First Shoot with Elite!

Around 4 am the team was up and ready to get to location by 5 am! Lucky me the scene was in my neighborhood =) The model and her mom were just so easy to work with and very flexible! The MUA (Make up Artist) was ready and energized to exhibit her wonderful talent! I knew Elite wanted fresh, easy, breezy also with some edgy and moody! I was so happy that the booker loved my style of photography and believes in my work! Model Nina Salci was the sweetest and on her toes with directions and unleashing her charisma in front of my lens! =) As we were working on set , as any shoot, we’re learning and experimenting! The visions in my head and camera at hand were two and two delivering the results! After shoots, I tend to reflect on how it could have been better, like maybe with angles, lighting, or etc. But all in all we gave it our all and most of all HAD A BLAST! So my people, stay tuned!! I will post the results but you’ll definitely be able to check out more on my fan page at Portraits By Leanza Please hit the like button too or just to your right! ūüėČ

Special thanks to my make up artist Kristy Colon Andres! You can check out her fan page and hit the like button as well pretty please! Make up  by Kristy Colon Andres

Now! In the meanwhile, check out some of these awesome behind the scene shots!

 

Hope you enjoyed! Thank you!

A Models BACK UP!

Soooo!! I was in the middle of writing a list of what I felt by experience were great to have as back up for a day of shooting, for models AND even for photographers! I really believe as much as you would like to put hope into your team, you just never know! Whether they bail, or have a genuine emergency, being prepared with back up cuts a ton on your shoulders! Plus it leaves a professional impression! Portraits By Leanza cares for her models (what I call my freelancing photography biz) =)

Sooo what is the list?? Well this general and vital list can range from team to team, but these are common sense and essential basics! LIKE:

  • Back up make up! You don’t have to have the whole kit compared to a pro mua (Make up artist), but¬†something is better than nothing! and on that note it’s an awesome investment for a model who WILL find herself stuck without an mua, but does that mean the show has stopped?! Hell NOO!
  • Make Up Remover– It is so stubborn to fix make up and not have this handy towelette available! Especially after a shoot when you want to just take it offfff! lol
  • Q-tips-¬†Nooo we’re not shooting inside your ears, but it’s an awesome cheap tool to applying eye shadows, lip color and/or even removing something precise! =)
  • Tissues
  • Face/body Lotion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot stand ashiness….nooooo I do not want to try to “photoshop” it, No! It should not be there in the first place people!
  • Pluckers- for stray hairs
  • Nail File
  • Pony holders/ Hair pins-¬†Lots of em!!!!!
  • Safety pins- Lots!!
  • Hair spray /sheen
  • Hair combs/Brushes
  • Large towel-¬†I’ve had experiences where a towel would be needed after posing on the ground or even as¬†fast dressing rooms! LOL I do have a portable changing room now, but when the model is down to make the process much quicker, those large towels are PERFECT!

So far those are the MAIN basics I believe save the day and are generally always NEEDED! It usually is pretty obvious a model must be shaven (NO HAIR is allowed on legs, underarms, etc!) No waaaaay! and HELL NO I’m not going to sit on photoshop¬†desperately¬†trying to take strands off, when it’s common sense it should not be there! Not cute! lol Also important to have various undergarments in nude, black, and white. Preferably underwear that doesn’t show pantie lines, and bras that are also strapless and/or have those 5 in 1 straps for¬†flexibility with clothing!

BUT the MOST important essential is bring your SMILE!!! A great attitude and POSITIVE personality ALWAYS calms the nerves, makes things go smooooth and sooo much more FUN!!!! Things happen, but in this industry and/or whatever your into, you MUST be able to adapt, think on your toes, and make the BEST out of each and every situation!!!

Now… what do you think I left out in the list and/or have you had an experience you would like to share??? I’m all for it!! Leave a comment and contact me personally on facebook!

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Peace and Love!!

=D

WOW! Where do I begin!?

WOOOOW! Where do I begin?? okaaay I know it’s been quite some time!! From my birthday back in July! No excuses really can be accepted, even if I have been totally focused on photography!! But these 3-4 months really have been quite¬†fulfilling¬†and have kept me on my toes!!! UPDATE you ask?? ok, where do I begin!? My FIRST portfolio have come to an end about 1-2 month(s) ago! I’ve met and been able to work with pretty outstanding freelancing talent like models, mua’s, clothing designers and pretty awesome fashion shows like Mercedes-Benz fashion week! Now I’ve been welcomed to shoot with Elite, Wilhelmina and Next agency a week or so ago !! Ooooh not to mention, Kamoy magazine yesterday thought an editorial I did with beautiful model Shalisa West and designers EmpressionZ was beautiful and wants to publish the photos!! Word??? WORD! I’m about to be a published photographer.. Yes! God is working through meeee! =))

So yes!! ¬†Thinking about the journey to this point, there could have been sooo many juicy stories and behind the scene shots to share with you all, BUUUTT, let’s not focus on the could have!! My journey is a LOOOOOONG one, but a ¬†fulfilling one that I’m sure will be full of surprises, lessons learned and plain good ol’ inspirational!!

My goal is too juggle maintaining a blog, doing my thing with photography while moving UP and handling my side job… Writing isn’t an issue really, I looove writing, but with a traditional pen and paper… but I’ll do it, I’ll type for you ALL!! I must share with everyone! My TRUE hope and goal is to INSPIRE and have fun while doing it!! =D

I will still do OOTD as much as I can and share fashion tips and stories, but my main goal with this blog is to share my journey with you from LEANZA!! From fashion, my photography career , personal insights, and whatever I find pretty damn relevant, it’ll be on here!!! Good thing my fashion tips can’t really ever go outdated, so check around if you haven’t, a lot of my advice has changed lives! LOL Daring to be different, I do believe I am the CHANGE! My personal style, especially in my fashion photography have been rejected and always will, but that is simply WONDERFUL!! Because when I do meet people who accept and believe in my work, It is a extreme blessing!! I feel like wooow, yes, there are people who understaaaand!!! I was getting concerned for this world!! lmao But any who, I don’t want to turn this into a full blown essay! haha, I’ll go ahead and post my favorite photos from various shoots I have done to this very point!

If you want, you can¬†definitely check out my FAN page and see the shoots and shows in full,¬†and contact me if you would like!! I loveee hearing from my people!!! ‚̧ And ohhhh… would LOVE if you would be able to share the support and LIKE my fan page! You can either “like it” on this blog to your right I believe, —–> or go directly on Facebook! EVERYONE COUNTS!! THANK YOUUU!!

Link belowww =)

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Designs By PLUTO VS. MARS

Model Elizaveta Nemtinova-Dymond

Model Shalisa West with Designer EmpressionZ

Model Patricia Suarez and Designs By Maria A. Lepe

Model Kendall Roach

All photos are rightfully copyrighted and are property of Portraits By Leanza!

Stay tuuuneddddd!!! I’m excited!! I hope you are too!!!

Peace and Love

Birthday Fashion Shoot!

Hellloo folks!!

 

Yes If you guessed, My 20th birthday pasted July 11th, Wednesday! And on this special day, I was working hard, rolling on all over the ground for the “shot”! LOL It was seriously a wonderful opportunity.. I got to work with model and Pagent Winner Miss Teen Florida USA;¬†Genavieve Paige Bou√©, Pasarela Fashion Boutique and FIX boutique! Pasarela will be producing large posters, website and catalogue photos of MY work!! I have to find out how I can get my hands on all of them as soon as they’re up for my port!!

 

Maybe I can share with you all too of course! ūüėČ

 

I learned a lot with that particular shoot! It truly was a blessing and an awesome bday gift (especially with the dinner afterwards! Yum!)

But let me tell you, there was a lot that I will prepare for next time.. I’ll share a couple

1) When working with a client, The shoot is no longer for you! It’s your job to bring the clients vision to life (through your style of course, that’s why they chose you.. right?? )

2) Sometimes original ideas just aren’t going to work anymore, you must be VERY flexible, and ready to bend over with a whole new plan

3) Make sure you have your clients goal at best interest!! ¬†There’s nothing worse than shooting all day to find out your images are awesome, but missed the point in mind ! ¬†KEEP THEM INVOLVED!

4) Last but not least, do whatever you can to create the best customer service atmosphere but be yourself! Your clients will feel more comfortable with you, open to recommending you to prospect clients and future projects!

 

After days working on this shoot and balancing my day job, I’ve finally been able to create this post, whew lol I love it!

 

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Photography by Leanza Altidor All Rights Reserved.

 

Random Fashion Test shoot!!

Sooo I told myself I wasn’t going to do any work, nor any photo shoot “stuff” during the week of my birthday! (Which is tomorrow by the way 7-11 whoo hoo) But I definitely decided to go ahead and take up some of that good stuff! I have a resort/swimwear shoot tomorrow which I’m really looking forward to with a faith of success!! Along with that I’ve been invited to join Fashion week next weekend in Miami… Yeahh best birthday gifts so FAR!! lol

 

Any who, I decided to do a random test shoot yesterday… There were a couple of spots in my area that intrigued me every time I would cruise by, So I said Hey! Why not test out my vision??? It was pleasant to have a shoot that was absolutely all yours.. well besides sharing the experience with your wonderful model of course!

 

Big shout out to Model Reene Roache! Very¬†intelligent!¬† She worked with me on last minute basis and it worked out smoothly! And the finish work… not too shabby if I say soo my self! ūüėČ

 

 

Photography By Leanza Altidor. All Rights Reserved

 

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Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned!

Bebe knows it’s HOT!

The bangles add the fun and sparkle

This summer dress seems light and the dress hugs juuust RIGHT! ūüėČ Wearing with wedges provides the boost to your figure and makes you oh so¬†irresistible! ¬†LOVE it Bebe

iFashion Portraits

Hey Folks!!! Wow has it truly been awhile!!? I’ve been away discovering one of my true talents and establishing my style! In what you may ask??? If it isn’t obvious yet, FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY!

 

Oh yes! I’ve decided to jump start my career as a freelancing photographer specializing in Fashion (of course) Swimwear, Beauty, Runway and Entertainers!

For more fyi, Yes I am currently building my portfolio, and working hard day and night to find ways each day to grow not only as a person and photographer, but as a business savvy individual as well!!

 

With this shoot, I’ve been able to work with Fashion Designer, Pluto Vs. Mars! What a blessing, First official project with a designer, and only the BEGINNING!! ūüėČ ¬†I’ll be cleaning up this blog so I can concentrate on producing Behind the scene updates, top portraits, cool people I’ve gotten to work with, quick updates on what I’m wearing and etc! It’ll be fun! and I promise I won’t abandon you beautiful people ever again! lol

 

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