Phantom of the Opera, a birthday gift for Jenna

About a year ago we were asked to do something special for Jenna’s 17th birthday. Her mother Mackenna thought a photoshoot styled after a favorite movie of theirs, “The Phantom of the Opera”, would be just that. Hoping and praying that the renovations to the chapel in The Providence Academy would be completed in time, we set the date and planned the shoot. We were fortunate to be able to work with Christopher Lee Hall, who so wonderfully embodied the spirit of our “Phantom” and Riley RW, who graciously signed on to take care of Jenna’s styling and makeup. All the pieces fell into place! The chapel was indeed finished and made for a spectacular backdrop for many of our photos. Those chapel shots combined with images made in other locations throughout our building as well as a quick trip up to Rocky Butte tied it all together.

This is our “Phantom of the Opera”…

Mom’s parting words taken from a Facebook post: I highly recommend D. Leonidas Photography. He creates the vision and story you dream of. Riley RW is the best makeup artist ever. Jenna's makeup was fresh and gorgeous for over 13 hours. I cannot wait to get our family photos done. (Yes, this is going to be another themed shoot!) We want to thank you all again for coming together to make this happen!

The House of Providence School and Orphanage

In September of 1873 the House of Providence School and Orphanage was dedicated.

In 2016 we moved our studios into a wonderful space on the third floor of the old building. Besides working in our studio and shooting on the Academy grounds, one of our favorite place to shoot is the abandoned attic directly above us.

We’re told that trapped spirits of former students and educators still reside in the attic space above and appear from time to time. This is our conceptualization…

Portrayed by: Davina Garcia of the Vixens of Horror Alternative Models

Styled by: Makeup Artistry by Amanda McGahey

Exploring the New Vancouver Waterfront with Jenna Ask

Not only does Vancouver’s new waterfront development on the north shore of the Columbia River bring much needed growth to Vancouver’s downtown, it also provides us with some wonderful new places to shoot with amazing backdrops and all within minutes from our studio located in the historic Providence Academy building. While much is still under construction we explored the areas open to the public with aspiring teen model and future firefighter, Jenna Ask last week. Here are a few of the images we made together… we even got to play on a firetruck!

New Year! New Studio! New Special!

We're please to announce that while we're still located in the historic Providence Academy building in downtown Vancouver, we've moved our studio into a bigger space on the third floor that will afford far more creative freedom and allow us to comfortably photograph larger groups and families!

To kick off our move we're please to offer our New Year special...

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In studio with Marcela Bercovici

We were blessed to shoot with the lovely, charming, and extremely flexible Marcela Bercovici recently. Marcela is a circus level contortionist with aspirations to perform with Cirque du Soleil one day. This was a collaborative effort with Marcela and Sara Koethe (Makeup by Sara) who did the amazing floral body paint. The shoot took place over two weeks in our Vancouver, WA studio. We ended up shooting this in two parts as Marcela's Valentine's gift of the red cat suit hadn't arrived in time, and we just had to capture that look as well. Stay tuned for big things to come from both of these creative women!

We've Moved

We've moved our studio from a co-op space in SE Portland to the Historic Providence Academy Building in Downtown Vancouver, WA. The location affords us not only two indoor studios, but amazing outdoor photo opportunities on the Academy grounds.

400 SE Evergreen Blvd. Suite #318
Vancouver, WA 98660

Bu-Kai Design

We had the pleasure of working with the Bu-Kai Design team recently, photographing one of their latest projects in Canby, Oregon. Truly amazing work! The water features are spectacular and the metal work imaginative! I'd encourage anyone desiring unique landscape design to get in touch with them by clicking on the link above or visiting their Facebook page.

Proud Sponsor of Team Beer Pressure

D. Leonidas Photography is proud to sponsor one of the legs of the Hood to Coast Relay for Fun Employment Radio!'s team Beer Pressure. We picked up the sponsorship for Greg's 3rd and final leg, which should be the most grueling.

Hood to Coast will be run this coming weekend and is a 36 "Leg" relay that starts on Mt. Hood and proceeds 198 miles to the Coast, finishing in Seaside, Oregon.  There are 12 people per team, which means each team member runs 3 legs total.  The length of each leg varies, as does the terrain, elevation, etc.  This year Sarah is running "Leg 1", which means Legs 1, 13 & 25 for a total distance of 13.38 miles.  Greg is running "Leg 2" which means Legs 2, 14 & 26 for a total of 17.76 miles!

Good Luck Greg and Sarah!

Summer Portrait Special only $69!

Just in time for summer. This portrait special is perfect for getting a jump on senior portraits for 2016 graduates, family photos you've been putting off, headshots for networking and social media, portfolio building, or if you're just looking for an artistic portrait of yourself or someone you love... Limited availability, contact us soon to reserve your session!

Click on the flyer to contact us for booking!

Alice in Portlandia

Holly Day and Dana Zimmer joined us in late April for an Alice in Wonderland themed shoot. Originally planned to be shot outdoors, the unpredictable Portland weather forced us inside and made it necessary to do some quick re-story boarding and this is the end result...

Into the new year

As January comes to a close I realize that the blog page has been neglected lately. I've been busy filling up my schedule shooting, plotting, and planning the future. I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow this page or my social media feeds. I am truly grateful for all of you being part of this adventure with me. Thank you!

Vixens of Horror

The Vixens of Horror are a group of very unique, extremely talented, beautiful, and passionate women. They share common interests of everything creepy. These women are professionals with experience in the entertainment industry modeling, with fashion, dance, and film. They have an ever growing love for the darker side of reality.

I feel so very fortunate to be a part of their journey. Look for them on movie, television, and computer screens in the near future. 2015 is going to be Epic!

Enjoy the slideshow of our recent Slaughter House photoshoot.