The Artist

Leyna Butcher, porch, blue shirt, stairs

Things don’t always go as planned. I first found photography as a high schooler in the 90’s. I ran around with a pager and a Canon point-n-shoot ready to document my high school life and got many pictures published in the yearbook or school newspaper. But with out the help of the internet I took a more traditional track. My first professional career lead me into teaching, first medically fragile special education and later high school math. During that time I got married and then had two boys 18 months apart. It was then that I got my hands on my first DSLR, a boy were my eyes opened! I was finally taking pictures of what envisioned in my head but could never acheive with a point-n-shoot, let alone an iPhone. Once I decided I was not going back to teaching, I came running back to photography, and found I couldn’t take enough pictures of my growing babies.

Just like any of parent, I look at my kids and see something that no one else does. That angelic face as they are screaming at the top of thier lungs, that soft hair that no doubtedly has something sticky in it, and the milestones as proof that I am keeping them alive and well. The squishy hugs and the sticky hands made up for the spilled Cherrios and Lego boobie traps. We have been out of toddlerhood for a while now and are embracing the woes of elementary school and youth sports. I can only look forward to the days they are asking for the keys and filling out college applications. (Cover my eyes!)

The importance of capturing these moments was driven home for me after my father died when I was fourteen. We went through the few possessions he had, we found all kinds of keepsakes. My sister and I fought over the photos which were split among us. This was it. There wasn’t going to be anymore. Then again when I was going through my grandmother’s things and realized that any new prints to be made won’t bear her fingerprints. They won’t have to stand the test of safekeeping, worn away by time.

As your family portrait photographer I know you are watching your children change before your eyes, doing all you can do to fish your phone out of your bag to snap a couple of pics just to hang on to the memories you are making every day–the way they hold your hand, the wobbly steps and tumbles, the cuddle time in bed, meals together, and a livingroom filled with friends. I like to play games, make funny noises, throw leaves, play chase, and go on scavenger hunts. Sometimes I bark like a dog!  I bring these tools with me making sure you get an authentic experience and images that bring all that love flodding back to you.

Start your booking by contacting me today. I want to hear more about your family and what your memories will be.

Love & Happy Moments,
Leyna Butcher

Ley

leyna@photosbyleyna.com   |    619.886.7533    

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