…stay tuned for more on that soon).


Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot


Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot
Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot.
Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot

Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot
Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot
Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot

Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot
Phoenix fashion photographer Jeanette LeBlanc captures beautiful Adrienne in a downtown Phoenix photo shoot

2010 Holiday Mini-Sessions at The Boojum Tree

Phoenix Holiday Portraits at The Boojum Tree

Our 2010 mini-sessions are quickly approaching – and as of today we have only two available spots left.  Mini Sessions are only held a few times a year, and are a great way to create beautiful images , without breaking your holiday budget.   Please contact us right away to reserve your spot.!

We have had several inquiries from interested parties who cannot attend this Friday session –  if interest is high enough, we may be able to squeeze in another weekend date prior to the holidays.   If you are interested, please contact us right away so we can add you to our waiting list.