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Life and Work with Leah Blanche

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Blanche.

Leah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve really just begun my journey as a photographer, though I think the importance of capturing special moments began when I was a child. I can remember photos were always a must at family gatherings, sporting events and award ceremonies, special occasions with friends and family. I remember shelves of photo albums filled with years of memories, stories of life.

We no longer have shelves of photo albums at home, but we do treasure moments in books and on walls. In fact, one of my daughter’s favorite books to look through is when she was born. She is fascinated that she was once that little. I am fascinated by how much she has changed me. And so my story of motherhood begins.

When I became a mother, I was teaching and I had just completed my final thesis project for my graduate degree in Educational Leadership. I wanted to lead. I wanted to impact students on a higher level and in an even more impactful capacity. After having my first daughter, my whole life changed. My thinking changed. I wanted to give as much as I could to this little being. And so I put leadership on hold. I began capturing every little moment my daughter laughed, cried, walked, talked, just as many moms do. I loved seeing each moment (even though there were a million) and realized that it was not only her story but also mine.

I felt alive!

It told a simple story, but one that was true; one that was not perfect, that was emotional and full of ups and downs, but a true story of motherhood. And it was mine to cherish forever!

I began to explore the idea of capturing stories of motherhood and childhood beyond my own. I knew I loved children and connecting with other mamas and this new creativity of telling stories through photography was exhilarating! I took classes, researched, practiced on trusting friends and I fell in love!

Now, as a mother of two girls, I truly understand the importance of memories, of time flying by, of moments going unnoticed. Each and every session, I look for these special moments of love and laughter, motherhood and childhood, these connections that create the stories we celebrate for years to come.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The journey has not been easy. As with anything new, there are many obstacles, but I think what I have found to be most difficult outside of the unknown and confidence is BALANCE. I have always worked so hard to excel in everything I do – school, sports, my relationships, my jobs. I put a lot of emotion into everything and so this struggle of perfection has now transferred into striving to be the best wife, the best mother, the best photographer and business owner. I am so far from perfection and I know it’s not truly possible, but my struggle is to be good at all of them equally.

I think confidence has a lot to do with this: confidence that I am doing my best in every part of my life, realizing that it is possible to be a successful female business owner and a really great wife and mother.

I am thankful to have support from my husband, my family and friends, my community and fellow mothers. It takes a village and I am an example that if you love something and you continue to aspire toward your dreams and work hard, you can truly succeed in all aspects of life, though they may be imperfect.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Leah Blanche Photography – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a natural light photographer, capturing moments that convey a story – one of motherhood and childhood, of laughter and love, of beauty and emotion. I work with families – expecting mothers, new mothers with brand new babes, and mothers that want their story told in natural and organic ways.

Of course, I take those great shots of everyone cheesing at the camera, but I also want my families to laugh and giggle, hug and kiss, run and play. I try to create an environment of comfort and ease and with that, I am able to capture these really intimate and memorable moments that tell stories – ones that can be hung on walls, published in books, and celebrated for years.

I love working with kids and often find connections right from the start. It’s not unusual to find me carrying babes up trails, leading the older ones across streets with a loving hand, or wiping snotty faces. And I love every minute of it!

I consider myself a lifelong learner and I can’t wait to continue to perfect my craft, spread my love, make new connections, and create memories.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I will always remember my experiences. My parents, both adventurers, wanted to show my sister and I the world outside our small Colorado town and they worked so hard to do it. I can remember my mom waking us in the dark and leading us, half-asleep, to the van so we could get a head start on our adventure. We would drive all over, stopping at national parks, landmarks, experiencing the natural beauty of how others lived. We would find a campground and pitch the tent, rent a cheap hotel or even sleep in the car.

Of course, I remember the long car rides, but it was the thrill of the adventure that was so exciting, the togetherness it brought, the closeness and connection I felt. There were ups and downs, crying and laughing, but I think what I remember most were the moments, the ones that told the story.

My mom was always taking pictures, the “cheesing” kind with a gorgeous backdrop in the background. At the time, I remember thinking, another picture? But I look back on these photos and I am astounded at the happiness it brings, the story of our life, my mom’s story of motherhood.

I may not be following families on trips across the country, but I think my motivation to capture these special moments comes from the happiness my memories have brought. I want to share this happiness and give other moms their stories.

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Image Credit:
Marcus McCord (only for personal photo)

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