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I’ve noticed that my favorite photos have a sparkle of magic to them. They ask questions that play subconsciously in the back of your mind: “who is she” or “what happens next?”. They elevate the mundane into something that inspires true emotion, connection, and longing.

When I’m shooting, I’m always asking myself — how can I make this special? How can I take this to the next level? How can I surpass the ordinary and go into the realm of imagination. Not only does it satisfy the artist in me, who craves creating something special and unique in my own voice, but it also differentiates you from the many photographers in the field. There are many ways of doing this, but for me, with my fine art background, I’m consistently drawn to painterly images that are just on the edge of magical realism. I find myself growing closer and closer to this ideal. My favorite images show people as a part of a wider, fascinating setting — as adventurers and explorers, as those who appreciate and who belong to the spirit of the place.

This shot of Yency was taken on a safari of Cartagena’s walled city streets. The walls were painted over with advertisements, but the fundamental structure of the arches and the low, directional cascade of light informed Yency’s pose. I told her to take a breath of air and turn towards the sun and appreciate it. By turning her face to the light, I set her direction, but it didn’t feel like enough on its own. My husband Marc assisted me in giving her dress a fluff, adding a little motion, a breath of spirit.

 

Back in the studio, I selected the final blue colors, because the ripples the light on her dress and around her reminded me of the way light shimmers under the ocean. I removed the distracting elements of the shot (including my prancing husband there), and softened everything up to give it an airy, breath of wind feeling.

A very important note is that my presets are made to reduce contrast and lighten everything, including, as an unfortunate byproduct, skin tone. As a photographer who has worked with hundreds of human beings, I am very sensitive to maintaining skin tone, and other features that make people unique, like freckles, etc, so I had to go back in and compensate for this with an adjustment brush — bringing a little contrast and saturation back in.

So what inspires you to create?? What do you do to refine your voice? What sets you apart?

About the Photographer

Welcome! I’m Leah, and I capture stray photons and tell stories with my camera. I believe in kindness. I love quirky movies like Amelie, Delicatessen, & most everything Wes Anderson has ever put on the screen. I love exploring. Find out more about me….

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Venue: The Baltimore Museum of Art
Production: Revolution Event Design & Production
Tabletop rentals: Select Event Group
Florals: Flowers & Fancies
Dresses: Garnish Boutique
Jewelry : Rachel Mulherin
Suits: Christopher Schafer Clothier
Hair & Makeup: Soiree Salon
Cake: SugarBakers Cakes
Models: Allie Snyder Dattilio, Amy Hawkins, Paul Hutson

Planning and Design : STEPHANIE BRADSHAW

About the Photographer

Welcome! I’m Leah, and I capture stray photons and tell stories with my camera. I believe in kindness. I love quirky movies like Amelie, Delicatessen, & most everything Wes Anderson has ever put on the screen. I love exploring. Find out more about me….

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Today is the day.

Today is the day I can finally share this big, fat secret I’ve been holding onto for months. And let me just say, it’s been like trying to keep an inflated bouncy castle stuffed in a tiny shoebox.

I have been chosen by Rangefinder, the official magazine of WPPI, as one of the 2016 Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. Of the world.

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Give me a minute to put myself back together.

What is the Top 30 Rising Stars?It’s a HUGE accolade. One of the most prestigious in the industry. Just to find out I’d been nominated had me floating for weeks. When I started out in wedding photography, some of the people I admired most had been on this list.  I never thought I’d find myself on it.

In order to make the list, your work has to be technically stellar, and disruptive to the genre of wedding photography, and you have to show “exceeding talent, as well as [a] spark for directing the industry to new, exciting heights.”  Entrants are nominated from around the world by the best of the industry and Rangefinder editors. Following that, you submit a portfolio, and wait. And wait. And try not to think about the judges… well, judging you.

I got the email in September and have been holding onto it since. This is one of the biggest, brightest, and most lovely moments in my career so far. I’m not going to lie. Getting this meant a LOT to me. I wanted it more than my 8 year old self wanted a SNES for Christmas. I wanted to show that magazine to my mom and cry with her because she’s part of the reason I’m a photographer today.

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*(Hey that’s me! Leah Huete!)

Thank you to the people who nominated me and shared their advice with me.

Thank you to Jacqueline, Libby, and the rest of the Rangefinder team for this great honor and for your assistance along the way! (Libby was responding to emails well past midnight over the submission deadline)

Thank you to everyone else who helped me along the way. I shine brighter because of the lights around me.

Stay tuned for part two — I’ll walk through the submission process, a sample of the images I submitted, and what I did to polish my brand.

Con sangre, my friends.

L

About the Photographer

Welcome! I’m Leah, and I capture stray photons and tell stories with my camera. I believe in kindness. I love quirky movies like Amelie, Delicatessen, & most everything Wes Anderson has ever put on the screen. I love exploring. Find out more about me….

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Sometimes the skies reach down and kiss you on the forehead. It did for Rich and Elyssa (who both climbed over a big white fence to get to this spot).

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About the Photographer

Welcome! I’m Leah, and I capture stray photons and tell stories with my camera. I believe in kindness. I love quirky movies like Amelie, Delicatessen, & most everything Wes Anderson has ever put on the screen. I love exploring. Find out more about me….

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