Leslie Owen is the photographer behind one of the most heartwarming holiday photos we’ve seen yet. As a self taught photographer, originally from Atlanta, the majority of Leslies work lies within kids and family photography. Though she has been photographing families for a few years, her most recent holiday photoshoot with the Smith family, was her first time doing anything of this sort.
Leslie has been photographing the Smith family for several years and when Andrea Smith wanted to include her currently deployed husband Andrew in their holiday card, together Leslie and Andrea created a vision of something different.
Leslie, Andrea and Andrea’s daughter Charlotte did the shoot in Target, and recreated a classic mother daughter holiday shopping scene. Andrea played off the “classic shopping Starbucks mom stereotype” while her Charlotte stood on the shopping cart, reaching for toys on a high up shelf. To include Andrew, and create the uplifting and interactive shot, Leslie made it look like he was standing in front of Charlotte, ready to catch her. Leslie says “I thought there would be a bit of negative backlash if Charlotte was standing on the cart, so having Andrew look like he was catching her was the perfect way to go against that.” During the shoot, Andrea held Charlotte as she stood on the cart, but Leslie was able to cut out her hands in Photoshop. Check out the final shot!
Leslie was unsure of which lens to use during the shoot and started off taking test shots using a 50mm lens. The shots were not coming out as she wanted, so she switched to the Sigma 24mm Art Lens. “Since the 24mm is a wide angle lens, I was able to include everything I wanted in the picture, from top to bottom. The focus is also awesome; the sharpness of the lens was a huge factor.”
The 24mm is Leslies first Sigma lens, but says she has many more on her Christmas list!
Here is some of Leslie’s recent work, to view more visit her Instagram page.