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Malibu Wines Event Photography ~ Penny Lane Centers

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer with Penny Lane Centers, a center providing a multitude of services for children, for the last year or so and every single one of their fundraisers seems to top the previous one. The Penny Lane Center has an incredible team that spends months putting together fundraisers and it shows. This year, the “Cheers for Charity” event at Malibu Family Wines was a little different-there was no set program; just a lovely afternoon of wine tasting at Malibu Wines, and silent auctions (with some amazing prizes). For more information about the services that Penny Lane Provides, or, how you can help, please see their site here.













Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

For the 4th year in a row we’ve won the Bride’s Choice Award!!! THANK YOU so much to all of our couples who gave us our 5-star reviews and helped us earn this award-we sincerely appreciate the time you took to leave us a review. It means a lot to us that you had us as a part of one of happiest days of your life.

Check out all of our other reviews on Yelp, WeddingBee, Wedding Channel, and of course, Wedding Wire:

Weddings, Wedding VenuesKaren Leah Photography, Best Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner

Happy Valentine’s Day (Wait, no, not like that)

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Let me just start by saying that I love Valentine’s Day, but not for any sort of romantic reasons. Unfortunately for Brian, we started dating at that awkward period right before Valentine’s Day – so I immediately and clearly told him that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. He looked kind of confused by this statement, like, it was a test and he would get in trouble by not doing anything. Subsequently, he chooses to ignore this every year, which both annoys me, and makes me smile to no end. :-)

Valentine’s Day reminds me that not only do I love everything of the schmoopy (that’s a word and I’m sticking to it) variety-pink, sparkly, floral, hearts, rainbows, and the lot; but, this day reminds me that there are many different kinds of love other than the romantic kind.

This morning, I wished a Happy Valentine’s Day to my friends, tried to make a valentine with my son, gave my cat some extra treats, (and wished my fabulous husband a happy Valentine’s Day somewhere in there). This is the kind of day that reminds me of the conversation hearts we would exchange as kids; of the overly sweet, sticky red, heart-shaped lolly pops we hoped to get from our childhood crushes with our cards. This day always reminds me of the adorable shoe box greeting card holders that my mom used to painstakingly make with me; how she made sure that I made a Valentine’s Day card for everyone in class, and would always give my sister and I adorable heart-shaped chocolates that made any disappointing Valentine’s day better; and made any good Valentine’s Day just perfect. Even though my job is to be surrounded by romance, this is the day that reminds me to celebrate all kinds of love in the world.

So, to not only my husband; but to my mom, sister, son, friends, derby sisters, fellow photographers, and my lovely clients who had us (or are planning to have us) with them during their celebration of love: happy Valentine’s Day.

Northridge Wedding Photographer ~ New Packages

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Wow, where do I start? There’s been a lot going on around here these past few weeks: sessions, weddings, more weddings, events, my little pumpkin taking his first steps, more weddings…

With everything that’s been happening, I wanted to take a small step back and sort of reevaluate Karen Leah Photography: our philosophy, our clients, our reviews (amazing—thank you!), our service, and our pricing. Even before my own wedding, I always strived to make my packages as affordable as possible and tried to be flexible about pricing whenever feasible.

No matter where their wedding was, or at what time of year, if I had a client who was straightforward about their budget (or lack thereof) and asked if I could be flexible with them on my fee, I really went out of my way to try to do SOMETHING to help them when possible, because I feel that everyone deserves great photography. Now, were there people who took advantage of this over the years? Sadly, yes. But this was rare, and offering modified or discounted packages enabled us to give people an experience that they may have otherwise not been able to afford.

Having planned my own wedding celebration recently, I completely understand when couples want their weddings to be as cost effective as possible and prioritize costs where they can.

With this in mind, I’ve made a few slight adjustments to the packages. I’ve chosen some amazing album and print companies who will enable me to continue offering packages starting under $2000.

We know how stressful wedding planning can be, and we’re happy to introduce our effortless pricing to all of our couples. No matter what day of the week or time of the year your event takes place, we want to make our pricing as easy as possible for everyone.

A package #3 for a Sunday wedding will cost the same as a package #3 for a Saturday night wedding. A December wedding package will cost the same as a July wedding package, and all of our clients (as always) will receive the same great service we pride ourselves on. All of our couples will continue to get the same high-quality albums, and the same excellent photos taken by people who treat your wedding like their own.

Yes, we will still occasionally offer incentives and custom packages; however, with our new pricing structure, we can assure you that our package prices really are our best possible rates. We feel it’s important to be fair and respectful to all of our fantastic couples (and potential couples); and we believe that our new, effortless pricing will enable us to continue doing just that.