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Los Angeles Photographer, Linnea Lenkus, has 3 studios in Pasadena, Irvine and Long Beach, California.

I gave a lecture yesterday in my Pasadena photo studio for other professional photographers in the Los Angeles area. Thank you to everyone who came and contributed. It was my first time speaking to a group and I couldn’t have picked a better bunch of cerebral photographers to start my speaking career.

I never thought I would enjoy my talk with everyone, but it was very fulfilling sharing and giving insight to other photographers and getting so much in return. I feel energized. Photographers are such lonely beasts and so it was wonderful having an “I know” moment with everyone. Connection.

Los Angeles Photographers - Baby Photographers

One of the things I mentioned at my talk was that having an artistic brain is something that usually happens at birth and that most of us grow up as the oddballs in social situations. It creates loneliness, but then, solitude is what you need to think and create.

Baby Portraits and Toddler Portraits
A portrait photographer is even odder in that he or she needs to pull into their brain, their gut and their experience and yet. . .connect. With every portrait I create, I pull in and. . .emerge with a feeling, an emotion or a moment of this family’s life. I connect, I breathe and I express. If I can let my guard done, I can see more than what is in front of me. I see the future, the past and what is, what really is, at this moment.
Pregnancy and Family Photography
Thank you to all of you who did attend.

If you are a professional photographer and are interested in hearing Linnea speak, contact us and we will let you know the next time she will hold a meeting.

Linnea Lenkus Fine Art Portrait Studios

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Today, my mom skills were in full force. Yes, I vacillate between the artist brain and the mom brain, constantly (often they mingle).

I spent a good part of the day with my three children at the doctor’s tending to an ear infection that my 4 year old has. Being there many times, I knew what to do, was a pillar of strength coordinating my little ones through the waiting room, cuddled with my sick one, brought 3 bags of toys to occupy them and sighed when the doctor let me know what was going on.

Child Photographers

My children are gorgeous, I hate to brag. They spoil me. All three are visually interesting for me. For a photographer, a picky photographer at that, it is a sigh of relief and an ahhhhhh that I have a family that is delicious to watch. I know that’s how you feel about your own children.

Tonight I’m thinking of Dexter, who is sick and pulling at my mother strings. These child portraits I did a few months ago. In moments like this, when I am full of worry, I am glad to have these portraits to savor and make me smile.

Children Photographers
Do you see why he is a heartthrob in preschool?

Children photographers, Los Angeles, Orange County.

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Fine Art Nude

I photographed a nude woman the other day who was very beautiful and very interesting. I loved her quest to find herself and to explore new areas in her life. She is in her 40′s and still evolving. We all are, don’t you think? It’s just that some of us are willing to admit it.

She told me that the latest Dove soap ads called Pro-Age ads, which depicted the mature nude woman, proud of her body and comfortable of its extra lines and aging, inspired her to have a fine art nude portrait done of herself. I applaud her daring nature. I remember seeing the Dove soap commercials not too long ago and thinking, “Right On!” I think that every woman should have nude art done of herself.

My goal when creating these nude portraits was to capture her love of life and her solitude in being her own person. I feel good that I was able to tap into who she is.

When I create nude photography I look at the session as a great exercise in studying the human body, graphic lines and the way that light folds over the human form so lovingly.

My nude portrait sessions are comfortable because I make sure that they are. I have been photographing fine art nudes for a long time so I certainly don’t feel uncomfortable, and although it is often the subject’s first time, I am discreet, and yet matter-of-fact.

Nude Photography

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Maternity Photographers

One of the most exciting things about being a portrait photographer is that I am ultimately woven into a part of people’s lives. When I create a portrait of a baby, or a pregnancy, or a child and then see my clients again for another portrait, even if it’s a few months or years, I am amazed at the changes and my creative juices flow.

In my mind they are still the same way as the pictures I created before. When they walk in the door, I feel compelled to update their photos, to find out where they are at that moment in their lives.

Even though I may spend only a short time with my clients, I attempt in that time, to understand who they are and how they feel at that moment. I feel that my job is to interpret their presence into a work of art.

Baby Photography

We, at the studio, all love to see you return, to check in and feel a part of your journey in life.

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My idea of portrait photography is quite different from your typical portrait photographer. I guess it’s because I didn’t start out that way.

Couples Photography

When I started out I had already had several years as a commercial photographer. I was frustrated with the advertising photography world. I loved the look of magazine photography, but I just didn’t like the life. (We’ll go into that life another time.)

I never really intended to enter portrait photography. True, I photographed portraits for magazines and advertisements, but I never saw myself as someone who could do a family portrait where everyone looks in the camera and smiles. Sure, I do include that sort of thing, because it’s nice to see a good smile on everyone, but I’m looking for something different. I’m usually not interested in fake smiles and stiff, uncaring poses. I insist that everyone touch and everyone look like they love each other.

My intention, always, when photographing anyone, is to capture a feeling and also to let light and shadow lead the viewer to that emotional place that we universally feel. When someone looking at your portrait can understand how you feel and see the art in your own emotions, then I know I’ve done my job. I am a professional photographer.

Baby Photography | Father and Baby Portraits

3 studios in Los Angeles and Orange county.
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I am a huge Joni Mitchell fan. I have loved her music for almost 30 years. Whenever I photograph, I remember this excerpt from “Shadows And Light” on her “Hissing of Summer Lawns” album.

Pregnancy Photographer, Fine Art Photographers

Every picture has its shadows
And it has some source of light
Blindness, blindness and sight. . .

. . .Critics of all expression
Judges in black and white
Saying it’s wrong, saying it’s right
Compelled by prescribed standards
Or some ideals we fight
For wrong, wrong and right

-Joni Mitchell

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These posts are from Linnea Lenkus

Well, there’s a first for everything. This is my very first blog.

I have been hesitant to join this trend, to be honest. My thought has been that “Who would be interested in what a photographer has to say?” Just tell this photographer to shut up and shoot, really.

As anyone who has met me will tell you, I cannot be concise. I jabber on and on. It’s a family trait, and yet I am considered the quiet one in my family. My thoughts overtake me. Some people call it cerebral. Some call it verbal vomiting. My friends call it “Oh Linnea!” My husband’s friend calls me Frank. All I know is that I have a rapid fire brain that goes off on its own tangents.

These traits of mine have finally been effective. For years they were just annoying. Okay, they can still be. But now they work for me as a photographer. I can talk about one thing and think of another at the same time, which enables me to think about my equipment and talk with my portrait subjects simultaneously. It also enables me to photograph children and talk to parents without missing a beat.

But these traits make me jump from one subject to another too rapidly. I usually leave most of my employees, friends and family in the dust, confused and not sure what just happened. Did I roll over them? Did I say something? What? I didn’t catch that.

So, please read this blog with the warning that I am whipping through this. My life is fast, my brain faster and my typing fingers can’t keep up with my thoughts.

I hope to give you many of the snippets of how my very odd brain thinks. It’s the odd brain that sees things through a small viewfinder and relishes the things that I see. I have a plan for this blog to share information and vision. I may get sidetracked. That happens with me.

Please note that I can be very critical. I don’t mean to offend, but eventually I can’t help but blurt my thoughts out. It can sound harsh, but it’s just Frank. You can call me that.

I am a Los Angeles Photographer. I am an Orange County Photographer too.

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