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EXCLUSIVE vintage boutique COMING SOON!

Hello dear people!!! Happy Holidays and I hope all is well!!!

I have intensely been researching and building my business plan this month for my future vintage boutique! With my eye and vision, and my passionate desire to servicing customers in the name of fashion, IT IS ONLY RIGHT!! I’ve made it official to launch my company in May 2013!! I’m definitely starting off small and letting it evolve from there, all while still exceeding expectations!! My goal is to really engage with my customers and provide the exclusive vintage wear, and retro wear for the hottest trendsetters and inspiring all over the globe, inspired by yours truly..ME! =)

My online store will be catered to expressive hipsters/fashionistas from ages 15-25! Other ages are always welcomed as well!! Although the clothes will be catered to women, I will have plenty of unisex treasures for the men out there who want to also own the exclusive merchandise I will carry!

 

From hunting city to city for top notch unique wear, hand making accessories and setting up mind-boggling fashion photoshoots, preparing will be a real hoot!!! Of course I will keep you all updated with my progress!!

Now for the name!!! I most definitely have the name, but I’m saving that juicy info for another random time!!  lol

 

Besides that… That’s about it… if you have any idea who’d be a great company to receive business/retail supplies from, don’t hesitate to drop that info below!!!

 

 

Thank you!!

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Miami Beach Welcomes Wilhelmina Models!

Hey there! I’ve been wrapped up since one of my last shoots right before turkey day! (Happy Belated Thanksgiving BTW! 😉 ) But I couldn’t forget to share the update! I was thankfully able to work with a couple wonderful models from Wilhelmina Models! ❤ It was kind of last minute since the models Julia and Christine, flew right in, and were flying right out, but it was a whiz of course! I fell in love with their look! The moment of the shoot, I knew working with models was truly a calling for me! I enjoy communicating with, sharing and directing models to find the shot and improve their skills, taking full advantage of their beauty, with the help of a wonderful strong team as well!! The shot is the character and attitude through the models body language, owning the mood of the story. I can tell helping models build their books is my thing! Well, duh! Especially since I do plan on owning my superb modeling agency one day! =)

 

I can say I am so thankful for the growth and opportunities! I appreciate everyone who are a part of my journey! The negativity that comes along has to be dealt with PATIENCE and FAITH! I feel everyone chasing a dream must be realistic with their self!! If you truly have the skills and talent, the passion and attitude, there’s really no stopping you, just have to keep practicing and wait.. =) 

I always do this, I just had to share with you!! lol Now back to the point!

 

Here are some of my FAVE shots from the shoot! Check out MORE on my FAN page on Facebook with an easy click!! Portraits By Leanza

 

P.S. Big shout outs and thanks to Make Up Artists J.C. and Matthew from ELIZA COSMETIC! As you can see they were awesome!! =)

Fashion Designer Fashion Risks! THANK YOU! Her prints are extraordinaire!

 

Model Julie!! Love her, such a doll and a quick learner!! =)

 

Model Christine! She had a unique burst of energy throughout! Her festive look and smile was killer! =D

 

HOPE YOU ENJOYED!!! Please hit that like button to your far RIGHT!!! EVERYONE TRULY COUNTS!!!

 

Thank you!!! ❤

Here they are!! Elite Photoshoot!!

Hey! Hey Heeey!! My lovely folks!! I have the final results from the shoot the other day and I want to share with you some of my top faves! It was simply amazing watching her grow and tell her story before my eyes! With me having the growing skills and talent to direct and capture her was simply SCINTILLATING!! So let’s cut to the chase and share some of the results and cross our fingers that the booker loves the photos of this budding model Nina Salci at Elite Model Management. Thank You to Make Up Artist Kristy Colon Andres!!! Shout Out to her and visit her Fan page on facebook!! =)

Hope you enjoyed!! If you want to see more of this exclusive shoot visit my fan page Portraits By Leanza and please like my page either to your right ——>>>>> or when you visit my page!! Thank you!!! ❤

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! 😉

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!

P.s. Please hit that LIKE button to your RIGHT!!  😉

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Peace and Love!!

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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 =)

http://www.facebook.com/PortraitsByLeanza

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

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