I flew to Sacramento Friday night to meet and photograph the beautiful Lily Bug on Saturday morning. She was such a good, sweet little baby. I have so many words to come, but for now, just a sneak peek. Welcome to the world baby girl, you are so very loved!

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I once wrote a post featuring Amy Grant’s “Oh How the Years Go By” about how my little cousins were growing up too fast (newsflash: they still are).

Never was that more clear though than when I went to the preschool this week for school pictures.

Wait, first, let’s backtrack. I never wrote about last year’s pictures as it was such a whirlwind between shoots, proofs, orders, and delivery all in an incredibly short between-holidays time frame. It was incredible. I loved every moment and I should have taken the time to sum it all up after all was said and done.

I am beyond grateful that the school invited me to return this year. I feel so blessed and it makes my heart burst that the parents were so happy with the pictures of their little ones. Truly. That recognition of “you captured her spirit” or “that’s SO him” is exactly why I do what I do. I once read that “taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” To know that I found the hundredth of a second someone else savored, it is beyond rewarding.

So, back to how time flies. I spent two wonderful days with the kids at the preschool last fall and caught glimpses of them here and there a few other times when I was picking something up or dropping something off. As a result, the memories I have of these children are almost entirely of that first moment when they stepped in front of my camera – those photos that I stared at and edited for weeks after.

And then, I returned. Nearly one year later and all of these adorable, familiar faces greeted me – familiar, but not. Familiar, but much more grown. It was wonderful to see them again: to see how they changed, grown more confident, and to meet younger siblings too. Of course, it was also lovely to meet so many new little ones. Delights, each and every one.

Here’s a sneak peek of then and now. I figured since I didn’t post last year, I do a little side-by-side action for you. Last year is on the left and this year is on the right.

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a ONEderful year

March 19, 2013

We’ll pretend first that I’m not several months behind in blogging. Then, we’ll pretend like the year hasn’t raced by in epic fashion. Lastly, we’ll pretend that this beautiful family lives much closer to me so that I can see them more often. Deal? Deal.

This little man turned ONE last week and I am SO glad that I got to celebrate his ONEderful little life with his ONEderful parents and other awesome friends and family. He has changed so much since I last saw him… and even more since we took these. My how they grow!

I think my favorite part of it all was coming full circle from the engagement photos we took so long ago. These were the photos that signified and celebrate their decision to become a family and now they aren’t just husband and wife, but mother and father.

LCC turns ONE.

It’s beautiful. :) I feel so fortunate to watch the love continue to grow.

You know that feeling you get before the first day of school? Your skin is buzzing and your mind is racing as you try to prepare for all that’s to come? But mostly, you’re just so excited to meet everyone and begin? That’s how I feel right now.

This is a brand new venture. Next week, I embark down a new path. I’m taking all of the reasons I love family and child photography and bringing them to something new: school portraits. No, not your traditional black comb, blue backdrop kind. It’ll be my style… just applied to something new. I honestly don’t think I could be more excited. This takes what I love to do most and multiplies it.

I feel truly honored and blessed to have been chosen for this opportunity… to photograph beautiful little souls, meet new families, expand my business, and as always, do what I love.

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How gorgeous is this space? Definitely better than I remember my own preschool’s playground.  Granted that might have been just a few years ago… ;) However, given that my alma mater is one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve ever encountered, I’m certainly not surprise a bit that the preschool on campus is so lovely.

 I had a great time with the three little munchkins that helped me test shoot last week and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the kids and get a glimpse at their bubbling little personalities.

Stay tuned for a few previews from next week’s school photos (and there’s a family session next weekend too!). And have you visited facebook yet?
Don’t forget - Breanne Leach Photography got social! :)

Getting Social!

October 24, 2012

Good afternoon friends!

I have a number of photos that I’m processing right now – I’ve been getting social and it’s time consuming! ;) Fun time consuming though – pumpkin patches, birthday parties, and all sorts of fabulous friend time.

I’ve also been getting social online – that’s right! Breanne Leach Photography’s facebook officially launched this week! I’m still in the process of adding a few more albums, but it’s coming along great and I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you.

So, head over to facebook and let’s get social! And check back soon for some fun new personal shots from my recent excursions. :)

Cover Shoot!

October 18, 2012

I’ve been holding on to some exciting news and I’m so glad I can finally share it!

Last month, I did another photo shoot for the San Diego Natural History Museum – this time with their Annual Report in mind! It was so much fun working with the Museum again and these adorable little boys were great too!

We headed to the Zorro Garden in Balboa Park – more commonly known as the Butterfly Garden. The kids were such good sports and so gentle with the butterflies and caterpillar! Maybe they have entomology in their future!? :)

You can find the report here and see the photos they chose from our shoot (and the great work the Museum is doing!).! Here are a few of my favorites:

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Finding Balance

July 18, 2012

I’m taking a moment to reflect in my preparation to teach a balance track tomorrow morning… to find my own calm in the storm and gather balance in my life. You can find my reflection, and more pictures, here on my other blog.

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Tea For Two

July 12, 2012

She takes her hand. She watches over her. She loves her dearly.
She’s the big sister after all.

But in a moment, the full name is yelled out followed by “that’s mine!” She is still young herself…
a big little girl.

She takes her hand. She looks up to her. She loves her dearly.
She’s the baby sister after all.

And in a moment, tears erupt because big sister has taken off down the trail without her.
She wants to be big too.

Big Sister. Little Sister. Forever Friends. Bonded.

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I’ll let this one speak for itself… another masterpiece. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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“Here’s to you free souls, you firefly chasers
Tree climbers, porch swingers, air guitar players
Here’s to you fearless dancers, shaking walls in your bedrooms

There’s a lot of wonder left inside of me and you
Thank God even crazy dreams come true
-Carrie Underwood,”Crazy Dreams”

This blog post is a little behind schedule, but I’m sure some of you will recognize the star in this post as soon as you get to the pictures (and maybe even as you begin to read).

A little over two years ago, over wine at one of our local haunts, you mentioned that you were interested in going back to school to become a pastry chef. I never doubted your ability, drive, determination, or talent for a second. I knew you could do it if that was what you wanted. A week passed and we met up again. Same time, same place. Only this time, you’d already made the call and you were starting school the very next quarter… which happened to be just a couple of weeks away.

Those two years passed so fast… and yet so slow. There were times where it felt like you’d been in the same classes for years instead of weeks and there were so many times where I’d double take that it wasn’t just last week you had to fabricate a chicken in five minutes. I watched as you honed your skills and grew in your craft. I saw the long hours of studying and costing recipe cards. Even when it was difficult, I still saw that passion in your eyes and that smile when something turned out just as you imagined it.

And now, you’ve graduated. I’m so proud of you. I’m proud of you every day for reaching toward and fighting for that dream to do what you love to do. I love playing sous chef… but you’ve taught me so much more than how to dye fondant and how the eggs need to be at room temperature. You’ve shown me how to dream. Congratulations again best friend. To the moon.

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This one’s for you and me, living out our dreams
We’re all right where we should be
With my arms out wide I open my eyes
And now all I wanna see
Is a sky full of lighters
A sky full of lighters”
-Bad Meets Evil, “Lighters” 

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