7 Deadly Sins Edition of NW Creative Arts Magazine

I'm pleased to announce that some of our images of Lauren "Betty Bombshell" Olson are featured in this months issue of NW Creative Arts Magazine!

We chose to represent the sin of "Pride" in our shoot.

The sin of pride is the sin of sins. It was this sin, we're told, which transformed Lucifer, an anointed cherub of God, the very "seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty", into Satan, the devil, the father of lies, the one for whom Hell itself was created.

Get your copy today! Available for purchase on Magcloud.

Portland Pinups Collection 2014

I'm proud to collaborate with my wife Mandy to bring the Portland Pinups Collection 2014 to market. Featuring some of our favorite pinup images I've taken over the past year, they are available as a collectable set of guitar picks, or in pairs as guitar pick earrings. If there is enough interest we're hoping to expand the line to include clothing and other collectables.

Visit her Etsy shop MadPink Jewelry to check them out!


Summer Photoshoot Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Kimberly Raynor, winner of our Summer Photoshoot contest we announced last May. It took a little time to get Kimberly on the PDX studio schedule but we finally made it happen last weekend! Thanks again Kimberly for being a part of all this!!

The Big Shindig 2014

Deviants Carclub puts on one of my favorite shows of the season. Held in downtown Vancouver, WA it hosts some of the coolest hot rods and best bands of the summer.

Rose City Round-Up

Summer is the time for car shows and Portland's Rose City Round-Up is one of it's biggest. Classic cars, bikes, and trucks abound along with great music throughout the day and night.

Summer 2014

Wow, since my last post in mid May about opening the Portland studio, it's been a little overwhelming to say the least! We've been working with some wonderful people and attended many great events so far this summer. Unfortunately, this blog is the one thing that's been put on the back burner. The next few posts will highlight a few of the events we've attended, places we've visited, and people we've photographed. Moving forward, I'll be posting more frequently about our activities.

Portland Studio Grand Opening Special

D. Leonidas Photography is celebrating joining Studio 20 by holding a 1 day  Studio Portrait Event on Saturday May 31st, 2014 from 11am - 5pm.

  • 45 minute studio session
  • 3 high resolution edited digital images
  • 50% off regular price for additional images or prints

All this for only $50!! Space is limited so book early to reserve your spot!!


$25 non-refundable deposit due upon booking your session. Arrive 5 minutes early, camera ready. Limited to two wardrobe changes. To reserve your spot, message me via the contact page and we will get right back to you with session availability.


Thursday, May 1st 2014

It's here! The May 2014 Photo Shoot Contest

Enter to win a mini-photo shoot with D. Leonidas Photography! The contest winner will receive a free mini studio photo shoot and three of their favorite digital images. You will need to arrive at the studio camera ready. Makeup and hair styling are available, but are not included. You just need to do these three easy things to enter:

1. Like the D. Leonidas Photography page on Facebook (if you haven't already).
2. Share the contest post on Facebook.
3. Comment on the Facebook post with a picture of yourself and a brief reason why you'd like to win a photo shoot with us.

As a bonus, everyone who enters will receive $50 off their next modeling, family, or event session. May not be combined with any other offers or promotions.

Thank you to those of you who already entered when we posted advance notice of the contest on Facebook last month. Your submissions are appreciated!

The winner will be chosen Saturday May 10th, 2014

Good luck!

Lisa Leopard Image with Amanda Fox Styles MUA

Saturday, March 29th 2014

UPDATE: Our shoot was held last Sunday April 27th! Gabrielle showed up ready to unleash her inner model. Well done Gabrielle!! Below is a semi-recreation of her winning photo.

Congratulations to Gabrielle for winning our best-worst picture contest featured on Funemployment Radio!  For her humiliation Gabrielle won a portrait session complete with hair and makeup styling by Amanda Fox MUA. We'll be posting before and after images both here on the blog and on the Funemployment Radio! Facebook page.

Gabrielle's winning submission

Gabrielle's winning submission

Monday, March 24th 2014

I'm pleased to announce that effective April 1st, 2014 we will now be able to offer our clients a Portland studio location in addition to our SW Washington studio. As always, location shoots remain a favorite of both our clients and myself, but living here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, weather isn't always on our side and the option to shoot in a professional studio is an added benefit. The new studio is just down the street from OMSI and affords easy access, street parking, and is available 24/7 so we can work around any scheduling challenges.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

I had a meeting with Greg Nibler and Sarah X Dylan of Funemployment Radio! this evening to finalize the details for our photo shoot giveaway. It looks like Amanda, of Amanda Fox Styles, and I are going to join Greg and Sarah this coming Monday the 24th on the Podcast.  We decided the winner will be the first person to both like the D. Leonidas Photography Facebook page and provide the correct answer to a secret trivia question we offer up during the show.

Watch the blog here on the site or the Facebook page for more information as well as a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Good stuff is happening!!

Monday, March 10th 2014

I spent last Monday with the crew from Funemployment Radio! doing a photo shoot, both in their studio and after a little trek to the old abandoned Taylor Electric building in SE Portland, out amidst some of the best street art in the Northwest. This started out as a mission to get a few head shots, but morphed into a really fun afternoon. Amanda Fox, of Amanda Fox Styles, took care of everyone's hair and makeup, and as always endeared herself to everyone in the room. I think we captured some great images of both the hosts, Greg Nibler and Sarah X Dylan. Studio stuff is great, but nothing beats shooting on location in a really cool space!!

Click here to listen to Funemployment Radio! episode 1055  where Greg and Sarah discuss the photo shoot (about 11 minutes in).  I encourage everyone to listen to not only this episode, but to  Subscribe  to their great podcast network.

Click here to listen to Funemployment Radio! episode 1055 where Greg and Sarah discuss the photo shoot (about 11 minutes in).  I encourage everyone to listen to not only this episode, but to Subscribe to their great podcast network.

Friday, February 21st 2014

I'm pleased to announce that in conjunction with Funemployment Radio and Amanda Fox Styles we will be giving away a Studio Portrait Package valued at $300 during the annual Funemployment Radio Network Party this Saturday, February 22nd at the Hawthorne Theatre; located at 1507 SE 39th Portland, Oregon 97214. The package includes hair and makeup styling, up to a 90 minute in studio portrait session, and six edited digital images.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance on the Funemployment Radio site.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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Wednesday, January 1st 2014


I bid 2013 a fond farewell and welcome what the new year has to offer, both personally and professionally. This past year marked the launch of D. Leonidas Photography, turning what was once a passionate hobby, into a thriving and rewarding business. I appreciate all the help and encouragement of everyone involved and offer my heartfelt thanks.

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Friday, October 25th 2013

D. Leonidas Photography is pleased to announce that we have teamed with Amanda Fox Styles MUA to offer complete makeup and hair styling on site for your scheduled photo shoot at an affordable price. Amanda has worked with several Portland based photographers over the past few years as a stylist for weddings, head shots, modeling portfolios, fashion shoots, engagement photos, film, and family portraits. Please contact us directly for more information or to schedule your shoot.

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Friday, October 18th 2013

Halloween, it's got to be my favorite time of year! I've finished up all the edits from our zombie - pole dancer - pinup shoot with the lovely Lyric Allure and Katrina Lovebug. We had a seriously fun time shooting in a very unusual environment. I found an abandoned ships hull that has the right amount of graffiti and grunge to make for an amazing background (once the bottles, needles, and broken glass were mostly cleaned up).  Here are a few of my favorite images...

Monday, September 9th 2013

Our trip to capture the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle over the Labor Day weekend with only my Fuji x100s was for the most part a success! I did at times find myself wishing for the big glass on my Canon, but all in all I was most impressed with the images I was able to capture with the little Fuji's fixed 23mm lens. It was a wonderful weekend filled with great music, film, comedy, art, zombies, and of course the festival goers themselves! What a blending of age, race, and culture; with everyone there for one reason, to have a good time over a beautiful weekend in a magical setting. Take a few minutes (a little over 8 to be precise) and enjoy some of the images I've put together in this video slideshow with music by Watsky.

A video slideshow from our time at Bumbershoot 2013