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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

Julie & Mattock: Chicago

IT’S SO WEIRD FOR ME TO SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN DOING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS. I HAVE, SINCE THE BEGINNING, FELT LIKE SUCH A “NEWBIE” IN THIS INDUSTRY AND IT SEEMS THAT I’M FINALLY GETTING USED TO CALLING THIS MY “CAREER”. WHEN I STARTED SHOOTING, I SHOT ¬†EVERYTHING, FROM NEWBORNS TO ENGAGEMENTS TO BUSINESS HEAD SHOTS & EVEN THE OCCASIONAL 1 YEAR OLD BIRTHDAY PARTY. I HONESTLY GOT TO THE POINT OF WHERE I WAS HATING PHOTOGRAPHY, IT WASN’T AS FUN AS PEOPLE ACTED LIKE IS ALWAYS WAS. I WOULD SEE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS WRITE ABOUT THEIR CLIENTS SAYING “OH I JUST LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL COUPLE. OH BE STILL MY HEART! SWOON! XO!” AND I WAS ENVIOUS OF THEM AND THAT THEY ENJOYED THEIR JOBS SO MUCH BECAUSE IT TOOK EVERYTHING IN ME TO NOT WRITE “UGH I HATE THIS EFFING COUPLE”. BUT I AM FINALLY TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN PROUDLY SAY ALL OF THE OVERUSED PHOTOGRAPHER SAYING LIKE “SWOON” AND “OH BE STILL MY HEART” ABOUT MY CLIENTS.

THIS IS JULIE, THE OWNER OF BORN & BREAD . SHE IS WEARING VERA WANG.

 

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January 5, 2014 - 12:00 am

Emilia Jane - Unbelievably gorgeous. Beautiful work Hunter! <3

May 10, 2014 - 12:18 am

Julie Lagrotteria Swenson - Hunter, I can’t tell you how much I cherish our wedding photos. I feel so fortunate to have had you so beautifully capture our special day!

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