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Leah Beilhart  📷 & 🎥 Don't live life as a spectator portraiture • travel • discovery Founder @_behold.her 📍DC ✈️ India 〰️ Dominican

I admitted a few days ago that I don’t normally shoot children. A big reason is because they are challenging, fragile blobs of mush. Cute mush, but scary mush. Also, you never know what you’ll get from them in terms of attitude. They’re a time bomb without the wires to cut before they explode. Needless to say that happened and we had little Sam for a mere few minutes before accepting that she needed to go inside and sleep. I had a few quick moments with mom, which wasn’t something I had planned for. What I enjoy the most when shooting women is how giving they are once you get past the filters. Not in terms of something tangible, but of the stories and experiences that are released during their session. I am just in awe of this woman’s power, strength, and warmth. We all deserve to be seen and even though she’s still adjusting to her new body, I am honored that she trusted me to capture her beauty. ❤️👇🏼Ask questions or share the love 👇🏼❤️

It’s in the details • Ravello, Italy // currently constructing my own work of art as I finish hand painting backdrops for a gorgeous portrait session next week. Get ready for lots of 🔆 GOLD 🔆 who wants to see the behind the scenes ??? Should I do a live session or just some clips? 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

🎁 Do you know a woman in your life struggling with breast cancer or is a survivor? In honor of #breastcancerawareness month I am gifting one woman this year a complimentary makeover, gown styling, and portrait session with me and my team for the day. Head to my bio link to make your nomination. Tag a woman below that you know needs to be reminded she’s beautiful inside and out 👇🏼

Today in my stories I shared this portrait of a soldier...wife...a mother and her new daughter. I was in awe of her strength and resiliency. When she shared with me her discomfort with her new body post second child I told her that I wanted her to see a glow that she might not recognize from her exhaustion. I think she deserves a round of applause for her bravery and patience. She was juggling this little one on her lap between getting her make up done and breast feeding. Needless to say baby Sam started crying 10 minutes into the shoot. There really is something to be proud of as a woman, even without children, by seeing the amount of strength women can have as mothers. 👇🏼 Ask questions or send some love 👇🏼💋

Today I will be shooting a wedding somewhere in Maryland 🙈 alongside one of my favorite people @cynthiasphoto. It’s funny, the more weddings I photograph the less excited I get about needing to organize my own with my dude. Who knows if we will ever get married 🤷🏻‍♀️ but ain’t nothing stopping us from having a damn good time together. He snapped this at @cantina_del_vesuvio during our “honey hanging” in Italy as we celebrated another visited country together. For those heading to Italy soon, I blogged about my experience at the winery and why it’s a win in my book for a visit 🙌🏼

Chef @marinaincucina recommended putting basil and tomatoes in water when you have guests over. Basil 🌿 for the taste and tomatoes 🍅 for the color 🎨 Any easy favorite things you like to put together for dinner parties ?? 👇🏼

It’s taken me a while to learn to love my body and to value myself. I’ve only recently noticed my strength when I’m amongst others who question if they have their own. I weep internally for those I see who feel unworthy, because I know the pain that’s attached to that. I loved being a part of a lingerie shoot the other day and I felt that strength challenged. I recognized my body was so different from the other model’s, and for the first time in my life, I felt comfortable even though I was bloated, frizzy, and tired. Even in the midst of that physical exhaustion I could still see myself in the mirror next to the other woman and think, “this is me and I love the woman I am.” I love the grey hairs, the stacked wrinkles by my eyes, and the stretch marks on the side of my bum. My body will forever change as I get older and I’m grateful that I get to be alive to experience that. I only hope that I can instill that same amount of self love to those I photograph. There’s nothing sweeter.

Everyone can take a bad photo of themselves. What’s makes a difference in how you see yourself is how well your photographer can work light and angles with you. I love guiding my clients, especially ones in front of the camera for the first time, because all those doubts eventually go out the window once they feel relaxed and find their confidence // Natural Window Light • f/2.8 • 1/250 ISO 100 • no reflectors • @canonusa Mark II 👇🏼 send some love to her or ask me anything

Slide for a video teaser. I love these intimate moments. I want you to feel, hear, and taste being there with me. Did it work? 🙃👇🏼😘 [make sure to have that music playing]

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anaïs Nin // Shot with @canonusa 5D Mark III f/6.3 1/160s ISO 400 off to the right @paulcbuffinc Einstein 640 and polyboard stood up to the left for a bounce. Send some love or ask me anything 👇🏼

“This home used to be a convent, but now rests in the hands of a beautiful, curly haired Italian chef, who runs her cooking classes from her kitchen. These high ceilings made me feel like royalty, especially the intricately carved, wooden dining chairs. Busts of warriors perched stoically on shelves and end tables. Sprinkles of modernized Italian knick knacks balanced the heaviness of historical collectibles. Despite the room being large for company, I felt more at ease knowing she could be spending very peaceful evenings in solitude, her bare feet propped up on the coffee table, reviewing a book with Cocles himself in the foreground of her reading. She was the epitome of my Italian dream. She wore bright, red stripes and thick red glasses to pair. There was no where I would have rather gone than at the gated doors of Villa Cocles.” — snips from my most recent blog on my site for Italy. More to come.

Couldn’t help myself #sorrynotsorry posting a second time this morning

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