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  • I WOULD LOVE TO SIT HERE IN THIS LITTLE BIO AND WRITE THINGS LIKE "PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEEN MY PASSION SINCE I WAS 3 1/2 YEARS OLD" LIKE SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN DO. I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THAT I ALWAYS KNEW THAT BEING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER WAS THE CAREER FOR ME & THAT MY FIRST WORDS AS A CHILD WERE "SHUTTER SPEED". BUT NONE OF THAT WAS THE CASE FOR ME, WHEN I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY 4 YEARS AGO I ACTUALLY HATED IT. I WAS ASKED BY A FRIEND TO DO A QUICK LITTLE SENIOR PHOTO SHOOT FOR THE YEARBOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A 10 PIECE MCNUGGET MEAL SO, OBVIOUSLY, I TOOK HER OFFER. THE SHOOT WASNT FUN FOR ME, I COULDNT FIGURE OUT WHY THE SUN LOOKED REALLY PRETTY WHEN I WAS LOOKING WITH MY EYES BUT WHEN I TOOK THE PHOTO IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS 10 FEET BEHIND HER, OR WHY THE POLICE GOT SO MAD WHEN WE WERE INSIDE THAT ABANDONED BUILDING DOWNTOWN, OR WHY EVERY HOMELESS PERSON WITHIN A 10 MILE RADIUS WAS DRAWN TO ME ASKING FOR MONEY. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW I HAD ABOUT AS MUCH AS THEY DID, THUS MY EXCITEMENT FOR GETTING PAID FOR A PHOTO SHOOT WITH A $5.23 MEAL FROM MCDONALDS. I STARTED DOING SHOOTS BECAUSE I WAS A BROKE 18 YEAR OLD. I HAD JUST BEEN LET GO FROM MY PART TIME JOB FOR NO REASON AT ALL (THEY CAUGHT ME SLEEPING IN A CARDBOARD BOX WHILE ON THE CLOCK) SO I BASICALLY WAS WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY. I CHARGED A WHOPPING $30 FOR PHOTO SHOOTS (DONT FREAK, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO SET UP PAYMENT PLANS) AND I STARTED BUILDING MY PORTFOLIO. I SHOT THINGS LIKE FAMILIES OF 7 IN ALL MATCHING DENIM SHIRTS AND JEANS, I SHOT SENIORS ON TRAIN TRACKS, AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL NEWBORN IN A BASKET WITH A BOW AROUND THEIR HEAD THE SIZE OF A FIAT. CLEARLY I SHOULD HAVE BEEN "SWOONING" OVER THESE SHOOTS LIKE ALL THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS DO ABOUT THEIR SHOOTS BUT I WAS HONESTLY OVER IT. I STARTED HATING PHOTOGRAPHY. THEN I READ MY FIRST VOGUE (FOR REAL, NEVER OPENED ONE BEFORE) AND SAW THAT WITH A CAMERA YOU COULD ACTUALLY PRODUCE ART, LIKE LEGIT ART.. SO I DECIDED THAT FROM THEN ON I WOULD SHOOT WHAT I LIKE, WHO I LIKE, AND WHERE I LIKE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, IM IN LOVE WITH THIS NOW.

    -HUNTER LEONE
    THREENAILSPHOTOGRAPHY

Q&A: Part 1

I COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I POSTED ON MY THREE NAILS PHOTOGRAPHY FACEBOOK PAGE TO POST ANY QUESTION YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK ME. HERE ARE SOME RANDOM ONES I CHOSE:

 

“WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST HURDLES WHEN FIRST STARTING OUT YOUR BUSINESS AND BRAND? DO YOU FIND EVER YOURSELF LEAVING WEDDINGS AND GOING MORE INTO FINE ART AND FASHION?”

I WOULD SAY THE BIGGEST HURDLES WERE CONVINCING BRIDES THAT I WAS NON-TRADITIONAL ENOUGH FOR THEM. WHEN I FIRST STARTED I SHOT EVERYTHING BECAUSE I WAS 18 AND BROKE AF, ANYONE THAT WANTED TO BOOK ME I WOULD BOOK THEM. SO MY PORTFOLIO WAS FULL OF VERY VERY TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS EVEN THOUGH ALL I WANTED TO SHOOT WAS OUT OF THE BOX, NON TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS. SO I WOULD SAY THAT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS, BUT ONCE I CONVINCED A HAND FULL OF CLIENTS TO BOOK ME I HAD ENOUGH IN MY PORTFOLIO TO PROVE THAT I COULD HANDLE THE JOB. MY GOAL IS TO MERGE THE TWO, I WANT TO MIX THE FASHION STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY INTO THE WEDDING SIDE. I WANT SOMEONE TO SAY TO THE CLIENT “YOUR WEDDING LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN VOGUE” NOT NECESSARILY “YOUR WEDDING LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN BRIDES”.

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“HOW DO YOU DEVELOP IDEAS WHEN YOU COME UP WITH A CONCEPT FOR A SHOOT? SOMETHING I ALWAYS STRUGGLE WITH.”

IT ALWAYS STARTS WITH ONE THING. THEN I USE THAT ONE THING AS A FOUNDATION AND THEN ADD MORE TO IT. SAY THAT I WAS INSPIRE BY THE 1960S, ILL COME UP WITH 3 THINGS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY UNCHANGEABLE. SO ILL SAY SHE HAS TO HAVE 1960S PULLED BACK HAIR, SHE HAS TO HAVE NUDE LIPS, AND SHE HAS TO HAVE A SHORT GOLD DRESS. THESE THINGS ARE MY FOUNDATION FOR THE SHOOT TO MAKE SURE THAT I DONT STRAY TOO FAR AWAY FROM MY ORIGINAL IDEA.  AS LONG AS I KEEP THESE THREE THINGS IT WILL ALWAYS BE 1960S INSPIRED. I COULD PUT THE MODEL ON A HORSE, IN A HOTEL ROOM, OR IN A FIELD BUT SINCE I HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE SHOOT IT WILL STAY 1960S INSPIRED. THAT  WAY I CAN KEEP ADDING MORE ELEMENTS WITHOUT BEING PRESSURED TO STAY IN THE BOX.

 

“HOW DO YOU MAKE PEOPLE’S SKIN GLOW AND LOOK SO FREAKIN BEAUTIFUL IN ALL YOUR PHOTOS?!”

THE LIGHT MANIPULATION ACTIONS IN MY GREATER THAN GATSBY ACION SET! AVAILABLE HERE: WWW.GREATERTHANGATSBY.COM/THE-THREE-NAILS-COLLECTION/

 

“CAN WE HANG OUT?”

NO.

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“ARE YOU MR. GREY???”

YES.

 

“WHAT LENS DO YOU USE THE MOST?”

85MM 1.2. THE BEST LENS EVER MADE. IF JESUS HAD A CAMERA HE WOULD SHOOT WITH THE 85.

 

“AT WHAT AGE DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START TAKING IT SERIOUSLY? DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY/EDITING, OR ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?”
18 AND STARTED TAKING IS SERIOUSLY AT 18 1/2. I WENT TO COLLEGE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY FOR 3 DAY THEN DROPPED OUT BECAUSE MY PROFESSOR LITERALLY KEPT MAKING ME STUFF I DIDNT WANT TO DO.
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September 20, 2014 - 12:28 am

Shane Capuano - 3strikesagainsttheprofessor photography

September 20, 2014 - 12:36 am

Jessica Roberts - Do you wear pink on Wednesdays?

September 20, 2014 - 2:48 am

Heather Walker Hooker - Thank you!!! A couple of these were extremely burning questions for me as a new photographer and I missed posting! I find that getting clients to WANT the “out of the box” is difficult right now. I shoot sooo many very cookie cutter, smiling faces, posey sessions because that’s what they want. I can’t wait to shoot my first completely creative shoot! Because after all, your work is what made me want to pick up a camera in the first place! And the lens, that wouldve been my very first question! I’ve been on the fence about my next lens and the 85 was very high on my list so I think that’s what I will get :-) Thanks so much for posting these!!

September 20, 2014 - 2:55 am

Amanda Preto - ✌ thanks Mr grey !

September 20, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter! I totally dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha ;)

September 20, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I totally dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I absolutely could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha ;)

September 20, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was telling me to do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college course because I could not handle what the professor was making me do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college photography class because I could not handle what the professor was making me do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

September 20, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Nicole Apodaca Photography - I can totally relate with you on the last one, Hunter. I dropped my college photography class because I could not handle what the professor was making me do!! Lol, ain’t nobody got time for that! Haha

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I VERY RARELY BLOG ABOUT MYSELF. SINCE I STARTED THIS BUSINESS I HAVE KIND OF LEFT MYSELF OUT OF EVERYTHING, FOR A VERY LONG TIME I DIDNT EVEN LET ANYONE KNOW WHAT MY NAME WAS. I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT IM A PRIVATE PERSON AND THAT I DONT LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT MY PERSONAL LIFE.  BUT I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AND I GUESS HERE IS THE PLACE TO SAY IT.

I DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START THIS POST, THIS IS SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE TYPING. SO I GUESS IM GOING TO START FROM THE BEGINNING AND GO FROM THERE. I WAS BORN IN THE EARLY 90S TO A PERFECT FAMILY. I HAD A LOVING AND ACCEPTING MOM AND DAD WHO WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT MY BROTHER, SISTER, AND I HAD THE MOST PERFECT CHILDHOOD. AND WE DID,  I COULD SIT HERE AND TELL YOU 100 STORIES ABOUT HOW AMAZING MY CHILDHOOD WAS. WE WENT TO CHURCH AS A FAMILY EVERY SUNDAY, LISTENED TO BIBLE SONGS WHEN WE WERE IN THE CAR, AND PRAYED AS A FAMILY EVERY NIGHT. IT WAS LITERALLY A DREAM CHILDHOOD. WHEN I ENTERED MY 4TH GRADE SCHOOL YEAR I GUESS I WAS EXPECTING IT TO BE LIKE ANY OTHER SCHOOL YEAR. I EXPECTED TO HAVE LOTS OF FRIENDS AND HAVE FUN LIKE I ALWAYS HAD. BUT FOR SOME REASON AT THIS AGE IS WHEN ALOT OF THINGS CHANGED AND I STILL DONT REALLY KNOW 100% WHY. FOR SOME REASON I WENT FROM BEING JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER KID TO BEING “DIFFERENT” TO EVERYONE. KIDS THAT I USED TO LAUGH AND HAVE FUN WITH WERE NO LONGER SPEAKING TO ME. THIS WAS THE YEAR THAT I WAS CALLED THE NAME THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY TORMENT ME FOR THE NEXT DECADE. “GAY”.

FROM THEN ON MY CHILDHOOD BECAME MUCH HARDER. I BECAME THE TARGET, I BECAME THE FLOOR MAT, I BECAME THE FAG. I WAS TORMENTED BY KIDS I NEVER SPOKE TO ALL BECAUSE I ACTED A LITTLE DIFFERENT. I THEN DECIDED TO CHANGE EVERYTHING ABOUT MYSELF. CHANGE THE WAY I WALK, THE WAY I TALK, THE PEOPLE I ASSOCIATED WITH, EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT ME. THERE WAS NO MORE HAPPY-GO-LUCKY CHILDHOOD FOR ME, IT BECAME A CONSTANT STRUGGLE TO FIT IN AND NOT STAND OUT.

NOTHING I DID WORKED THOUGH, THE TEASING AND BULLYING ONLY GOT WORSE. I WAS STUCK AND DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO. WHEN I REACHED THE 8TH GRADE WAS WHEN I REALIZED THE TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF AND FINALLY ACCEPTED IT AS TRUTH.

IM GAY.

ITS WEIRD TO EVEN TYPE THAT. THAT IS SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY. ONCE I CAME TO THIS CONCLUSION ,THOUGH,  EVERYTHING KIND OF WENT INTO A DOWNWARD SPIRAL. I WAS SO UNHAPPY. I DIDNT KNOW WHY I WAS THIS WAY AND DESPERATELY WANTED TO CHANGE. I WENT TO A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL THAT WAS VERY ANTI GAY. I WAS TAUGHT IN BIBLE CLASS THAT IF SOMEONE WAS GAY THEY FELL INTO ONE OF 2 CATEGORIES: 1) THEY CHOSE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE EITHER PERVERTED OR WANTED ATTENTION OR 2) THEY ARE DEMON POSSESSED. I DIDNT CHOSE IT, I WOULD HAVE NEVER CHOSEN IT. SO THAT LEFT ME WITH THE SECOND OPTION. FOR YEARS I WOULD CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP THINKING THAT I WAS DEMON POSSESSED. I WOULD PRAY AND PRAY AND ASK GOD WHY HE WOULD ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME AND FOR HIM TO PLEASE TAKE IT AWAY. I WOULD GO TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY WITH MY FAMILY AND LISTEN TO THE PASTOR MAKE FUN OF GAY PEOPLE AND SAY THINGS LIKE “EVEN THE RATS AND COCKROACHES KNOW HOW TO HAVE SEX! WE ARE THE SMARTEST LIVING THINGS ON THIS PLANET AND YOU WANT TO TELL ME THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT CANT EVEN GET THAT RIGHT!?” ALL THIS TIME THE CONGREGATION IS ROARING IN LAUGHTER. I WOULD GO TO MY SCHOOLS CHAPEL SERVICES AND HEAR SPEAKERS SAY THINGS LIKE “A CLOSET IS WHERE YOU HANG YOUR CLOTHES, NOT WHERE WEIRD PEOPLE COME OUT OF”. I WAS TAUGHT OVER AND OVER BY EVERYONE TO HATE GAY PEOPLE, THAT THEY WERE THE MOST DISGUSTING HUMAN BEINGS.

THAT HATRED THAT I WAS TAUGHT LED TO ME HATING MYSELF FOR BEING THIS WAY. IT ALSO LED TO ALOT OF CONFUSION. I COULDNT WRAP MY BRAIN AROUND HOW ONE DAY IN BIBLE CLASS THE LESSON WAS ABOUT GOSSIPING AND HOW “WE ALL DO IT” AND HOW THANKFULLY WE HAVE A FORGIVING GOD WHO LOVES US, THEN THE NEXT DAY I FELT LIKE I WAS IN A CLASS ROOM FULL OF WESTBURO BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBERS. I FELT DOOMED AND DAMNED BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THAT WASNT CHOSEN FOR MYSELF. I WAS SO SAD ALL THE TIME, FELT SO LOST AND SO ABANDONED. ONE DAY I WAS HEADED TO MY P.E. CLASS WHEN I WAS 16. OUR “LOCKER ROOM” WAS THE BOYS BATHROOM AND I MADE IT THERE BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. I WALKED IN AND WENT INTO A STALL AND BEGAN TO CHANGE INTO MY PE CLOTHES. NO ONE KNEW I WAS IN THERE WHEN THE OTHER 60 OR SO BOYS CAME IN. IM GETTING READY TO OPEN THE DOOR WHEN I HEAR ONE OF THE GUYS ANNOUNCE TO THE OTHER BOYS “IS ANYONE ELSE GLAD THAT HUNTER LEONE ISNT IN HERE?! SERIOUSLY I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS SCHOOL WOULD MAKE US CHANGE IN FRONT OF A FAG. HE SHOULD GO CHANGE WITH THE GIRLS”. MY HAND LET GO OF THE STALL DOOR KNOB AND I JUST STOOD THERE, I WAS GOING TO WAIT ON THIS ON GUY (WHO I HAVE NEVER SPOKEN TO) TO LEAVE SO I COULD TRY TO SNEAK OUT WITHOUT ANYONE SEEING ME. WELL WITHIN SECONDS OF HIM MAKING HIS SPEACH ABOUT ME EVERY SINGLE GUY IN THE ROOM WAS TALKING ABOUT ME AND HOW GAY I AM AND HOW I SHOULDNT BE AT A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. NONE OF THEM KNOWING THAT IM IN THE ROOM AND NONE OF THEM KNOWING  I CAN HEAR EVERY WORD. I THOUGHT TO MYSELF “HUNTER WHY ARE YOU EVEN DOING THIS ANYMORE? YOU ARE LIVING THIS LIFE OF A HELL TO ONLY DIE AND THEN GO TO REAL HELL? JUST SPEED UP THE PROCESS.”. I KNEW THAT I WAS BASICALLY “BORN TO DIE”, THERE WAS NO CHANCE FOR ME TO MAKE IT TO HEAVEN SO WHY AM I EVEN STILL TRYING? I REMEMBER THINKING “I WOULD PROBABLY PREFER TO BE IN HELL OVER BEING HERE. BECAUSE AT LEAST IN HELL EVERYONE IS SUFFERING, NOT JUST ME IN A STALL BY MYSELF”. THAT WAS THE CLOSEST I EVER CAME TO SUICIDE. I CUT CLASS, WENT HOME, WROTE A SUICIDE NOTE TO EVERYONE APOLOGIZING FOR THE EMBARRASSMENT THAT I HAVE CAUSED ALL OF THEM FOR BEING GAY, AND HAD THE GUN IN MY RIGHT HAND. THE ONLY REASON I DIDNT IS BECAUSE RIGHT BEFORE I PULLED THE TRIGGER I REALIZED THAT MY 12 YEAR OLD SISTER WOULD BE THE ONE TO FIND ME WHEN SHE GOT HOME FROM SCHOOL. AND EVEN THOUGH I HAD A RUINED LIFE, I COULDNT RUIN HERS.

I WAS DESPERATE TO CHANGE. I WORKED AS A BAG BOY AT A GROCERY STORE AND SAVED UP SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS TO SECRETLY BUY A PROGRAM THAT TEACHES GAY PEOPLE TO BECOME STRAIGHT. DIDNT WORK OBVIOUSLY. I READ THINGS LIKE “JUST START ACTING STRAIGHT AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL EVENTUALLY COME” BUT I HAD BEEN DOING THAT MY WHOLE LIFE. “PRAY THAT YOULL BE HEALED” BEEN DOING THAT TOO. I LITERALLY HAD DONE EVERYTHING AND NOTHING WORKED. I WAS TOLD TO “JUST LIVE A STRAIGHT LIFE STYLE, THATS WHAT GOD WANTS FOR YOU. YOULL PROBABLY HAVE MORE JEWELS ON YOUR CROWN AND A BIGGER MANSION IN HEAVEN FOR OBEYING AND FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS”. AROUND THIS TIME IS WHEN I MET BRITTNEY METHVIN. SHE WAS SWEET AND PRETTY AND HAD A VERY SIMILAR TYPE OF PERSONALITY AS ME. WE BECAME BEST FRIENDS AND I BEGAN TO THINK “OK SO I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS, I CAN TOTALLY JUST BE MARRIED TO HER”. SO AFTER A YEAR OF DATING I PROPOSED. WE GOT MARRIED 6 MONTHS LATER AND IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS GREAT. WE GOT ALONG AND LAUGHED CONSTANTLY. I WAS FINALLY GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE I FELT LIKE GOD WOULD FINALLY APPROVE OF ME. I STARTED MY BUSINESS AND THE “SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE” MINDSET IS WHY I WORKED SO HARD TO GET MY BUSINESS WHERE ITS AT. EVERYTHING WAS FINALLY LOOKING UP FOR ME. THE BULLIES FROM SCHOOL WERE TRYING TO BE MY FRIENDS, I HAD A HAPPY MARRIAGE AND A PERFECT BABY, I HAD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AND ON THE OUTSIDE IM SURE EVERYTHING LOOKED LIKE IT COULD BE A MOVIE ON A PERFECT COUPLES LIFE. BUT THERE WAS ONE PROBLEM… I WAS STILL GAY. IT NEVER WENT AWAY. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY, SAY THAT YOU HAVE CURLY HAIR AND SAY THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE GET OFFENDED BY YOUR CURLY HAIR AND THAT IN THE BIBLE IT SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE CURLY HAIR ARE SINNERS BECAUSE OF IT. SO EVERY MORNING YOU WAKE UP AND PULL OUT YOUR FLAT IRON AND YOU STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR EVERY SINGLE DAY. PERFECT! NOW YOUR HAIR IS STRAIGHT AND YOU FIT IN. BUT THE ONLY PROBLEM IS YOUR HAIR IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE CURLY, ITS WHAT YOU WERE BORN WITH. THATS HOW BEING GAY IS.

EVENTUALLY MY WIFE AND I REALIZED THAT WE JUST COULDNT BE TOGETHER, I COULDNT GIVE HER WHAT SHE DESERVED FROM A HUSBAND. LUCKILY SHE IS STILL ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS AND WE GET ALONG NOW BETTER THAN EVER. IM FINALLY TO THE POINT OF MY LIFE WHERE IM READY TO BE HAPPY FOR ONCE, TO BE AT PEACE FOR ONCE. I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU READING THIS ARE DISGUSTED AND APPALLED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING A HOMOS WORK. BUT IM TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN HONESTLY SAY “I COULDNT CARE LESS”. BECAUSE IM DONE SWIMMING UP THE CURRENT AND FIGHTING A LIFE THAT I WILL NEVER WIN. I KNOW THAT I WILL PROBABLY NOT CHANGE THE MINDS OF MANY PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUES OF BEING GAY BUT I AM HERE TO SAY IT IS NOT A CHOICE. I TOLD MY MOM I WAS THIS WAY WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD. IM NOT TRYING TO CHANGE YOUR OPINIONS OF BEING GAY, ALL THAT I ASK IS THAT YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO BE A LITTLE MORE KIND. GAY PEOPLE HAVE LIVES THAT YOU COULDNT EVEN IMAGINE. ITS LIVES FILLED WITH CONFUSION AND HEART ACHE THAT, TO MANY, IT IS UNBEARABLE. SO, JUST FOR A SECOND, I WANT YOU TO THINK. IMAGINE THAT TONIGHT YOU CRAWLED INTO YOUR BED A FELL ASLEEP. YOU WAKE UP TOMORROW AND WALK OUTSIDE TO BEGIN YOUR DAY. BUT SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT, YOU NOW LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE MEN ARE ATTRACTED TO MEN AND WOMEN ARE ATTRACTED TO WOMEN. BUT YOURE STILL ATTRACTED TO THE OPPOSITE SEX, LIKE YOU WERE BEFORE YOU GOT IN BED LAST NIGHT. BUT THEN YOU FIND OUT THAT IN THIS WORLD THATS A SIN AND THAT YOU CHOSE TO BE ATTRACTED TO THE OPPOSITE SEX AND THAT YOURE GOING TO HELL. THAT PEOPLE GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE FUN OF YOU AND THAT YOU CANT MARRY THE PERSON YOU LOVE BECAUSE YOU GETTING MARRIED WILL RUIN THE SANCTITY OF THEIR THIRD MARRIAGE . AND THAT ITS ACCEPTABLE IN SOCIETY TO TREAT YOU LIKE YOURE A “LESSER VERSION” OF A HUMAN BEING BECAUSE THATS WHAT YOU ARE. YOURE THE “MUTT” OF THE HUMAN SPECIES. THAT WOULD SUCK RIGHT? WELL, I HAVE GOOD NEWS! CHANGE! SO ON THE COUNT OF THREE YOU NEED TO BE ATTRACTED TO THE SAME GENDER IN THIS WORLD, SO THAT YOU CAN FIT IN. READY? 1….2….3! YOURE GOOD NOW RIGHT??

THIS IS THE WORLD A GAY PERSON LIVES IN. THIS IS WHAT A GAY PERSON HAS TO DEAL WITH EVERY DAY. I KNOW IM GOING TO LOSE SOME FOLLOWERS FOR THIS AND I KNOW IM GOING TO GET SOME HATE BUT ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU PUT YOURSELF IN A GAY PERSONS SHOES AND IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT THAT LIFE COULD BE. SO WHEN YOU COMMENT ON THIS ALL THOSE BIBLE VERSES, KEEP IN MIND THAT GAY PEOPLE KNOW THOSE VERSES BY HEART AND HAVE CRIED OVER THOSE VERSES THOUSANDS OF TIMES. IM NOT ASKING YOU TO ACCEPT THIS, IM NOT ASKING YOU TO BECOME AN LGBT ADVOCATE. IM JUST ASKING YOU TO THINK. THINK ABOUT THE MESSAGE YOURE GIVING WHEN YOU HOLD UP YOUR PICKET SIGNS IN FRONT OF A GAY WEDDING AND YOURE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND AT THE COURT HOUSE WHEN SOMEONE IS FILING FOR DIVORCE. ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU BE MORE KIND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS TOPIC. GAY PEOPLE ARENT ALL WALKING AROUND IN SPEEDOS AND RAINBOW FEATHER BOAS, WE WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU. WE WANT TO, FOR ONCE, FEEL… NORMAL.

IM STILL THE SAME HUNTER, I STILL TAKE THE SAME PICTURES AND EDIT THE SAME WAY. I HAVENT CHANGED AT ALL, YOU JUST KNOW MORE ABOUT ME THAT YOU DID BEFORE.

-HUNTER LEONE

 

 

September 14, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Shane Capuano - It’s alright bud, you are still cool in my book :)

September 14, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Ashley Durham - I know we haven’t met each other before – yet! – but as a long time follower … I just want to give you a hug and applaud you for your courage. It takes a lot of strength to be yourself – in whatever form that may be – and I think it’s a good thing for you to be the Hunter that God created you to be.

xoxo

September 14, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Lynn Koonce Whitt - Respect.

September 14, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Joan Darlene Martens Bamburg - So glad you thought of your sister all those years ago!

September 14, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Andrea Guidera - Thank you for sharing. Very insightful and brought some understanding from your perspective. You’re a very talented man. I wish you lots of success! Perhaps this is the point where you can relax and live your life on an even plateau for while instead of continuing with that uphill battle.

September 14, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Jill Moore - Amen!

September 14, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Tabitha - Honestly I always thought you were gay, I was shocked that you had a wife. My father inlaw is gay and has not/will not ever admit it to anyone, I had suspicions and my MIL confirmed it. I love your work and dream of being able to shoot stylized sessions like you do. I’m happy that you are finally able to live the life you were born to live. It’s sad that you will lose followers and receive hateful messages from religious people when the bible states thou shall not judge and that you should love thy neighbor. I will continue to love your pictures.

September 14, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Amy Larsen - Hunter. This breaks my heart. I feel not an ounce different about you than I did before reading this, except maybe I feel sympathetic towards you now and since I didn’t jnow your struggle before reading this I didn’t. You are talented, kind, and I’m still in total awe of your work. I think this is the first step in finding your peace. I’m sending you loving thoughts.

September 14, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Kelly - Sending you a million hugs.

September 14, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Stacey Moreno - You just gained a follower.

September 14, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Tamyra Ayles-Photography - I am a Christian, but I am not God. I won’t judge you and I ask that you don’t judge me. The followers that you lose think they are equal with God because He is the only one that can judge.

September 14, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Lauren Carroll - <3

September 14, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Shayna Shipley - I love you even more for this. I’m a huge fan of your work…nothing could change that. Mad respect and thank you for sharing your story. I pray all the time that people could be a little nicer to others, especially the LGBT community. It breaks my heart to hear of such horrific stories of bullying by kids, and sadly, as these kids grow into an adulthood, the bullying never stops. I’m glad you’re happy now. Keep doing your thing! <3 <3 <3

September 14, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Terry Hollensworth Rutledge - I will never understand homosexuality, but I don’t think any ‘choose’ this lifestyle. Even with the wife and baby, I knew and I don’t even know you. You are what our God made you. Go in peace Hunter Leone. Your work is amazing.

September 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Melissa Albert - Your amazing spirit shone through! I follow you and your amazing works because your amazing! Thank you for sharing such a personal deep space of your life, know that it just put you on a plateau of respect beyond words! I grew up with Lesbians (during three of my most impressionable tormented years) who were more of parents to me than my own mother at times. The best memories of character as the women taught me to stand up for myself as a creator. You Sir are the innovator of creative majestic splendor! Thank you Hunter!

September 14, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Caroline - Loving your work nontheless :)

September 14, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Ashley Marie - God love’s you..you have a beautiful soul and thats all that matters! :)

September 14, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Amanda Grace - Everyone has their sins. I believe that homosexuality is infact a sin, but now that I know this about you, I don’t think anything different. You are still this AMAZING artist who works so hard. Knowing that you started this business at 19 years old and seeing where you’ve gotten, me being 19 I look at you as a huge photographer role model. Things can ONLY get better from here on out. When the haters make mean comments and snide remarks it’s because they are mad at other peoples success. Keep being awesome.

September 14, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Cameron - This is beautiful. I literally just sat here and fought through tears to finish reading this.

September 14, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Megan Colvin - Whatever respect and adoration I held for you before, it’s probably tripled now. Coming to terms with somthing like this is not easy and can really damage a person but I’m so glad you realized that it’s not something to be ashamed of and that you’re not broken. I’m so proud of you and wish you all the best with your future endeavors.

September 14, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Jessica Eplin - I’m so proud of you, how courageous and amazing you are. Hunter you inspire me with my work and will continue to do so. Keep your head up Hun, I bet the weight of the world just lifted off you. I wish you many more successful years and lots of love

September 14, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Amanda Preto - Hunter, I’m a Christian too and I believe God loves you and cares about you and the Holy Spirit lives in you! You are not going to hell, you are a child of God. I understand what its like to be bullied and its so destructive. I’m so happy you rose above it and came to be who you are now today! Youre a brave inspiration and anyone who criticizes you needs prayer because they are the miserable haters and evil doers of the world. Thank you for sharing…I’m sure it was beyond difficult. Who knows..maybe you’ll get even more followers (not that it matters much) but this message could be a blessing to those gay people who struggle..especially if they feel suicidal. God bless you Hunter, Brittany and your beautiful baby! xo

September 14, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Michael - This really touched me. I’ve been following your stuff for a while after stumbling on your instagram. I’ve always been an artistic person, I’ve been painting for years, I finished my first novel last spring, and I’ve just started going to school for photography and your images are inspiring and your editing is perfect. I hope one day to be as good at it as you… but I’ve been struggling with the same thing. I’ve grown up in a Christian family, and still identify as Christian. I believe modern day Christians have misinterpreted the verses about homosexuality. I’ve read papers on it, and done lots of research, mostly to try and validate my feelings, and everything I’ve found misinterpret homosexuality as some form of pederasty. But to be truthful, after research and trying to validate my feelings, it hasn’t made it any easier… I haven’t told anyone… I can’t bring myself to tell my parents… I know their feelings on it, and despite living in Canada, where things (including churches) seem to be more liberal, their stance on the view it’s a sin is firm. And just like you, I’ve had similar experiences with bullying and harassment, I attended Liberty University (only for a year), where instead of being welcomed and accepted I was treated like a second class citizen for being “different” and “odd” and “artsy”… I still don’t know what to do… I try to fit in and be normal, but, pretending becomes more difficult with each day. I admire you for taking this step, I do. You must have more courage than me. I wish you all the best.

September 14, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Lori Spears Strahan - Actually when I first saw you and your talent I was surprised you were married. I find many gay men to be very creative but you go beyond this. You are exceptional at what you do and how you create it! I even think you should market the clothes you make! I find your post to be very brave and I hope it encourages others who are in your shoes to know that you are human just like the rest of us. I will continue to follow and admire your talents and hope to meet you in person one day as I to an from LA. Keep up the amazing work and may God guide you in this new chapter in life!

September 14, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Genevieve Smyth - Where there is love…there is God. Love for yourself…love for another man…love for the art you create. Hold your head high, Mr. Leone…the road to peace awaits you…

September 14, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Louise - What a honest story! It won’t change a thing how I think about your work and I still think you deserve as much (ore even more) respect than I already had for you! Thank you for sharing this with us and I hope that you finally can work on your inner peace. Keep up the amazing photography that inspires me everytime…

It doesn’t matter who you are ore who you love, you are a extremely talented man!

September 14, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Sky Cheshure - Congratulations on coming out to your followers Hunter! I’m so happy for this phase in your life. I have loved your work ever since Desiree introduced me to it and just know that I am sending positive vibes your way. :)

September 14, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Anel Lestage - Why would anyone say you are demon possessed? That’s ridiculous! I am a Christian as well, but I was brought up and taught to love all God’s children despite of race, beliefs or sexual orientation. People are just people, no need for labels. Thank you for sharing this with us though

September 14, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Kelly crawford - Hunter I am so so sorry that you and Brit and darling baby P would be subjected to ANY sort of ill feelings from others. The Lord I follow taught one thing above all others “love one another, even as I had loved you”. I do not believe for one second God doesn’t love you and he is acutely aware of your kind heart and HE blesse you with your amazing talent. If people don’t still love you the they aren’t worth your time and let the lords judgement be on THEM. Remember if your lovely family ever needs a get away nothin has changed our doors are always open to you and all your family. Whatever that looks like in the future :) hugs to you Brit as P

September 14, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Brie Watson - My heart breaks for the suffering you have gone through in your life. I’m a Christian woman who knows that God loves you and the people who treated you so poorly WILL have to stand before God one day. Your an amazing artist who deserves to be happy. Much love and respect to you for your open honesty on your blog. I hope to be at one of your workshops one day!!!

September 14, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Jaya McSharma - Good for you, man. Enjoy the freedom that telling the truth provides! I know it comes at a cost (even though it SHOULDN’T! And one day, won’t.)

September 14, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Chelsea (imthebirdie) - Hunter, I am so proud of you. I know you have no idea who I am, but I have been a HUGE fan of your since 2008/09 when you took some photos of a friend of mine (Meredith Little). I have been following you ever since then and I couldn’t be more proud to call you a mentor & inspiration in my own work. This post brought me to tears and I am SO GLAD you are able to see and accept yourself for the amazing human you are! It breaks my heart for all the people in the world that are told they are “lesser people” because they are gay. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Know that you are so greatly loved, Hunter.

September 14, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Rey - I sent you a text too, but I wanted to show my love here too :)
<3

September 14, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Kat - I’m sorry we live in a world that has made you feel ashamed of who you are. I’m sorry for all of us that have been judged and treated unfairly by others. I’ve been there for differnet reasons. Most of us have, even those that have hurt you. I’m happy you were strong enough to come out of it and once and for all realized… The people who mind don’t matter and the people who mattet don’t mind. Isn’t life so epicly awesome after you learn this important lesson?! Here’s to an awesomely epic next chapter Hunter!

September 14, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Patti Perich - Bravo for you. Wish you continued success and happiness

September 14, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Mary Manno - Good for you!

September 14, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Shelly Batts - God blessed you, my friend, with amazing talent, a loving family….you are SO BLESSED!! No one has a right to judge you, or anyone else. Please, forgive yourself and stop being so hard on yourself! You will never know true peace and happiness until you learn to love and be at peace with yourself! You’ve taken the first step …. Now go be AMAZING!!!! You deserve all the wonderful things life has to offer.

September 14, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Rosetta Ann - I have come to that reality that we are helpless slaves…I can not Change this flesh i am in that longs to be so wicked. But in the darkest moment of my wickedness I cried out to God…I didn’t have a right to touch a pure and holy God but I cried out to him anyway…hoping that he was real. From the darkness and depression, the lies and horror that life’s cell held me in, when I had only wickedness to give God He reached down and touched me with his spirit. Pure love…He set me free from that demonic cell I was locked in and he continues to show me how much he loves me…I don’t Write this comment to say you are filthy and a pervert..I write this to tell you that I was filthy and not worthy but Jesus found me and made me free from that power I could not over come…He opened the eyes of my heart to see how much he loved me when we came and took my death penalty. He promises that all who seek him with all of there heart will find him. I don’t promote religion. .because it says that we have to be good enough for God’s love…and we can’t.we can’t change ourselves but God can set us free and bring us to life in our soul we have never known before. From the first moment I saw your work I knew I wanted to do photography like that…it is truly beautiful and such a wonderful expression of God’s creativity in his creation.

September 14, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Darla Clemens - I believe my Bible says “he who is without sin cast the first stone” . And Judge not. Good Luck and God Bless you.

September 14, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Lisa - Courage to be real in a world that asks us to fake it until we make it. I may not agree with your choices, but they are just that, yours. Life is hard and people are both the best and worst of this world. If only we could come together on our similarities and agree to disagree on our differences…it would sure be a better place. Love truly conquers all. May His love be felt by each of us…and we see that and not our differences. :)

September 14, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Sherrah - God loves us all no matter what.

September 14, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Heather Lickliter Larkin - Honestly, I’m not surprised.. or offended, or disgusted, or anything negative. You’re still the same great photographer you have been for years, and I’m only sorry that you (and everyone else like you) have to still go though such pain in this day and age. You’re welcome to come hang with me in Georgia if you ever get here. :)

September 14, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Barb Huff - Hunter, I have admired and followed your work for years, so I know there is a connection here for me that is one-sided, but I have to say that I am so proud of you for this post. I can’t imagine the pain that you have gone through over the years. I’m so, so sorry that some version of religion has taught you such an awful view of God. My heart breaks that you do not know the loving God that I was raised to believe made us all in His Image and loves us all. All of us. YOU were made on purpose and for a purpose in God’s image as you are. He loves you. Be at peace, my friend.

September 14, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Lisa - Bravo dude! Incredibly brave and awesomely said. I don’t know you personally but I’m sure those that really know you will love you no matter what because as you said… You are exactly the same today as you were yesterday!

September 14, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Stephanie Stanton - My heart breaks for your suffering. I believe God loves you and you should be proud of all that you are and everything you have accomplished today. You are an amazing talent and that is a gift. The photography works is better because of you. The world is lucky for your being here still.

September 14, 2014 - 6:32 pm

katy - i am so very sorry that you have had to struggle so damn hard. you are a person, a beautiful, creative, thoughtful, kind person and TALENTED person…that is all. big love being sent your way.. huge, love. xoxo

September 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Colleen Cromley - Blessings to you and yours Hunter. Wishing you peace and I feel no differently about you now than when I was at your workshop

September 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Libby Albers - hunter I am a Christian as well, God loves all his children. we are ALL sinners… we all struggle with our own demons..

September 14, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Taylor Moore - I love that’s there’s no hate in this comment list!!! *hope for humanity* I imagine you are beside your self at this time, but your free! I anticipate the work of a truly free Hunter.

September 14, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Kelley Channell - I am even more of a fan now. You are an amazing soul and it shines through in your work. Thank you for sharing your story and for being genuine. God has blessed you with an amazing talent, so you are obviously pleasing him.

September 14, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Sabrina Hounshell - I’ve never respected you more than right now. This is incredibly brave to be so open. The world is a better place with you in it. Cheers and best wishes to this new start <3

September 14, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Hilda Burke - I’m sorry you had to go though all that pain, and I hope your life will always be happy and full of joy from this point on.

September 14, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Heather - I have a dear friend who went through almost the exact same thing. He fought it for a very long time, got engaged, etc. It is not a choice and I feel so bad for people who feel they have to TRY to fit into the standard they are taught. I believe God loves us all and he doesn’t make mistakes! Good news is younger generations are now starting to be more open minded (although you’ll always find the hater, but who cares what they think?!) God bless you Hunter.

September 14, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Ashley - Beautiful. Sorry you had to go thru so much crap to just be yourself. You must block out the haters and just be happy. Life is too short for all the other bullcrap. Live your truth :)

September 14, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Amy Pacetti - I started following you on Facebook a while back because I was captivated by your work. You are truly blessed with amazing gifts. I hope that you are happier now that you feel free to be yourself! It is no person’s place to judge you – we are supposed to love one another!

September 14, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Michelle O'Laughlin - Wow! This is amazing Hunter. You are a wonderful artist and if fans turn away from your work and stop being fans b/c of your sexual orientation those aren’t the kind of fans you want anyway. I have never been against gay people and always thought they should be treated equal to hetereosexuals. You really put me in a gay person’s shoes with this post. For the first time in my life I actually FELT what it is like to be gay. You not only are an amazing artist but you have a tremendous talent in your writing as well. I think your success is evidence that you are NOT outside of God’s blessings just because you are gay. All these “westboro baptist types” will be shocked when they get to Heaven and realize that even gay people go to Heaven. Kudos on your bravery and honesty.

Nelson Mandela said: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he that does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

September 14, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Whitney - You’re very brave to share this. And a role model for so many people in so many ways! Very happy you to be able to finally start living the way you want to. Everyone should get to be happy. <3

September 14, 2014 - 7:22 pm

karmapants - I had the same upbringing, a sister and two brothers, bible songs in the car, I am straight however, but in 3rd grade I started being bullied and was until probably 10th grade in high school… I’ve never quite fit in.. But I think it’s made me who I am … And I’m proud of it. I’m glad you’ve made peace with yourself. You only get one life on earth. Xoxo Hunter.

September 14, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Bridget Bella Poleman - Wow!!!! What a powerful testimony:). Bless you Hunter for being real…..you touched my heart deeply ❤️ My daughter has shared your work with me before and you are truly gifted! We will continue to be one of your followers

September 14, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Sherry Willoughby - Hunter your story has touched me and I now have even more respect for you. Your work has already spoken to me and has inspired me and now, personally you inspire us all to just be ourselves

September 14, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Trisha Grave - Great post and thanks for sharing your story. It’s hard being picked on and teased in school (been there) but you have an amazing eye for details that would have been lost if you had committed suicide all those years ago. I am glad that you are here and able to show us your talent and artistic creativity through photography. Don’t ever let another person bring you down let alone to the point that you think you are not worthy of living this life. You obviously have a talent few have let alone share with others.

On a side note, I have to share myself that I saw a picture you shared awhile back of yourself and your wife. I remember thinking to myself with a puzzled look “That seems odd.” For some reason I didn’t picture you with a woman. And that’s not bad thing! Our loss! Seriously, though, keep up the good work.

September 14, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Tünde Clark - Hunter I wish you only the best! I think you are very brave! I wish you only HAPPINESS and the BEST life has to offer! I think you are an incredible artist! If people unfollow you because of this they are ignorant human beings.. even if they believe everything in the bible to be true… it is not their right to judge.. it is their responsibility to LOVE everyone… especially people like you – and I don’t mean gay but IN PAIN! I think the glimpse you gave into yourself is inspiring and from this little bit I can tell you are an awesome human being! To me that is all that counts! Thanks for sharing and the awesome art you produce! You are amazing just the way you are! Looking forward to see more of you on my newsfeed in the future!

September 14, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Tiffany Baker - Loved your creativity and your work before, love you still! If this changes anyone’s mind about how they feel about being a fan, then they aren’t a fan. You completely inspire me with everything I see from your work, and now as a person. What a strong, amazing person you are to even be able to write something like this. Good vibes your way. Team Hunter forever!

September 14, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Jane Ryder - I had my suspicions from the first time we met, but it doesn’t alter YOU. Your wife has turned out to be the best friend you could have – a precious commodity. I have many, many gay friends. Who gives a crap? I certainly don’t. I judge people on how they treat me. I don’t think you needed to explain this to anyone, but I am sure it was cathartic. I don’t think any less of you. In fact, you just went up notches in my estimation.

September 14, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Cyd - I’m breathless, Hunter. I’m a photographer in south Louisiana, and have long been an admirer of your work…now I’m an even greater admirer of your courage. I too grew up in a traditional southern Baptist school, and know well the judgement you experienced, and am so sorry for it.

I wish I could assure you that you won’t get unfollows or unkind comments due to this post, but people are still unbearably human, and the south is still the south, so you will. Please know, though, that they didn’t really matter, anyway. The important ones are still here.

You are talented, and humble, and kind – and hopefully now a little happier and less burdened. Bravo. <3

September 14, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Katie P - That was beautiful, and you are beautiful. You inspire me with your art and your passion and in your words. Thank you for being here.

September 14, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Alyssa Henley - The most heart-felt account I have read from someone who has walked in your shoes. I still adore your work, and now I adore your heart and the path you have had to walk. So thankful you are having success and able to be happy :) Thank you for your testimony my Christian brother :)

September 14, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Sheryl Germany - Hunter,
You are such an amazing and brave person. I have the ultimate respect for you and your family. We are all God’s children, and loved, regardless of our sexual orientation (or curly hair :) .
Blessings and prayers for you and your family as you go through the transitions in your future.
Sheryl

September 14, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Barra O Meisceil - Life is to short …your work is so inspiring to me and and so many others hunter …keep up the great work and make your son proud !!

September 14, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Raquel - To think you would lose followers saddens me. You have an incredible talent, and i wish you happiness and peace <3

September 14, 2014 - 9:07 pm

Alexis - Just wanted to type in my support! Love your work and am happy for you that after all of these years you can feel free to be yourself. I hope you have a happy and wonderful and fulfilling life from here on out being just who you are:)

September 14, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Jane Ryder - Just read this to my daughter. This is an amazing piece of writing, and insight, and deserves to be published.

September 14, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Andy Leone - Follow your dreams and keep taking the high road. You will be successful. Your GREAT Uncle Andy

September 14, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Brooke Garrow Marchand - Yay Hunter!!!!! Congratulations to finally have the courage to say this!!!! You should be proud of yourself! I have been a follower from almost the beginning and I think you are so talented! We lived in Benton for many years while my hubs was stationed at Barksdale and I know how difficult it must have been for you to grow up there. I am so thankful that you were able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and find a way to persevere through the torment that was your teenage life. You are amazing! People will love and respect you for your honesty if they are the right kind of people. You will always succeed! And good for your wife for being your best friend through it all. Y’all are amazing!

September 14, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Cynthia McClellan - This does not change my mind about you. I love your work. You see things in a manner that most can only dream about. You are talented beyond measure. God made you, and He is not deserting you. Don’t believe those who think like Westboro Baptists. I don’t have the answers, I only know that if you can live your life forward, in happiness and love, and continue with your amazing creativity…I will forever follow your page and always be stunned by your images.

September 14, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Pixie Crumbs - Hunter life is too short to hide and not be who you are. Not everything we are taught as children is truth. If there is a god I’m sure he or she is a loving and accepting one. Hatred is man made. I’m in NYC, no one gives a rap if someone is straight , gay or in between. I’m spoiled I guess. It wouldn’t even be an issue here. I’m so sorry you had to go through what you have gone through. But know this.. Only in darkness can one see the stars. You my friend are a talented soul. Keep doing what you were born to do. Much love. Xo

September 14, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Stephanie Valenzuela - Good for you Hunter!! Very brave of you to write this! Thank you for letting me get to know you!! You have a follower for life ♡♡

September 14, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Donald Chamberd - You could hold our stories to a mirror and the reflection would be the same. Thank you for sharing. Your pain is shared by many, your talent shared by few. The fact that you have shared both should be appreciated by all.

September 14, 2014 - 9:55 pm

kelly - It makes my heart hurt and brought me to tears reading your story, to imagine anyone treated so disrespectfully and cruelly as you were. I was brought up to believe that everyone deserves love and the freedom to live their own truth, no matter who they are. I’m not a Christian, or religious in any sense, but I know you are loved, and I hope you can feel warmth of love being echoed back to you from all of your fans. xo

September 14, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Danielle - Thank you for sharing and for your openness. I think I already knew. And it never crossed my mind that it mattered. I’m sad for that little boy. I’m so incredibly happy you are being you.

September 14, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Leslie Criswell - I can only imagine how difficult this post was for you to write-much less publish. My hope is that once you did so, you were able to breathe freely and to know that those who are true Christians, will never turn their backs on you. It was brave and a huge step forward in your journey toward healing, and I pray that it gets easier with each step from here out.

September 14, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Cat Salley - So proud of you Hunter! What most people don’t understand about gay people is that is not our place to judge them or any aspect of their lives. They are still the same people we have come to know and love. They haven’t changed and they don’t deserve to be made fun of or ostracized for being who they are. You are an amazing photographer and an amazing person. I know this for a fact because I have waited on you as a server before and you gave me a gift as a tip once so that I could give my son something nice. I will always be grateful for that. Thank you for giving the photography world not only beautiful images but a beautiful soul and person as well.

September 14, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Shannon Bunton - Hunter I am so deeply sorry that you had to endure this kind of hate in your life. it saddens me so that people can be so afraid of someone they dont understand that they could behave like neanderthals. Being gay is not a sin its not wrong and you should never have been treated as you were. You are so brave for telling your story. but know this live comes in all shapes and colors you deserve to be loved and share your love with whomever you choose there will always be people who don’t understand and act out of fear, you dont need them.

September 14, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Kristi James - You are an amazing person from what I can tell, an amazing artist that shines through! I’m so glad you have decided to be yourself aside from your artistic abilities. I hope that some day the majority of people will welcome gays with open arms and let you feel “normal”. Much love and I will continue to love your work and support you!

September 14, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Amanda Burkhalter - <3 <3 <3 much love and I'm so sorry that you had to go through all that! I am a Christian, I attend church every Sunday, and all I have is love for you and for everyone. It is not for us to pass any judgement on anyone... I believe God loves us both the same! I wish that more "Christians" felt that way too... I have a dear friend who is gay and I photographed her commitment ceremony a couple years ago... It was so beautiful, I don't know how anyone can think that love is a sin... No matter who it's between!

September 14, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Kat Forsyth - If there IS anyone out there who is disgusted that they’ve been viewing a “homo’s” work all this time, I hope the only disgust they feel is with themselves. I hate that the religion that was supposed to be a support and comfort to you (which is what religion is FOR) instead ridiculed you and made you feel worthless. This is part of the reason I don’t believe in religion anymore. I’m glad you felt able to share your story with the world on here. It doesn’t change my opinion that you’re a great photographer, and if it changes anyone else’s, they can f*** right off. Keep taking amazing photos and doing amazing workshops! x

September 14, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Debbie Gray - I am follower now too! Hope you find the happiness you deserve!!

September 14, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Noa Furfaro - Yahoooooo!!! I feel so unbelievably happy for you, Hunter! Freedom of the soul is a beautiful thing :)
See you at your workshop Oct 7th!
- Miss Noa from the Rocky Mountains of Canada

September 15, 2014 - 12:42 am

Pamela Mackey - What a brave man you are. Thank you for bearing your heart and sole. I pray you have the future you’ve dreamed of…

September 15, 2014 - 1:08 am

Amanda - What a burden to carry. I am deeply saddened for the younger you, the child that was put down and treated poorly. This is a new Life now Hunter. You’re free. I look forward to seeing where your free conscious takes your art.

September 15, 2014 - 1:09 am

Elizabeth McClung - You deserve to be happy!

September 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

Sarah - I’m so sorry you were brought up in a church where they’d even say that RATS AND COCKROACHES KNOW HOW TO HAVE SEX! That is messed up. What perspective you just gave me for an old lady who was born in the 70′s. Thought youth of the ’90′s wouldn’t feel such pressure and I’m ripped you did. I’m a new follower, but you should be so proud of thinking of your sister, your wife, and your baby. You have touched so many by posting this. Well done you!

September 15, 2014 - 2:01 am

Debbie - This was the most beautiful thing I have read in a long time. I am a christian and am embarrassed by the remarks of so many pastors. I am praying for you. Your work is the most beautiful art I have ever seen. You are an incredible artist. I don’t have any answers, but I know I serve a God that is loving and forgiving. May he be your prince of peace as you find out who you are.

September 15, 2014 - 2:07 am

jeremy - I have been and will continue to be amazed by your work. Doesnt matter what your lifestyle is, chosen or not. I pray that you find peace Hunter. My Pastor tells us, “its not about performance in this life, its about the price He paid” I believe this with all that I am and no sin is greater or less than the next and we all have sin. I still look forward to the day that I can make one of your photograhy courses and so I can shake your hand.

September 15, 2014 - 2:37 am

Tracy Webb - Hunter I am a friend/sister of your Mom’s from New Bethany, I too have a Son who is gay!!! There is not one ounce of me that loves him any less. I fully support him and his husband!! God knew who you were long before any of us! Be all you can be. You are wonderfully talented and God had you created to be who you are. May you find love and peace as you continue your journey in this life.

September 15, 2014 - 2:43 am

Whitney Grisham - Wow Hunter! So courageous. Very exciting that you are finally this confident and able to be true to yourself. Live your life for you. Not everyone will understand & not everyone matters. There are many blessings from your struggles!! I admire you as a human being and as an extreamly talented photographer.

“Success is the best revenge”

September 15, 2014 - 2:55 am

Ashley Goodwin Woods - On the behalf of a lot of Christians who actually have love and complete understanding in their hearts, I would like to sincerely apologize. Because I know that what you were taught about Jesus not loving YOU isn’t true. What a breathtaking, honest and vulnerable post. I hope you don’t let the hatred of others who don’t live love deter you from your faith in Lord, either. Beautiful work, and incredible honesty and perspectivxo

September 15, 2014 - 2:59 am

Rae Moule - This was beautifully and authentically written. I could feel your pain and am moved by your courage to tell your story. I am sure that by you opening your heart that you have opened some minds. You are amazing. Your photography is amazing. I am a huge admirer! Much love! xoxo

September 15, 2014 - 3:36 am

Shannon Wilkinson - Dearest Hunter,

Who you love is up to you. Much much love to you and may your heart be less burdened now that you are not carrying around this terrible weight. You are the same man today that you were before the world knew that you were gay. <3

Shan

September 15, 2014 - 3:43 am
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September 15, 2014 - 3:49 am

Cheri - I have followed and loved your work but now have a deep respect for you as a human. What a brave and scary voice you shouted to the world today and will stand taller because of it. I felt as I ready your post that your soul is whole now.

September 15, 2014 - 3:49 am

Sheila - I’m more in love with you now than I ever was! XOXOXO

September 15, 2014 - 3:51 am

Chrystal - My grandfather had three wonderful kids before he had to divorce my grandma for the same reason. He was wonderful and talented and I couldn’t be more proud of him or the fact that I’m his granddaughter. Your baby is lucky to have you as a dad. Keep your head up. ;) You are loved.

September 15, 2014 - 3:53 am

Andra Corney - You’re amazing just the way you are :)

September 15, 2014 - 3:56 am

Brianna Brewer - Hunter, I went to your workshop in Texarkana. I’ve been in awe of your work for several years now. You inspire me every time I see new work pop up in your news feed. I am a Christian myself and I hate that other christians have made you feel this way. It is not our place to judge, it is our place to love like Christ. Having met you in person, I think you are fantastic. I loved every minute of your workshop and I only wish you the best of luck. I hope and pray for you and Brittney as you figure out the road ahead of y’all. I’m so glad that you thought of your sister before you took your life into your own hands. Your life has had such purpose and still does in the eyes of so many! Don’t change who you are for the worlds sake, embrace your wonderful life. You are amazing at what you do!

September 15, 2014 - 3:58 am

Sue - Hunter it doesn’t matter who you love….it matters that you love. You are perfect just the way you are. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than….

September 15, 2014 - 4:03 am

Alycia - Hunter, I read your words and it pained me to my core that you have suffered internally for so long. No one should feel like that or be treated that way. I became a Christian in my late 20′s, and though I know many that would judge and condemn, I know so many more that love people for who they are and those are the people who showed me the true heart of Christ.No one is less valuable in the eyes of God. You are an amazingly gifted artist, I’m humbled by your honesty and struck by the work that you do its more than inspiring.

September 15, 2014 - 4:04 am

Emily O'Neal - Hunter this was amazing! I am so glad that you have found your voice after all these years. I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments but this was is my favorite! No editing just raw! You will find strength in knowing there are many people who have a very similar story. We love you and support you 100% and you will be surprised all the people who will continue to support you and the respect you will gain for being who you are!

September 15, 2014 - 4:10 am

Connie - Thank you so much for your courage and honesty. Your post is filled with so much emotion it really touches me. I applaud your decision to be who you are and am glad you have wonderful people in your life who love you for you. Your work is beautiful. You.Are.Beautiful.

September 15, 2014 - 4:21 am

Tori Lawless - This is awesome!!

September 15, 2014 - 4:22 am

Linda - I wish for you a life of peace and happiness!

September 15, 2014 - 4:26 am

Beth Fleischman - Hunter, I just read your blog and without even knowing you I felt your true heart. I am a Mother of three grown children from Alabama where being Gay is usually not an accepted lifestyle.However, Hunter I believe as my Granny would say” A good man is an honest man,that is where his heart is”. I have followed you for years and see the passion that flows from your pours of your skin…..I see LOVE,COMPASSION AND A SPIRIT OF TRUE ADVENTURE. Those things I believe we should all nurture in ourselves. As a true southerner would say ” i don’t give a rats rear what you are ……I’ll see you for WHO you are!” Peace always. Hope to meet you at a work shop one day!! BE YOU!!!!!!

September 15, 2014 - 4:27 am

Christy Geller - You poor thing, the sad part is that the really sick and uncomfortable people are those that judged and continue to judge you. Thank you for telling your story and for my part, I will try to raise children that would never treat another person the way you were treated. All we can do is change the generations going forward. Just know that if humble, little old me could change one second of what you went through I would. Thank you for telling your story, it was very brave of you. I believe it will make a difference.

September 15, 2014 - 4:29 am

Stepheni - My heart aches for the boy that was in that bathroom stall and for the boy who held that gun. My heart rejoices for the man who is able to face and declare truth. Stay strong.

September 15, 2014 - 5:13 am

Toni Evans - Amazing and wonderful you are Hunter ..

September 15, 2014 - 5:20 am

Jennifer - You will always be one of my favorite photographers. My heart goes out to you and all the horrible things you have endured.

September 15, 2014 - 5:26 am

Anne Hartman - I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I have a daughter who is white. Husband is black. Raising 6 beautiful bi-racial children.
I have a son who is gay. Artistic, creative, beautiful human being.
God made us all. GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES.

Anyone who claims to be a Christian and doesn’t get this is not worth your time.

End of story.

September 15, 2014 - 5:56 am

Emma Holton - You’re gonna have to try harder to get rid of this follower. Now I just admire you even more. Congratulations on your self-discovery and strength. <3

September 15, 2014 - 5:58 am

Anna Cunningham - Your work is beautiful Hunter and I’m sorry for all you’ve been through. But I’m more sorry for what your wife has been through. I’ve been part of a marriage where my husband left for something different and I know the heart-crushing pain that comes with that, no matter the amicability. That is no cause for congratulations. Love to her and your son.

September 15, 2014 - 11:03 am

Anne Donaway - Not only was a fan before …I’m an even bigger one now! Wow, what an impactful story! Thank you for sharing with us! Wishing true happiness comes your way!

September 15, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Marcela Silva Carmichael - As a Christian who is in much favor of marriage between a man and a woman I must say I have no judgment over your story. I believe your work is incredible. I hope that as many have been so positive that you will also understand others who believe in the bible (I’m
Not talking about the ignorant people) and believe ib the truth of God. Best wishes!

September 15, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Danielle Davis - You gained a fan today, thank you for your transparency! It is refreshing.. I have know doubt it has helped others. Wishing you the very best!

September 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Natasha - Reading through your post brought me to tears. I can’t even imagine all the pain & suffering you have been through for what? For just being you? You just keep being you & know that you have the love & support from all of us around you. You are one talented & decent human being – who you love doesn’t even come in to it. Much love to you & wishing you so much happiness x

September 15, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Diane Henning - Good made you. If being gay was wrong he wouldn’t if made gay people. It is so sad society can’t accept people for being different.. sorry you suffered much. I was a fan before this and still am.

September 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Rennai Hoefer - Your romantic life is nobody’s business and neither is your walk with Jesus, it’s nobody’s place to judge. I’m so glad I get to follow your work.

September 15, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Crystal Dehle - I have never heard of you before. I found this because a Facebook friend of mine’ liked’ it. I am proud of you, and admire your courage to be who you are despite a lifetime of torture. And, growing up in a family who took you to a church that taught you to hate gay people is not what I would define as a perfect, loving childhood with accepting parents. You deserved better than that then, and deserve better today.

September 15, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Stormy Burgess - Still a mega fan Hunter ;) You can’t get rid of us ;) ;)
Be True! Be happy! God will love you for being the wonderful artwork he created.
I’m sorry for the past you endured, but I hope that with your future you get the chance to understand and appreciate why God made you whoever and whatever you are ;) *hugs*

September 15, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Vicky - Hunter, I have known your mother for many years. I love her even if she is a Bama fan. I am a Christian ans I sin every day. I believe the Bible completely. Most importantly that it is Gods place to judge not mine. As someone that has many gay friends and a human being with a loving heart I have cried all the time I have been reading this post. Your life and your relationship with God is that, with God. As Christians, I feel we do more harm trying to defend what the Bible says instead of living our lives as Jesus did, just loving one another. I’m a fan and I love P. I will be praying for you son.

September 15, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Sarah - Thank you for sharing your story. I can tell it is not easy for you and it takes courage to share something you have kept a secret for so many years. I am so sorry you had to grow up feeling something was wrong with you and that you were less than your peers. As parents we need to teach our children how to love and show respect for others no matter the differences. I can not imagine a world where we were all the same, how awful that would be. As a fellow christian I say God bless you Hunter. Your work and story are amazing!

September 15, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Gabriel Mora - Throughout the years of my life I’ve learned that people will always find a reason to like or dislike someone… I was (and sometimes still) bullied too for being the “nerd” of the class plus because I was not a rich boy…. many of us understand your previous struggles, the stress to fit in… need not to worry anymore, for each of those who hate you, you will have hundreds that will embrace you for who you are as individual, your actions. .. not because of the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs… we, I, welcome you with open arms because, after all, you are a human being. .. and that’s what, at the end, matters the most.

September 15, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Angela Waagen - I’ve admired your work from the first time I laid eyes on it. I’m sorry that there are bigots who feel the need to torment and hate others. Thank you for sharing your heart, try not to let the sting of the naysayers stick. Your work speaks for itself.

September 15, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Emily Allison - I have been a fan of yours for quite some time. You are brilliant with your ideas – concepts – you’re an artist. What you’ve shared here doesn’t change any of that. I’m SO SORRY you’ve experienced such stupidity and hatred in your life. No one deserves that. I hope that you can truly BREATHE now because you are able to be your TRUE self. So CELEBRATE YOU. Because YOU, are beautiful. <3 God Bless you! ~Emily

September 15, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Hannah Suh - Hunter, I wasn’t familiar with your work but after being linked her through friends on Facebook and going through your blog, I have to say that you are freakin’ BADASS. I am just thunderstruck by not only your talent but the intense heartrending bravery of this post. You’ve gone through so much and to come out the other end and be strong enough to be your authentic self… many of us who go through lesser trials don’t even have that kind of strength. I’ll say it again, you are badass. I’m so glad that so many Christians are commenting here and giving you love. I grew up in a Christian household and I know that despite the hate that many Christians might spew, there is a lot of love and understanding and compassion there too. But I will come at it from a different angle. Being gay is not a sin. It is not a choice. But even if we were to pretend, just for just a second, that it was a choice… IT WOULD BE OK. Because there is nothing wrong with being gay. Nothing. Nada. Love is love. To quote Kurt Vonnegut: “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”

I don’t even know you and I’m so pleased that you have found some measure of peace with who you are and that you’ve shared it with us all. You threw down the truth and you’ve made us all a little bit better for knowing your story. I wish you nothing but happiness.

Oh and major props for “Couldn’t care less” – most people get that wrong!! Hahaha, weird thing to notice in this intense post, I know. But kudos for that as well. ;)

September 15, 2014 - 10:27 pm

susie wood - I am so sorry you have had to live with such bullying all these years. I admire your courage & so glad you chose a different path than taking your life. God loves all his children & I pray that he gives you some peace. I do not judge you & wish you the best in life. Oh & You do AMAZEBALLS photography too

September 15, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Stephanie Kopf - I’ve always been very impressed with your work, and now am very impressed with your courage. Congratulations on embracing your true self, it’s a shame we live in a world where you didn’t feel comfortable enough to do it sooner. Sending love and support!

September 17, 2014 - 4:04 am

Diana Brasher - God bless you, dear one. “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That goes for all of us. You are my beloved brother in Christ, and in his eyes we are all dressed in His Righteousness alone. What other garment do we ever need. Thank you for sharing your pain and now your joy with us. Hey, I used to be a member of a judgmental congregation. I am in Christ free, and I love being a United Methodist Christian:) Much love and prayers on your behalf alas you continue your journey.

September 19, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Tricia Rickard - I am a Christian and one of my very best friends from childhood asked me once “so if I’m gay I’m going to hell?” My answer to him was “If we leave this earth without Jesus as our Savior then we are separated from God for eternity”. Your sins are no different then mine in God’s eyes. Sin is what separates us from God without the blood of Jesus wr cannot stand before a Holy God! And guess what? We’re ALL born sinners. Not one of us has the holy right to judge another human. There is only One who has that right! We are to love !!

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Trey & Alexis: Carillon, Fl

“TREY AND I HAVE THAT LOVE STORY THAT YOU ONLY READ ABOUT IN BOOKS AND OUR WEDDING WAS NO EXCEPTION. OUR STORY STARTED ON THE PLAYGROUND IN PRE-SCHOOL AND I CAN STILL REMEMBER PICKING COTTON AND GETTING ICEE’S AFTER SCHOOL TOGETHER. WHEN WE WERE TWELVE TREY TOLD ME HE WAS GOING TO MARRY ME ONE DAY AND I TOLD HIM HE WAS CRAZY. HE NEVER REALLY STOPPED PURSUING ME AND AFTER HIGH SCHOOL WE STARTED DATING. WE DATED FOR FOUR LONG YEARS BEFORE WE GOT ENGAGED AND I REMEMBER HIM PUTTING THE RING ON MY FINGER AS I WAS TREMBLING AND TEARS WERE STREAMING. WHEN IT CAME TIME TO PLAN THE WEDDING, TREY FOUND THE VENUE AND WE KNEW A SMALL INTIMATE WEDDING BY THE BEACH WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED. AS THE MUSIC POUNDED AND THOSE DOORS OPENED ALL I REMEMBER IS HIM WEEPING AT THE END OF THE ISLE AND THE PURE JOY I FELT IN THE FACT THAT THE ONLY THING I EVER REALLY WANTED IN LIFE WAS COMING TRUE. OUR JOY ON THAT DAY SPILLED OVER AND EVERYONE IN THE ROOM COULD FEEL IT. THAT DAY WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF OUR STORY AND WE WOULD RELIVE IT A THOUSAND TIMES IF WE HAD THE CHANCE. IT TRULY WAS OUR FAIRY TALE. ”     -ALEXIS

 

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September 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Linda Berry - Breathtaking

September 3, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Julie Camp Steward - Those pictures told y’all’s wedding story:) for sure!! Beautiful!!!!

September 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Donna C Smith - These area breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

September 3, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Pamela L Pugh - Exquisite! Once again I feel like I was there because these photos are like freeze-frame video. Not only do we get to see the beauty of each of those moments, but we get to take our time and look at each and every detail, each facial expression, all the things we might have missed had we actually been there. Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with all of us. You had the wedding of our, I mean your, dreams.

September 14, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Alexis - Love seeing a fresh perspective on Carillon Beach, one of my favorite venues! Gorgeous images:)

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Catherine & Marc: Mansfield, La

I THINK AS PHOTOGRAPHERS WE GET USED TO SHOOTS AND WEDDINGS AND CAN PRETTY MUCH EXPECT WHAT THE WEDDING WILL LOOK LIKE JUST BASED OFF OF THE BRIDE AND HOW SHE’S DESCRIBED THE BIG DAY.
WELL ABOUT A MONTH AGO MY DOORBELL RINGS TO MY HOUSE, I WALK TO THE DOOR TO FIND AN OLDER WOMAN WAITING FOR ME. I WAS FULLY EXPECTING HER TO SAY SOMETHING LIKE “IM YOUR NEIGHBOR AND YOUR YARD IS TOO MESSY. IM MORTIFIED TO LIVE NEXT TO YOU” (BECAUSE IT REALLY HORRIFIC, IT BASICALLY LOOKS LIKE THE YARD FROM GREY GARDENS) BUT WHAT SHE SAID WAS “A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE’S SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED AND I HEAR THAT YOURE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER”. NOW REMEMBER, IM STANDING IN THE DOORWAY WEARING BASKETBALL SHORTS, A RIPPED UP JOES CRAB SHACK TEE SHIRT AND HAIR THAT LOOKS LIKE I JUST STUCK MY HEAD OUT OF A MOVING AIRPLANE, IT WASNT EXACTLY MY IDEAL CLIENT MEETING. BUT I GAVE HER MY CARD AND SAID “WELL IM PRETTY BOOKED UP BUT HAVE HER EMAIL ME JUST IN CASE I CAN MAKE IT”. THEN I GET AN EMAIL FROM THE BRIDES SISTER SAYING THAT SHE WAS GETTING MARRIED ON A SUNDAY ABOUT A MONTH AWAY AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE THE ONLY SUNDAY THAT I HAD OPEN. SHE EXPLAINED THAT IT WOULD JUST BE A VERY SMALL WEDDING AT THE BRIDES PARENTS HOUSE & THEYVE ONLY HAD ABOUT 4 MONTHS TO PLAN THE ENTIRE THING. THEY ENDED UP BOOKING AND THE WEDDING DATE ROLLED AROUND ABOUT A MONTH LATER.
I LEAVE CHURCH AND HEAD TO THE HOUSE OF THE BRIDES MOTHER ABOUT 40 MINUTES AWAY, I DECIDED TO JUST LEAVE MY CHURCH CLOTHES ON, A NICE BUTTON UP AND A NICE PAIR OF JEANS, I FIGURED SURELY THIS ISNT GOING TO BE ANYTHING TOO FANCY, I MEAN AFTER ALL IT WAS ALL PUT TOGETHER IN 4 MONTHS. I ARRIVE TO THE “HOUSE” (I USE THE WORD VERY LIGHTLY, MORE LIKE ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING BUILDINGS TO GRACE THE EARTH WITH ITS PRESENCE) AND AM IMMEDIATELY LOOKING DOWN AT MY JEANS, BEGINNING TO REGRET THE DECISION TO DRESS SO INFORMALLY. I WALK IN THE DOOR AND THE “BEGINNING TO REGRET” QUICKLY BECOMES SHEER TERROR. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING WEDDINGS IVE EVER SEEN. WHERE I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE “THROWN TOGETHER” DECORATIONS, CHEEP SILK FLOWERS, AND A CHEEP UNFLATTERING WEDDING DRESS, IM MET WITH DECORATIONS THAT WOULD MAKE A GROWN MAN CRY AT THEIR BEAUTY, HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OR FRESHLY BLOOMED PEONIES, AND A FREAKING CLAIRE PETTIBONE GOWN. MEN WALKED AROUND THE HOME IN PERFECTLY FITTED SUITS WHILE THE WOMEN SAT AND TALKED AS THEIR FLOWY, GEORGOUS GOWNS SLIGHLY BLEW IN THE COOL BREEZE OF THE HUGE OPEN DOORS. AND THERE I WAS, STANDING IN THE DOOR WAY LOOKING LIKE I JUST JUMPED OFF THE SUBWAY. SURELY THEY WHISPERED TO THEMSELVES “WHO IS THIS HOBO WALKING AROUND TAKING PHOTOS OF EVERYONE? SHOULD WE CALL THE POLICE AND REPORT AN INTRUDER?”.
I FINALLY MANAGED TO LET IT GO (YEP, THAT SONG IS NOW GOING TO BE STUCK IN YOUR HEAD FOR THE NEXT 3 HOURS) AND FOCUS OF THE PERFECTION I HAD THE HONOR TO SHOOT. IT WAS TRULY AMAZING AND I STILL CANT BELIEVE I GOT TO PHOTOGRAPH IT. HERE IS A LITTLE SNEAK PEEK!
-HUNTER LEONE
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July 25, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Angelica Marquis - This is absolute perfection. How you captured the light, airiness of the gowns and colors and incorporated the feeling in all of the photos is ….genius. Love it.

July 25, 2014 - 4:11 pm

À Vie Photography, LLC by Pamela Hunter - AAhhh, the refinement in your work never ceases to amaze me Three Nails Photography! This IS an exquisite wedding complete with a Claire Pettibone and all, but they couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate photographer for their vision than you. The images literally speak to the heart. Thank you for sharing Hunter.

July 25, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Aimee Mayeux Bowlin - Perfection!!!!

July 25, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Cynthia Ann McClellan - Stunning!

July 25, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Katie Santmyer - I wish I could “throw together” a wedding like this in four months!! Sheesh. Absolutely breathe taking!

July 26, 2014 - 12:46 am

Dina Godzik - Beautiful and Inspiring

July 26, 2014 - 7:13 am

Amy Parada - Totally breathtaking x

July 26, 2014 - 11:37 am

Tara Haney Boeser - You rock. Incredibly beautiful <3 Thank you for sharing!

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Leah & Tanner: Elopement

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TYPICAL THREE NAILS STORIES. THIS BRIDE AND GROOM HIRED ME TO SHOOT THEIR ELOPEMENT, THEY DECIDED TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE TO SHREVEPORT, LA FROM THEIR HOMETOWN ABOUT 9 HOURS AWAY. I WAS PRETTY PUMPED ABOUT IT, I LOVE SHOOTING ELOPEMENTS, THEY’RE SO MUCH MORE INTIMATE FOR THE COUPLE AND ALOT MORE RELAXING FOR ME. I CALLED UP MY BOO MEKA WITH MOTIVES AND ASKED IF SHE WANTED TO JOIN ME. I PULLED UP IN MEKA’S DRIVEWAY AND SHE RAN OUT RIDE, SPRINTED TO THE CAR, JUMPED IN AND SCREAM “OMG I HOPE THEY HAVE UMBRELLAS!!”… IT WAS RAINING, WELL NOT RAINING, POURING.. DRIVING TO THE WEDDING MEKA AND I WERE DISCUSSING WHAT WE SHOULD DO, SHOULD WE JUST SHOOT ALL OF THE PICTURES INSIDE THE B&B? DEFF NOT TNP… I DECIDED THAT I WOULD VERY CALMLY PRESENT THE BRIDE WITH THE IDEA OF HER GETTING MARRIED IN THE RAIN, AND MAKING THE “RAIN” PART OF THE “THEME” OF THE WEDDING. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP YOU MAKE A COKE (SORRY I LITERALLY HATE LEMONADE).

WHEN WE GOT TO THE B&B WE BOTH WALKED UP TO SEE THE LITTLE RECEPTION SET UP THAT THE BRIDE HAD DONE FOR HER AND HER GROOM, IT WAS PERFECT, IT WAS ALSO BEING RAINED ON. WHICH MADE IT EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL TO ME, SEEING THE SMALL DROPLETS OF WATER BOUNCING OFF THE CHINA AND SITTING ON THE FRESH CUT FLOWER PETALS MADE IT EVEN MORE EXCITING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SHOOTING IN THE RAIN. WE WALKED UP STAIRS TO THEIR ROOM TO SEE THEM BOTH SITTING ON THE BED. THE BRIDE SEEMED A LITTLE DISHEVELED, NOT NECESSARILY MAD OR SAD, JUST KIND OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THIS DAY WORK AND MAKE THE LONG TRIP DOWN WORTH IT. I THEN SAID “OK LOOK, JUST SAY NO IF YOU DONT WANT TO, BUT HONESTLY I WANT TO SHOOT YOU GUYS IN THE RAIN. CEREMONY, DETAIL SHOTS, B&G PICTURES, EVERYTHING…”. THEN THOSE WORDS KIND OF SAT IN THE AIR FOR A MOMENT WHILE EVERYONE IN THE ROOM TOOK THEM IN AND TRIED TO PROCESS THE PROS AND CONS OF THIS IDEA OF MINE. THE BRIDE LOOKED AT HER GROOM WITHOUT WORDS, HE SMILED AT HER, SHE SMILED BACK AND LOOKED AT ME. “OK, WE’LL DO IT”. NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT COULDNT HAVE BEEN MORE OF A PERFECT DAY FULL OF ADVENTURE AND ILLEGAL TRESPASSING.

-HUNTER

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July 1, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Jessica Alvarez- Perez - I love your art…

July 1, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - I adore this.

July 1, 2014 - 10:37 pm

Lynn Vitek - I love the head shots in black & white with the flowed on her head….

July 1, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Bana's Photography - totally worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! every rain drop!

July 1, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Chris N Jennafer Farnham - Absolutely stunning.

July 1, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Isabel Martinez - Beautifully done!

July 1, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Harvey Jelks - Great idea! Love the photos.

July 1, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Sheryl Bungcaras Finney - Always amazing.

July 1, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Sheryl Germany - Another Masterpiece!!! Love them all.

July 1, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Brandy Bradfield - Amazing!!!

July 1, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Corinne Knapp Rogers - Love

July 1, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Rebecca Putzier - Just when I thought I saw everything you never cease to amaze me these are absolutely beautiful

July 1, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Jennifer Coulter - ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING! some of the photos I even literally reached up and touched my chest..i felt it! fantastic!

July 1, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Erin Emerson - LOVE them cuz!!! :-) :-)

July 1, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Madeline Layton - Gorgeous!!!

July 2, 2014 - 12:05 am

Kim Steeves - Beatiful!!

July 2, 2014 - 12:11 am

Nicole Chavez - Beautiful! You are beyond talented!

July 2, 2014 - 1:42 am

Sara Kapfer-Dicker - :)

July 2, 2014 - 1:53 am

Candice O'Grady - yeah these
are pretty much amazing you look BEAUTIFUL..

July 2, 2014 - 2:57 am

Michelle Brazeal - OMG these are perfect! Tells the story!

July 2, 2014 - 3:59 am

Patricia Holiman Pickett - There are no words. Beautiful!

July 2, 2014 - 5:32 am

Chelsea Zilinski - Beautiful

July 2, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Ashley Maria Loth - Amazing I cried when I get married you will be shooting !

July 2, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Jenifer Taylan - BEAUTIFUL couple and pictures:))

July 2, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Dena Barber Ross - Beautiful

July 11, 2014 - 6:38 am

Love and Stuff Photography - Wow incredible :) Always loving your work Hunter!

September 15, 2014 - 2:21 am

Jamie Wheeler - I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life! New fan I’m completely stalking your page now

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