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Jun 26, 2012
Category:Behind the Scenes JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

For many photographers like myself, we avoid any attempt to be in FRONT of the camera.

We like the comfortable space behind the lens.

However, like most business owners, we need professional head shots too. This is when you make a call to friends and tell them you need some shots for your business. We are almost always willing to help each other but we are the worst people to photograph sometimes!

Thankfully, I have friends like the stylists at Collective Creations and the husband and wife team at Tim Schultz Photography, both in Tampa Bay.

A talented stylist named "May" worked her magic on me (at my home) to make me presentable and maybe a little less of a pain in the butt for the Schultz team.

Then, I headed out to Ybor City to explore the alleys and streets and I tend to find a new favorite spot each time I visit. Ybor City is a gold mine for fabulous photos--you just have to be willing to walk through some questionable puddles and maybe get your heels dirty.

Karin and Tim Schultz were so much fun--they really made it as easy as possible to be on the other side of the camera. And anyone who has photographed me knows I am not a fan of it! And the night ended with some new photo geek friends and a Mexican dinner complete with margaritas.

That's called success! 

(And here are a few of my favorites...)

Jun 15, 2012
Category:JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

I decided to try something new in marketing my photography business last year so I offered a portrait package on Living Social in an effort to meet some new potential clients.

I was overwhelmed and overjoyed at the response!

Adding 45 new clients to your schedule is no simple task. But Living Social made it easy with the Merchant Center online and great customer service. If I can make the time, I would probably do another Living Social deal in the future.

As a thank you to those customers who purchased my voucher, I am offering a discount of $75 off your next photography session with JLP. This discount can be used towards the following sessions:

*Family portraits

*Children’s portraits

*Boudoir portraits

*Business head shots

*Commercial & advertising photography

*Corporate events

*Private event coverage (weddings, parties, etc.)

This deal expires on December 31, 2012. Please call or email me for any additional info and to receive a personalized quote on the photo session you need. I appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing all of you again very soon!


Here’s a taste of what some Living Social clients had to say about their JLP experience:

“I loved working with her. She is so awesome. She really made it a special day for me. Thank you Jessica. Would highly recommend. Her follow up is amazing. She put more effort into this than I’d ever expect and I was very impressed.”

“Wonderful! Very professional and very easy to work with. Super personality and the photos were fabulous!!”

“We had our portraits taken by Jessica Leigh Photography and it was a great experience for the entire family! Jessica was great to work with, had some great and very unique ideas and made the whole experience wonderful. I will not use anyone else for my portraits…highly recommend to all.”

“Jessica was great with our daughter. We can’t wait to see the pictures!”

“She was very professional yet had a warm and outgoing personality. She made me feel comfortable from the minute we talked on the phone to the actual photo shoot. I highly recommend her services.”

"Great personality! Professional department. Amused the children and was effective in getting them to follow instructions. TOP MARKS.”

“Jessica was a pleasure to work with and would definitely use her again!”

“Jessica was great. She was punctual and professional. She made sure we had the shots and poses we wanted and was very friendly.”

“She was great to work with. Very friendly and funny. Also very accommodating and creative. Can't wait to see the pictures.”

“Jessica was very personable, kind and fun. Thanks!”

Jun 1, 2012
Category:JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

In the last six years, I've learned that people buy from people.

As I network and refer business to different clients, I often choose the people I have a personal relationship with or I choose the businesses that have made the extra effort to show a little personality.

And all of that begins with solid professional photography.

It pains me to see business owners using "head shots" photographed with a point-and-shoot camera and poor lighting. Or to see photos of an office or product that is of such poor quality, I hesitate to approach the business about my own needs.

Assuming you don't change locations or your appearance drastically, you can use your professional commercial photos for years. All it takes is one session to get a professional head shot, high-quality images of your office and well-lit photographs of the product or service you offer.

I hope this special encourages business owners to invest in themselves and their own marketing. First impressions are more important than we realize and a professional photograph can help in getting that new client in the door.

Sessions can be scheduled seven days each week to work around your schedule. I can shoot the session during your business hours to include customers and staff or after hours if that's more appropriate.

JLP Commercial Photography Package:

*Personal phone consultation with Jessica Leigh (to discuss photo needs for the business, marketing, your product/service, wardrobe for employees, etc.)

*Photography by Jessica Leigh (minimum two hours)

*Head shots of staff (traditional head shots with backdrops and studio lighting OR contemporary head shots with natural lighting and a mix of candid and posed photos)

*Variety of photos of office space, services/products, customers

*CD of retouched high-resolution images with unlimited rights

*Digital retouching and toning

*Password protected online gallery (professional prints can be ordered from the site)

*Shipping of CD to your office within 2 weeks (rush processing available)

(This special is for NEW commercial clients only please.) 

Please contact Jessica Leigh for a personalized quote:


p:  813.468.0075

Apr 1, 2012
Category:JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

If you've been thinking you need to update your family portraits, now is the time! I'm running this special in April because as Tampa Bay residents you might have noticed it's heating up already. Don't wait until July when your clothes are soaked in sweat, your kids are irritated and sun burnt and the humidity reaches 100%!

I shoot family portraits year-round but always recommend that clients try to avoid the months of July and August, as those are usually times for record temperatures. Of course if your family can only get together during the summer, we will make it work! (Just bring a cooler of cold water and umbrellas for the seniors in your family.)

Portrait sessions can be scheduled seven days each week, just after sunrise or before sunset. Weekdays are a little more flexible but I will always do my best to get you on the schedule. If I am unavailable on all the days you request in April, I will extend this special to the first week of May for any new client.

JLP Family Portrait Package:

*Personal phone consultation with Jessica Leigh (to discuss location, wardrobe, etc.)

*90 minutes of photography by Jessica Leigh

*Combination of styles--posed and candid

*Combination of portraits (just kids, just parents, everyone, etc.)

*CD of retouched high-resolution images with release to print at any color lab (20 images on CD)

*Option to choose your 20 retouched images from a raw image gallery

*Ability to purchase more than 20 images at $10/image

*Digital retouching and toning

*Password protected online gallery (professional prints can be ordered from the site)

*Photographer’s favorite images included in black and white or sepia tone

*Shipping of CD to your home within 2 weeks of image selections

*Photo albums and calendars available for an additional charge

*Choose from these locations for the special: Ybor City (Tampa), Curtis Hixon Park (downtown Tampa), Philippe Park (Safety Harbor), Starkey Park (Trinity), Howard Park (New Port Richey)

Session rate: $350

April/May Special: -$75

FL sales tax @ 7%: $19.25

Total: $294.25

(This special is for NEW clients only please.) 

Feb 1, 2012
Category:JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

At JLP, we love to run specials. It gives clients a chance to hire a professional photographer without breaking the bank. And in some cases, it may give people the slight “nudge” they need to try something new.

We are very excited about our February and March special for new and current clients. For any boudoir portrait session scheduled to be shot between February 1st and March 31st, we will take 25% off the entire package!

These boudoir sessions are so much more than what they seem. Really, it’s selfish of us to do them. Because with every session we shoot, we get a little satisfaction knowing a woman walks away from it with a greater confidence and a little pep in her step. We’ve seen women transformed from timid, self-conscious conservatives to proud, sassy divas!

You don’t have to take my word for it—read what clients have said:

"Jessica did something that I did not know was possible – she made me feel comfortable in my own skin. I love photography, and don’t mind being in photos, but when you’re the subject in lingerie, A LOT can go through a woman’s mind. And I’m happy to say, that Jessica was there every step of the way to put my mind at ease. Not only did she make me feel so comfortable, I felt sexy, confident and had an overall wonderful time throughout the boudoir portrait shoot.”

-Ana, Tampa, FL

"When I decided on boudoir portraits as an anniversary gift to my husband, I was concerned the experience might be awkward. A few minutes into shooting, however, all my reservations were gone. Jessica Leigh combined her technical skill as a photographer with her unique personal vision to capture and highlight what made me feel sexy as a woman. Her attitude and aptitude for her craft are empowering. She encouraged me to step outside what I felt were my flaws, and the end result was photographs that I’m not sure who enjoys more – my husband or me!"

-Keri, New Braunfels, TX

“My boudoir portrait session with Jessica Leigh was fantastic. I've always loved pin-up girls, so the session was something that I could check off my bucket list. Jessica is a true professional who takes your feelings and opinions into account throughout the entire session. I had no idea how beautiful my photos would turn out. My husband was blown away. What a blast! I would recommend every woman to take the plunge and do something daring. Jessica is great at capturing your inner beauty on the outside. You won't be disappointed!”

-Cristina, Land O’ Lakes, FL

“Although a bit intriguing, the idea of boudoir portraits was a bit intimidating, and I really couldn’t imagine pulling this off.  I would say I’m pretty simple and conservative, definitely not model material or a desperate housewife, and after having three kids, my body was definitely not photo worthy!!!

So, I met with Jessica to learn more and she was fabulous to work with. She asked so many great questions about our relationship, interests, who we are as a couple, what my husband loves about me, my body, etc. After speaking with Jessica, I decided to go for it, and I have to admit, I was really looking forward to my day of exhibitionism.

The boudoir portrait session was taken in our home and Jessica was very professional. She is an amazing artist and she worked diligently to create unique portraits. I was worried about all of my imperfections showing and she was concerned with lighting, shadows, color, angles, etc. I was so impressed with how comfortable she made me feel and all of a sudden all those imperfections seemed to disappear and I felt empowered and beautiful! It was an amazing afternoon and so much fun!

It was so much fun to step out of my “mom shoes”, even if only for a couple hours, and feel the sexuality that gets lost along the way. And, it didn’t even matter that I didn’t have the body of my youth or of a Cover Girl. My husband saw the girl he fell in love with…the boy-shaped, quirky girl that likes to laugh and have fun!

Jessica’s pricing is amazing as well for this high level of photography and instead of this being a once-in-a-lifetime gift, I’m already thinking about what the theme will be for Boudoir Photo Session #2!!! Jessica captures so much more than just a body, she captures the very essence of who you are and what makes you sexy no matter your age or size!”

-Kim, Land ‘O Lakes, FL

All the details of the special are below so please email or call with questions or to book a photo session. And to see more boudoir portraits, please visit our gallery here. We also partner with several local stylists so if you’d prefer to leave the hair and make up to the professionals, we’ve got your covered!

JLP Boudoir Portrait Package:

*Personal consultation with Jessica Leigh

*Two hours of photography by Jessica Leigh

*At least three looks/outfit changes

*CD of high-resolution images with release to print at any color lab (20 images on CD)

*Option to choose your 20 retouched images from a raw image gallery

*Ability to purchase more than 20 images at $10/image

*Digital retouching and toning

*Password protected online gallery (professional prints can be ordered from the site)

*Photographer’s favorite images included in black and white or sepia tone

*Shipping of CD to your home within 2 weeks of image selections

*Photo albums and calendars available for an additional charge

Session rate: $350

February/March Special: -$87.50

FL sales tax @ 7%: $18.38

Total: $280.88

Apr 24, 2011
Category:JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

Thanks to Carrie Kukuda of Get A Grip Total Fitness for creating partnerships with all of her favorite Tampa business owners to benefit her clients even more!

The VIBC (Very Important Boot Camper) discount program allows boot camp members of Get A Grip to receive discounts on products and services like athletic apparel, nutritional foods, cleaning services, jewelry and of course, photography.

Anyone who is in the VIBC program will receive $50 off a portrait session with Jessica Leigh Photography. The portrait discount extends to kids, families, couples, engagements, boudoir and commercial sessions.

I have personally been a part of Carrie's boot camp for a year and half and she is the perfect example of a trainer who values her clients. This program is just one way she gives back to them.

Read the latest tesimonial from JLP here.

Feb 15, 2011
Category:Out and About JLP News General 
Posted by: Jessica

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! 


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 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."

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