A Little Gander at Geese in Autumn

Ellijay Georgia, Nature, Photography

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Warm sun…
A cool breeze…
Yellow, orange, and brown foliage float and swirl around gentle sparkling waters.

And a flock of geese find retreat in the North Georgia Mountains on this city park’s riverway.

Here they gather to drink and rest, and, often, to feast upon the birdseed thrown to them by our local town residents or seasonal visitors. It is an absolutely peaceful and beautiful sight. And for those toting a camera as I was this particular day, it is also an awesome opportunity for some gorgeous nature shots of this exquisite and graceful waterfowl.

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Water Winged Beauty

A sight almost every bird-watching photographer tries to capture time and time again – the span of open wings from these gorgeous geese.

And I was lucky enough to get several of these shots!

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I hope you all enjoy  the serenity and beauty of these lovely animals!
Prints of these and other images will soon be available Here.

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THESE IMAGES WERE CAPTURED AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), AND CAPTURED ON LOCATION WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

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These images are the sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography (so no stealing!),
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography (otherwise you’re ripping off my work, or you might not get good quality prints!).
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography (PLEASE stop cropping out my watermark! I worked hard and would like people to know I took these pictures!).

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Scott & Lanie| Outdoor Fall Portrait – Children| Ellijay, Georgia

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Leslie Byrd Photography| Child Portrait| Ellijay, GeorgiaA Crisp, Autumn Day at the Park

It started like many others… The brilliant round orb, high overhead, the cloudless blue sky and gentle breezes. The air was dry, but the cool temperature refreshing. It was a perfect day for portraiture and play. And I made promises of play-ground time in trade for just a few lovely (and cooperative) posed shots.

As usual, there was not much bargaining actually needed; the green grass and colorful foliage beckoned. And my children are fairly used to my wanting pictures during specific holidays and seasons – the process is now usually quick and familiar; I have them well trained. Ha!

I just love their sweet smiles, their joyful faces, and the love they so often share! And it all really came through in these images!

We picked which side of the park to work and play on, and settled for the first entrance by the main intersection- a section of the park we rarely frequent. It turned out to be the perfect choice!

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Natural Props, and Location, Location, Location!

I’ve mentioned it before, and it bears repeating- my favorite thing regarding outdoor sessions, is the never-ending supply of natural props and inspiration!

Almost immediately upon stepping out of our vehicle, we saw this lovely little stump that made the perfect stool for sitting poses! It worked out wonderfully for these Fall Portraits!

When outdoors, remember to keep your eyes open for any interesting or useful natural element around to include and incorporate into your session! Having a creative eye can work wonders for the amateur, hobbyist, and professionals alike, or even for those just starting out… as well as for the client lending a suggestion to their photographer! Parents, family members, friends – don’t forget these are your sessions, too, and you may see something in that bridge or river bank that your photographer didn’t notice or see! Always be ready with suggestions!

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Playtime & A Nice Surprise!

After we got in several awesome shots, I let the kids play on one of the playgrounds for a while. There was sliding, climbing, flipping, hanging on the monkey bars… They had a lot of fun! And then we went exploring! We saw a tiny clearing where part of the river could be seen, and we took a few photos in front of it, and then we took a walk further down the river to the very end of the park.

We came to a spot we had never visited before- a circular sidewalk met with natural rock and tree-root steps, down the edge of the river. At the bank we saw a large flock of geese, all across the rock and shallow water, bathing and searching for food, relaxing, swimming, you name it… We quietly sat down at the river-edge and observed these gorgeous birds for quite some time. After a while, the geese decided we were not a threat and came closer to us; we used the opportunity for some photographs.  A nice man came by with bird feed and we were also able to feed the geese and a few other nearby birds. The scene was so gorgeous and serene! All in all it was a beautiful, fun, and rewarding day!

Stay Tuned!

Coming soon I will have a new post showcasing some of the awesome geese images I captured this past weekend along the river – be on the lookout for them!

I also challenge you all to go out and capture your best outdoor Autumn images! Submit them to me using my email – lesliebydphotography@gmail.com – along with a little description; you may just see them in a post in the near future!

Enjoy this gorgeous weather and the beauty that surrounds you! Spend time with your family & friends, and make the best of every moment! Thank you all for taking the time to stop in and to look at my work. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Leslie📷❤️

THESE IMAGES WERE CAPTURED AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), AND CAPTURED ON LOCATION WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

These images are the sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography (so no stealing!),
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography (otherwise you’re ripping off my work, or you might not get good quality prints!).
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography (PLEASE stop cropping out my watermark! I worked hard and would like people to know I took these pictures!).

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FALL Mini Sessions

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Mini Fall Sessions going on NOW!!!
Fall Minis| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay GA

  • 30 Minutes*!
  • Just $99**!
  • 30+ Digital Images on USB
  • Three 4X6 Prints & Four Wallets of your Favorite Pose
  • and TWO Complimentary Photo Gifts Valued at over $30!
  • Plus more!

2015-november-03-00041Be among the first to receive our NEW awesome photo gift, as well a complimentary photo magnet, for a combined value of over $30. FREE with your Fall Mini Portrait Session.

WOW! Don’t miss out! Schedule YOUR Session NOW!

Leslie📷❤️

*In-Studio or On-Location local to Ellijay & East Ellijay Georgia.
**Pricing subject to change

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Doe Eyed

Ellijay Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Photography
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This sweet deer is all “doe eyed” as she poses beautifully and regally for the camera.

It is a warm day with a shining sun and soft breeze. I am just leaving a photo session where I have captured the interior and exterior of a beautiful cabin that is a rental property within Coosawattee River Resort in the North Georgia Mountains. Coming out of the steep gravel drive, and just at the edge of the heavily wooded property, we spot them- a small family of deer- one doe and two spotted fawn.

Deer, along with other wildlife such as wild turkey and bear, often frequent the spacious resort set along winding roads and within acres and acres of mountain and forest. Here, they are able to find retreat and respite from hunters within the beautiful gated community. It is certainly not the first time I have witnessed them driving through these curving hills, however, it is the first time while having my Nikon DSLR about me!

I roll down the window, take off the lens cap, aim, and SHOOT! Gorgeous!!! She stands stall, and poses perfectly, contrasting brilliantly, tan hide against thick emerald wood. While many images were handed over to the rental property (along with image rights), I was able to retain this one for myself to share with you all, and I could not be all that more pleased. I only wish that I had more captures to share. Perhaps again sometimes soon.

To purchase this image as a print, or to view more nature images from yours truly, please frequent my Viewbug portfolio.

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Three Easy Steps to a GREAT Photography Experience!

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What Gives???

$45… For 20 minutes… Resulting in… 5 digital images?

Five. Images. 

That’s it?

Or, you can pay just $10 per person! And the photographer will come to you!

One doesn’t sound like a very good deal, does it? And the other is, well, convenient and inexpensive… But do you know what you will be really getting out of the package?

These are some of the “packages” and prices many photographers today are giving! But why? And are these “deals” really a good investment?

What Makes a Great Photography Experience? 3 Steps. From Leslie Byrd Photography, Located in Ellijay, GA

You Get What You Pay For

Everyone knows it. So why are some photographers offering such “cheap” photography? There could be many reasons… Maybe they are just starting out and building up their portfolio; if this is the case, it is definitely okay, but they should definitely make sure that you know! Some are very talented and offer services at barely-nothing-to-free while gaining experience and building confidence, while others charge next to nothing to beat out competitors and  offer “services” that…well… I would much rather do without. Make sure that you know the difference! Perhaps the market is “bad” or there are many other photographers in the area. Maybe the artist is going through a dry spell. It could be that they are simply starting out on their own and unsure of what to offer and charge. When looking at a Photographer’s services and prices, it is almost always a good idea to look at what services they are offering, the pricing that goes with it, and then even asking why. Remember- the photography experience is not just about you, but also about the photographer; it should be a working relationship between the both of you.

Here’s How to Ensure a Great Photography Experience!

  1. Research! Look on the photographer’s Facebook Page & Website. Do they have a Pinterest Page? An Instagram? Look there too! Don’t just look into the pricing- research everything those prices will get you! Does the Photographer ask more for their sessions because they offer you more of their time and experience? Are you receiving digital images or prints? Both? How many? Are there any extras included? Are you being provided with a quality service? Do you like the Photographer’s style of images and portraiture? Are they local & available for the times you will need your session done? Ask & Research!
  2. Communicate! A Great Photography experience is centered around great communication! Your photographer should ask you questions, and anticipate at least a few you may have yourself, in an effort to provide you with the best experience possible. Your photographer will want to ensure that you are both comfortable and happy with the entirety of the experience, and will talk with you as much as possible before, during, and after the actual session to help make that possible for you.
  3. Have Fun & Experiment! While your photographer definitely wants you comfortable and happy, we absolutely love it when you are open and available to have fun during your photo shoot. We each have our unique and special individuality and it is awesome when you show a little bit of that during your session! Your photographer will be thrilled to capture your youthfulness, quirkiness, or just fun self on camera, helping you to put your best face forward! And that positive energy? It will radiate through you and come across in all your other images as well, creating a memorable time during your experience, and absolutely terrific photographs you will love!!!

Are you ready for a GREAT photography experience? Check out all I have to offer, and message me today for a free consult.

Any other tips on creating a great photography experience? Leave them below in the comments. 🙂

Leslie📷❤️

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Jennifer| Photography Portrait Session in the Park

Clients, Ellijay Georgia, Ellijay Georgia, Families, Photography, Portraits, Sessions

Photography in the Park

"Leslie was AMAZING and we had so much fun! Superb!" - Jennifer Houle| Family Portrait Session, Ellijay Georgia

A sweltering Summer Day… Barely a breeze… Sun, shining from directly overhead, and not a cloud in the sky. Sounds like the makings for a great day at the park! But…not exactly the best conditions for an on-location photo shoot…

Without cloud cover, the radiating sun can too easily create harsh, blown-out highlights across subjects, and just as distracting shadows. The wrong pose, slightest tilt of the head in the wrong direction, shows on squinty-eyed, grimaced faces. And oppressive, humid temperatures can quickly cause even the most entusiastic of clients to drag their feet and rush through a session.

Not the case with this bunch…

Family and Fun!!!

It’s a great experience when photographer and client can meet cohesively together with ideas and excitement for a successful session. It is important that all can easily communicate and transition from pose to pose, idea to idea, and work together. Parks are a place for playfulness, and that playful energy was definitely brought along and welcomed. And likewise, an effortless back and forth of dialogue to create beautifully stunning images.

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

A group of five females, I worked together with them to capture both individual, and group images. Especially important when highlighting teenagers and children in a portrait (or anyone in general, really), is directing them in a gentle way to find and bring out a bit of their unique personalities, and the ability to translate that into the camera. Even better is when client(s) has a contagiously lighthearted attitude, and “out-take” images are purposely created to keep things fun and interesting; it creates a rare session dynamic that keeps it moving forward, full of smiles and inspiration.

Working Against the Elements

Jennifer | Photography Portrait Session| Ellijay, GA

One of the things that I find myself and the client enjoying most about on-location park sessions, is that it allows for us to move from spot to spot during the course of the photography, creating a wide variety of poses, natural props, and backgrounds. Even the most unfortunate of circumstances can often provide opportunity for beauty, fun, and creativity. Direct, overhead, harsh natural light, for example, may call for images to be taken closer to the cover of bushes and trees, where branches and leaves create a natural filter. When the light cannot be avoided, there are times when a simple soft, peachy preset can be applied post-processing, resulting in an airy feminine portrait that borders on ethereal.

Thank You!

Thank you, Jennifer, and your delightful crew, for the awesome session! It was such a FUN experience, and that was due in large part, all to you! There were so many favorites from this session, I’m not sure where to begin! I’m so glad I was able to provide you with so many more than we expected, and I hope it provided you with great memories and gifts to pass along. I look forward to working with you again!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography,
& may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography.
They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography.
Thank you!

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Forever Youngs| Wedding Photography

Clients, Ellijay Georgia, Love, Photography, Portraits, Sessions, Special, Weddings

The Perfect Setting

Young (4)I LOVE shooting small, intimate weddings, and I was recently blessed in offering to do so for a couple at a private ceremony, located at a cabin tucked within the winding roads of Coosawattee. The air was cool and crisp; sunlight streamed down through tree branches; water glistened and rippled beautifully in the property’s small lake. It was a beautiful day on May 4th, 2016 as the closest of friends and family came together in support of American Legion Georgia Post 82 Commander Dennis Young, and his bride, Marjorie Williams.

A Walk to Remember

Young Wedding| Wedding Photography | Leslie Byrd Photography, Ellijay, GeorgiaAdorned in a creamy white sleeveless knee length dress, Marjorie walked down stone driveway and wooden steps, arm-in-arm with the Best Man. Friend Jim Brackin sang a romantic tune as the bride, beaming, descended down to the dock to meet her groom. Upon reaching him, hands embraced, eyes locked, mouths turned upwards into smiles, and as the melody carried on and came to a close, Marjorie danced, twirling lightly and playfully away from Dennis and then back again.

 

“I Do”

Young (56)Is it just me, or is there something about personalized vows that are just amazing? Even though this couple kept theirs’ simple and sweet, the joy and sentiment between the two could definitely be felt by all present. Vows given, rings exchanged (despite a very minor mishap where one of the rings had to be retrieved from the cabin), couple announced husband and wife, and the kiss…

The kiss…

Smiling faces, pats on the back, and felicitations… There were champagne toasts, cutting of the cake, and a bit unusual of a bouquet toss.

I am so happy to have been able to assist them in capturing these memories they made on this beautiful occasion, and in giving these newlyweds the opportunity to share their love with those they hold close in their hearts through my photography.

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An Excerpt From the Pages of Dennis’ & Marjorie’s Layflat Photobook

Thank you

Thank you, Marjorie & Dennis, for allowing me to document this special day for you! I wish you two the absolute best for your years together, and I hope they are plentiful and exceptionally blessed! Congratulations!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

Young (2)

These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography,
taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography, & may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography. They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography. Thank you!

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Sunshine & Sharon| Portrait Photography

Clients, Ellijay Georgia, Mini Sessions, Photography, Portraits, Sessions

A Beautiful Day Downtown

Sharon-7The sun was shining, wind softly blowing, sky just a bit overcast. We walked on stone pavers and dewy grass, around the building, across the lot, and over to the boardwalk – a fairly new wooden structure built in the alley way behind downtown Ellijay‘s shops and eateries. Being still early, the walk was vacant other than the two of us, making it a perfect spot for an “on location” session. Empty chairs and flowers everywhere quickly drew my attention, and wood beams contrasted nicely with brick buildings. The setting felt relaxed and easy – a mix of small town country with just a hint of urban city. I casually directed my client, Sharon in a few easy poses as we strolled along and made our way around the square.

Sharon Helton

Spring in the Air

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Spring is one of my favorite seasons to photograph in (truthfully, I can find something great in every season – beauty is everywhere!), and this day was no different. I just love the fragrant aroma of new blooms drifting through the air, even if they do make my nose itch! And today they were everywhere, planted in hanging pots and in wooden troughs, ivy climbing up brick; I used them to my advantage, composing them skillfully around my subject within each frame. The lighting was perfect most of the day as well- the cloudy sky and early morning light prevented too much sun from shining and casting shadows.

A Sneak Peek

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This is Sharon’s Mini Session Sneak Peek. Her images will  soon be uploaded to her own Private Password-Protected Gallery, and she will also be receiving her Presentation Package. It was great working with you, Sharon; I had a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy this preview, and all of your images!

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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These images were captured and edited  by Leslie Byrd Photography,
taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera.
©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography, & may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography. They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography. Thank you!

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DiY Camera Strap

DIY, Ellijay Georgia, Photography, Projects, Uncategorized

imageNo Sew.

I repeat. No. Sew.

And simple.  Inexpensive. Stylish. Comfortable.

You will LOVE this strap,

and wonder why didn’t I think of that sooner?

All you need for this DIY is your camera, two keychains with both a medium-sized ring and lobster clasp each, and an infinity scarf in any color or print.

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Instructions:

  1. Make sure you have your keychains (two of them, both with a medium ring and lobster clasp); I chose two with my initials, but you can choose smaller ones, or even plain ones with nothining on them. It is up to you! Also you need an infinity scarf. Choose and color or patten you like. I prefer soft and stretchy materials, as they tend to be more comfortable and easy to work with.
  2. Remove the lobster clasp from one of the rings; go aheas and clip it on to one side of your camera. While you are at it, if you’d like, also take the charm or decoration off the same ring, and slide it on to the other ring.
  3. This should leave you with one plain ring, and another ring that has a lobster clasp and two charms.
  4. Most infinity scarfs are too thick for this project. Lay yours flat on a hard surface, and cut the scarf in half. Make sure not to cut on either seam. You are wanting to basically cut it to create two smaller infinity scarfs. You can use one for the camera, and still have one to wear! 😊
  5. Pull on the scarf a bit to help the newly cut side to roll. Shake it out so any loose bits will fall out. Now take your key ring with charms and clasp, and split one side open. If it is too tight, you can carefully slide scissors in between the ring slots to make it wider. You are wanting the opening just big enough to slide an end of the scarf through.
  6. Once the scarf is in, remove scissors, and move the ring around until the scarf is in.
  7. Repeat with the other ring to get the scarf through it. Once both rings are on the scarf, attach the plain ring to the lobster clasp on the camera. Attach the second keychain using the other lobster clasp.
You now have a cute, custom camera strap!

One of the best things about this strap is that if the fabric is stretchable, you can wear this around your neck or shoulder as a standard strap, OR you can wrap it on your wrist for a more secure hold on your camera.

Camera with DiY Camera Strap


What do you think? Clever, right? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

 

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Precious Moments, Special Memories| Wedding Photography

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Will & Robin (18)

Pinks, Yellows, Blues…
Love, Roses, & Spring-Time Hues…
That’s what this beautiful wedding was made of…

A Theme of Precious Moments & Spring, set in the beautiful Water Tower Conference Center venue in Coosawattee River Resort in Ellijay, GA, family and friends came together to provide a wonderful experience, and to create a light & airy backdrop for the anxious couple to take their vows and say, “I do.”

The table was set in a soft yellow cover, and elegantly highlighted in pastel flowers and lace. The cake was white with strawberry filling, and swirled white chocolate cream cheese frosting, decorated lightly with handmade gum-paste roses and fondant “ribbon” border. Of course it was topped with a Precious Moments Bride & Groom Topper.

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Everywhere were flowers, bright colors, butterflies…
Tables had glasses turned over to hold tealight candles on top, and various flowers within. My second-shooter and I went carefully over every detail to capture each little piece of the bride’s special day, each portion and parcel making up this beautiful occasion. From the floral arrangements to the ring set, the venue, the wedding party, and more… We are set on assisting every couple to retain the unique memories of their exceptional occasion.

We had so much fun with this couple and the whole wedding party, as we have a special closeness to many involved. I particularly know the Bride and Groom as a part of my extended family, and I was so happy to be able to be with them on this day, to assist them in so many ways, with capturing their wedding, and in many other ways.

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Congratulations!

I am so happy that these two have found their happiness together, and that I was able to be a part of it for this one day. I truly love documenting these moments, and witnessing the joy others get in seeing and reliving the best parts of their lives. It is a gift to be able to help others in going back to these occasions over and over again, when they see and share their images online with their private galleries or their personalized flash-drives.

I want to extend the warmest wishes and blessings upon this wonderful couple for a long, joyful, beautiful, and prosperous marriage. May life only bring you the very best. I hope to work with you both again soon. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day.

~Leslie Byrd Photography 📷❤️

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These images were captured and edited in by Leslie Byrd Photography, taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera. ©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography
They are the  sole property of Leslie Byrd, Leslie Byrd Creative, & Leslie Byrd Photography, & may not be copied, altered, reproduced, or printed without the sole written consent of Leslie Byrd Photography. They may only be shared directly from this page, and other pages where this link appears, with credit given to Leslie Byrd Photography. Thank you!

 

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