I am southern born but Wyoming is where I call home.
I moved out west in 2010 to live and work on a large cattle ranch with my Wyoming born beau, Patrick. A few years later, we moved to our own, much smaller property and we run several cows on lusicous hay meadows with the peaceful Laramie River running through.
I grew up playing dress-up, riding my bike with my big brother and friends, chasing lightning bugs, and always loving art.
Wyoming has now become my canvas for capturing your moments.
Your love for life.
01. My nephews.
These silly boys bring me great joy. Wish we lived closer.
I eat little green trees every single day. That is the absolute truth.
I QUIT coffee last year. Yikes!
But I really really like tea. Give me roasted chicory root and dandelion tea and I will drink it all day long.
Photographer Leah Yetter has worked as a solo freelance artist for over a decade. Her portfolio covers a wide range of interest from personal family portraits and artists' headshots to industrial, academic, corporate and commercial photography used in magazines, trade publications and newsletters distributed throughout the country.
Originally from Macon, Georgia, Leah visited Wheatland, Wyoming in July 2009 to photograph a Georgia-based rancher for a business magazine. During her visit, she shot over 1,500 photos of nature, ranch life and the cattle business – her creativity fueled by the endless beauty and diverse terrain of the area. The big sky captured her heart and less than a year later, she re-located her life and photography business to Wheatland, where she now resides.
Leah's love of photography led her to work as an assistant to veteran commercial/industrial photographer Ken Krakow whose Southeastern clients include Boeing, the Medical Center of Central Georgia and apparel catalogs distributed all over the United States. It was Ken who instilled her work ethic, where 60-hour workweeks full of lights, camera bags and photo rendering were part of the professional norm.
Realizing Leah's natural talent, Ken encouraged her to begin building her own client base as a full-time, professional photographer. She began her work in the local arts and culture scene, photographing events for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Theatre Macon and the local arts and culture alt-weekly The Eleventh Hour. In 2003, Leah also co-founded the photo-journalistic style online music column called Concert Sutra which has been featured in several online magazines, but is now its own website. She soon caught the attention of ad agencies and began shooting statewide campaigns and commercial photography. The Athens, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau have used Leah’s “Life Unleashed” series of bulldog photos for over two years (visitathensga.com).
Leah also began shooting as Mercer University’s primary photographer in 2003. She had an opportunity to shoot a wide range of special events from the University’s 11 schools and colleges in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah. This includes student life, lectures, awards and commencement ceremonies, sporting events, portraits, dignitaries, music, choral and theater events. According to Janet Crocker, Marketing Communication Coordinator for the University, “Leah developed powerful images to promote the university and took our publications to a whole new level”. Mercer’s alumni publication The Mercerian, regularly featuring Leah’s photography, won the 2009 Georgia Press Association’s “Best In-House Publication” award. Previous academic clients also include Macon State College and Georgia Tech.
Leah’s work and artistry has earned her recognition and respect with her clients and her colleagues. In her 2007 gallery exhibit “Portrait of Pendleton: A Black and White Photography Exhibit” she captured the spirit of an impoverished area of Macon and earned a “Mosaic” award for promoting cultural diversity by the American Advertising Federation. Leah’s 2008 exhibition “In My Frame,” hosted by the Macon Arts Alliance, featured images from her incredible trip to Greece. The images, framed in reclaimed wood, made a dramatic presentation and garnered wide acclaim in the Central Georgia community.
Her new life in Wyoming has inspired her well-received blog “Uprooted Magnolia,” (leahyetter.wordpress.com) which features her latest work and favorite subject – life, which she strives to obtain in every photo, from dragonflies and bucking broncs to tools of the trade and the spirit of the moment.
In 2011, Leah took first place in the Professional People Portrait Class (No Controlled Lighting or Background) for her image, "Daybreak", a silhouetted cattleman riding into the horizon. That same year, she took second place in the Professional Wildlife Category for her portrait of a snow-covered bald eagle. The same cattleman photo later earned her second place at the 2012 Platte River Photo Show. In 2014, the Wyoming Press Association awarded her second place for her cover photo on the WREN magazine of the "Posi-Close Planter Wheels", second place for the "Brian Schlagel" photo in WREN Magazine, and the "Neal Wurdeman" photo in WREN won third place. In 2015, she once again placed second in the Platte River Photo Show with "First Saddling".
Now a seasoned resident of Wyoming, Leah continues to grow her portfolio and client-base throughout the state. Along with shooting personal family portraits, senior portraits and weddings; her current commercial clients include the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Linden Publishing of Colorado and Wyoming, Wyoming, Inc. agency in Lander, TJ Honey, and the Fort Laramie Bed & Breakfast.
Leah is currently a member of the Platte County Art Guild. Leah still finds herself fascinated and inspired by Wyoming’s ever-changing terrain and the people and wildlife that revolve around it. When she isn’t behind a camera, she enjoys life on the ranch with her beau of nine years. She’s adapted to extreme temperatures, earned her stripes during calving season and is mastering the balance of life as a photographer and cowgirl.
If you are ready to book a session to create artful and thoughtful images, I've got a spot on my calendar just for you.
I look forward to hearing from you!