Commercial Work: Crazy Chick Salon

Late September last year, I got a call from Becky, the owner of Crazy Chick Salon in Kent Island, Maryland. I forgot how she learned about my photography business. She wanted me to take picture of her and her hair salon crew for commercial use, such as for newspaper ads.

We finally set a date early October for the photo session. She closed early that day so we could get plenty of daylight.

Unfortunately, some of them could not make it that day. Here are some of the crew. Aren’t they all gorgeous? πŸ™‚

Five ladies posing on/by chair, looking up. Commercial work photography Annapolis Eastern Shore MD Washington DC

We also did individual portraits of the personnel.


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  1. Asep Muchyidin


  2. hesti.riansari

    pengen dehc,…. ^[]^… nice shoot,….

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Wedding: Brianne+Jeremy, Part 2

After the ceremony and formal session, now comes the second part, which is the ceremony, a.k.a. the fun part, a.k.a. da partaay!

Bride groom dance holding hands. Kent Manor Inn Wedding Photography Kent Island MD Photographer

Let’s go back to the beginning… well… the beginning of the reception. πŸ™‚


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Wedding: Brianne+Jeremy, Part 1

After the engagement session, then came the big day.

Brianne and Jeremy’s wedding was on October. Yes, I am very very behind on my blogs, but my policy is take care clients first, blogs second. Haha… πŸ˜€

It was almost a full day coverage starting from the getting ready for the groom, best man, and groomsman, and also the bride, maid of honor and bridesmaids. I document the event all the way until the end.

This picture during sunset is their favorite image of all. They even order a large canvas gallery wrap from me to hang this image over their fireplace. πŸ™‚

bride groom on pier dock with beautiful sunset annapolis kent island maryland wedding photography photographers

But anyway, let’s go back to the beginning of the day…


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  1. Kim

    Very pretty!! the colors were so perfect! Looks like a fun wedding!

  2. Asep Muchyidin

    Semakin mantap saja Le….

  3. Dave Brown

    Loved the attention to detail especially the Horse’s bling.

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Lighting Workshop with Neil van Niekerk

I had been using Neil van Niekerk’s lighting style for a while. I learned from his blog and postings at forums. However, I felt that I’m still missing few things and did understand few things he explained online. I then decided that I need to get a hands on training from Neil and planned to attend his workshop in Annapolis. Unfortunately, the one in Annapolis was canceled. Neil offered me to go to the one in Philadelphia. Which was about a couple of hours drive. I thought, why not? I didn’t want to wait for another year, and probably he won’t do workshop that’s close enough to Baltimore or Washington DC area next year.

So I drove to Philly at about 6:30 in the morning and got there at almost 9 a.m. due to morning rush hour.

The class was small, only 10 students max, so everyone will get more personalized attention from Neil. We learned so many stuff. At the end of the day (or I should say night), we were all tired. It was about a 10-hour workshop. πŸ™‚

Neil also provided two models for us to practice throughout the entire day. Here are some of my favorite results from the workshop.

Indoor session using on camera flash bounced to a wall/ceiling.

model posing inside building - glamour fashion portrait photography Philadelphia PA, Annapolis MD, Washington DC, Virginia


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Wedding: Hannaliina+Daniel

Back in summer, I got a call from Finland. I thought my ears deceived me :D, but yup she said that she’s calling from Finland. Hannaliina said that she searched for a Kent Island wedding photographer, found me, and really liked my photography style.Β  Since I was driving at the time, I asked her to call back later or email me. She said that her fiancee lived in Maryland and would call me.

I then got to know Daniel through email, phone conversation, and a face-to-face meeting. I didn’t get to meet Hannaliina until the wedding day.

Then came the wedding day on September. It was small and intimate. No wedding guests. Almost like an intimate destination wedding. Then again, it was a destination wedding for Hannaliina. πŸ™‚ The ceremony was short and sweet. So we spent the rest of the times doing a private bride and groom photo session. Which what I loved to do! I get to pick the places and the settings. πŸ™‚

We did the photography sessions at Love Point, at an abandoned structure in Kent Island, and at Terrapin Nature Park beach (one of the beach on Chesapeake Bay). I had thought about doing a session at Annapolis, but there wouldn’t be enough time and thought that it would be less intimate there.

As you can see from these pictures below, it’s like having the whole world for just the two of them. Pretty romantic is isn’t it? πŸ™‚

bride groom at pier/dock looking at water at chesapeake bay. Annapolis Kent Island MD Modern Intimate Candid Posed Photojournalistic Style Wedding Photographer


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  1. martha

    Selamat atas blog barunya Leo! πŸ™‚

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Family Session: Shane Family

I did another family session at Kent Island last summer, or end of summer. No little children this time. All of them are already grown up. πŸ™‚

It was also a family reunion, celebrating Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary. The photo session was actually a gift from the children to their parents.

The Shane family originally wanted to do the session in Annapolis as well, but then they rather maximize their time on Kent Island. So we did the session at Matapeake Beach, one of the Chesapeake Bay beaches.

Steve who found me on Google searched for a fun family portrait session. He liked my photography style and said that “the pictures brings out the personality”. He called me from California and booked me. πŸ˜€

Family sitting on a log on the beach. Kent Island Annapolis Candid Family Portrait Photo Session Photography Eastern Shore Maryland MD DC


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Workshop with Glamour Fashion Model

I always try to learn new photography skills in lighting, shooting style, composition, photo editing, etc. (you name it). I am also usually fascinated by other people’s work whether they’re pro or even newbie. I often analyze the technical and non-technical aspects if I find an eye-catching image.

One professional photographer whose work I had been admiring was Ben Jordan a.k.a. Sabawa. His style was unique and very eye-catching. Although most of his work was more toward fashion and modeling, I really wanted to learn his style to hone my skills especially for glamour high school senior portrait photography sessions. Of course some of the skills can be applied to wedding, engagement, family, or children photography.

Fortunately, I found out later that he provided individual workshop for pro photographers. I was really excited and immediately contacted him to inquire about the workshop. He offered me to do a session at Annapolis, but I wanted to see his studio which was located at Pocomoke City, Maryland. Pocomoke City is a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, about two hours drive from Kent Island, or two and a half hour drive from Annapolis, but only about half hour drive from Ocean City.

I finally did a workshop with Ben in mid August. He provided a model, Kellie, who had been working with Ben for quite a while. Kellie was a very professional model; she was always ready to pose for us. I learned few things from her as well. πŸ™‚Β  We did the photo sessions outdoor, by the water, and also indoor in his studio.

Here are some of my favorite images from the session. You may notice that the style is different from what I usually do. However, the image editing or enhancing is my own style. πŸ™‚

professional girl model holding butterfly. Annapolis, Ocean City, Kent Island, Maryland, VA, DC glamour high school senior portrait photography


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  1. Paulette

    Thanks for sharing-Love your photo’s!

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Engagement: Brittany+Oliver

This would be my second pre-wedding photo session at Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and on the same year too! πŸ˜€

I got the call from Oliver early August. He found me through Google and liked my work especially the engagement pictures with the city or urban setting scenery. He wanted to do the engagement photo session “tomorrow”.Β  Fortunately, I was available.Β  He booked me right there and then! Now that was fast! πŸ™‚

He also wanted to do a surprise for her girlfriend.Β  Yes, Brittany was not officially his fiancee yet.Β  He wanted to propose during the shoot!Β  Wow, it was a first for me.Β  I’m pretty sure it was a rare thing for other photographers as well. Lucky me, yay!

modern fashion style pose fiancee couple. fun candid engagement prewedding city or urban style photo session Old Town Alexandria VA Washington DC


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  1. karen

    GREAT work as usual!!! and touching story…
    Congratulations Oliver and Britanny!! πŸ™‚

  2. Asep Muchyidin

    Leo.. menakjubkan….

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Boy Meets Girl, Summer ’09

Here is a little story from a family reunion photography session I did back in July at Kent Island, Eastern Shore Maryland. I was really lucky to catch these two babies in action. πŸ™‚

Anyway here’s the story.

Boy Meets Girl

Boy: “Hey there cutie…”

boy waving to girl with hat. baby toddler children candid photography annapolis kent island eastern shore maryland


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Beyond the Veil

I was introduced to Beyond the Veil band over a year ago when they performed at my son’s school during a chapel day. I became more acquainted with them through Facebook.

This summer, I got a chance to capture the band’s live performance at Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department (KIVFD) Carnival. I believe the music performance was part of their “BTV Gives Back” program. The program helps other organizations to raise funds.

Anyway, here’s Sierra Tuner, vocalist and percussionist.

sierra turner, vocals. Beyond the Veil music band members concert photography maryland virginia washington dc photographer


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