Happy Baptism Baby Boy!

October 12, 2015

Did you know my sweet nephew is almost seven months old now?! He had a big day at the beginning of this month. He was baptized!! It was a big day for me too – I’m his godmother. :D

It was a great weekend home with my family and I loved getting to spend so much time with this little guy. I feel super blessed to be chosen and trusted as his godmother by his parents. My prayers are many, but for now, my regular influence is limited to the board books and little lamb I gifted him since I live sort of far away. I found some great books on Amazon – a huge relief after being seriously disappointed in the baby/toddler options at Barnes & Noble.

I’m so glad my sister sends me videos and pictures all the time because I feel like I’m missing so much. He unstoppable now – crawling and starting to pull himself up! WHAT?! Baby boy, you’re just a BABY! Stop growing so quickly! :)

Now that he’s figured out crawling though, he does not have any interest in sitting still for pictures for auntie. :) My camera was way too interesting and he knew he could get it. I love this age for photos though. Plus that Baptism outfit?! I can’t even. And the bonnet. Oh goodness. Literally cannot. But, I will apologize to his future self though ’cause that was ALL auntie’s doing. I am a sucker for the bonnet, even if he does look like a little pilgrim. :) Just! So! Dang! CUTE! Come on, it’s true. Admit it.

God bless you every second of every day. Love you so much <3
Baptism Blog

Fall Mini Sessions Are Coming!

September 14, 2015

Hello all!

Fall mini sessions are coming to San Diego… WHERE in San Diego is still a little up in the air as the expected El Niño has could certainly dampen the situation. We will do our best to persevere and still get those Fall portraits done though, right? I’d love for you to join me! Please email me if you’re interested.

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A to Z

September 3, 2015

I had the pleasure of photographing these sweet boys this past weekend. I’ve met big brother (A) a few times and we took pictures last spring, but I was excited to finally see him as a brother and get his sweet little brother in front of my camera for the first time. Z is just over 7 weeks and I was so impressed with how well he did!

It’s definitely a bit more challenging to get two wee ones (A is recently 2) and especially when the baby is past that total milk drunk newborn stage. They just don’t love being “posed” as much and they’re certainly more alert. :)

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon! A to Z and certainly complete. <3

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Throwback Thursday

November 20, 2014

Oh, poor neglected blog. I wrapped up school portraits today and couldn’t resist a little Throwback Thursday action. It really is such an honor and privilege to be invited back and spend time at such an awesome school with such fantastic little people and staff. It’s so awesome and crazy to see how much the kids grow each year. It was especially fun to see some of the kids for the third year in a row this year!

So then, on to the pictures… the best part, right?

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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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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! :)

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.

Tea For Two Blog

Pear of Little Ladies

October 13, 2011

“There are moments in your life that make you, that set the course of who you’re gonna be. Sometimes they’re little, subtle moments. Sometimes they’re not.”

One of my favorite things about photographs is their ability to capture the little, subtle moments… and freeze them before they change. We remember the big moments – they might be a haircut or going to school or they might be learning to crawl and saying your first word. But, we may not remember exactly how her eyelashes fluttered when she slept or the way she looked beyond her own backyard into the world. Somewhere down the line, we look to photographs to remind us of those gummy smiles and those baby teeth grins.

I hope these photographs of your little ladies can do that for you. They’re beautiful, wonderful little girls and it’s such a blessing for me to get to watch and document them as they grow.

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Little Love

September 14, 2011

Her mom was my very first best friend… and she’s my oldest friend. We’ve been friends since preschool. Daisies. Brownies. Schoolmates. We mothered our dolls and played for hours; elaborate stories and exciting adventures in the countryside (and sometimes the poison oak! oops!); singing Disney songs at the top of our lungs; and so on and so on…

At the end of 3rd grade, I moved hundreds of miles away. In the pre-internet, long-distance-phone-calls-are-expensive days, our friendship could have withered. Instead, we became fierce pen pals and seized every opportunity to see each other in person (even if though sometimes it may have only been once every three years). Silly letters that we’ve both kept… some of which I hear are stored in the Little Love’s room at the moment. We can see our handwriting improve… our lives mature… the price of postage going up. And through it all, you can see a friendship.

Tara, I’m unbelievably blessed by your presence in my life and I’m so glad your Little Love came early so I could meet her. She’s beautiful and I cannot wait to hear the stories of HER growing up. I watched you mother your dolls as we played for hours at my house or yours. Our imaginations ran wild and even then I knew you’d be a fantastic mom one day. In the much too short visit we had last month, I saw all of my beliefs confirmed. She’s so lucky to have you… and Dustin too.

All my love to you and your family… thank you so much for a splendid visit. And welcome to the world Little Love, we’re SO glad you’re here!

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