Giving Back To The Community

Giving Back To The Community

I love to give back. I love volunteering when I can. Having 3 young children at home, especially during the summer, doesn’t allow me to volunteer nearly as much as I would like right now. However, to try to compensate for that, I try to give as much as I can, and one of those ways is by giving back to the community.

We live in a small town. There’s not much around, but we love it that way. I’m always wanting to help out with our schools, our church, youth sports, or if someone in the community needs a little help from time to time.

You’re Like, So How Does This Pertain To Photography?

Not long ago I started thinking, I want to help out more, but how? How can my little business have a BIG impact? Furthermore, I started wondering, should I go towards a more national or worldwide organization, or should I stick to local? I want to do it all, but there just isn’t a way for me to do that. So I came back down out of dream land, and back to real life.

What Did I Decide?

Well, I decided to stay local, at this time. I got to thinking about our children. No, not just mine and my husband’s children, but all the children in Gunter. The one’s who have dreams and ambitions. The ones like our family who could use a little help to pay for college. Additionally, something to help the amazing teachers that spend so much time with and on our kids. Teachers and educators have an extra special place in my heart because they are capable of doing something I’ve never wanted to do, or even more, have the patience to do. God love them!

So Where Could I Find Such An Organization?

In our town we have something called GIFT ~ Gunter ISD Foundation Trust


“GIFT, the Gunter Education Foundation, is a public non-profit foundation which relies upon corporate and private donations for its funding. We are a volunteer organization, and all of our funds are directed toward educational programs. Funding priorities include both need and merit-based scholarships, innovative campus teaching grants, a permanent endowment fund, and fellowships for staff professional growth and development.” ~

“GIFT provides grants to teachers and campuses in the district and educational scholarships to deserving students and teachers. Since its creation in 2001, GIFT has distributed over $500,000 in scholarships to area students and over $130,000 in grants to GISD teachers and schools. In addition, GIFT has donated over $70,000 to the Kerfoot Trust. In toll, over $700,000 has been raised in the last 16 years.” ~

Unquestionably a great organization and amazing way to give back to the community!

Now you are wondering, why is she talking about all of this? It’s a simple answer. Julie Leonard Photography will now donate $50 from each session fee paid when reserving any session with me! In addition to this, I believe that everyone should have a giving heart, so I will donate another $25 to any nonprofit organization of the client’s choice!

$75 Donated Each Time You Reserve A Session With Me!!!

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited about this. Like I said before, I love to give. Even more, I love giving back to our community. I want to encourage everyone to give as much as they can. So, not only will you have an amazing experience with me, you will be helping some of our town’s kids and teachers. I cannot thank you enough!!

Glitter Mini Sessions

Glitter mini sessions have been a favorite for all girls in the past 3 years. I love the mess it causes, I love the girls getting dressed up in the pretty tutu gowns, and best of all I love the natural smiles and laughter it brings.

Each year I try to add a couple of details to make them even better, and sure enough this year I plan to make it even more fun! I have arranged for a licensed hair stylist to be on site to style their hair prior to their session, guaranteeing to make them feel even more special. What girl doesn’t love being pampered and getting to play in glitter? Hair styling is included in the session fee, along with the Tutu Du Monde dresses, crowns and accessories, and of course the GLITTER!!

Sessions are held in Gunter at my home. The glitter can be super messy, so I recommend you bring a towel or 2 for car. I will have an assistant available to help get as much glitter off as possible prior to leaving.

What to know:

• Sessions are 15 minutes long & good for 2 people at a time. Let me know if you will have more than 2. There is a discount for 2 or more sessions reserved times

• Session Fee is $200 & due at the time of reserving

• 3 digital photos come with the session, with the option to purchase more. You choose from an online gallery of 15 – 20 photos. The online gallery will be emailed 1 – 3 weeks after the session for you to view and choose your photos

• Hair styling is included, and you will need to arrive 45 prior to your scheduled glitter session time

• Children 3 and younger will play with confetti instead of glitter

• Tutu Du Monde dresses are in sizes 1 – 16

How To Reserve:

Click on the link above. It will take you to sessions that are being offered right now. Click below the glitter picture on the box that says Reserve This Session. Choose a time best for you, but remember that you will actually need to be here 45 minutes earlier than the time you choose so that they can have their hair styled! Once you click on the box to reserve, follow the steps to “check out.” If you are one of the 1st 3 to reserve, use the coupon code GLITTER15 for 15% off the session.

2019 Glitter & Spring Minis

Spring Minis

About these sessions:

Mini Sessions are $200 plus tax. Signing my contract and full payment reserves your spot, which is non-refundable, but transferable towards another mini session or full session within 1 year. If payment is not received within 48 hours your spot will reopen.

These sessions are indoors at my home studio, or outdoors at a special location. I do not reschedule until the day of if there is expected bad weather in the forecast.

Each session is 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the theme/type. Please be sure to arrive about 10 minutes early to ensure your session starts on time. If you are late, sadly I will not be able to extend your time because of the multiple sessions scheduled. Thank you for understanding!

These mini sessions comes with 3 digital images printable up to 8×10 with the opportunity to purchase more on your online gallery. If you would like to purchase more, Collections that contain digital images, start at $500.

Each themed mini session is unique as to timing, how many can be in each session, pricing, etc.. Please be sure to check out the information per mini session to make sure it fits your needs!

Glitter Minis: 4/7/19 starting at 2:30

To reserve this session, check out the Reserving information below

Glitter minis are back!! Bring your daughters to have their hair styled, get dressed up in a beautiful Tutu du Monde tutu dress, put on a couple of my crowns, and play in some GLITTER!!! This session has provided lots of creativity, laughter, and some dance moves that make for an incredibly fun time! Location will at my home in Gunter! Be prepared for glitter to be everywhere! I will provide an area to get as much glitter off as possible before going home. Hair styling will be included in this session, and will begin 45 minutes prior to the session to ensure plenty of time. Please have your daughter wear a button up shirt to the session.

Due to safety, all children 3 and under will use confetti instead of glitter

  • Tutu du Monde dresses, hair styling, crowns, & glitter are all provided and included in the session fee. I have sizes 1 up to 14
  • Sessions are 15 minutes long. Please arrive 45 minutes early in order to have her hair styled, to change, and be ready by the scheduled time
  • Full payment and contract signing are due at the time of reserving
  • This session is intended for no more than 2 girls per session
  • Session comes with 3 digital image files printable up to an 8×10

Floral & Tire Swing Minis: 4/27/19 starting at 6:45

To reserve this session, check out the Reserving information below

These minis are for boys and girls!!!! Yippee!!! Location will be in Gunter. An email will go out once the perfect spot has been found!

  • This mini session is 15 minutes long. Please arrive 10 minutes early
  • Full payment & signed contract are due at the time of reserving
  • Payment reserves your spot, is nonrefundable, and if not paid within 48 hours of reserving, your reservation will be canceled
  • Choice of using the floral swing, the tire swing, or both!!
  • Tutu du Monde and Dollcake dresses are provided for girls
  • Boys are recommended to be shirtless with jeans or overalls
  • Each session comes with 3 digital images that can be printed up to an 8×10 with the option to purchase more from your online gallery
  • Each session is intended for no more than 2 children at a time. 

Family Spring Minis: 5/4/19 starting at 6:45pm 

To reserve this session, check out the Reserving information below

This is the opportunity for simple spring minis with all the fresh spring colors. Location will be determined, but I will look for a spot here in Gunter that has beautiful flowers! These sessions can be for families, seniors, or children.

  • This mini is 15 minutes long good for a family of 5 or less at a time.
  • Each mini session comes with 3 digital images printable up to an 8×10. Session will take place on property filled with several options, including wildflowers in or near Gunter!
  • Full payment and signing the attached contract are due at the time of reserving. If payment isn’t received within 48 hours, your reservation will be canceled


When you are reserving your session, if you click on the date and a time, but decide you want to change that time or date, be sure to delete it from your cart before trying to choose a different option. Why it does that, I have no idea, but it does.

For payment on your deposit or full amount, here are step by step instructions for your invoice: Paypal is the online payment management that I use. You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay your deposit.

On your invoice, there are 2 payment options; the full amount, or just the deposit. Click the blue box next to the one you are choosing to pay. It will then send you to the top of the invoice that will have all of your demographics. You’ll see a payment amount if you clicked the Pay Now blue button next to the deposit amount, or if you choose to Make A Payment blue button, you can choose what payment you want to make, minimum of the deposit, or up to the full amount. Then click continue when everything looks right. Next you will click, To Pay with Paypal – Click Here. It will redirect you to the Paypal sign in page. Look below the Log In blue button, and you should see a grey box with Pay with Debit or Credit Card. If you do not have a Paypal account, that is the one you will choose.

Can’t wait to see you! Don’t forget to refer friends for you to be able to earn $25 per referral that can apply towards another sessions or products, up to $175!!

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