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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

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

October 6, 2014 - 6:02 am

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Three Nails Workshop: Gatsby

THIS IS A WORKSHOP IVE BEEN WANTING TO DO FOR A LONG TIME. I KNEW THAT IT WOULD TAKE ALOT OF WORK & EFFORT BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TO PULL THIS THEME TOGETHER. NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TON OF MODELS TO MAKE THIS WORK, BECAUSE A HUGE PART OF THE STORY LINE IS THAT GATSVY HAD HUGE PARTYS, BUT NOT ONLY THAT THE CLOTHES WERE EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT SO I FLEW ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SELECTING SUITS AND GOWNS FROM LA TO NYC. WHILE PLANNING THIS WORKSHOP I KEPT ADDING NEW ELEMENTS AND MY STAFF WAS GETTING MADDER AND MADDER WITH EVERY ONE I CAME UP WITH HAHA. LIKE SAYING “OK GUYS SO IM ALSO GOING TO BUILD A 12 FOOT TALL MOON…. OH AND THEN I WANT TO BUILD ANOTHER 12 FOOT TALL MOON BUT PAINT A FACE ON IT… OH AND THEN I WANT TO DO A SMALLER MOON FOR JUST THE BRIDE AND GROOM… THEN ONCE WERE DONE WITH THE MOONS I WANT TO BUILD A MASSIVELY HUGE WALL AND IT HAS TO BE COVERED IN MOLDING.” THEY BASICALLY WANTED TO KILL ME. BUT IT ALWAYS WORKS OUT TO BE INSANE. WHEN I WAS DOING TO “DANCING” SEGMENT I BLARED “A LITTLE PARTY NEVER KILLED NOBODY” FROM THE GREAT GATSBY SOUNDTRACK THEN WALKED OVER TO THE HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST MEKA AND SAID “I LITERALLY HAVE CHILLS RIGHT NOW” IT WAS SO SURREAL, I FELT LIKE I WAS BACK IN THE 1920S AND AT ONE OF JAY GATSBYS PARTIES. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME “WHY DO YOU GO SO FAR OUT ON THESE WORKSHOPS” ITS A SIMPLE ANSWER THEY GET BACK, I WANT THE ATTENDEES TO PHOTOGRAPH SOMETHING THAT GIVES THEM CHILLS, THAT MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE THEY ARE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD OR TIME.

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HAIR AND MAKEUP: MEKA RELIFORD (MEKA WITH MOTIVES)

PROP RENTALS: PURSUING EDEN VINTAGE RENTALS

WEDDING GOWN: GALLIANO

VENUE: DIXIE COTTON GIN & SILVER LAKE BALLROOM

INVITATIONS: ATELIER ISABEY

CAKE: SILVER PALATE CAKERY

VIDEOGRAPHY: PSYCLE FILMS

FLOWERS: MANDY CATHEY

Young & Beautiful – TNP Workshop from psycleFILMS on Vimeo.

May 21, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Lel Hurst - This is absolutely incredible work. Amazing attention to detail, superb styling, it is truly inspirational- congratulations on pulling together a true master piece.

May 21, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Brooke Merrill - Gorgeous!!! It was worth all the effort. Simply amazing.

May 21, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Shani - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!!!! Those photos are just beautiful!!!

May 22, 2014 - 2:31 am

Christina Maldonado - This is beyond gorgeous and phenomenal. Great job!

May 22, 2014 - 3:15 am

Jenna Petersen - I love it!! Absolutely beautiful. The lighting is stunning and inspiring, and so is the set design!

May 22, 2014 - 3:49 am

Sabrina Keough Plourde - Oh my goodness! This is extremely glamorous! Just AMAZING!! I can only dream of being able to photograph like this or have the setting to do it! Wow, just WOW!!

May 22, 2014 - 5:27 am

Ashlee Scherer Adams - IM literally drooling ,,,

May 22, 2014 - 7:03 am

Lara Anastasia - Incredible. Wow, just wow.

May 22, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Alisia Campbell - Completely incredible!
Wow!!

June 24, 2014 - 6:14 am

Southern California Bride - This is freaking incredible.

July 8, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Miss Gen Photography - I love, love, love this shoot! the styling is impeccable and that moon is amazing.

September 15, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Leslie Pixies Petals - I just found you blog because of your out post. You are so INCREDIBLY talented !! Don’t ever feel like you are less or that you aren’t a loved child of God.

This us the Gatsby shoot I was dreaming of doing. You are amazing & if you ever need a floral designer to get just as crazy with you on one of your shoots…I’m your huckleberry !! Hugs – Leslie A – Pixies Petals

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Taylor & Scott: Los Angeles, California

ME: “HAHA WE SHOULD TOTALLY GET IN THE WATER AND SHOOT!”

BRIDE: “OKAY LETS DO IT!”

ME: “OH, WAIT… REALLY?! UM, I MEAN THAT WAS KIND OF A JOKE”

GROOM: “IF YOU THINK IT WILL BE AN AMAZING PICTURE WE WANT TO DO IT”

ME: “I THINK IM FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE TWO OF YOU…”

I LOVE B&G’S WHO ARE UP FOR ANYTHING. THEY MAKE MY JOB SO EASY WHEN THEY GIVE ME FULL CREATIVE CONTROL. THIS COUPLE WAS EASILY ONE OF MY FAVORITES, THEIR L.A. WEDDING WAS SOMETHING OUT OF MY DREAMS. I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE IT! HAVE ANY OF YOU FELLOW PHOTOGS ASKED YOUR CLIENTS TO DO SOMETHING RIDICULOUS FOR THE SHOOT?? I NEED SOME REASSURANCE THAT I’M NOT THE ONLY LUNATIC OUT THERE!

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March 15, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Toronto Photo Booth - Totally and completely gorgeous! The water and outdoor shots are amazing, but I actually prefer the very stylized indoor shots. That is an all round dream location!

March 15, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Nicole Beaulieu Bradley - Love Love Love! Every single photo is amazing!

March 15, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Javier - Your passion inspires mine – you are where I aspire to be, so i know it’s tangible.

Thanks man,

Bless,

Prov. 3:5

March 15, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Lori Brooks - FABULOUS

March 15, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Raven Mathis - Just beautiful. Fun to know there are brides out there who trust vision!

March 15, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Kelly Lindmeier - Gorgeous!

March 15, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Savannah Dunn - Love these!

March 15, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Anna Tenne - WOW! Speechless :)

March 15, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Taylor - Thank you again for everything Hunter! You captured our wedding so perfectly, it’s everything we could have hoped for and more!!

March 15, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Claire Teri - wow wow wow absolutley wow.

March 15, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Danielle Kirk - WOOOWWWWW. This is one of the most breathtaking wedding albums I’ve ever seen. I was saying “wow!” and “not uh!” and “are you serious?!” out loud by myself at my computer, haha! I was already blown away before the couple portraits even started!!! INNNcredible work. I hope you know that.

March 16, 2014 - 12:57 am

Karen Dahring - So precious!!!

March 16, 2014 - 4:44 am

Emily Annette Benson - You never cease to impress me. Those shots along the beach are breathtaking, and the reception photos are so fun and exciting! I strive to have half of your skill and creativity, sir. :)

March 27, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Louise Mars - Wauw, really… Totally awsome!

May 1, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Lisa Dales - Uuuhhhhhh Hunter, you amaze me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your work is breathtaking!!!!!

May 21, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Lel Hurst - utterly breathtaking, the bride looks like a mermaid in some of those shots!

May 22, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Giselle Christinson - I die! Your work is absolutely amazing, inspiring, and moody! I love, love, love it!

September 14, 2014 - 5:36 am

vivienne westwood armour ring - Many designs were accessoried with brightly coloured bags, produced in Kenya by female micro-entrepreneurs who live in the slums of Nairobi, under an International Trade Centre project, in conjunction with the UN and World Trade Organization, which Westwood is a passionate supporter of.

October 22, 2015 - 7:18 am

Charity Lin Williams - THIS is, by FAR, my MOST favorite!!!

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Kaylyn & Tyler: Jackson, Mississippi

IVE BEEN ITCHING TO SHARE THIS STUNNING MISSISSIPPI WEDDING! I LOVE WEDDINGS LIKE THESE, JUST PRETTY. EVERY LITTLE DETAIL HAS NO OTHER WORD TO DESCRIBE IT AS “PRETTY”. KAYLYN WORE THIS STUNNING CLAIRE PETTIBONE GOWN AND USED MY FAVORITE FLORIST EVER “TULIP FLORAL” FOR THE FLOWERS AND STYLING. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS GORGEOUS BOHO WEDDING! HAPPY MONDAY!

-HUNTER

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February 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Linda - Gorgeous wedding photos. Stunning, as usual. By the way, your bio is A. MA. ZING!

February 10, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Abby Camarata - DREAMY!!!! WOW! Gorgeous wedding, stunning bride, fabulous photography! <3

February 10, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Cody Emberton - Perfection in every way!!

February 10, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Amanda Myree Scott - Absolute. Perfection. The end.

February 10, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Emily Annette Benson - Your photos are seriously my favorite ever. Every shoot you’ve posted has made me want to play wedding crasher just so I can see you in action. Like, seriously, you’re amazeballs, and I WILL get to one of your workshops someday!

February 10, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Emily Annette Benson - Your photos are seriously my favorite ever. I’m generally more drawn to the portraits, but every photo in this set was captivating. Every shoot you’ve posted has made me want to play wedding crasher just so I can see you in action. Like, seriously, you’re amazeballs, and I WILL get to one of your workshops someday!

February 10, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Zina Moll - SIMPLY AMAZING! <3

February 10, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Emily C. Bellew - Love, Love, Love!!! You captured every detail perfectly!!! Beautiful wedding

February 10, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Avion McNab Robinson - love all of these. Her dress is soooo stunning:)

February 10, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Margaret Woodard Campen - Beautiful

February 10, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Suzanne Garland - Obsessed. So stunning.

February 10, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Lauren E Sherman - yeah. pretty lovely. good job hunter leone.

February 10, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Alyona Oborn - so beautiful , I can hardly wait for the workshop!!!

February 10, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Kani Thornton - Absolutely Fabulous !!! I love your work .

February 10, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Brynne Weaver - This is STUNNING.

February 10, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Shira Plain Friedman - stunning! boho style for the Dec. workshop, please!

February 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

Melissa Taylor Jones - Exquisite!

February 12, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Shelly Lange Photography - Beyond awesome Hunter! What a beautiful day and what an amazing job you did capturing it all.
I can hardly wait to come to your workshop in hot July – looking so forward to meeting and learning from you!

February 12, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Sheila Carson - I love her dress! Do you have a link to the designer?

February 12, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Brandi - These are beautiful!

May 23, 2014 - 3:57 pm

fendi italia - thank you for share!

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