Sunday, 05 November 2017 09:48

THE START TO MY LOVE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Allow me to tell you where Leanne Durand Photography started.

I was 10 or 11 years old, and remember my father as a part-time photographer. He was an architect in his early career, but needed some extra income and a more creative outlet. I would always go along on his sessions, sometimes having the honor of assisting in posing the brides or girls for their matric farewell photos. This stirred big dreams in my heart. "I want to one day be just as beautiful as these ladies are when I grow up", I'd always think to myself, but more over, I want to make people feel special, by doing what my father did.

Life took me on a very different course, when I started swimming. Something he also did, and did very well, as a young boy. So once again I aspired to follow in his footsteps, and possibly exceed them, by going to the Olympic Games. Things were going according to plan, until some obstacles took it's toll, firstly the flu weakened by heart muscle(s), and finally I broke my back falling down 2 steps in the rain. 

Dadda Me

Just after I had injured my spine I met a guy. Today he has been my partner in crime for 13 years, husband for 8 years and my baby daddy for just over a year. ;) During our years together we have tought English in South Korea, had a band, met some amazing people and seen crazy-beautiful, awe-inspiring and sometimes really sad things. Our travels and exciting experiences made me pick up a camera again. And I haven't looked back since. Jonathan bought me my first real camera as a gift, when he realized I have a special fondness for photography, he could see it made me happy. And it does, it still does.

Four years ago, we laid my father to rest. He passed away the day after my 29th birthday, and I would have never thought when we said bye to him that day that, that would be it. The last time... I believe his legacy continues on through my work. It's something we had, we shared and had a passion for. It's another tool I can use to tell my daughter about her other grandpa, when she's older and can understand more.

But for now, I hope my Dad knows what a big inspiration he has been for me and Leanne Durand Photography to have started. That he would be proud of what I have achieved so far, and still planning on achieving. 
He is the reason of my past, my inspiration.


My husband is my reason for the present, my inspiration.

My daughter is my reason for the future, my inspiration.

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