LEAH RIFE PHOTO

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You deserve photos that reflect the unconditional love you have for your soul mate and you deserve to have your love documented in its most generous form.

South Bend, Indiana
Wedding Photographer

Capturing you exactly as you are 

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I’m a total pro at finding the things that make you incredible and bringing them to life. From the way your hair blows in the midwestern winds to the way your eyes light up when you smile. Your story is what matters to me, and my goal is to capture you exactly as you are for your engagement and wedding photos.

Couples who work with me feel valued, seen, and they feel like they can relax and just be themselves. My clients know that they will be able to be fully present during their wedding day while I document the things that are most important to them.

Though I am based out of South Bend, Indiana, I built my business in Indianapolis and work with couples there and all over our beautiful state and beyond. I would love to work with you no matter where your wedding will be!

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She met with us a couple of times to take notes of what we wanted to capture and made us feel  really special. Day of the wedding she was organized, stayed on schedule and my husband and I  got to have a fun sunset photoshoot with her at the end of the night. Her aesthetic is exactly what I wanted and I'm obsessed with all of our photos!

“...She met with us a couple of times to take notes of what we wanted to capture and made us  feel really special…"

-olivia

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Leah is wonderful to work with--and her work is gorgeous. She made our engagement shoot and  wedding day lovely. She has the ability to make you feel at ease and capture the best moments  between you and your partner. We highly recommend her and look forward to working with her for future life events!! She is just the best.

“...She has the ability to make you feel at ease and capture the best moments between you and your partner…” 

-Hayley & Zach

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Leah is a fantastic photographer and highly recommend her. She has taken our family, newborn  and maternity photos and all have turned out amazing. Leah is also wonderful to work with and so kind. There have been times that our kids haven't been cooperative during a photo session  and she is somehow able to still take beautiful photos. I am so happy someone recommended  Leah to me. I also love that we get all the digital images. Thanks!

“...There have been times that our kids haven’t been cooperative during a photo session and she  is somehow able to still take beautiful photos…"

-C

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Leah captured the most beautiful photos of my family. She was easy to work with and made all  of us feel comfortable. Her photos were delivered quickly after our session. Leah is a joy to work  with. She is the person we reach out to for all our photography needs.

“...She was easy to work with and made all of us feel comfortable…” 

-danielle

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Leah is outstanding! She photographed our wedding and did a complimentary engagement  session with us! She took the time to really get to know us and hear our story and then helped  us feel comfortable in front of the camera. Our photos are incredible. She captured every  moment of the day and I love being able to look back on them. She also got our wedding photos  back to us really quickly, just a couple of weeks after our wedding! We were blown away by the  quality of Leah’s photos but also with how fun she was to work with. She went above and  beyond what I expected and I am so grateful for her!

“...She took the time to really get to know us and hear our story and then helped us feel  comfortable in front of the camera…” 

- Rachel & Aaron 

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I can’t say enough good things about our experience with Leah! Leah met/talked/planned with  me several times before our wedding which made us feel prepared and at ease. She delivered  our photos to us in a very timely manner and we adore them. Not only do I love the style and  artistic feel of Leah’s photography, but the way Leah operates her business is efficient and  organized. She showed up to our rainy wedding day with umbrellas for all of the bridesmaids to  use in pictures and had a “Rainy Day Plan” for all of the photo settings. As two awkward  photo-subjects, she made us feel super comfortable and had poses for us to make things look  natural and fun. We love Leah!!

“...As two awkward photo-subjects, she made us feel super comfortable and had poses for us to  make things look natural and fun…” 

- Paige and Jared 

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work with LEAH

  1. Reach out! If you feel like I may be a great fit to capture your love story, fill out the contact form on my website so we can get the ball rolling.
  2. We’ll chat through your desires for your couple session or wedding day and get your project on my calendar.
  3. I include a complimentary engagement session so I can better get to know both of you before the big day.
  4. We’ll plan out the timeline for your wedding a month in advance to ensure we have everything planned!
  5. You get to rejoice in the day once again when you receive your gallery 4-6 weeks later.

How to get started:

  • 1 hour of coverage at one location
  • 70-100 high-resolution edited image with print release
  • I’ll provide suggestions for outfit coordination and gentle direction for posing

STARTING AT $400

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COUPLES SESSIONS

  • complimentary engagement session
  • timeline consultation and creation
  • second shooter on your wedding day
  • online gallery of your high-resolution images with print release
  • additional hours can be purchased at $300 an hour
  • custom package options upon request

STARTING AT $3400

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WEDDING PACKAGE

You deserve to have your love captured in its most generous form. I believe in creating a fun, organized, relaxed atmosphere so you can look back and remember your day.

the wedding experience

I'm relaxed and calming, and very easy going. Clients say I help them feel relaxed and like they can be themselves. For weddings, I work in a calm and organized manner, making sure that my couples feel at ease and present.  I offer gentle posing prompts that will generate authentic reactions from you and your wedding party, and you'll look back on photos that make you feel like you. 

We work together to create a photo timeline so that things are organized and flow smoothly on your wedding day. This includes everything from getting ready to that family photo list, and all the important shots you and your someone will want. When my second shooter and I aren't actively working on portraits, we default to documentary mode and really work to tell your story through candids and un-posed moments happening before us.

What's it like to work with you?


As many as turn out and aren't duplicates! I don't like to put an exact number on the amount of images you'll receive since every wedding and shoot is different, but I select all the images that turn out and make sure you aren't getting a bunch of the exact same shot, and I include some black and white copies. It usually ends up being around 100 images per hour of shooting give or take.

How many photos will I get in my gallery?

I use a gallery website called Pixieset to send and store your images. They will come to you in a pretty little email within 30 days of your session, where you can access, download and print your images all in one spot! I will answer any questions you have about printing and downloading, but I use Pixieset because it's so dang simple and user-friendly.

How will you send me my images?

After living in Indianapolis for 11 years, my family moved near the South Bend area to be closer to loved ones in June of 2021. I consider myself a traveling photographer and serve multiple markets, including South Bend/Michiana, Indianapolis, Southwest Michigan, Southern Indiana, and beyond! My heaviest markets are the South Bend/Michiana and Indianapolis areas and I love everything about them! Travel is applied for destinations outside of the South Bend/Michiana area.

Where Are YOu Located and Do You Charge tRavel FEes?

Yep! When you receive your gallery, you'll also get a print release that gives you permission to print and share images! I know what it's like to want to show off photos of my family to friends, and all I ask is that when you post you don't throw a filter on the already edited images before posting to Instagram or Facebook and that you tag me too so more amazing clients can find me! There are really easy and professional printing options through your gallery to make it simple, however you are free to print at your lab of choice as well!

Do I have permission to post and print my photos?

Alright! If you like what you're hearing and you want to book, then fill out the inquiry form or email me and then I'll get a brochure sent to you with my package pricing and details! If you want to have a call or Facetime to ask more questions, we'll make that happen. After that you can reserve your date with a retainer payment that will go towards the balance of the package price, and I'll have us sign a contract to make it official.

How do I book you?

While I can't control the weather, I can be super prepared! Thanks to living in the Midwest, I've shot in every weather condition you can think of, sometimes all on one day,!  I always keep tabs on the weather as your session approaches, and if it looks like things could be iffy, I create backup options for shooting portraits, and always have clear umbrellas in my car. Weather doesn't have to break your wedding day, and I encourage couples to embrace it and have all the fun regardless of what mother nature is sending!

What about bad weather?

Frequently asked questions

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Yes! My second shooter is actually my sweet husband, Landon! We love working together and while I edit all the images after your wedding, he is my team mate on your day of and shoots all the cool angles I can't get to from my point of view. People tell him at almost every wedding that he looks like Lil' Dicky and we take bets on how fast that will happen....shhhh, don't tell him I told you!

Having a second shooter helps me have double the gear, and an extra set of hands so I can run as efficiently as possible for your wedding day!

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