You will fall for this… Valentine Session & Freebie

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Every Love Story is Beautiful…

And Leslie Byrd Photography wants to help you capture it!

Couples are among my favorite to photograph; the love, the emotions, the beauty of connection! And right now I am offering a special on ALL Session Fees!

Valentine Heart Snow Globe| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay Georgia| GA Photographer

Savings You will Simply Fall For…

The remainder of January 2017, and all of February, save 10% off of ANY session fee!
PLUS receive an absolutely free complimentary heart-shaped snow globe cover photo image to display on your profile! This goes hand-in-hand with everything else you receive, including two absolutely free complimentary photo gifts. That is a great deal!!!

Leslie Byrd Photography was ranked within the Top 10 Most Popular Photographers on ViewBug.com. Whether In-Studio or On-Location, work with us today, and find out why!

Availability is limited. Schedule your session today!

And a FREE Template for Photographers!

Valentine Heart Snow Globe| Leslie Byrd Photography| Ellijay Georgia| GA PhotographerShow off your favorite couples photographs with this absolutely FREE Valentine’s Snow-globe Template. My free template for photographers features a heart-shaped snow-globe filled with red heart confetti and white snow, falling around the image you must want to display and feature. The snow-globe is set on dark cherry wood base, and marked with the current year. The background has a pink and purple bokeh, and highlights one of my favorite love quotes; each layer is fully customizable in Photoshop, so you can use what is provided, or change it up to make it your own. Get your free template here.

I hope you all enjoy!

From Leslie Byrd Photography!
Leslie📷❤️

THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED, CREATED, AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

©2017 Leslie Byrd Photography

This image is 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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Happy New Year! & Downloadable Cover Photo Template

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Thankful for The Old…

2016 brought the official start of Leslie Byrd Photography.

I had an engagement session, two weddings, several portrait sessions, a few family sessions (including one precious newborn), a session with a local band, and a redesign of my website. I am now on Instagram, I’m currently verified on Google, and I’m slowly getting noticed on ViewBug.com and Twitter.

Like most photographers, I have had a slow start. But I am enjoying much of the process, and growing so much along the way. There have been several steps forward, several steps back…and I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for all who have taken steps with me along the way. You all are amazing, and I cannot wait to see what this next year holds!

Anticipating the New…

Thank you, 2016, and here’s to anticipating whatever 2017 brings!

I am hoping to continue with sessions throughout this new year; I have several ideas in mind, and I look forward to meeting new friends and clients and helping to capture many more memories. I look for opportunities and inspiration everywhere!

And a FREE GIFT for you!

Speaking of opportunities and inspiration, I would like to offer you this FREE DOWNLOAD of my New Year/Celebration Photo Tile Template; just click the link and download to open and edit in Photoshop. Let me know how it works for you, and feel free to email me, or comment with any questions. I am pretty sure this is my first available download, so I hope it works for you, and that you all like it!

You can get it HERE.

Happy New Year!
From Leslie Byrd Photography!
Leslie📷❤️

THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED, CREATED, AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

©2017 Leslie Byrd Photography

This image is 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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Holiday Freebie!

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Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday! I spent the morning in the mountains with my littles, sipping on hot coffee and watching them excitedly open their presents. (I got a few, too, unexpectedly!) We then took a nice two-hour drive south to visit some of my family for the evening, where we had our annual dinner and played some fun games, before the babies went to stay with their dad and step-family for the remainder of the holiday week.

All-in-all it’s been a nice and eventful holiday, full of love and fun!

I’ve been keeping busy on homework; as some of you know I am currently in school, taking massage therapy courses, and I am trying to get ahead while we are on break. But I am still doing my best to keep the creativity and take some time to myself as well! Photography and art has always been my passion, and I do my best to dedicate at least a few hours each week to this outlet.

Holiday Freebie!

I just need to take a moment, and give a shout out to Photobacks for providing their fans and customers with these awesome FREE snow globe template downloads! To the best of my knowledge, they are still obtainable as of this post; go and get them now while they are still available! And please go to their Facebook page and tell them we sent you!

Christmas Snow Globe| Leslie Byrd Photography

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

What has been your favorite Christmas or holiday freebie? Please share in the comments, as well as your snowglobe creations; we’d love to see them! Happy Holidays!!!

Leslie📷❤️

THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED, CREATED, AND EDITED BY LESLIE BYRD PHOTOGRAPHY (THAT’S ME!), WITH A NIKON D3100 DSLR CAMERA (SEMI-PROFESSIONAL GRADE BUT STILL KINDA FANCY!).

©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

This image is 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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A Little Gander at Geese in Autumn

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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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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!).
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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!

Leslie Byrd Photography| Child Portrait| Ellijay, Georgia
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!

Leslie Byrd Photography| Child Portrait| Ellijay, Georgia

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

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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.

Leslie📷❤️

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Katelynn-16|Portrait Session| In-Studio

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A Little Crazy, A Little Country…

And a lot of fun!
This past weekend I had Katelynn in the studio for back-to-school portraits. She wore her hair pulled back in a loose ponytail, and had on black and white tank button-up over spaghetti strap black tank, and jean shorts. With subtle and fresh makeup and natural style, this girl was worried about nada when it came to looking good for the camera.

We turned on some music, and got to work. A brick  backdrop was used for this session, along with a light wood plyboard for the floordrop; the two worked well together for a slightly urban feel, which juxtaposed nicely to Katelynn’s fresher and softer appearance, and lent well to her personality.

Floor Sessions –

Sitting Poses

To create a slightly different and unique session, we kept this photo-shoot localized low to the floor; all of the poses were sitting or crouching with slight variances and angles leading in to new poses, to create many different looks. We were able to capture over 80 shots this way, narrowed down to about 35 final images. It also helped in keeping lighting consistent, and in allowing for comfort. Not only that, but it forces creativity, as you must think outside the box of typical standing and sitting poses when you limit yourself to use only the floor. In this case, it turned out beautifully, with some amazing and cute captures.

A little About the Model

Name: Katelynn
Age: 16
A Favorite Song: Wagon Wheel
A Favorite Color: Pink
A Favorite Movie: Twilight
A Favorite Quote: “You worry ’bout you and I worry ’bout me.”

This is one southern girl with a bit of an edge! Thanks for coming in, Katelynn! I hope you have a great school year. Stay true to you!

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

©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

They 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!).

Enjoy my images! I love my job!
Thank you!

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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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Teddy| Newborn Portrait Session| Ellijay GA

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Those adorable little hands and tiny feet! What a cute little “Teddy!”
Two-week-old Theodore recently came into the studio with two of my favorite past clients, Jenny & Darin, for this sweet-as-can-be newborn session!

Newborn Session- In Studio

The first of my new in-studio sessions, it was fitting to have a new addition join me, and an absolute pleasure to work with this little guy to create these precious images for his mom and dad. I had just received the wood-grain, and brick backdrops I had ordered, in addition to a silky black cloth previously acquired, and collected an assortment of soft, warm blankets to utilize during this session. The room was made warm, with soft fans blowing, a window unit on to create a comfortable atmosphere. In the background, classical instrumentals playing. Surfaces had been cleaned and wiped down, a lavender diffuser turned on, camera equipment checked and double checked…everything done to ensure preparation and a nice environment for this little family.

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Welcoming the Family

It is so nice working with clients I have had sessions with previously; often times there is a pleasant familiarity, even a friendship, that lends itself well to a session. A level of trust goes a long way between photographer and client, especially where babies are concerned. And although it was my first time meeting little Theodore, there was a comfort present that transitioned to positioning, posing, and photographing the little man and his parents.

Capturing a Newborn… Who Captures Your Heart

Babies can often be the most difficult of persons to photograph- they cannot take direction the way most children and adults can. And extra care must be given when positioning and posing them, as not to cause any kind of harm or discomfort. Gentle touch is key, and slow and steady is definitely the winning pace. Unexpected mishaps are sure to occur- spit ups, blowouts, fussiness and outright rages- as well as the expected feedings and diaper changes. It can take a great deal of time and patience to capture the little wonder of the innocent babe.

Parents’ Pride & Joy

What I love capturing for clients almost as much as their sweet child, is the relationship that they have with their little one. It is truly an amazing bond and such a beautiful thing to witness; there was plenty of this unique attachment to be privy to, and to capture during this session.

Jenny & Darin, congratulations on your newest addition!It was great seeing all of you and helping you to capture these beautiful memories!

These images were captured and edited by Leslie Byrd Photography (that’s me!), and captured in studio with a Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera (semi-professional grade but still kinda fancy!).

©2016 Leslie Byrd Photography

They 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!).

Enjoy my images! I love my job!
Thank you!

 

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