FAIL (the browser should render some flash content, not this).

Leave Me a Message

Categories


JLP Florida Blog Feed

Tampa Photography Blog

 
JLPFlorida Logo
Sep 1, 2012
Category:Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

If you don't invest in your business, why should anyone else?

If you don't have a professional head shot of yourself yet, this event is a great way to purchase one at a discounted price. For group sessions, the cost is only $110 per person and you receive FIVE final high-resolution images to keep and use for your marketing or social networking purposes.

NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM: Bring a new guest or two and receive a discount on your head shot!

One new head shot client=$10 off your session

Two new head shot clients=$25 off your session

Three new head shot clients=Your session is FREE!

Just a reminder...A professional head shot is one that is taken by a photographer with studio lighting and preferably a clean backdrop. With all the money we invest in our business, a $110 head shot should be an easy decision. If you don't need a head shot for your business, maybe you know someone who does. I appreciate clients who spread the word of my business so I try to reward them as often as possible!

If you'd like to compare prices with other companies offering head shots, please read this blog. I hope this information helps!

What: Professional head shots

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012;  2-5 p.m.

Where: Cheval Golf & Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd, Lutz, FL 33558

How much: $110 plus tax = $117.70

Payment: Payment is due in full at the time of the session in cash or check (made out to Jessica Leigh). If you'd like to use Paypal, please do so before the day of the session. Thanks!

Investment:

What the head shot session includes:

*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights

*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)

*Editing/toning/cropping of images

*Option to choose your pics from a raw image gallery (or photographer can choose)

*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session

Booking/RSVP: Jessica Leigh  813.468.0075


Aug 31, 2012
Category:News Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

When covering a massive political event like the 2012 Republican National Convention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the scope of the event. However, with some planning, organization and a little flexibility, it always seems to work out! It was a wonderful day spent in my home town covering what is hopefully not the last national political event to be held in our great city!

The RNC spans several miles in downtown Tampa. The 15,000 members of the media are set up in the Tampa Convention Center, the nightly events with speakers like presidential nominee Mitt Romney are hosted in the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the protesters are in the tent city dubbed “Romneyville”, several blocks away from the tight security that surrounds the other venues.

And don’t forget all the folks that put this entire week together (I call them “worker bees”) and the ones who keep it going like the fine folks at Tampa Bay & Company who created the Social Media Command Center held at St. Leo University in downtown Tampa.

While it may take me a few days to edit through the photos, I wanted to post a few from some of the stops I made. While I did not cover the evening events, I did get to meet a slew of fantastic people in downtown Tampa and Ybor City

 Everyone pays attention to a man in a cowboy hat!

A fabulous, festive woman so excited to attend the RNC: “It’s like when you wear all your team’s colors on game day!”

RNC attendees board the “Ybor trolley” to catch a ride into downtown Tampa.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to WNYC Radio at the Tampa Convention Center.

Fox News talk show host Geraldo Rivera interviews actor Stephen Baldwin at the Tampa Convention Center.

Google+ not only created a very unique media room at the Tampa Convention Center but the web giant also knows how to please journalists: free snacks and free coffee ALL DAY LONG. These poor baristas had a line full of shaky journalists the whole time!

The free coffee in the Google+ room was provided by a favorite local coffee spot, Buddy Brew in south Tampa. Thank you!!!

One of the super slick ways to “play” in the Google+ room was to sit down in this booth (nice light too) and record a message for a member of the military. That’s just a wonderful thing to offer!

Swank, comfortable chairs and bright colors graced the Google+ lounge.

Although I will never understand what most protesters are trying to say, they are always fun to photograph! (William Poe Park, Tampa)

Members of the Junior State of America take a break from their schedule to snack in Centro Ybor.

RNC media use the plush Tampa Bay & Company booth in the Tampa Convention Center to relax and take a break from work.

The hard workers at the Social Media Command Center at St Leo University in downtown Tampa pose for some silly portraits. I love meeting other people who love their job!

The savvy team from Spark interviews Tampa Bay & Company’s fearless leader and VP of Marketing, Doug McClain.

Police on horseback patrol downtown Tampa during the RNC.

 

All photos copyright 2012 Jessica Leigh Photography. Contact Jessica Leigh to request these images.


Jul 2, 2012
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

The Downtown Tampa’s Solstice Bash was a smashing success and I’m honored to have been a part of it! This special event offered great music, food and cocktails. And if you’re looking for a great night out, why not help a charity in the process?

The Rotary Club of Tampa and The Tampa Bay History Center hosted this fabulous event that benefits multiple charities including Wheels of Success. One of the best moments of the evening was when Executive Director Susan Jacobs gave a United States Veteran keys to his car! This organization is vital in giving veterans and struggling families a fighting chance to work and live in our community.

The night was complete with live and silent auctions, complimentary tastings and entertainment courtesy of PRP Wines, Cold Storage Craft Brewery, Channelkatz, Diamond Crown Cigars.

To see all the photos from, the evening and/or order reprints, please contact Jessica Leigh at Jessica@jlpflorida.com for online gallery information. Thank you!


Apr 29, 2012
Category:Giving Back Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

Want to help others in the fight against cancer? Want to support survivors like Vicki Odioso Peters? Want to impress fitness trainer Carrie Kukuda?

Well, if none of those questions light your fire, you can at least get some free photos of yourself competing in this year’s Miles for Moffitt! Jessica Leigh Photography is teaming up with Get A Grip Total Fitness (GAG) to provide free  photos on the day of the race to anyone who signs up for the 1-mile, 5K, 5-mile or kids races under the “Odioso/Peters/Get A Grip Total Fitness” team. Photos will be shot before the race at the GAG tent, at the finish line to the 5K race (and possibly the 1-mile) and after the race. Please wear your blue Get A Grip shirt so Jessica can identify you as the cross the finish line.

Photos will be available the week of May 14th on the JLP blog and on the JLP Facebook page. Please check both pages that week to find your photos.

Although Jessica would rather do anything but run, she did participate in the 2011 Miles for Moffitt as a runner and it was a wonderful experience. “There’s a level of camaraderie and passion that you don’t expect to encounter when you first show up for the race," said Jessica. "Seeing thousands of people coming together for one cause is a moving moment. Representing survivors we love and those who had their life cut short too soon makes it worth it to donate, race, volunteer or sponsor.”  

Jessica Leigh Photography is proud to call Vicki Peters and Carrie Kukuda clients and friends. We hope you will join us on May 12th to celebrate survivors and raise money to finally find a cure.

To register, please visit Active.com and sign up under the team name "Odioso/Peters/Get A Grip Total Fitness". If you have any questions, you can contact Jessica Leigh at jessica@jlpflorida.com.

*Photos from 2011 Miles for Moffitt courtesy of Get A Grip Total Fitness.*


Feb 19, 2012
Category:Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

If you don't invest in your business, why should anyone else?

If you don't have a professional head shot of yourself yet, this event is a great way to purchase one at a discounted price. For group sessions, the cost is only $110 per person and you receive FIVE final high-resolution images to keep and use for your marketing or social networking purposes.

I am teaming up again with "Paul Mitchell: the school" and participants can have a complimentary make up application and hair styling before their session. The stylists from Paul Mitchell have worked with me on several shoots and they do a great job. Thank you for your hard work!

NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM: Bring a new guest or two and receive a discount on your head shot!

One new head shot client=$10 off your session

Two new head shot clients=$25 off your session

Three new head shot clients=Your session is FREE!

Just a reminder...A professional head shot is one that is taken by a photographer with studio lighting and preferably a clean backdrop. With all the money we invest in our business, a $110 head shot should be an easy decision. If you don't need a head shot for your business, maybe you know someone who does. I appreciate clients who spread the word of my business so I try to reward them as often as possible!

If you'd like to compare prices with other companies offering head shots, please read this blog. I hope this information helps!

What: Professional head shots

When: Wednesday, February 29, 2012; 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Where: Get a Grip Total Fitness, 1914 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, FL

How much: $110 with FREE makeup and hair styling

Payment: Payment is due in full at the time of the session in cash or check (made out to Jessica Leigh). If you'd like to use Paypal, please do so before the day of the session. Thanks!

Investment:

What the head shot session includes:

*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights

*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)

*Editing/toning/cropping of images

*Option to review raw images at a later date (or photographer can choose)

*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session

*Complimentary makeup and hair styling, courtesy of Paul Mitchell

Booking/RSVP: Jessica Leigh  813.468.0075


Aug 3, 2011
Category:Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

 Potographing corporate events can be bland but not with folks like the Professional Media Group.

I had the pleasure of covering the Models of Efficiency Awards dinner for the University Business Magazine and Higher One. The event was held at the very swank Jackson’s Bistro near downtown Tampa on Harbor Island.

Thank you to all of the people who were involved in planning this event, especially those who had to do so far away from Tampa! I am always amazed at how well organized companies like these are and how they can pull off an elegant event from across the country.

I look forward to working with you all again soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aug 1, 2011
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

If you don't invest in your business, why should anyone else?

If you don't have a professional head shot of yourself yet, this event is a great way to purchase one at a discounted price. For group sessions, the cost is only $75 per person and you receive FIVE final high-resolution images to keep and use for your marketing or social networking purposes.

I am teaming up again with "Paul Mitchell: the school" and ladies can have a complimentary make up application and hair styling before their session. The stylists from Paul Mitchell worked my last head shot sesison and did a tremendous job. Thank you for your hard work!

NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM: Bring a guest or two and receive a discount on your head shot!

One new head shot client=$10 off your session

Two new head shot clients=$25 off your session

Three new head shot clients=Your session is FREE!

Just a reminder...A professional head shot is one that is taken by a photographer with studio lighting and preferably a clean backdrop. With all the money we invest in our business, a $75 head shot should be an easy decision. If you don't need a head shot for your business, maybe you know someone who does. I appreciate clients who spread the word of my business so I try to reward them as often as possible!

If you'd like to compare prices with other companies offering head shots, please read this blog. I hope this information helps!

What: Professional head shots

When: Friday, August 19, 2011, 12-3 p.m.

Where: Get a Grip Total Fitness, 1914 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, FL

How much: $75 with FREE makeup and hair styling

Payment: Payment is due in full at the time of the session in cash or check (made out to Jessica Leigh). If you'd like to use Paypal, please do so before the day of the session. Thanks!

Investment:

What the head shot session includes:

*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights

*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)

*Editing/toning/cropping of images

*Option to review raw images at a later date (or photographer can choose)

*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session

*Makeup and hair styling, courtesy of Paul Mitchell

Booking/RSVP: Jessica Leigh  813.468.0075


May 17, 2011
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

Simplicity is a beautiful thing.

Kelli and Michael know this is key when planning a wedding. Their April wedding consisted of a beautiful sunset beach ceremony at Honeymoon Island, Florida with their closest family and friends followed by a relaxing reception with good music and good food. That’s really all you need, right?

I applaud their efforts to make their big day special but not complicated.

The bridesmaids wore tangerine dresses and carried a single Calla Lily. The best man wore a cream shirt and khakis. And no shoes allowed!

The ceremony and reception had the traditional outdoor Florida vibe—easy going and full of fun! The only unwanted guests were the mosquitoes but that’s the risk brides and grooms take when planning a Florida beach wedding!

This wedding was a referral from a wonderful couple, the Downings, which I met when Mr. Downing trained my dog two years ago at American Family Dog Training. I then shot their family portraits (including their three German Shepherds) and when Mrs. Downing asked me to shoot her daughter’s wedding, I was so honored. Truly the greatest compliment I receive is a referral from a family member or dear friend of a client. Thank you!

 

Vendors:

Planning and venue: Honeymoon Pavilion

Music/DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates


Apr 22, 2011
Category:Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

Have you added a personal touch to your business lately? A professional head shot is just one way to entice potential clients. If you don't invest in your business, why should anyone else?

If you don't have a professional head shot of yourself, this event is a great way to purchase one at a discounted price. For group sessions, the cost is only $75 per person and you receive FIVE final high-resolution images to keep and use for your marketing or social networking purposes.

For this event I am teaming up with "Paul Mitchell: the school" and ladies can have a full make up application and hair styling for FREE before their session!

I recently met the Paul Mitchell team at a charity photo shoot and was incredibly impressed with their styling so don't let the "free" part scare you!

A professional head shot is one that is taken by a photographer with studio lighting and preferably a clean backdrop. With all the money we invest in our business, a $75 head shot should be an easy decision. If you don't need a head shot for your business, maybe you know someone who does. I appreciate clients who spread the word of my business so I try to reward them as often as possible!

If you'd like to compare prices with other companies offering head shots, please read this blog. I hope this information helps!

What: Professional head shots

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Get a Grip Total Fitness, 1914 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, FL

How much: $75 (head shots alone) with FREE makeup and hair styling

Payment: Payment is due in full at the time of the session in cash or check (made out to Jessica Leigh). If you'd like to use Paypal, please do so before the day of the session. Thanks!

Investment:

What the head shot session includes:

*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights

*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)

*Editing/toning/cropping of images

*Option to review raw images at a later date (or photographer can choose)

*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session

*Makeup and hair styling, courtesy of Paul Mitchell

Booking/RSVP: Jessica Leigh  813.468.0075


Jan 30, 2011
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

The University of Tampa is known for recognizing its staff, faculty, boards and donors for the time and dedication they offer to the university. The holidays are no different and I had the pleasure of covering the annual holiday party held at historic Plant Hall for the Board of Trustees, Board of Fellows and Board of Counselors.

As always the university is generous in its hospitality and it shows in every detail. I hope to cover this joyous occasion again in 2011!



Jan 13, 2011
Category:Out and About Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

Start off the new year right with a new look for your business! If you don't invest in your business, why should anyone else?

If you don't have a professional head shot of yourself, this event is a great way to purchase one at a discounted price. For group sessions, the cost is only $75 per person and you receive FIVE final high-resolution images to keep and use for your marketing or social networking purposes. Now, for an additional $35, ladies can have a full make up application and hair styling before their session! Introducing my stylist partner Andie Sleeman--please take a moment to look at her work and once you do, you'll see why $35 is an affordable price to pay when you want to look your best. Click here for Andie's portfolio.

A professional head shot is one that is taken by a photographer with studio lighting and preferably a clean backdrop. With all the money we invest in our business, a $75 head shot should be an easy decision. If you don't need a head shot for your business, maybe you know someone who does. I appreciate clients who spread the word of my business so I try to reward them as often as possible!

If you'd like to compare prices with other companies offering head shots, please read this blog. I hope this information helps!

What: Professional head shots

When: January 24, 2011 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Get a Grip Total Fitness, 1914 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, FL

How much: $75 (head shots alone) or $110 (head shots plus make up application and hair styling)

Payment: Payment is due in full at the time of the session in cash or check (made out to Jessica Leigh). If you'd like to use Paypal, please do so before the day of the session. Thanks! 

Investment:

What the head shot session includes:
*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights
*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)
*Editing/toning/cropping of images
*Option to review raw images at a later date (or photographer can choose)
*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session

Booking/RSVP: Jessica Leigh 813.468.0075


Jan 1, 2011
Category:Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

Ever wonder what your man really wants for Valentine’s Day? A steak dinner would be great and maybe a Tampa Bay Rays game but have you been looking for something creative, romantic and unique?

Look no further…the perfect gift has arrived. And it’s all about YOU!

Let’s face it, men are visual creatures. One of the best gifts you can give the man in your life is something he will remember and cherish…sexy photos of you!

“Sexy” is not a clothing size, height, weight or the color of your hair, eyes or skin. Sexy is how you feel and 99% of the time, your man sees that more than you do! So, remember it’s not about how you’re described on your driver’s license. Whether you see yourself as a cowgirl or a pin-up girl, it’s all about the attitude!

To encourage those ladies who are on the fence, I’ve created a “Choose Your Special” Boudoir Portrait Photography Sale so you get to pick the discount or deal that best suits you. This offer is good for January, February and March of 2011. Your session must be shot during these months!

I’ve listed below my standard boudoir photography package and added the specials you get to choose from so don’t be shy. Ask me questions, read the testimonials and ask your girlfriends for support. If it makes you feel at ease, you can invite them to the session too!

Many women have inspired me throughout these sessions—I love shooting them because I get to see amazing women transform from mothers, wives and businesswomen to confident sex goddesses!

Jessica Leigh’s Boudoir Photography Package:

*2.5 hours of photography by Jessica Leigh

*At least three looks (outfit changes)

*CD of high-resolution images (min. 30) with release to print at any color lab

*Online gallery to order prints if desired

*Digital retouching/enhancement by JL

*Shipping of CD to your home within 2 weeks of session

*Mileage to/from location

$350 plus tax

(Suggested add-on: Professional hair & make up to ensure you look your hottest! Styling by artist Andie Sleeman with pricing from $100 and up! Check out her amazing portfolio here.)

“Choose Your Special”:

#1:  15% OFF your boudoir portrait session

#2:  FREE professional print package: 1 – 8X10, 2 – 5X7s, 2 – 4X6s

#3:  50% OFF a custom 12-month calendar

#4:  FREE 8X6-inch custom paperback pocketbook album

#5   50% OFF a 11X9 inch custom hardcover photo album


Dec 25, 2010
Category:Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

Since we all know nothing goes completely according to plan when family gets together, I asked readers to give me their funniest holiday story for a contest I called the Burnt Turkeys and Sour Egg Nog Contest. The winner receives a $25 Target gift card for participating and sharing their funny story with us. Thanks to those who entered and Happy Holidays!

The winner is...VICKI PETERS!!!

And here's Vicki's story:

*Thought I won the big one!*

"We typically spend Christmas Day with our good friends Bob and Letty Best. They are kind enough to invite our family as well as several others to join them. Letty sets a beautiful table with a gorgeous holiday centerpiece, her finest China and stemware, place cards, and a favor for each of her guests. One year she put a lottery ticket by everyone's name and as we were seated, she told us to scratch it off to see if there were any big winners! Sure enough, I had three matching numbers! I didn't share this with anyone, but very excitedly, began to scratch off the place to reveal how much money my prize was! $10,000!!!!! Vanity had prevented me from wearing my glasses, but I was almost certain that is what it said. I started screaming! "I won! I won! I won $10,000!" I was sitting next to a nun and I even promised to give $1,000 to her order! Letty just let me go on and on for what seemed to be an infinity...until she finally told me to turn over the lottery ticket...at which time I found out that it was a "fake" ticket that she had purchased at Wooden Nickel in Tampa. Ha! Ha! Very funny! By the way, we still are friends and we still go to her house on Christmas Day."


Dec 23, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

Each year the University of Tampa hosts a fabulous dinner for those members of the Minaret Society to honor their biggest supporters. Director of Community Relations Alexandra Ellison is the ringleader of the event and does an amazing job every time with the decor, food and ambiance.

My job as the event photographer is to first photograph each person or couple that attends. They receive a print later as a keepsake from the event. Everyone looks their best so it's nice to be able to frame a professional photo from their evening.

After those portraits are done, I pack up all my backdrops and lighting and head into the main event--dinner. There are always musicians and singers there to entertain and a gorgeous meal follows. So, I document guests enjoying the evening and all the decor that shows how much planning goes into this one night. Enjoy!



Dec 16, 2010
Category:Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

I am blessed to be a part of the BLAB organization (Business Ladies Advancing Business) and they are offering discounts during the holiday months to new and present customers. Check them out and contact me if you have any questions about these women, their businesses or their holiday discounts.

*Kim Fish of Cookie Lee Jewelry - December hostesses receive 25% cash back (minimum $300 show) PLUS January hostesses receive double ‘1/2 off’ hostess benefits & receive one item at 50% off when you book your date! [She also has deals if you’re interested in joining Cookie Lee as a consultant.] View the catalog online at www.cookielee.biz/kimberlyfish. Hostess benefits are listed on page 34. Contact Kim at kfish1@tampabay.rr.com or 813-918-0204.

*Dr. Carrie Oleston of Back in Health Wellness - 10% off Zinc tablets for December. Back in Health runs a special every month on a supplement so join their newsletter to get up-to-date information on the discounts. Contact Dr. Carrie at 813.909.0961 or http://backinhealthwellness.com/.

*Vicki Peters of Etcetera Clothing - New boutique show in February so be on the lookout for new events! Contact Vicki at www.etcetera.com or on their Facebook page.

*Carrie Kukuda as The Someday Coach - $50 gift cards to new clients who want to try fitness boot camp. If you’ve ever seen my blog, you know I believe in what Carrie does! I’ve had amazing results during the last 14 months. Contact Carrie at http://carriekukuda.com/ or 813.600.5208.

*Esther Ropp of Primerica -  FREE Financial Needs Analysis to see if she can help someone save more money or make more money. Contact Esther at www.primerica.com/eropp or bdebtfreecme@yahoo.com.


Dec 14, 2010
Category:Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

Ever wonder when that hilarious but crazy family story would come in handy later in life? Well, now is your chance to win a gift card by telling your story for the Burnt Turkeys and Sour Egg Nog Contest!

Tell Jessica Leigh Photography your funniest holiday story in the comment section below and a panel of anonymous judges will pick a winner on Christmas! Everyone has one so don't be shy!

Whether it's a deep-fried turkey experiment gone wrong or an angry pet cat who decided to take on the 12-foot Christmas tree, each story is unique and could brighten someone's day. And during this time of year, we could all use a good laugh!

Be sure to check this blog on Christmas to find out if you won! Target usually has a huge sale after Christmas too so put your gift card to good use.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Jessica Leigh Photography!


Nov 29, 2010
Category:General JLP News Events 
Posted by: Jessica

In honor of the Cyber Monday online shopping tradition, Jessica Leigh Photography is offering any Tampa portrait session - bridal, boudoir, family, children or pets - for $100 off the normal rate! So, if you've been waiting for a great deal on a professional portrait session, today is the day to take advantage of this sale!

The $100 discount also applies to private event coverage - holiday parties, corporate staff parties, anniversaries, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceneras and more!

To get the discount, simply call or email and I'll send you a PayPal link to reserve your session with a non-refundable $50 deposit. The deal ends tonight at midnight so don't wait!

Once you reserve a session, you have six months to use it so start planning now...

Happy Holidays from Jessica Leigh Photography!

Contact:  Jessica Leigh - jessica@jlpflorida.com - 813.468.0075


Nov 8, 2010
Category:Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

If you won't invest in your business, why should anyone else?

If you don't have a professional head shot of yourself, this event is a great way to purchase one at a discounted price. For group sessions, the cost is only $75 per person and you receive FIVE final high-resolution images to keep and use for your marketing or social networking purposes.

A professional head shot is one that is taken by a photographer with studio lighting and preferably a clean backdrop. With all the money we invest in our business, a $75 head shot should be an easy decision. If you don't need a head shot for your business, maybe you know someone who does. I appreciate clients who spread the word of my business so I try to reward them as often as possible!

If you'd like to compare prices with other companies offering head shots, please read this blog. I hope this information helps!

What: Head shots

When: November 15, 2010; 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Where: Prudential Tropical Realty office, 20537 Amberfield Dr., Land O' Lakes, FL 34638

How much: $75 due at the time of the session

Investment:

What the head shot session includes:
*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights
*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)
*Editing/toning/cropping of images
*Option to review raw images at a later date (or photographer can choose)
*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session

Booking/RSVP: Jessica Leigh 813.468.0075


Nov 4, 2010
Category:Out and About Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

Nothing can brighten my day better than an adorable child on picture day. Some kids come in a ballerina outfit, some in a dress shirt and tie but almost all are excited about the new adventure for the day!

I recently traveled to the East Coast to shoot pictures of students at First Step Learning Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A friend of the family owns the center and she is an amazing woman. Kathy juggles teachers, parents, children and contractors like me who work for her on occasion.

It was a wonderful experience to meet all the kids, between three and five years old, and I plan to go back in the spring of 2011 for graduation photos and class photos.

The "school photos" were definitely a new project for me and a new way of doing business. In this economy, I am trying to open all the doors I can and offer professional photography to those who value my services. Thank you Kathy! 


Oct 25, 2010
Category:Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

With only 60 days until Christmas and only 38 days until Hanukkah, this is the perfect chance to get your portraits done early and off your “to do list”!

For most of us, we don’t make the time or have the money for luxuries these days. Unfortunately, quality photography sometimes falls into that category and I hope to change that this year.

“Holiday Family Portraits In a Snap” are affordable for Tampa Bay families, they won’t take up an entire afternoon of your time and they provide you with professional portraits for your holiday cards for family and friends.

Each 30-minute session will include a CD containing a minimum of 10 high-resolution images, toned and ready to print. You will also receive a photo release allowing you to print and order holiday cards from your favorite company. An online gallery of your photos will be posted on www.efotolab.com (my favorite site) where you can order professional prints and cards if you wish.

What? Portraits of who you consider to be your family—a parent, a spouse, a child or even a pet!

When? Sunday, November 7, 2010 – 3 to 6 p.m.

Where? Philippe Park, Safety Harbor

Why? Because everyone deserves quality photography for their family!

How much? $99 plus tax

Space is limited so please call to make an appointment: ask for Jessica at 813.468.0075. Holiday cards are available for an additional $28 for 25 cards/envelopes.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!


Oct 12, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

One of my favorite commercial photography clients to work for is Moffitt Cancer Center. All of their events have a common purpose--to raise money and continue research to find a cure for cancer. It's hard to be unhappy with clients like Moffitt!

I recently covered the APCC Luncheon (Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration) where the Bay Area Advisors handed over a handsome check to Moffitt with money they raised from charity events. It's nice to know there are still organizations in the Tampa Bay area that are focused on giving back to the community!


Oct 8, 2010
Category:Giving Back Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

One lucky Tampa professional will receive a free head shot in the month of October. Five anonymous judges chose the best entry and the winner is...

Sheri Jacoby with Body By Vi!

And for all the applicants who registered for a free head shot, you get $10 off your head shot if you book before the end of 2010!

The blog about the contest is listed below--I'd like to do this two to three times each year so others will understand the importance of a professional business portrait. Thank you to those who entered and those who judged! I appreciate you.

Posted on Sept. 24, 2010:

Who doesn’t need a little help every now and then?

In an effort to help others see the importance of a professional head shot, I am giving one lucky Tampa business owner or Tampa professional a FREE head shot.

I have spoken about the importance of presenting your best “self” many times and I believe selling your product or service, starts with selling yourself. If your potential clients see an unprofessional photo on business cards and marketing materials, it might imply that you are not serious about your business.

If you don’t invest in your business, why should anyone else?

Using a well-lit, professional head shot when you look your best is essential in getting those potential customers to pick up the phone and call you. It also helps them to remember you if they saw your head shot and thought it complimented your marketing materials well.

This Tampa head shot session is a $75 value and will include five retouched, high-resolution images for you to keep!

All you have to do is enter your information (name and an email address or phone number) in the comment box below and tell me where you work and why you deserve a free head shot. A panel of anonymous judges (excluding myself) will look over the final entries and pick a winner.

Enter by October 1, 2010 and find out if you won on October 6, 2010!

If you don't need a professional head shot, but know someone who does, you can nominate them too. Just enter their contact information below (if you have it) and write a few sentences about the person you're nominating. Thanks!

*The free head shot session will take place during the next group session offered by Jessica Leigh Photography. These sessions normally occur monthly and the location will be determined once the date is set.*


Oct 1, 2010
Category:Behind the Scenes Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

Geekfest is a gathering of professional photojournalists from around the country who come together once a year to drink, share work and mainly kick each other in the butt.

Everyone needs encouragement and inspiration and sometimes the best place to get it is from others in your profession.

I have to admit, at first I felt a little disconnected this year. I no longer work for newspapers and in my freelance career, I don’t shoot much editorial work. My clients want commercial photography, family portraits, business head shots and boudoir portraits.

Many of the photographers at Geekfest are still working in journalism and focused their presentations on photo stories, which I rarely shoot any more. But what’s great is that whenever I leave this conference, I feel like I too can shoot whatever I want, whether a client wants it or not. I sometimes forget this is for me, not them. It feels selfish to say that but I didn’t choose photojournalism as a way to please others. I chose it (or it chose me) because I’m good at it and it’s the artform I’ve been most passionate about for the last 15 years.

St. Pete Times Director of Photography Boyzell Hosey started off the weekend by updating us on the “Eye of the Storm”. He created this tagline by comparing the newspaper industry today to a Category 5 Hurricane. Boyzell said people suffering in the industry ask, “Why me? Why on my watch?” To which Boyzell replies, “God says ‘Why not you?’” His talk comforted me even though the industry doesn’t affect me directly. But many of my friends still work in the business and I can’t hear about any more furloughs, layoffs, buyouts or just plain sadness about their jobs. It breaks my heart.

One of the most shocking and moving photo stories was the “Resurrection of Amalia Mendoza” by Greg Kahn of the Naples Daily News. Amalia was in a horrible car accident in 2001 that took her eyes, nose and part of her skull from her. She put all her hopes and prayers into a doctor name David Trainer. Kahn followed her through this journey and the video and stills are incredible.

The story that I was most impressed with was “Michael’s Story” by Los Angeles Times photographer Liz O. Baylen. She covered a story about a 6-year-old boy who was molested by a L.A. Unified School District special education aide. Liz could not reveal the identity of the victim or his parents so she said she used audio to recreate the story. And somehow she pulled it off.

The person I think I connected with most during the presentations was Atlanta photographer Zack Arias. He’s humble, honest and tells it like it is. He touched on a few key elements with lighting that I had simply forgotten. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with bills, deadlines and clients that I forget how simple creating a great photograph can be. Zack reminded me that after I pay the bills, it is for me. Shoot for the client and please them, but shoot some frames for myself too. He said (and he may have been quoting someone else), “Commercial work is your life but photojournalism is your mistress.” Love it.

When I heard humanitarian photographer Ben Rusnak talk about what working for a non-profit entails, I was impressed because it seems the first thing you have to do is let go of your ego. He said you need to give up control over your photos and the design in which they are used, don’t expect to receive any photo credits and understand that fundraising comes first, and changing lives is second. Ben is a rare shooter—most of us have egos (it comes with the profession) and it warms my heart to see that he has risen above it all.

As New York Times photographer Todd Heisler came to the podium and looked around the room, he said, “Is photojournalism dead? Well, apparently not.” He wowed us with his “One in 8 Million” project, showing how everyone, even in NYC, has a story. Lawyer/teacher Alexis Lambert reminded us that photography is a business whether we like it or not. She’s a genius when it comes to contracts, copyright law and anything related to the University of Florida. And that’s not the only reason I adore her—she’s also one of the funniest people on the planet. Designer Deb Pang Davis broke down the rules of marketing yourself and described branding in a whole new way for me. She stressed that we should speak about our passions and focus on our personalities, not our work. Brilliant.

San Antonio Express News photographer Lisa Krantz has passion about everything. From her daily assignments to her big projects, like covering Sam Houston High School, she loves what she does. It is wonderful to listen to someone who simply can’t say enough great things about their career. Picture Editor Mike Davis showed me a new side of editing—how he sees our raw images. Wow! I was not ready for that. Editors do have a different eye and it was fun to see that. He said, “There are people who respond well to visuals and those who don’t—most of them work at newspapers.”

I saved the best for last, as did organizer Melissa Lyttle. With a welcome only heard in sporting events, Portland photographer Sol Neelman entered the ‘arena’ wearing a Lucha Libre (wrestling) mask. I saw him hiding by the door to the auditorium (with the mask on) and he casually says hi, how are you, etc. I can’t help but laugh—he’s amazing and he doesn’t even know it. Sol is refreshingly honest (he might curse like a sailor), and he encourages others to do what it takes to be happy. He said, “If I can suck, you can suck too,” after showing us his first portfolio. In a room filled with photographers (who can sometimes be competitive), that was brave. Sol makes a living by chasing his passion—weird sports. He’s covered everything from the Redneck Games in Georgia to Hog Wrasslin’ in Wisconsin. To say he’s passionate is a gross understatement.

On the last day of speakers, a shooter walked by my friend and I and we saw what looked like spiders tattooed on both calves. When he came back, we asked what they were—he said they were apertures. Freakin’ apertures. Not the numbers (f2.8, f4, f5.6, etc.) but the diagrams of each aperture as they are seen inside a lens. Bad ass.

After seeing all the work presented, listening to the passion of other photojournalists and being in the same room with all that talent reminded me why we’re here—to leave something behind that we created or as Sol put it, “This is what I saw on this planet.”

Geekfest 2011…here I come.


Sep 24, 2010
Category:Events JLP News General Giving Back 
Posted by: Jessica

Who doesn’t need a little help every now and then?

In an effort to help others see the importance of a professional head shot, I am giving one lucky Tampa business owner or Tampa professional a FREE head shot.

I have spoken about the importance of presenting your best “self” many times and I believe selling your product or service, starts with selling yourself. If your potential clients see an unprofessional photo on business cards and marketing materials, it might imply that you are not serious about your business.

If you don’t invest in your business, why should anyone else?

Using a well-lit, professional head shot when you look your best is essential in getting those potential customers to pick up the phone and call you. It also helps them to remember you if they saw your head shot and thought it complimented your marketing materials well.

This Tampa head shot session is a $75 value and will include five retouched, high-resolution images for you to keep!

All you have to do is enter your information (name and an email address or phone number) in the comment box below and tell me where you work and why you deserve a free head shot. A panel of anonymous judges (excluding myself) will look over the final entries and pick a winner.

Enter by October 1, 2010 and find out if you won on October 6, 2010!

If you don't need a professional head shot, but know someone who does, you can nominate them too. Just enter their contact information below (if you have it) and write a few sentences about the person you're nominating. Thanks!

*The free head shot session will take place during the next group session offered by Jessica Leigh Photography. These sessions normally occur monthly and the location will be determined once the date is set.*


Sep 6, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

The Tampa Bay Rays hosted a day with the University of South Florida to drive Bulls fans out to St. Petersburg. It worked like a charm!

The day included USF Coach Skip Holtz throwing out the first pitch and talking with Rays players and Manager Joe Maddon. Even though I am a Florida Gator to the core, I have to admit Coach Holtz is one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of photographing!

The Rays also distributed hats with the Rays logo on the front and the Bulls logo on the back.

USF mascot "Rocky" was on hand to celebrate the new era of football at USF with Coach Skip Holtz and of course, watch the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7 to 3.

It's going to be a great season for the USF Bulls!


Jun 18, 2010
Category:Events JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica
Jessica Leigh Photography will be hosting another group head shot session in Tampa. Head shots will be taken before and after a Networking Girlfriends meeting so times available are between 11-11:30 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. (See more info at http://www.networkinggirlfriends.com/.) If you are female, you are welcome to stay for the meeting--the first one is free!

What the head shot session includes:
*Five final images to keep & use with unlimited rights
*Minor digital retouching (ex: blemishes, skin tones, scar removal)
*Editing/toning/cropping of images
*Option to review raw images at a later date (or photographer can choose)
*High-resolution images are emailed to you or burned to CD within one week of the session
TOTAL: $75 per person (due in cash or check at time of session)

You must RSVP and choose a time slot to reserve a spot. Call Jessica Leigh at 813.468.0075.

Jun 12, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

Sierra said all she wanted for her 9th birthday was to have a glamour party.

Wish granted.

Thanks to Collective Creations, Sierra and six of her closest friends painted their fingers and toes, received professional hair styling and played “dress up” with boas, jewelry, dresses, hats and high heels.

They feasted on pizza and birthday cake and giggled until their bellies hurt.

Sierra is a wonderful, charismatic girl who has impeccable manners and a kind heart. She deserves nothing but the best on this birthday and all the ones to come! Thanks for inviting me into your home to photograph your day, Sierra!


Jun 4, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

I don’t photograph weddings every weekend. I do a few here and a few there. But when I get to do them, it makes my job so much more enjoyable to see a happy, stress-free couple that remembers what the day is all about…love.

Angela and Brad fit this description to a tee. From the time I shot their engagement portraits in December, I knew they were different. I expected there to be a little stress since the wedding was a mere four months away but they both had a calm aura about them. We walked around River Hills Park in Tampa, shot photos, played on the playground, watched ducks waddle and saw a beautiful sunset. It was one of the calmest photo shoots I’ve been on and it’s all because of Angela and Brad.

Their wedding was no different. From photographing Angela getting ready with her best friends to their peaceful ceremony to the colorful Hawaiian reception, they kept their cool and simply enjoyed the day.

Not only was their reception intimate but it was also one of the more unique events I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. It was a Hawaiian luau hosted by The Exotic Plumeria in Seffner, Florida, complete with leis for guests, dancing and traditions unlike anywhere else. Angela was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and the bride and groom both dreamed of a Hawaiian wedding here in Tampa Bay so it seemed a good fit.

The music and video was provided by the team at Celebrations of Tampa Bay and the wedding rings were designed by Spath Jewelers. The bride’s hair was styled by Synergy in Brandon, Florida and Alan Bunch at the Exotic Plumeria took care of all the catering and the performers.

Congratulations and best wishes to Angela and Brad!


Jun 3, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

The event called “Lush” at The Don Cesar in St. Petersburg is named for the feeling you get when you walk through the courtyard.

It’s an elegant and extravagant event centered around food and drinks. Once you pay for a ticket, you can sample as much as they can offer. And like all Loews Hotels events, they do everything right.

From wine to scotch (from Southern Wine and Spirits) and sushi to chocolate mousse, every guest can find something worth trying. Loews Hotels gathered some of their finest chefs from The Don Cesar and Loews Miami Beach Hotel to participate. These chefs managed to cook up culinary delights all night and I don’t think anyone left unhappy.

The Don also provided musical entertainment from ­­­Lamar Tremain and a fashion show by local designer Ivanka Ska with some outrageous and breathtaking designs.

I think I enjoyed this photo shoot so much because it gave me a chance to create food photography again. It’s been ages (it seems) that I have focused on food. I, of course, photographed the models, guests and chefs but food that is prepared by culinary masters is a visual treat for artists like myself.


Jun 2, 2010
Category:In the News Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

One of the reasons I love the new photo exhibition at the Tate Modern in London is that the photos are a wonderful mix of very literal imagery and some that are more suggestive and subtle.

The exhibit titled “Exposed” showcases photographs from various artists that focus on the idea of voyeurism. Some are more subtle like the Harry Callahan photo (1984) of the backside of a woman standing on a street corner. The way it’s shot, it seems as though maybe the photographer is a safe distance behind her, using a long lens and trying to fill the frame with her body.

A more obvious interpretation of the voyeurism theme is seen in Shizuka Yokomizo’s photos from her “Dear Stranger” body of work from 1999. She wrote to strangers asking them to stand in their window at a specific time and date so she could photograph them outside their homes. It sounds creepy to me but apparently enough people did it for her to make a series out of it.

I visited the Tate Modern in London in 2006 while traveling with a dear friend of mine through England and Ireland. I loved the museum and have always held a fascination with modern art. Even if I don’t understand it completely, I’ve always been drawn to it.

Photography exhibits catch my eye first, naturally. Seeing someone else’s work in exhibit form is a special privilege and I don’t take it lightly. I know how much time, effort and talent goes into one show so I’m grateful there are museums out there like the Tate Modern that allow for such artistic freedom.

*Top photo by Harry Callahan; Bottom photo by Shizuka Yokomizo.*


May 31, 2010
Category:Out and About Events General 
Posted by: Jessica

I had the pleasure of photographing the 13th Annual Latinos Unidos Luncheon hosted by The City of Tampa’s Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council at the Tampa Convention Center. Proceeds from the conference and the luncheon helped to fund the scholarship endowment at the University of Tampa. (There are also endowments at the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College.)

I love being a part of organizations that help other kids go to college. I was blessed enough (years ago) to receive a few scholarships from Tampa organizations and HCC plus my parents were kind enough to pay my tuition at the University of Florida. I understand not everyone has opportunities like these.

The keynote speaker was City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and prominent guests included UT president Dr. Ronald Vaughn, USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft and HCC President Dr. Gwendolyn Stephenson. More than 400 Tampa business owners and community members attended the conference and luncheon.

UT hosted a private reception the night before and as always, UT proved to be a wonderful place to host a function. Donors, business owners and guests were invited to celebrate some of the accomplishments of the Hispanic Advisory Council. Council member Maritza Roviro Forino lead the event and honored UT trustee Dr. O. Rex Damron, President of the Krewe of Sant 'Yago Education Foundation.

Thanks to all who help give kids opportunities they didn’t know they could have.