Deanna Leach Photography

Bend, OR

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Your images are truly a treasure. Finding someone to create your images is more important than the location, the clothing, the weather. You want someone who will capture memorable imagery...whether that be for your wedding day, business portrait or family members...images that have either a classic timelessness of the person or emotions that shine through representing that time or an engaging head shot to represent you truly well.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Anytime I show up without having met my clients before hand and the shoot turns out amazing is a win!

Location

Bend, OR 97702

Background check

Complete

Years in business

12

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

70

Reviews

41 Reviews
  • Julia R. Jun 5, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was fun to work with, made me feel at ease with her warm personality, and we were able to get through a lot of shots in a limited amount of time. She was the perfect blend of listening to my needs and ideas and offering up some of her own to play with as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot and am looking forward to see the finished product! Thanks, Deanna!
  • Dennis F. May 2, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Very very Good
  • Annabelle G. Apr 4, 2017
    Gettman family
    Deanna did an amazing job with our family pictures! She is great with kids and the pictures turned out wonderfully. I highly reccomend her.
  • Nichole W. Feb 19, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Wedding Photography
    Deanna was great to work with. She took amazing photos and captured our wedding day perfectly. I have received such great feedback from everyone that has viewed our photos. I would definitely hire her in the future, and recommend her services if you are looking for a great photographer.
  • Felice M. Dec 5, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Thrilled by the Photos
    Deanna was creative, personable and completely the consulate professional. The photos from the shoot around my house and property turned out stunning! I expected to be happy HOWEVER what happened instead was that I was THRILLED with the proofs! Awesome work Deanna! I can strongly recommend her for your next project.
  • Shelby L. Dec 4, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Pleasure to work with!
    Deanna was so calm and accommodating. She made the whole family feel at ease, and was very flexible as we were dealing with potential weather issues when we wanted to try to be photographed outside! Highly recommend!
  • Ruby P. Nov 30, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Thank you, Deanna!!!!
    Deanna is a most capable, talented photographer who was key to creating a most memorable experience for our family! She is gracious, personable, and capable of handling the demands of young children while capturing experiences ehich will last a lifetime.
  • Cameron S. Nov 27, 2016
    Nature Photography
    Verified Review
    Professional and Talented!
    Awesome and professional. Always prompt with replies and very helpful, would recommend and hire her again!
  • Amber J. Sep 21, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Wonderfully done
    Deanna picked a beautiful location. She did well with the kids and my unruly fiance lol. We didn't feel stressed.
  • Teresa Z. Aug 16, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Nice photos ... and she was very responsive. :-)
  • Michelle H. Aug 1, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was wonderful to work with, very professional and very enthusiastic. She made the process of taking portrait photos fun, even for the folks who don't like having their picture taken.
  • Beth K. Jul 23, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    She came to our home for a family shoot. Very friendly, funny, professional and did an outstanding job.
  • Eila O. Apr 11, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
  • Nicole E. Mar 9, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    She was super sweet and fun and she did the impossible and got my son to smile lol and was able to work with me I appreciate that. I highly recommend her.?
  • Celeste W. Mar 4, 2016
    I had a few picture taken for my portfolio and she really went above and beyon. The presentation was amazing and the photos turned out very well. She is also a fun and easy person to work with!
  • Susan G. Mar 1, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I needed head shots for my personal website and an agency. Deana was sooo easy to work with, fun and professional and did the impossible (in my opinion) of getting some great shots of me. I highly recommend her.
  • Tricia F. Jan 17, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna, was great. I hate having my photo taken. She has a way of making you feel comfortable.
  • Dan C. Oct 20, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was on time and ready to go for the photo shoot. She did a great job capturing the commercial machinery for our photo stock and future marketing.
  • Michele K. Oct 16, 2015
    I hired Aspen Media to capture profile photos for the 74 brokers and staff at Windermere Central Oregon Real Estate. Deanna's attention to detail, and immense passion for her work makes working with her a complete joy. With an eye for composition and her calming influence, I've seen Deanna capture even the most camera-shy person's essence, which is a priceless skill.
  • Stacy H. Oct 12, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was prompt, friendly and very personable. I am very happy we choose Aspen Photography.
  • Barbara W. Sep 22, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was very flexible and did a great job for a great price that was more than competitive. My son (for his senior portrait) agrees. She made him very comfortable.
  • Beverly C. Jun 30, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We discovered a great value in Aspen Media. She scheduled a three hour shoot in an out of town scenic location. She showed up on time and charmed her subject. Aspen Media represents the "best of" photography in Bend.
  • Robert E. Jun 26, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna understood what I wanted from our photo session and delivered what I was looking for. I would hire her again.
  • Stephen J. Jun 24, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Very professional. I will be happy to refer business to her in the future.
  • April C. Jun 12, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna did an amazing job! We hired her on Friday for the following Friday. She was flexible and able to work around our schedule. We did the photo shoot at our rental house, which was really convenient for the family, especially with a one year old baby. Thanks Deanna!
  • Michelle S. May 28, 2015
    Deanna recently took photos of our 7 month old son Asher. She was wonderful. She came to our home which made the processes so much easier. She really captured my son's personality in the photos. He has so many micro expressions and she really captured them! We loved the photos and amazing Spring deal that she provided. I will be using Deanna again in the future for more family photos!
  • Emily W. May 26, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
  • Jennie M. May 25, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was responsive, punctual and super easy to work with. She put me at ease right away and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I ended up with really beautiful photos. I couldn't be happier.
  • Doug M. May 22, 2015
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    I had a great experience with Deanna. She took great photos, showed great attention to details and the setting the photos were taken and she is a joy to work with. She listened to what I wanted and then added her knowledge to create a great photo shoot. All in all a very good experience and I would highly recommend her to you.
  • Dawn J. Oct 27, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was awesome! She took the most beautiful senior photos of my daughter. Hire her!
  • Christine B. Jul 26, 2014
    Wonderful, beautiful pictures and an awesome experience!
  • Julia B. Jul 23, 2014
    Deanna was such a pleasure to work with! I am camera shy and seem to be rigid looking on camera but she "pulled it off". She had me softening up in no time and made me very relaxed. And, this was because of her caring professionalism manner.Great work!!
  • Kelly R. Jul 21, 2014
    I have used Deanna for family portraits as well as for professional headshots. She is able to capture moments in her portrait session that are not staged or fake. Her use of natural light captures her subject's true beauty. Deanna works efficiently. When I needed headshots for a publication her turn around time was very quick.
  • Karmen H. Jul 17, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I booked Deanna Sammons to do a family photo shoot for me and my family on vacation. She had originally booked a day and then she called back and asked if I would be able to switch to another day so she could use my original time to do some model pictures for clients, which I happily agreed to do. The problem was that I switched a nice day to a very windy day at the beach and in all of our pictures we have squinty eyes and hair all over the place. No joke, my mom looked like she had a mullet. When I received the pictures I immediately expressed my disappointment and asked if she could photo shop them so I could use a couple. To tell you the truth I was surprised and unhappy that she did not try to do a little photo shopping before sending them off to me. She informed me that she could do some touch ups for $40 and hour. Ok. Fine. The problem was that she has never done what she had said she would do. On May 17th my pictures were available. On that very day she said she could help me. Since then she has avoided calls, texts, and emails. I have a product that I purchased and can not use. I finally was so fed up by her lack of customer courtesy and professionalism by her blatant ignoring her customer. I paid her good money and it was about an hour shoot. All it would have taken her was about an hours worth of work. She stated it was about 15 min a picture for retouches to make me content and she would not do it. I would also like to make note that other clients and photos have been posted to her blog after ours. I finally told her that I wanted a full refund out of sheer frustration and she said, "but you downloaded all of those pictures." Well how else was I supposed to view the photos? They were sent to me electronically in small viewing thumbnails. And now she will not refund my money. I feel like this is a scam. BUYER BEWARE. If you are not fully satisfied with your photos Deanna will not work with you. If you do work with her I would not pay her until you have pictures in which your eyes are open and your hair does not look like a mullet on a grandmother.
    Deanna L. Jul 18, 2014

    Dear Karmen, I am so very sorry for you dissatisfaction with your experience and that you caught me right before travel for out of state weddings in May and June as well as a relocation to California. For your review, your highlights are here: http://deannasammons.blogspot.com/2014/05/sanibel-family-photographer.html Please be on the look out for something in the mail. Best wishes, Deanna

  • Iris W. Jul 17, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    During our vacation, Deanna took family pictures from us. It was great working with her. She is a very pleasant person, professional and able to catch the "right" moments! I would any time work with her again. The pictures she took are wonderful!
  • Shelley M. May 16, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna was good to work with. I should be getting my photos soon. I will comment again after I see her work. I am sure it will be great.
  • Esther D. Mar 10, 2014
    Deanna is the utmost professional. She makes you feel very comfortable and easy to work. I can relax and know that what she is capturing in her lens will be phenomenal!!! She will guide you and let you do your own thing as well.
  • Joy B. Mar 10, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Deanna is the best! Great talent and a lovely personality!
  • Ivana M. Feb 28, 2014
    Me & my husband can not be any happier with our wedding album that Deanna took for us. She is amazing and our pictures are outstandingly gorgeous! I would recommend Deanna to anyone who needs a photographer! She is a very sweet down to earth person and I enjoyed every bit with her!
  • Kathy B. Feb 21, 2014
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Working with Deanna was awesome!! I do not know what I would have done without her. She made our wedding day more then special, she became a part of the family! There is no doubt that she loves what she does!! Our pictures and memories of our wedding day will live on forever, because Deanna captured every moment!!! Thank you so much Deanna. You are AWESOME!!
  • Sarah D. Feb 9, 2014
    We love Deanna! She has taken our family portraits for the last 6 years. We have never been disappointed.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
After the first phone call or email I get an idea of whether we need to meet ahead of time or decide on a location. Once the details are confirmed, we have a wonderful time either for commercial, family photos, seniors, boudoirs, product shots or the wedding day!! I love telling my clients stories in images!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Doing contract work for magazines and other photographers bump the learning curve up quickly! I have picked up specialty classes along the way as well as courses at local colleges and apprenticing with a handful of different experienced photographers over the years. Attending workshops keeps the skill sets up as well, along with other areas of the business.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I like to keep things simple, so there are a basic package pricing for digital packages, a set for prints and then ala carte pricing. Most sessions begin at $150 and build depending on locations and complexity of the job.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My grandfather and my dad both had cameras that I was fascinated with. My favorite thing in the world was turning in my rolls of film and waiting for the pictures to come back. It's just what I've always done.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Thankfully, I've had almost every kind; weddings, portraits, newborns, maternities, boudoirs, seniors, food photography, commercial real estate, product shots for ebay and I once met a young woman with her stallion at sunset for a special shoot for her fiance!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
There are a lot of fun stories that I'm very thankful for and have made many connections along the way. But the most recent was a family who met in one city to surprise the parents with a gift from the session...Norwegian sweaters given to each of the sisters that they had kept...what a hoot!! I love the people I get to meet!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask to see full session and full weddings...not just the highlight images. It's easy to show the cream but look for story telling and emotion as well!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What kind of equipment is important but more so is their experience in what you are looking for and an eye to accomplish it!