Jesse and Kaitlyn | Church Ceremony | Centennial Station High Point NC

Jesse and Kaitlyn | Church Ceremony | Centennial Station High Point NC

Jesse and Kaitlyn 

 

Where it all began:

Jesse and Kaitlyn met on their first night of college at Western Carolina University through a mutual friend. As the story goes, Jesse’s friend invited him to go hang out with them and some “pretty girls” they had just met.  The guys all went together to Kaitlyn and her roommate’s door.  Jesse happened to knock on Kaitlyn’s dorm room door, while the other guys dodged out of the way, Jesse was standing in clear view in the door way. He was met by a strange look and “who are you?” from Kaitlyn.  Little did Kaitlyn know, the stranger outside of her door would become her husband. The rest is history.

Kaitlyn and Jesse have dated for 6 years.  Many of these years have been spent on the road, commuting back and forth to see one another. Regardless of distance, Kaitlyn and Jesse have made it work through multiple mid-week Japanese dates in Asheville (the middle ground for them both).

The Proposal:

During their freshmen year of college, Kaitlyn and Jesse went cliff jumping with some friends at a Lake in Cashiers, NC. While another group of friends decided to go sit on the beach, Kaitlyn decided to follow Jesse and another group of friends up the cliff to take the plunge in an attempt to impress Jesse. A few days later, Kaitlyn and Jesse went on their first date. Needless to say, the decision to jump, although terrifying, was one of the best decisions that Kaitlyn ever made.

Six years later, on October 14th of 2016, Jesse took Kaitlyn to the same place that they first jumped and asked her to take another leap of faith with him by asking her to marry him.

The Wedding:

Jesse and Kaitlyn decided to get married at New Friendship Baptist Church (Kaitlyn’s home church) and have the reception at Centennial Station soon after becoming engaged. The venue is located at a convenient place that makes travel easy for both families. In addition, the old train station has a vintage look and possesses a lot of history of travel. Jesse and Kaitlyn are excited to begin traveling together. Although they have been many places on their own (collectively: Australia, Finland, England, Ireland, Wales) they have never had the opportunity to share these travels together. This is something they look forward to as newlyweds. With this being said, Centennial Station was the perfect spot to begin their new adventure of marriage!

Talented Team of Wedding Professionals: 

Cake: Sweet Josephine’s of High Point

Flowers: Handmade

Hair: Hair Attractions - Tara Boose

DJ: John Haskins

Invitations: The Bee’s Knees/ PrintsWell

Catering: California Fresh

Dress: Wildflower Bridal

Menswear: Men’s Warehouse

Photographer:  Yasmin Leonard Photography

Amanda and Keith | The Lofts at Union Square

Amanda and Keith | The Lofts at Union Square

Amanda and Keith

The Lofts at Union Square

High Point, NC

Talented Team of Vendors:

CAKE:  Sweet Josephine’s

CATERINGSouthern Roots

HAIR:  Nancy Puckett

MAKEUP: About Face

MUSIC: Corda Entertainment

OFFICIANT: Reverend Darrell Bordeaux

DJ: TRIAD DJ -  Ryan Shelton

VIDEOGRAPHY: Hayzen's Production

VENUE:  The Lofts at Union Square

FLOWERS: ABBA DESIGN

 PHOTOGRAPHY: Yasmin Leonard Photography

Leslie and Allen

Leslie and Allen

Leslie and Allen had a classic mint and gray wedding at L'abri at Linwood, NC. 

Cody and Courtney - Wallburg, NC

Cody and Courtney - Wallburg, NC

Cody and Courtney

Wallburg, NC

Cody and Courtney decided to get married at the place they spent the most time during the summer months and where Cody had proposed, at his grandmother’s house! This is where they keep their horses, bring their dog Clint to play in the pond, fish, and where they eat every Sunday evening. His grandmother fixes supper for the entire family every Sunday evening. After eating, Courtney and Cody find themselves sitting out on the porch swing watching the sun go down. There was never really any thought to have the wedding somewhere else. They wanted it to feel like home and wanted the opportunity to create more memories in one place.

There are a lot of sentimental items that make up the foundation of their wedding and decorations that were handmade from their families or borrowed. They wanted it to be authentic and real, instead of just looking that way. They also purchased a lot from local vendors. The flowers that were displayed as decorations came from either the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market or wild ones that were picked fresh out of the hay field. The flowers used for the bouquets were ordered online and put together by family members. The popcorn and peanuts were also from local vendors at the market.

They also wanted their wedding favors to have a little “taste”, of their lifestyle! The wedding favors needed to be something that the guests would use and not something that would just be thrown to the back of a cabinet. Strawberry jam was the lucky winner! They were also able to use an old recipe from the bride’s grandmother that was made with fresh strawberries from the local Hedgecock Strawberry Farm. Labels were placed on the jars in favor of the wedding and wrapped in cloth to give them that country feel.

 

During the ceremony, the unity piece was also something special to the couple. The groom is a Horseshoer and works daily with a forge and horseshoes. They saw the idea of making a brand with their initials on it and branding it into a wooden plaque to display as they became one. The couple designed the brand and the groom brought that idea to life. There are two C’s surrounding an E that represents Cody and Courtney Essick. They also made the wooden plaque with scrap wood.

 

 "Something old something new, something borrowed something blue" also had its share of sentimental value. The bride collected her mother’s 30+ year old blue garter, borrowed her sister’s veil, wore a new bracelet, and put a “Lucky Penny” in her shoe. The “Lucky Penny” has been passed down from the groom’s family over the years and started with the first wedding in 1948. Cody’s Great Grandmother was the first bride to have put it in her shoe to wear on her wedding day. It has also been passed down to his grandparents at their wedding, his parents and will be worn in Courtney’s shoe for theirs.

 

Cody and Courtney are most excited and feel so blessed to be able to have and experience their wedding day on family land with so many memories that they have created there. Nothing means more to them than to have their big day celebrating with friends and family that mean the most to them, the town they were raised in and the land that has been in Cody’s family for many years! It is not every day when a young couple has the chance to say they got engaged, married, and spend every Sunday evening at the same place. It is this place that they hope to make their own one day and to continue the memories with generations to come.

Vendors:

Cake- Taylor Robbins (Tay’s Full Cakes)

Flowers- Fifty Flowers Online and wild flowers from the hay fields

Hair- Brandy (Welcome Hair Designers)

Make Up- Brittany Wiggins

DJ-  Verne Hill from WBFJ (Your Family Station)

Invitations- Zazzle Invitations

Catering- Josh Brendle

Dress- Jasmin Design from Dawn’s Bridals

Menswear- Boot Barn, Dillards and Kohl’s

Save the Dates- Shutterfly

Photographer - Yasmin Leonard Photography

Summerfield Farms Engagement Session With Fox 8

Summerfield Farms Engagement Session With Fox 8

Kerstin and Michael  -  Summerfield Farms, NC

"Good for Her" Segment for Fox 8

Recently, I did a Senior Portrait session for a young lady who was accompanied by her parents. During our conversations, I discovered that her step-dad, Chris Weaver, was the videographer for Fox 8. We also talked about my transition from being a high school Spanish teacher to a professional Wedding Photographer a few years ago. After our session, Chris asked if anyone had ever done a story on me. The High Point Enterprise did a small feature story on YLP when I first opened the studio in High Point, but I was interested in where this was going! He mentioned that Fox 8 showcases a "Good for Her" segment every Wednesday and wondered if I'd be interested! I responded, "I'm not great with words, so only if you can make me sound like I make sense!" He laughed and ensured me that he would! We'll see if he kept his promise on May 31st when it airs! 

On Monday, Chris joined me at Summerfield Farms for an Engagement Session. I'm accustomed to making others feel comfortable, but I'm not going to lie, I was sooooo nervous! I reminded my sweet couple, Kerstin and Michael, that they shouldn't feel nervous! They just needed to be themselves, I'd be myself and we'd try our hardest to pretend Chris wasn't there! It didn't take long for us to relax and just enjoy the experience!

Here are a few behind the scenes photographs Chris shared on his FB page.  You can follow him here:  ChrisFox8

 

We did their session at Summerfield Farms, where they will be getting married this Fall!  As you can see, their love and connection was effortless to photograph!  

...and the whole experience wouldn't be complete without a group selfie! 

2018 Senior Portraits | High Point Based Senior Photographer

2018 Senior Portraits | High Point Based Senior Photographer

Yasmin Leonard Photography is now scheduling 2018 Seniors!

 

HELLO SENIORS!!! (and their parents!)

I am beyond excited you have contacted me!  I LOVE senior sessions and love customizing each and every one for the particular senior. Throughout this blog, I'll address some commonly asked questions.  If I left anything out, feel free to ask!

 

What should I wear?

Dress in whatever makes you feel confident, beautiful and comfortable.  I used beautiful - and that goes for guys and girls - dress in whatever makes you feel awesome!  If that's an old pair of jeans and a white t-shirt, bring them!  If you love to "dress to impress," let's do it!  I want to document who YOU are and I'll be able to do that best when you feel great!  

I don't limit how often you are allowed to change.  I personally love the variety!  So I'd suggest you change at least 4 times.  Just keep in mind that changing takes away from our shooting time, so plan to change quickly! 

 

Where will the session be?

Sessions are done within the Triad; typically within 30 minutes of High Point, NC.  We'll discuss where together though!  Think about what makes you, you!  Where do you feel most at home?  If that's the city, we'll go there!  If that's the great outdoors, we'll find a great property!  AND if you're a little of both, we can allow time during your session to go to two different locations.  If you need ideas or suggestions, I have them!  ...but first, I want you to think of what you like and we'll go from there!

  

Can I include my sport, hobby or interests?

Absolutely!  Please do!  I LOVE including what makes you, you!  I've said that a few times, do you get the idea!?  I want this session to be ALL ABOUT YOU!  I want your friends and family to see these and say "That is soooo (insert your name here)."  So if you're in the band, definitely bring your instrument!  If you're a swimmer, let's go to the pool!  If you have played basketball since you were 4, by all means, let's go to the gym!  The only catch is, you're responsible for getting permission to use any school or private property.

Don't play sports?  Not in the band?  No problem!  I wasn't either!  What makes you - you - may be a ball cap, a great pair of sunglasses, or maybe going barefoot!  Don't stress about what to bring!  Sometimes less is more anyway!

    

When should I book? 

Again, that's up to you!  Many seniors book in July and August.  If you are wanting to use your senior portraits for your senior page in the yearbook, check with your school to see when they are due!  ...and schedule accordingly.  After your session, it typically takes 10-12 days to get your images back.

If you don't need them for your yearbook, you're really free to schedule whenever you'd like!  Some seniors really love the Fall or Spring and will wait to schedule for that time of year.

Regardless of the time of year, book early!  YLP usually books up two months in advance.

Senior Sessions are booked on Monday - Thursday; with limited availability.  Weekends are reserved for weddings. 

 

How much is a session?

Senior Sessions are $375 and include the digital images with print release.  Images are delivered via online gallery within two weeks.  Sessions are booked 2 hours before sunset or right at sunrise.

Bestie Sessions:

*Do you have a friend that shares the same interests as you?  Consider booking your session together!  What that means:  You and your bestie will be photographed at all the same locations individually.  While one is changing outfits for the next location, I'll be photographing the other.  Each of you will be posed and photographed to best represent you but you'll both be photographed at the same locations.   These Bestie Sessions are $550 - $275/senior.  2 1/2 hours are allowed for these sessions.

If you'd like to book, email me at yasminleonardphotography@yahoo.com or message me on FB @YasminLeonardPhotography.  If you'd like to chat, call me at 336-848-0003.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

  

Newborn Sessions

Newborn Sessions

Newborn Sessions

Thank you for contacting me to photograph your sweet newborn!  Newborns are typically photographed between 4-12 days, and are generally scheduled 1-2 months in advance.

There are two options for newborn sessions!  

1.) Swaddle Me Mini Session | $300        2.) Full Newborn Session | $400      

Add $100 for Twins

The Swaddle Me Mini Session is short and sweet; sessions usually last around 1 hour.  The newborn is gently swaddled up and is usually very cozy and comfortable this way; which helps the session go smoothly with few interruptions.  The baby will remain swaddled for the duration of session.  You can expect 2-3 different color swaddles, with different baskets.  Parents are also welcome!  

Session Includes 15-20 images
Online Gallery up for 10 years, allowing you to download and share with family and friends
Print Release
Digital Images will be returned within 2 weeks

Full Newborn Session

A Full Newborn Session includes everything the Swaddle Me Session includes, plus photos of the baby in the buff.  Below are photos of what you can expect, however, no pose is promised.  Every baby is different and each newborn session is unique and customized for them. 

Includes 20-30 images
Online Gallery up for 10 years, allowing you to download and share with family and friends
Print Release
*Usually lasts 2-4 hours depending on the baby
 Parents and Siblings are also welcome!

 

Sessions are done in my studio at 1313 North Main Street, High Point. The studio is stocked with baskets, blankets, wraps and headbands. You are more than welcome to bring your own props especially if you have particular color preferences but the studio does have a nice selection.

If you'd like to book, I'll put you on the calendar with your due date. You would just need to call when the baby arrives and I'll work you in during those first 12 days.

JH Adams Inn | Johnna And Zack | High Point Wedding Photographer

JH Adams Inn | Johnna And Zack | High Point Wedding Photographer

Johnna and Zack

March 18, 2017

Talented Wedding Vendors that made this all happen! 

Wedding Coordinator:  Karleigh King

Ceremony:  Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Church Coordinator: Becky Blue

Reception:  JH Adams Inn

Reception Coordinator: Melissa Culbertson

Florist: Grace's Flowers

Cake:  Misty’s Cakes and Bakery

DJ:  Anything Music - Craig Pearman

Hair and Makeup:  Sophia Hassapelis – Smith

Wedding Dress:  New York Bride and Groom

Tux:  Men’s Warehouse

Wedding Photographer: Yasmin Leonard Photography

The Groome Inn | Jessica and Shaughn | High Point Wedding Photographer

The Groome Inn | Jessica and Shaughn | High Point Wedding Photographer

 

Talented Vendors:

Catering: Carrabba's Italian Grill 

Tuxedo's: VIP Rentals

Wedding Dress: Diva's Boutique

Cake: Cheesecakes by Alex

Venue:  Groome Inn

Wedding gift: Wentworth and Sloan;

Wedding Coordinator: Left Lane Productions

Flowers: Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

Photographer:  Yasmin Leonard Photography

Barn at Blueberry Hill | Rain on Your Wedding Day

Barn at Blueberry Hill | Rain on Your Wedding Day

Michelle and Alex

Barn at Blueberry Hill - November 7, 2015

Picture this…you have planned your fairytale, picture perfect wedding for over a year.  You have thought about, organized and planned every last detail to insure everything goes perfectly.  …and then, your wedding day comes and it’s a cold, super overcast day with rain forecasted right around your ceremony time!  It’s 2 hours before your wedding and you have to make a decision…proceed with your vision of a beautiful, outdoor ceremony or move it inside?  You have dreamed of an outdoor wedding and proceed with your plan, hoping for the best!  “Let’s do it outside still!” 

It’s time.  The music starts.  Everyone gets into position.  Just as your bridesmaids start walking down the aisle it begins to pour, just as the radars promised.   Worst case scenario just happened!  What happens next is 100% based on your attitude.

A picture says 1000 words…see for yourself how Michelle and Alex’s cold, rainy wedding day played out!!

The love, happiness and joy I witnessed on this rainy day will always stick with me and I hope it does with you Michelle and Alex!  I hope you continue to keep this positive outlook and overall love for each other anytime life doesn’t go exactly as planned.