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Jan 19, 2021

Leslie's first photographic passion was photojournalism.  We are not talking about PJ style here folks, we are talking about the putting your life at risk to tell stories about atrocities and injustices that are taking place all over the world.

As her family grew she realized that she needed to find a way to blend her passion with a paycheck.  Believe it or not, putting your life at risk does not pay particularly well.  Leslie started second shooting weddings with ZERO intention of opening her own wedding photography business.  Well, after seeing her work, her friends and fellow photographers were not about to let that happen.  She quickly became the talk of the town and The Reluctant Wedding Photographer.  Fast forward to 2020 and Leslie was ready to retire and once again had ZERO intention of picking up her photojournalism career where she left off.  As the Black Lives Matter movement mobilized towards the midwest to protest the murder of George Floyd Leslie decided to do the same.  Accompanied by her fiercely loyal, loving and dedicated husband she was ready to once again document world events as seen through her camera's lens and her creative vision!

Takeaways from this week's episodes:

- Leslies is a force to be reckoned with that casually drops into the interview that she was almost killed a few times.

- How she blended her passion with a paycheck to support her family with a safer and more stable artistic outlet at the intersection of art and commerce.

- The importance of bringing your whole self to any effort you make so that your brand can be loved, cherished and adored by your audience, fans and clients.

- How unforeseen events can impact you and your live's path and work.  


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