Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vendor Spotlight with Jeremy Leffel | Photographer

Jeremy Leffel is one cool cat. Not to mention a killer photographer.
We had a mutual client in August 2009, and the wedding was truly melodic.

But, I was awe-struck when the images arrived. Jeremy has a gift, and it's creating exceptional photos.
What was even more amazing, is he just disappears into the crowd.
The ultimate photographer, who becomes one with the guests.

I recently asked him to share a bit about himself, his philosophy, and of course, some incredible images from Jess & Cory's wedding. 


Tell us a little about yourself…

I am a photographer, 33, and married to my best friend. We have 3 highly gifted, incredibly attractive, nearly superhero kids. I love outside…I hike, bike, snowboard, and walk. A few faves: family night, Apple, Puma, gray, Subaru, movies & music, avocados, ice cream, Maker’s Mark.

What inspired you to start your business?
Our wedding (1998), Lynette Johnson (Seattle area photographer), and my first wedding shoot (Shawn and Michelle, 1999). I had done a lot of B/W work in college (art school at UW) and never thought about weddings. Shawn and Michelle asked me to snap some B/W with my Nikon FG and I loved it…I also loved that her parents had hired another guy shooting formal stuff  Work kept coming, so I picked up a business license, a second camera, and an accountant.

What advice can you share for all of the couples getting married this year?
The best weddings I have been to are created by couples and designers who find the balance of celebrating the marriage and being the hosts of a great party. It can be elaborate or simple, small or huge, but it is always a good time if the guests are a priority.

What special items/services do you offer/create for weddings?
I keep it simple by providing an edited disc and making custom books. I have some other canvas and hand-made products in the works for 2010/2011.

What’s unique about your work?
I work really hard to come up with unique compositions and ways of using light in every situation…I try to keep editing simple and natural, and I edit a little further for interesting color and black & white for prints and albums. I think that comes from a lot of film years and wanting the images to still look amazing in 50 years.

Where are you located? What areas do you cover?
I grew up in Edmonds, live in Tacoma, and mostly shoot between Olympia and Vancouver, BC. I find myself east of the mountains occasionally, and out of state a couple times each year…Arizona during a cold November was a highlight this year.

Where can we see  your work, and book your service? my goal for this year is to create a better blog and journal regularly  check back on that…I need blog accountability.

How long have you been in business?
Full-time since 2000.

What price ranges do your services fall into?
I try really hard to work with people who really want to work with me. My standard rates are $3K-$4K.

What do you bring to the industry that sets you apart?
Right now there are a million photographers…I think couples choose to work with me because of my love for people and my experience. I love to hang out with people and happen to know how to use a camera pretty well. I think my way of working with clients and constant progression and consistency with the camera has kept me going on referrals since I started. I like to think that my experience (ability to problem solve difficult lighting/weather), aesthetic, and business simplicity are assets that are unique in photography right now.

Where can clients contact you? or 206-307-7511

If you're interested in Jeremy Leffel for the 2010 season, get on it! This guy books up fast.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Paperpalooza | Part Deux | Jan. 23rd in Seattle

Bit of a paper nut? Well then - this is the event for you.

3 of Seattle's top invitation designers are sharing the love. Join RealCardStudio, Ephemera Press, and Brown Sugar Design this Saturday!

Here's the 411...
What? Fine decorative papers, papercrafting tools, ribbon, scrapbooking supplies, metallic papers, envelopes, pocketfolds, embellishments and much more — all AT or BELOW WHOLESALE PRICES!
When? Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where? Real Card Studio, 117 First Avenue North in Seattle
Enter from the alley between 1st Avenue and Queen Anne Avenue North

Preview Hour! The first 20 people to email will receive an invitation to our EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW HOUR from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM! Get first pick of all the goodies! Coffee and yummy treats will be served. (Hurry, there are only a few spots left!)