ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Leah Flores

Name: Leah
Location: Boise, Idaho
Interests: Travel, Conservation, Reading, and Soccer
Favourite Color: Olive Green
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Leah Flores is a Portland-based artist who brings together her love of photography and illustration to create adventuresome designs. Born in the Pacific Northwest on Leap Year Day 1988, Leah is a first-generation American with Costa Rican and Scottish roots. In her work you will find mountains, forests, and wild flowers woven with hand-lettered evocations to go explore the natural world.

Interview with Leah Flores

Your work is filled with a great sense of adventure and beauty! How do you describe your style of photography

I think you nailed it! I always simply describe my work as 'adventure' photography. I love incorporating natural landscapes and elements, all while having a sense of fun in the images! I will always say yes to any new adventure, challenge, or project!

What camera do you use? And why?

I currently use the Canon 6D for my photography. For Canon's lineup it's one of the most affordable (and lightweight!) full-frame DSLR.

We know you are also a well known wedding and commercial photographer, featured in Vogue and Elle magazine. Congrats! What has been your most interesting shoot to date?

I love shoots without structure where I have the time to be more creative! When I am shooting a wedding and for most commercial shoots I have a strict timeline and perimeters to work in. I enjoy those types of shoots as well, but I love when I can slow down and explore a mood, landscape, etc with a model. Recently, I went to the park with a friend of mine and we just brainstormed ideas and creative poses as we went, with no rush or urgency.

Lots of our customers upload their own photography to our design tool. Do you have any tips for our photography enthusiasts?

One of easiest way to make a dramatic change in your pictures is to focus on the composition of your image while you are shooting. Frame your subject whether it's a person, object, landscape, etc! Pay attention to the light - the scene will change by how you position yourself and the subject in relation to that light. Learn how to shoot manually (if your camera allows you to!). I didn't learn manual for WAY too long. I was intimidated and delayed learning how to properly use my camera. When I finally did (and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be) the change in the quality of my images was ridiculous and I was pretty upset with myself that I didn't learn sooner!

‘Lets Run Away: Sandy Beach’ is still your bestselling design. But, we are curious to know, which of your caseable designs is your favorite? Any why?

One of my favorite caseable designs is 'Wanderlust - Rainier Creek.' The image was taken at Mount Rainier National Park, a place that I grew up visiting and exploring. Personally I would always visit the forest and mountains over a beach any day!

When we last interviewed you said your favourite place to visit was Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. Have you been anywhere else you loved since?

I fell in love with Seville, Spain! I think it's one of the most magical cities, especially as an artist. There is so much pattern and texture! Almost everywhere you go there is stunning tile from floor to ceiling. I visited the Alcázar of Seville and the Seville Cathedral which are both perhaps the most visually stunning and interesting places I have been.

Where is your next travel destination?

In just a few days I am flying to Belize! Last summer I was in Belize to do some photography for resorts and I was invited back again this year. I can't wait! In not too long you're going to find me hanging out in my treehouse at Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort.