Review by Lorrie, Virginia

“The BEST way to tour Brooklyn and Dumbo – My daughter and I had a fabulous time with Leanne. She was kind enough to meet us at our hotel and we hopped on the subway for the Brooklyn photography tour. She was very patient with us while we took an insane amount of photos (did I mention my daughter is 16?) and she gave us suggestions and tips as well. We saw things we never would have seen wandering around on our own, and had lunch at a great little Mexican restaurant. Then a few days after the tour, she e-mailed me the photos she took while we were wandering around. If you’re looking for a tour that with some history of NY, great photography tips, and visits to some fabulous photo opportunities, this is definitely the tour for you.” – Lorrie, Virginia https://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/reviews/2017/6/5/review-by-lorrie-virginia-1

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More than one method

What is it about technology and technically perfect photos that appeals to people in general and photographers more specifically? We already know that in many ways technology is a big distraction. Is there truth in technically perfect photos? I throw these questions out there because I have become disillusioned with the idea that a photograph can replicate reality or even that that’s what I’d like it to do. Recently I was giving a photo tour in Dumbo and taking photos that I’ve photographed so many times before and I decided then and there that I was going to do it differently. I have a photo that I did a number of years ago there that is more a “realistic” photo. Whatever that means. I think a photograph should reflect the photographer. And when a photo does that it doesn’t really matter if it is a truer representation or a more creative view of the place. Photography is always personal. Photos from 15 April 2017 and 4 December 2010.

In pursuit of magic

If you’re not having a good time when you’re out shooting, what are you doing??? I mean seriously. Going out and taking/making photos is a gas! I’m a big fan of experimenting and making so-called mistakes. The element of chance is always a factor. Did you miss something one day only to see it the next? Were you not in top visual mode? There are always challenges along the way. A battery dies or a memory card fills up right in the middle of your stream? It gets easier to move beyond those things on good days. Some of my best mistakes turned into styles. Experiments as well, There is so much possibility and any given moment I only hope to catch as much as possible. It’s a great exercise in rising above the mundane and seeing even familiar surroundings in a new light. And maybe there are days when you just nail something beyond your expectations. When you’re passionate about it, you don’t give in or give up no matter if the conditions aren’t ideal. Maybe ideal situations don’t produce the best photos. Just a few thoughts on my process and thinking about photography. This is a double exposure photo taken 9 March 2017, Dumbo, Brooklyn. In Pursuit of Magic, I have a creative photography workshop if you’re in interested in doing something different with photography.in pursuit of magic

Pedro’s in Dumbo

There are so many cool little restaurants in New York City! I’ve been to Pedro’s in Dumbo (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass) a few times. Fabulous atmosphere and food. Oh, and it’s not expensive. I have a tour which includes the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Dumbo and we always capture some fabulous photos of the Manhattan skyline from there. There’s so much to explore in New York City and I always tailor my tours to your interests both photographically and for the different neighborhoods.pedros-dumbo