"Great guide to the "locals" New York. Leanne was a fantastic tour guide, she catered to all of our needs and made the tour very enjoyable. We came with 16 students and only a few were actually interested in photography - however, every single student came away raving about the tour and loved the experience. Leanne met us at a convenient location and then took us to Chinatown. We explored the non-touristy parts of the location and were given great subjects and locations to shoot. Our students also had great fun acting as models and shooting on site. We will definitely do this again on our next tour to New York." - Emma, Perth, Australia - class trip, April 2017.
"NYC Solo Street Shoot with Leanne. I really can't say enough about Leanne. After a four hour session with her in Chinatown I now truly feel comfortable shooting street photography anywhere. She sized me up quickly and taught me exactly what I needed to learn. At first I simply followed her around town like a puppy. But very quickly with her encouragement, techniques and tips I was able to overcome my shyness and embarrassment about photographing strangers on the street. It was as much psychotherapy as photography for me. LOL! I ended up feeling connected with people in a way I have never experienced before. I began seeing things to photograph that I was never trained to see. New eyes and a new heart. Love this city even more. Will be back definitely. Highly recommended tour with Leanne." - Mauro, Florida
"This photoshoot gave me a great opportunity to see Harlem in a different light with all its vibrancy and uniqueness. Beautiful imagery, great conversation, and a knowledgeable instructor to provide history and guidance. I will definitely do it again." - Gary, New York City.
"Greenwich Village Street Photography. Had a great experience with Leanne shooting in the Village. She helped bring new perspective to streets I walk regularly as a native New Yorker and gave me some new tips (and confidence) for shooting street-scapes. Leanne is also choc-full of the history of the neighborhood, which added a bit of additional context to our day. I'd definitely recommend her photo tour for those looking to learn a bit more about photography and the streets of NYC." - Jessica, New York City.
"Great time with Leanne in Harlem, and great pictures to bring back home! I wanted to attend a street photo workshop because I love photography but I feel uncomfortable when it comes to take pictures of people. Among the many options that I found in NYC, I chose Leanne's workshop because I liked her online portfolio, I wanted to know more about Harlem and I thought that the workshop was a really good value. The workshop was 4 hours + another hour that we spent at the end of the workshop in a café to talk about our pictures). It was such a good choice ! Leanne gave us many advices as we walked through Harlem, she told us interesting facts about the neighborhood, showed us great places to take pictures, was extremely patient with us and often gave us comments on our pictures (and also on hers) so that we could improve during the workshop. I got back home with great shots, that I would have never been able to take without her. I definitely recommend her workshops, and I really look forward to attending another one." - Ellen, New Jersey.
"Shoot in Little Odessa. It is an excellent experience to shoot the neighbor- Brighton Beach with Leanne Staples. I did not know such a place before, thanks to Leanne for taking us to such a wonderful neighbor. It is a great place for street shooting, people here are stylish and the view here are awesome. Leanne helped us to find many great spots to shoot. And I learned much from her about the street photography rules." - Annie, New York City.
"I attended two of Leanne’s workshops, and planning to attend more in the future. I moved to NYC 10 years ago, and still have a lot to learn about this city. Leanne showed me places that I wasn’t familiar, and exposed me to some of the stories behind these unique spots. The workshops were fun and very inspirational. I came back home with a memory card full of street photos. Highly recommended" - Michal, New York City.
"What a pleasure! I'm a professional portrait and commercial photographer from Virginia that used to work in the city many years ago in a different career but street shooting has always held a special place in my heart. During a recent trip to the city, I decided to contact Leanne to attend a workshop and hopefully gain some insight into the practice and I am thoroughly glad I did! She is an absolute delight chock full of knowledge of the city and a wonderful aesthetic eye with a delightfully infectious enthusiasm for the art. I highly recommend that you attend one of her workshops if you are able." - Paul, Virginia
"Very informative and helpful workshop. I recently took a great street photography workshop with Leanne Staples. She was extremely knowledgeable and patient as we toured East Harlem. She taught us how to approach people and also when not to approach when photographing. I definitely recommend!" - Elizabeth, New York City.
"Get to know your city! I recently took a photo tour/workshop in Bushwick focusing on the street art. I've lived in New York for a year and been photographing for the past few months. Bushwick was one of the areas I've wanted to explore but with a busy schedule, I never made the time for. I came across the Bushwick Street Art Workshop and signed up immediately! Leanne was a wonderful guide. She is a local and certified New York Tour guide, as well as a fellow photographer with years under her belt. She knew exactly where to find a plethora of stunning murals but also allowed for the freedom of exploration to discover something new! There were 2 of us in the workshop (6 people max) allowing her to provide us with tips on taking a better, non-traditional photo. If you have questions or in search of advice, she will provide her insight, for I had questions on file management and other great photo-ops around New York City. This is a great way to expose yourself to a non-touristy tour with others who enjoy photography. By the end of the tour, you'll end up with a full memory card and lots of photos to go through. You'll have a unique experience with photos of NYC that people do not see. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! I will definitely sign up for future photo tours. Thank you Leanne!!" - Nael, New York City.