Focusing on timeless moments by capturing the personality and the spirit of a toddler, the breathtaking innocence of a child and the heart of a cherished pet.
Behind the Shutter
When I picked up a camera in college, that was it, I never again put the camera down. It was an awakening. It was then and there that I embarked on my photographic journey. For two decades now, I have been taking pictures, professionally.
Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, I majored in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin, studying radio, television and film. I went on to get an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) in photography from Pratt Institute in New York. After earning my degree, my camera became a permanent fixture as I worked my way freelancing photographic assignments all over the Washington, D.C. area including assignments at The White House, myriad Washington, D.C. based associations and hospitals, and a variety of magazines including The Rockville Gazette and Washington Life magazine.
In 1998, I established Leslie Lane Photography and I have been having a great time behind the camera since then. It’s because taking photos has always made me look at things, people, animals, everything, differently. The best thing about being a photographer is the adventure.
Focusing On the Moment
One of the reasons I love photographing children (through age nine, as well as pets) is the adventure. It’s my specialty because I so enjoy the whimsy of my subjects. I never know the personalities of those I’m photographing and I get to go on an adventure with each and every one of my subjects and, in so doing, create something magical.
It’s my “eye,” my perspective. Some tell me it’s “my gift.” It’s what I do because I love focusing on and creating a moment that can be cherished as a memory forever. I create something that parents will look back on and, years later, see and feel whom their child was early on. It’s not about having a perfect child who smiles on cue or a baby who never cries. For me, it’s about who that little person really is. The challenge is to capture the personality. Parents should never worry about a crying child or a toddler who is pouting. As a mother of two, I know, I understand, I’ve been there. I always tell my clients, “don’t worry, I will take care of it, I will get that perfect memory for you.” The session always end up being a lot of fun.
Leslie is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, PPA.