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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 for online gallery information. Thank you!

Jun 27, 2012
Category:Out and About General 
Posted by: Jessica

It's not often I photograph someone in very little clothing (except for my boudoir clients) but that changed when I went to fitness trainer Kim Simpson's house.

BEFORE you look at the photos, know this woman is 40 years old and a mother of two boys.

Now, take a look at the photos I took of her and ask yourself what body part you would give up to look like this at any age??? And the best part? Kim is such a sweetheart and was wonderful to photograph. She's the entire package.

Since our session, she has been featured in Fitness Life Magazine online, Status Fitness Magazine and she met her original goal of being chosen for the "Future of Fitness" piece in Oxygen Magazine (see below).

I'm so proud of Kim and happy that my photos may have played a small part in getting her noticed by these magazine editors. When I met Kim, she was very upset because after going to the mall to get the fitness photos shot, she ended up with one very unflattering 8x10 of herself to show for it.

And after our shoot, she seemed very pleased, which is all I can ask for in a session! Thanks again to Kim for making the right move to get better photos and I look forward to seeing where her and my photos show up in the future!  

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...)

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