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  • Sidney Leigh Photography


    Hi there, friends! I’m Sidney, a twenty-something small town girl that somehow wound up living in a big city while working as a full time architect, though my heart is steadfast in serving others and capturing the sweetest moments in their lives through photography. About seventy percent of my time is spent shooting weddings and engagements and running a business, and the rest of my time is spent daydreaming about doing just that.38When I was growing up, I never imagined that photography or design would be what I felt called to do. I was seventeen when I purchased my first camera. At the time, someone I held so near to my heart was enduring an unseen burden that was nearly insurmountable. I sold everything I owned that held any significant value at all to give him this camera as an outlet and a new way of choosing to view the gravity that he carried with him, as a way of moving forward and changing his frame of mind. I never could have imagined that a camera would in turn carry me and change my own line of sight. 142Photography quickly became a way for me to challenge myself to see the intangible, to capture emotions rather than the physical, and it has captivated my heart entirely. Being part of the best day in couple’s story and creating memories for them to relive over and over is such a humbling, overwhelming privilege, and I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to share in their love (happy tears and all, haha).16294Each and every wedding and engagement that I’ve photographed has resonated with me in a different way, and it’s so hard to ever choose a favorite! Every single time I think to myself, “Wow. This one is the BEST!”, and I hope that feeling never fades. It’s impossible to pinpoint a wedding that I love any more than the rest, but I’ve chosen to share a wedding that was local to my hometown that really put a twist on the rustic trend with a classic, neutral palette with pops of gold and champagne. The designer in me was over the moon at how beautifully detailed this wedding was, and it truly was a joy to photograph such a beautiful, sweet day in the small, rural Virginia town that I love so dearly.1 188 5 31021 12 28 24 20 30 36 3446494452

    VENUE | Cross Keys Barn
    DRESS | Stella York
    BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | White Dress by Greta Kay
    SHOES | Badgely Mischka
    ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHY | Deee Photography

    PHOTOGRAPHY | Sidney Leigh Photography


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  • SoLee Rose Photography


    I'd like to start with saying that I am very honored and thankful to have had Basic Invite reach out to me, in hopes that I would share some of my work. Thank you for this opportunity.

    My name is Cassie and I reside in Massachusetts.  I have two children, 5 and 6. They often drive me crazy but I love them to pieces. I am very lucky to have an amazing man by my side. He is my rock. I work 40 hours a week as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. Before this I was a stay at home mom. That's where I discovered my passion for capturing moments in photos.

    Simple day trips with my kiddos would turn into a handful of photos, taking up all the memory on my iPhone. Can we say Instagram addict too? I couldn't stop editing!! Friends and family kept telling me to invest in a digital camera. I found their comments humbling. I eventually bought a DSLR and the rest is history. I think I had my first photo session a week later.

    I've been asked to pick one photo event to write about. Honestly, that is very hard. I have had many great experiences with all types of photo sessions. I am always learning and trying to better myself and my client's experience. I love capturing families on new journeys. So for that reason, I would like to share photos of the Benassi Family. We first met for their maternity photos, again for their newborn session and then I was lucky enough to capture their wedding day. I feel very blessed to be able to capture these big life events for their family.

    Jacklyn and James had been gifted a maternity session with one of my gift certificates. I got in contact with Jacklyn and we set a time and place to meet. They wanted to be photographed at Castle Island in Boston, MA.

    It was a beautiful Saturday. It was as if the city was empty. No traffic, no horns. We met early afternoon with hopes of having the sunset in some photos. The day couldn't have been more perfect.


    I was so happy and proud of these photos (and very new to editing) that I tried protected them from being stolen by putting my watermark is the most important part pf the photo. That 'good at the time' idea is biting me in the tush now. haha

    My next meeting with Jacklyn and James was for their newborn photos. They decided they wanted their new baby Vinny to be photographed at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. It was a gorgeous fall day here in Massachusetts.

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    During Jacklyn and James' newborn session, they were engaged. They were talking of their wedding with excitement. Telling me where it was going to be held, how many guests... When they asked if I was available to photograph the event I was super excited. It was a great feeling to be trusted to capture all of these important milestones in their lives.


    After the happy couple tied the knot, we drove to Salem, MA and hopped on a boat to dance and party the night away.


    Thank you so much to Basic Invite for letting me share my story and one of my great photography experiences. Also, thank you very much to Jacklyn, James and family for allowing me to photograph these beautiful chapters in your life. Congratulations on your newest addition!

    COMPANY: SoLee Rose Photography


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