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Leanne Staples

Photographer, Artist, Writer, Tour Guide
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Street photography has had a renaissance of sorts since the advent of digital photography. The original greats of street photography of course all shot with film. They were all very different stylistically with very different approaches to street photography. So it goes without saying that street photography is different for each person. #streetphotography #workshop #newyorkcity
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/street-photography-workshop/

Street Photography Workshop

Providing New York City Street Photography Tours for over 5 years now. For
beginners to advanced. Overcoming the fear of photographing strangers while
exploring techniques and composition.

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March 28, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 23 plus ones
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I have some of my classic New York City photos on sale in my shop. Pictured here is Better than the Dream. If there's a photo that you would like to purchase that is not in my shop, contact me.  #newyorkcity #photography #prints #BrooklynBridge #nightphotography
http://www.leannestaples.com/blog/2015/3/28/classic-new-york-city-photo-prints

Classic New York City Photo Prints

I have some of my classic New York City photos on sale in my shop. Pictured
here is Better than the Dream. If there's a photo that you would like to
purchase that is not in my shop, contact me.   

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March 28, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 43 plus ones
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My latest installment in the New York City Visitors Guide is A Few Necessities about finding public restrooms and Wifi! #newyorkcity #visitors #guide #tours
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/nyc-visitors-guide/a-few-necessities

A Few Necessities

A few necessities. Public toilets and WiFi - major hotel lobbies usually
have both free WiFi and clean restrooms that you can use. As a Tour Guide,
I use them all the time!

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March 26, 2015 0 comments 5 shares 43 plus ones
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#Tour #Review #NewYorkCity Another fabulous review! I have the best clients!

http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/reviews/2015/3/25/review-by-margaret-london-england

Review by Margaret, London, England

"I found Leanne's site online when planning my first trip to NYC and
searching for photography tours. Her photos of New York and its people,
really appealed to me and are what drew me to her site. I'm really glad
they did. Booking a day tour with her online from London, was simple and
easy. Leanne tailored our tour on how long we wanted to spend and where we
wanted to go. I left the latter up to her and trusted in her local
knowledge ...

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March 24, 2015 4 comments 3 shares 45 plus ones
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Hotels are often the most expensive part of a trip. Here's my latest addition to the #newyorkcity #visitors #guide
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/nyc-visitors-guide/where-to-stay

Where to Stay

Where to stay. NYC has so many hotels. They are often expensive and not
necessarily in the neighborhoods you would like to explore.

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March 21, 2015 4 comments 3 shares 46 plus ones
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My Works in Progress gallery were all taken in 2015 and are all #drivebyshooting and #intentionalcameramovement and/or #blur. They have a more #painterly quality which I have been working on achieving for the last 3 years.
http://www.leannestaples.com/works-in-progress/

works in progress

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March 21, 2015 1 comments 4 shares 44 plus ones
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When I take my clients on a tour of the city, I often start conversations with locals on the street so you can experience it too! Check out my #newyorkcity #visitors #guide before your trip!
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/nyc-visitors-guide/ask-a-new-yorker

Ask a New Yorker!

When I take my clients on a tour of the city, I often start conversations
with locals on the street so you can experience it too!

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March 19, 2015 1 comments 4 shares 56 plus ones
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My latest addition to #newyorkcity #visitors #guide is now online!

http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/nyc-visitors-guide/yes-do-get-yourself-a-map

Yes, Do Get Yourself a Map

Yes, do get yourself a map. There are plenty of really good maps and even
better map apps for Manhattan and all 5 boroughs.

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March 19, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 25 plus ones
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New content to Shoot New York City! This is the second installment of my ‪#‎Newyorkcity‬ ‪#‎visitors‬ ‪#‎guide‬ for my ‪#‎tours‬ These will be updated regularly and I have a lot of new content that I will be pushing in the coming week..

http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/nyc-visitors-guide/time-is-of-the-essence

Time is of the Essence

Time is of the essence. There’s so much to do in NYC. The important thing
is to prioritize. What do you really want to do and which neighborhoods are
important? I love it when people tell me that they want to do and see
everything in 5 days! Oh no, it's just not possible!

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March 18, 2015 1 comments 8 shares 93 plus ones
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Announcing the newest content to Shoot New York City! I am adding a #Newyorkcity #visitors #guide for my #tours these will be updated regularly and I have a lot of new content that I will be pushing.
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/nyc-visitors-guide/some-basics

Some Basics

Some basics. New York City is a fabulous place to visit! There’s always
something new to see and do. New York City Visitors Guide is a series of
suggestions from my personal experience. It isn’t everything by any means.
But hopefully it helps to make your trip to this great city better. And I
will be updating and adding new information on a regular basis.

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March 09, 2015 1 comments 3 shares 22 plus ones
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I have added a new gallery on my site that is representative of a number of new series of photo-based images that I am working on. It has been a very productive year and it's only March!!!
#photobasedart #intentionalcameramovement #photography #newyorkcity #blur
http://www.leannestaples.com/blog/2015/3/9/works-in-progress-gallery

works in progress gallery

It has been a very productive year for me so far and it's only March! I
have added a gallery of some of the different photo-based art pieces that I
am currently working on. Most of them are representative of different
series that I am creating. They are all drive-by shooting and incorporate
different in-camera techniques (including intentional camera movement and
blur) as well as extensive post-processing to create a painterly look. 

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March 09, 2015 4 comments 9 shares 61 plus ones
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High season for tourism in New York City is almost here! I'm already getting bookings for May and July! I love this city and being a tour guide gives me great pleasure! To be able to show my clients the Real New York is fabulous! You can see some reviews from previous clients here on my site. So whether you want to do a photo tour (urban landscapes, street photography or graffiti to name a few,) or a walking tour, contact me and I will create a custom tour for your interests.
#newyorkcity #photography #tours #streetphotography
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2015/3/9/here-it-comes

Here it comes!

High season for tourism in New York City is almost here! I'm already
getting bookings for May and July! I love this city and being a tour guide
gives me great pleasure! To be able to show my clients the Real New York
is fabulous! You can see some reviews from previous clients here on my
site. So whether you want to do a photo tour (urban landscapes, street
photography or graffiti to name a few,) or a walking tour, contact me and I
wil...

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The very beautiful #FlatironBuilding. This #photo #print and many others are for sale on my site! #newyorkcity #architecture 
http://www.leannestaples.com/products/dreaming-in-technicolor

Dreaming in Technicolor

Dreaming in Technicolor. The Flatiron Building with blue sky and clouds.

Signed open edition 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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March 06, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 34 plus ones
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I'm doing a walking tour through #Soho and the #LowerEastSide today! With over 200 cast-iron #architecture buildings, Soho might very well be the most beautiful section of #Manhattan. And the cobblestone streets! There is so much to explore in New York City! My #tours are customized for your interests both for #photography or just walking tours.  You can contact me at info@leannestaples.com to get more information or to book a tour.
#newyorkcity 
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2015/3/6/soho-and-lower-east-side-tour-today

Soho and Lower East Side Tour Today!

I'm doing a walking tour through Soho and the Lower East Side today! With
over 200 cast-iron architecture buildings, Soho might very well be the most
beautiful section of Manhattan. And the cobblestone streets! There is so
much to explore in New York City! My tours are customized for your
interests both for photography or just walking tours.  You can contact me
to get more information or book a tour.

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love it!

Bank of Canada Asks Citizens to Stop "Spocking" Money

Canadians have been mourning the death of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy by transforming $5 notes into portraits of Spock — or "spocking" them.

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March 05, 2015 1 comments 7 shares 68 plus ones
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The very beautiful Chrysler Building, was the tallest building in 1930. You can purchase this print and others on my site.
http://www.leannestaples.com/products/daydreams-of-the-past #newyorkcity #photography #urbanlandscape #architecture #ChryslerBuilding #steam #colorprints

Daydreams of the Past

Daydreams of the Past. The Chrysler Building with steam.

Signed open edition 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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March 04, 2015 6 comments 7 shares 75 plus ones
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Leanne's photo life goes on won 2nd place in a street photography contest hosted by Oxford University Press. Dr. Hostetler (Curator-in-Charge at George Eastman House) explains that Leanne's photo is "An allusion to classic street photography, this photograph gives the viewer the sense of participating in the experience of the street alongside the photographer." Now for sale.
http://www.leannestaples.com/products/life-goes-on
#streetphotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #newyorkcity   #umbrella   #steam   #taxi  

Life Goes On

Life Goes On. Black & white street photography. Classic New York City with
steam and umbrella.

Signed open edition 10 x 10 inch square print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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March 03, 2015 1 comments 3 shares 38 plus ones
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Although I do specialize in photo tours, I also do walking tours for those who just want to explore this great city! As a licensed New York City tour guide, I have a wealth of interesting information to share. Whether it be walking through Times Square and discussing some of its history and marvels or the East Village or the Flatiron District, I can tailor a walking tour around your interests.
#newyorkcity   #tours  

http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2015/3/3/yes-i-do-walking-tours 

Yes, I do walking tours!

Although I do specialize in photo tours, I also do walking tours for those
who just want to explore this great city! As a licensed New York City tour
guide, I have a wealth of interesting information to share. Whether it be
walking through Times Square and discussing some of its history and marvels
or the East Village or the Flatiron District, I can tailor a walking tour
around your interests.

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On sale on my site. Pepsi-Cola is Backwards #LongIslandCity   #Queens   #newyorkcity   #fog   #blackandwhitephotography  

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Pepsi-Cola is Backwards

Pepsi-Cola is Backwards. Long Island City, Queens in fog.

Signed open edition 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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March 01, 2015 2 comments 5 shares 51 plus ones
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This is one of my more popular images and it is now on sale through my website. Affordable pricing! ‪#blackandwhite‬ ‪#photography ‬ ‪#‎BrooklynBridge‬ ‪#‎NewYorkCity‬ ‪#‎nightphotography‬
http://www.leannestaples.com/products/better-than-the-dream

better than the dream

Better than the dream. Brooklyn Bridge with a view of Lower Manhattan.
Black and White night photography.

Signed open edition 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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February 28, 2015 2 comments 7 shares 66 plus ones
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People have been asking me how they can buy my photos. So I am now selling them through my site! Thank you to everyone for supporting my work!
http://www.leannestaples.com/products/street-of-gold
#newyorkcity   #photography #ManhattanBridge #Dumbo #reflection

Street of Gold

Street of Gold. A reflection of the Manhattan Bridge in a puddle in DUMBO,
Brooklyn.

Signed open edition 10 x 10 inch square print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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February 28, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 32 plus ones
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Love this shot from +Joshua Evan it's so luscious!

Let There Be Light - Snapshots, Urban Fragments of London

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February 27, 2015 2 comments 3 shares 43 plus ones
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http://www.leannestaples.com/produc…/raining-on-fifth-avenue
‪#‎newyorkcity‬ ‪#photography‬ ‪#‎prints‬ ‪#‎streetphotography‬ ‪#‎blackandwhite‬ #prints ‪#‎forsale‬

Raining on Fifth Avenue

Raining on Fifth Avenue. Black & White street photography.

Signed open edition 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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February 27, 2015 1 comments 4 shares 49 plus ones
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I am happy to announce that I am now selling some of my classic #newyorkcity   #photos  through my website!  #blackandwhitephotography   #urbanlandscape  
A Clear Path
http://www.leannestaples.com/products/a-clear-path

A Clear Path

A view of Lower Manhattan and the East River from Brooklyn.

Signed open edition 8 1/2 x 11 inch print on Kodak Endura Luster paper.

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February 25, 2015 5 comments 3 shares 49 plus ones
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It's not surprising that many of the tours I do are for #streetphotography. Often the people who take my tours live in places where it's difficult to do street photography. For others, #NewYorkCity is a street photographer's dream. Chinatown is a favorite for shooting street as it hasn't been gentrified, providing the possibility of timeless photos. They could be of any decade. High season is closer than you think. No matter your degree of experience shooting street or with photography you can book your tour of any of the 5 boroughs with me here. Happy Shooting! www.shootnewyorkcity.com #phototour  

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I am so fortunate in my business to meet so many amazing people from around the world and to be able to become friends with them. I gave +Brigitte Bourger  a photo tour of New York City in June of last year and started giving her online Composition and the Art of Photography classes last fall. She lives in Tahiti and is currently working on a series of beautiful photos of surfers. I am happy to count her as a friend. She is just one of many friends that I have made through giving tours and classes.
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2015/2/22/on-making-friends
#newyorkcity   #photography   #tours   #friends  

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I currently have availability for 1 or 2 students for my Composition and the Art of Photography classes. You can see more information at the link below.
#photography #photographyclasses 
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/composition-and-the-art-of-photography-classes

Composition and the Art of Photography Classes with Leanne Staples

Leanne Staples teaches classes in Composition and the Art of Photography
for beginners right through to more seasoned photographers. Online classes
include Portfolio Reviews and Assignments.

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February 13, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 44 plus ones
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Yes, I do #photo   #tours  in #winter  This is from the #coneyisland   #polarbear   #swim   #brooklyn   #newyork   http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/reviews/2015/2/13/yes-i-do-tours-in-winter

Yes, I do tours in winter!

Yes, I do photo tours in winter!!! "I found Leanne through her social media
sites where she contributed some really great shots from New York. We
decided to go to Coney Island, where we met these crazy polar bear folks
and walked around Coney Island. She knows the place really well and was
able to show us some great spots and tell us some wonderful stories about
the neighborhood. Leanne is a perfect companion for a walk and talk through...

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February 09, 2015 3 comments 4 shares 83 plus ones
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I've updated my series a walk in the park on my website! I am looking forward to the entire series being published as a book this year by my very good friend +Joshua Evan 
http://www.leannestaples.com/a-walk-in-the-park/
#photography   #photobasedart   #intentionalcameramovement   #doubleexposure  

A Walk in the Park

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February 09, 2015 1 comments 0 shares 43 plus ones
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Review by Mark, Salt Lake City, Utah (photo by Mark) - After I decided to spend a week in New York City, mainly for photography and particularly for street photography, I realized I needed a guide.  While I am familiar with the usual parts of the city, I wanted to visit places I couldn’t know about without having the time, months and years really, to explore the city.  I started to search the web starting with New York photography workshops and then New York photography guides.  In the process, I discovered I could photograph the city from a helicopter with open windows.  That would be a fabulous experience but it was excessively expensive.  I must say, though, the video distracted me for more than several minutes.  Then, I found Leanne’s website.

While I was looking for someone to steer me around out of the way places, what caught my immediate attention was her photographs.  Almost every one of her photographs was one I would have been happy to call my own.  Eventually, I started looking at the services she offered, her photo trips and her on line classes.  I decided to do both and each was a great experience.

I hoped to primarily work with Leanne on street photography in the weekly 30 minute on line classes.  While we did work on that, Salt Lake City doesn’t lend itself well to street photography.  It’s here, but it isn’t easy to find.  As a typical mall centered city, people aren’t on the streets all that much.  But, I did find opportunities and found Leanne’s feedback and comments to be very valuable.  Interestingly, her positive responses to another area of work I do proved to be even more valuable.  This year I’ve been working on photographing shadow pattern I come across.  I’ve rendered them using very high contract and solarization.  Leanne reacted very positively and encouraged me to pursue that direction further.  Given that my family and friends can be a little puzzled by these images, Leanne’s support was very gratifying.  And the outcome of that support was my decision to approach one of Salt Lake’s most established art galleries with a set of six of these photographs.  They were accepted for their winter show beginning next week.  Three to six of these 12″ by 12″ prints will be hung for the season.  I can’t expect that any of them will be purchased.  I’m simply enjoying the acknowledgement that there are people in the art community who appreciate my work.  I really don’t think this would have happened without Leanne’s encouragement.

After the classes, I went to New York and met Leanne 3 times for 4 hour photowalks.  We did one on the Lower East Side and into Chinatown, one in the Williamsburg section to Brooklyn and then the last one in Spanish Harlem after school on Halloween.  I am absolutely certain most of the shots to took over the course of those 12 hours would never have been made if I’d been on my own.  I might have wandered across some of them, of course.  But, it’s a very big city and personal exploration would have been far more random.  And, I do know how unlikely it is that I would have gone to Harlem without someone to show me the ropes.  Leanne did that and the entire experience was great fun.  And, I might add, Leanne is a great companion who brings her own enthusiasm for urban/street photography to each experience as she finds her own photographs.

One of the ideas Leanne suggested was to find an idea or theme or location or background as a way to add a layer of coherency and organization to the chaos of the street.  This was a new idea for me and added an additional challenge to the experience but it served to sharpen my focus through to course of the entire week I was in the city, not just when I was with Leanne.  The result was the idea of photographing people in repose while coupling it to the action and energy of the city.  I have some images I like and they would not have even been considered if not for Leanne’s guidance.  I’ll be looking for opportunities to pursue this idea in the future.  And, for me, the future holds at least one more possible walk with Leanne.  Her photographs of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade captured my immediate attention when I first visited her website.  I hope to be there with her in 2015.  I know I would have never known this parade even existed if not for her.  Thank you, Leanne.  I’ll see you there next summer. - Mark, Salt Lake City, Utah
www.shootnewyorkcity.com
#newyorkcity   #photography   #tours   #streetphotography  

Review by Mark, Salt Lake City, Utah

After I decided to spend a week in New York City, mainly for photography
and particularly for street photography, I realized I needed a guide. 
While I am familiar with the usual parts of the city, I wanted to visit
places I couldn’t know about without having the time, months and years
really, to explore the city.  I started to search the web starting with New
York photography workshops and then New York photography guides.  In the
pr...

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Another fabulous shot by +Joshua Evan 

Trees #8

Worldwide shipping included

Image Size: 12 x 8 inches

Paper: Canson Infinity PhotoSatin Premium RC 270gsm

Print Type: Archival Pigment Print

Edition Size: 25 + 2 AP

Signed and numbered on the front (under mat) and on the mat.

Supplied matted with a white conservation board, acid free mount (incl.
backing board) to fit a standard 16 x 12 inch frame.

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"I have been shooting street photography for almost two years. It's been a long process, with lots of reading and following some established photographers. That's where Leanne Staples comes in. I decided to take a photo tour in the Harlem with her guidance. It proved a wise decision. Leanne is a knowledgeable person -- not restricted to the art of photography --, making for an enjoyable tour. On photography, which is really what brings us here, I can only say that I would have missed quite a few details of the Harlem without her tips in the tour. One can sense her photographic thought and use it to one's benefit; I felt that I changed my photographic approach to capture defining characteristics of the place. She will also break the ice with some "locals", which helps embed oneself in the place." - Alvaro, Lisbon, Portugal
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/reviews/2015/1/26/review-by-alvaro-lisbon-portugal #newyorkcity #photo #tours #Harlem #streetphotography #blackandwhite
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Review by Alvaro, Lisbon, Portugal

"I have been shooting street photography for almost two years. It's been a
long process, with lots of reading and following some established
photographers. That's where Leanne Staples comes in. I decided to take a
photo tour in the Harlem with her guidance. It proved a wise decision.
Leanne is a knowledgeable person -- not restricted to the art of
photography --, making for an enjoyable tour. On photography, which is
really what bring...

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December 25, 2014 6 comments 5 shares 77 plus ones
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To all my friends, followers and supporters of my work, Happy Holidays!!! Wishing everyone the best for the New Year! 
www.leannestaples.com
#photobasedart   #intentionalcameramovement   #photography   #happyholidays   #happynewyear2015  

Happy Holidays

To all my friends, followers and supporters of my work, Happy Holidays!!!
Wishing everyone the best for the New Year! 

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New York City has some very beautiful architecture. One of my favorite buildings is The Chrysler Building. It was the tallest building in the world for a few short months in 1930 until The Empire State Building was completed. It is still the tallest brick building in the world with a steel skeleton. NYC has many iconic buildings. It also has some very nice architecture that is less well known. My tours include urban landscapes and/or street photography.
#newyorkcity #photo #tours #urbanlandscapes #ChryslerBuilding
www.shootnewyorkcity.com
Copyright © Leanne Staples. All Rights Reserved.

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There's always something new to see and do in New York City!!! This city is forever changing and there's always something new to photograph. I never get bored to shoot this city. My photo tours are all year around - rain, shine or snow.
www.shootnewyorkcity.com
#photo #tours #newyorkcity #taxi #Soho
Copyright © Leanne Staples. All Rights Reserved.

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Whether you want to take a photo tour off the beaten path or capture iconic New York City, I create a tour that is designed around what you would like to capture. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is just one possibility. And Dumbo (down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a great place to take iconic photographs of NYC.
#newyorkcity #photo #tours #brooklyn #Dumbo #ManhattanBridge
www.shootnewyorkcity.com
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We were headed to New York for a weekend, wanted to do a Photo tour and an associate recommended Leanne.  Good recommendation, we contacted her and found her most accommodating.  We were given choices of times and places that fit our needs, she picked us up at the hotel and arranged the tour so we ended up where we needed to be for our next stop.   Communication was timely both through email and phone and best of all she took us places we would never have found on our own.  We chose Chinatown and got some great shots.  (You can see them on BearBytes.photography if you are interested) and even gave us suggestions for fillers for the next morning.
 
All in all, a very memorable and rewarding experience. Job well done, Thanks. Barrie and Marilee
#newyorkcity   #chinatown   #photography   #tours  
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/reviews/2014/11/28/review-by-barrie-and-marliee-alberta
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November 21, 2014 3 comments 8 shares 92 plus ones
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People often ask me where to find #graffiti   and #streetart   in #NewYorkCity   It is spread out around many different neighborhoods including; the #eastvillage   #AlphabetCity   the #lowereastside   #chinatown   #harlem   #williamsburg   #ConeyIsland   #brooklyn   and many other places. I also do graffiti and street art #photo   #tours   
www.shootnewyorkcity.com 

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very cool

"Pepsi Cola Backwards" Selected for Picfair's "Urban Fabric" Award

The image can be licensed at Picfair.

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After I decided to spend a week in #NewYorkCity   mainly for #photography   and particularly for #streetphotography   I realized I needed a #guide    While I am familiar with the usual parts of the city, I wanted to visit places I couldn’t know about without having the time, months and years really, to explore the city.  I started to search the web starting with New York photography #workshops   and then New York photography guides.  In the process, I discovered I could photograph the city from a helicopter with open windows.  That would be a fabulous experience but it was excessively expensive.  I must say, though, the video distracted me for more than several minutes.  Then, I found Leanne’s website.

While I was looking for someone to steer me around out of the way places, what caught my immediate attention was her photographs.  Almost every one of her photographs was one I would have been happy to call my own.  Eventually, I started looking at the services she offered, her photo trips and her on line #classes.  I decided to do both and each was a great experience.

I hoped to primarily work with Leanne on street photography in the weekly 30 minute on line classes.  While we did work on that, Salt Lake City doesn’t lend itself well to street photography.  It’s here, but it isn’t easy to find.  As a typical mall centered city, people aren’t on the streets all that much.  But, I did find opportunities and found Leanne’s feedback and comments to be very valuable.  Interestingly, her positive responses to another area of work I do proved to be even more valuable.  This year I’ve been working on photographing shadow pattern I come across.  I’ve rendered them using very high contract and solarization.  Leanne reacted very positively and encouraged me to pursue that direction further.  Given that my family and friends can be a little puzzled by these images, Leanne’s support was very gratifying.  And the outcome of that support was my decision to approach one of Salt Lake’s most established art galleries with a set of six of these photographs.  They were accepted for their winter show beginning next week.  Three to six of these 12″ by 12″ prints will be hung for the season.  I can’t expect that any of them will be purchased.  I’m simply enjoying the acknowledgement that there are people in the art community who appreciate my work.  I really don’t think this would have happened without Leanne’s encouragement.

After the classes, I went to New York and met Leanne 3 times for 4 hour #photowalks.  We did one on the Lower East Side and into #Chinatown, one in the #Williamsburg section to #Brooklyn and then the last one in Spanish Harlem after school on #Halloween.  I am absolutely certain most of the shots to took over the course of those 12 hours would never have been made if I’d been on my own.  I might have wandered across some of them, of course.  But, it’s a very big city and personal exploration would have been far more random.  And, I do know how unlikely it is that I would have gone to Harlem without someone to show me the ropes.  Leanne did that and the entire experience was great fun.  And, I might add, Leanne is a great companion who brings her own enthusiasm for urban/street photography to each experience as she finds her own photographs.

One of the ideas Leanne suggested was to find an idea or theme or location or background as a way to add a layer of coherency and organization to the chaos of the street.  This was a new idea for me and added an additional challenge to the experience but it served to sharpen my focus through to course of the entire week I was in the city, not just when I was with Leanne.  The result was the idea of photographing people in repose while coupling it to the action and energy of the city.  I have some images I like and they would not have even been considered if not for Leanne’s guidance.  I’ll be looking for opportunities to pursue this idea in the future.  And, for me, the future holds at least one more possible walk with Leanne.  Her photographs of the #coneyisland   Mermaid Parade captured my immediate attention when I first visited her website.  I hope to be there with her in 2015.  I know I would have never known this parade even existed if not for her.  Thank you, Leanne.  I’ll see you there next summer.
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November 14, 2014 4 comments 4 shares 124 plus ones
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On a recent Mother-Daughter weekend to NYC we went on Leanne’s ‪photography‬ ‪tour Leanne took special interest in the places we wanted to see and type of pictures we wanted. First she took us on the High Line, then into Chelsea Market, and then into nearby neighborhoods. She pointed out hidden gems, cobblestone streets, and architectural discoveries that we would have never seen without her. She let us take as much or as little time wherever we went so we could get what we wanted. The helpful photo tips and camera tricks that Leanne shared definitely improved our pictures. We feel very lucky to have found Leanne and hope to have many more tours with her. 
www.shootnewyorkcity.com #Newyorkcity‬   ‪#EastVillage  #photography   #tour  
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November 13, 2014 1 comments 2 shares 63 plus ones
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New York City has approximately 500,000 tourists on any given day. There are of course, high seasons. But not everyone can or wants to be here during those times. Either way, my tours continue all year round. Typical tours are 4 or 5 hours. But I also have many that are 8-10 hours or even 3 days! Check out my site for more info www.shootnewyorkcity.com or email me at tours@leannestaples.com me for further information. #newyorkcity   #photography   #tours  
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November 10, 2014 2 comments 6 shares 134 plus ones
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I do my #tours   rain or shine and even snow! Interesting #photography   and photographic opportunities happen in all kinds of weather. Umbrellas and rain are always great fun to photograph. My tours are for beginners and advanced photographers and for #streetphotography   and/or urban landscape photography in all 5 boroughs of #newyorkcity   You can see more information on my site and reviews from some of my tours. www.shootnewyorkcity.com
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November 07, 2014 6 comments 7 shares 91 plus ones
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I am currently working on putting together a book with my very good friend +Joshua Evan  It is a series of #intentionalcameramovement   and #doubleexposure   #photobasedart   prints. Perhaps it will be ready this year! You can see some of the #photos   on my website at www.leannestaples.com/a-walk-in-the-park/
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"We had the pleasure to take a #brooklyn   (Coney Island and Brighton Beach) #tour   with Leanne.  She  is very passionate about #photography   and her enthusiasm made it a great day. We are experienced with photography; even with experience, our pictures were greatly enhanced by Leanne's ability to find the spot and see the moment. She makes it easy to find inspiration. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to take unique images in cool spots around the New York City."
#streetphotography   #newyorkcity   #coneyisland
http://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/reviews/2014/11/6/review-by-dorian-and-jerome-connecticut
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November 04, 2014 6 comments 10 shares 134 plus ones
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This is my third year of shooting ‪#‎Halloween‬ in ‪#EastHarlem ‪#ElBarrio Oh, it is fabulous. I took my student Mark on a ‪#phototour‬ this time. I will be adding quite a few new photos to my site as I get time to process them! ‪#streetphotography #newyorkcity  
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Today I will be giving my student Mark the 3rd day of a #photography   #tour   in #harlem   This shot was taken on our 1st day in #chinatown   We've been having a great time!!! I still have a few spaces for November and December. For more information go to
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