Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 Roy IntlShow Studmire commission for the "Becoming" Album Cover.   This was an amazing shoot and a spectacular image

Listen to the album--------> http://rapzilla.com/rz/music/freemp3s/10820-international-show-becoming

 #IntlShow #BeComing #SOE Roy Int'lShow Studmir

E inc. Afterschool program Newsletter. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Crystal Green Yoga


Photos by Jaymes Leavitt Photography

Photocredit@ JaymesLeavittPhotography
Think about this…..
Its 6 am and your alarm goes off. You finish your morning routine, step out of your door, and by 8 am you have either watched the news or accessed your cell phone....cont.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


UniqueDezigns: Shoot

This Afrocentric Style Photograph was styled by June McCoy-Ried of UniqueDezigns. http://www.uniquedezigns.biz/

Photographer - Jaymes Leavitt

Model - Hershey

Stylist - June McCoy-Ried

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Can An Image Change Your Busines?

It can.  Advertising industry experts know that the most powerful way to motivate someone to purchase a product is to reach hidden psychology in consumers.  People have an instinctive reaction to images that convey a feeling or an emotion.  We have all seen the ads that portray an image we can put ourselves into when we see it.   A reminder of an experience or an inner desire can effectively motivate a viewer.   It can be an effective way to link that experience with your message or your brand.   We all relate our own experiences to the images we see.  It can conjure up feelings in our inner subconscious minds.  

Advertisers spend a considerable amount of time and resources testing out how psychology and images work together peoples spending habits.   One company selling hair products found out that generally, women want a sense of sexual reassurance:  a message more powerful than the "Get your man" theme they were using.  Once changed their image from a man smelling a woman's hair to an image of a woman looking at herself in a mirror...sales doubled over two years.  This play of vanity and narcissism was just the thing they needed to boost sales.

A small simple change of image may be just the thing you need to stimulate your revenue.


These are a few frames from the Exclusive Jewelry Collection By Designer June McCoy-Ried http://www.uniquedezigns.biz/

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Santas Helper!   Amazing portrait of Model Padma

Portrait of Stephanie in the Adams Street Park in Dorchester MA.   This frame was a nice one, it was hard to choose!   She's a gorgeous woman who photographs very well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Metro City

When the band Metro City was together they sang like no other.  An A-Capella Hip Hop style, beautifully crafted and sung with a timeless spirit.  A bygone era..it was the only the inspiration of the times for these  performance artists.  Each went to pursue their own careers.  

Water shoot

This was taken on a set built with a spray water in the background. It was a lot of work and risky with the lights to get. The spray water is dynamic and worth all the effort! Ola, the model was a good sport too. She got soaked doing this shoot!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mr Mason - This man's got style

 Mr Mason, CEO of Handsome Boy Clothing has got to be the coolest guy I have ever met.  His style is amazing and his clothing line shows it.  While we were hanging out he was telling me how he likes all things vintage and I said "Lets shoot that Continental in the driveway. "  Mr mason smiled.  I love the cowboy boots too.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Power Of Photography

What can we do to change the pressing environmental issues we face today?  I am confident that I have seen it in action!  E-inc has been promoting after school science programs for kids that help teach fundamental ways to help protect the environment.   The children are very aware of the issues and it is amazing to see the younger generation taking action.  The most gratifying thing to me is when my images are used in such a meaningful way.   They do a lot of great activities including field trips, experiments, and hands-on lessons.  Each participant gets a Planet Protector award for completing the curriculum.

Should I Retouch My Headshot?

A good 8x10 headshot is an integral part of the marketing mix for everyone, including actors, musicians, comedians, dancers, and other performers. Headshots make the first impression and  retouching the headshot is an important part of building the 'brand' of the subject.  Maybe the subject came to the shoot that day and had a few blemishes that makeup couldn't hide. Maybe the concealer wasn't doing the job.  Today's pro digital re-touchers are all about thinning out cheeks, elongating eyebrows and even dilating the pupils to enhance attractiveness. But how much retouching is reasonable?

Most casting directors encourage a little retouching as they want to see your best look. Casting directors know that on most commercial and advertising jobs there are makeup artists and retouching is frequently done. Thus, spotting prints or removing dust spots from a digital image is crucial.  The great portrait photographer George Hurell in the 1930's did a lot of retouching on his photographs of actors.  In that era, it was standard to spend hours retouching a negative so that the photograph could be as flawless as possible.

However, overdoing the retouching can lead to disaster. The photographer or filmaker will realize very quickly, even at first sight, that your "real" look is not like the original 8x10.   The rule of thumb for retouching headshots is to only remove small blemishes, cuts, bruises, flyaway hairs, loose threads or to lighten shadows below the eyes.  Do not remove any noticeable birthmarks or freckles. Any type of major transformation should be avoided.  Compare the 'before' and 'after'; the difference should be subtle. Skin smoothing and softening can be okay if you want this technique although it should be extremely light. A good photograph that actually looks real has a little texture to it.

Today, with a lot of photoshop 'do it yourselfers', the amateur retoucher can easily be spotted by a trained eye. An editor who has looked at thousands of photos has seen it all. When it is overdone it will be noticeable. The professional retoucher uses complex techniques that retain the true-to life feel of an image. The best thing to do is to have the photograph retouched lightly if it needs any retouching at all.  Keep it looking natural and engaging.

Your look is your marketing tool and your brand.   You should make it the best it can be. Just don't overdo it!

Photograph - Actress Paulie McCormack by Jaymes Leavitt

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nice use of photography

Jyshoun has put together a very cool looking Myspace layout with awesome use of the photographs we did. There is a little mystery and coolness to this page that is intriguing These images have been working real hard for Jyshoun... I got a chance to see some of his EPK and advertising... it looks amazing! Jyshoun is about to explode on the scene... His music is fabulous..sexy and smooth. He has been getting a lot of love from fans and am proud to have been a part of this project with Jyshoun

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Editors Choice...

I had a nice surprise the other day to find that I was chosen by the Editors of the Behance network to be featured in the Photography Served section. The image gallery can be seen at www.photographyserved.com

Monday, October 12, 2009


Jaymes Leavitt teams up with Photo-Institute , to teach an online workshop on Editorial Portraiture. The workshop starts November 3rd and meets once a week for 8 weeks. Details can be seen at this link http://www.photoinstitute.net/editorial-photography.html.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Maharishi Ayurveda

Photographing at the Maharishi Center was an enlightening experience. It was interesting learning about this centuries old health technique. The shot list was extensive and it was 3 long days... especially when we were also shooting HD Video! Organizing a fantastic team is so valuable for a project of this scope. Thank you DP John Rizzo for your video expertice... COCO from Ennis Inc for making everyone look amazing... Suzanne from Imagemakers... Tonn Models and all the staff who participated at the Maharishi Center. The photography came out fantastic and I will also have a reel to show soon too!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Stork Club

The Stork Club is Boston's newest Jazz club. The image I produced for advertising the Jazzy Sexy Cool Sundays was a smash hit. The idea behind the shoot was to create an image that reflects the theme of the night. We wanted to attract a Jazz and nightlife crowd that is sophisticated, classy and fun. The club was at full capacity ALL NIGHT! Image is everything.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This project I had photographed for E-Inc, an environmental and educational after school program, was one of the best so far. The kids went into the woods to learn about their environment and to do some 'Hands on' research. It was so cool to see the group explore ecosystems, plants, bugs, and animals. One of the best parts about this program is that it prepares the younger generation to be aware of the impact we have on our environment and how, together, we can help preserve our natural environment.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mighty Mystic!

I always enjoy working with creative and talented artists and now I have a new favorite. Mighty Mystic. An amazing and inspiring individual. A genuine rising star on the fast track to becoming a superstar... originally from Jamaica and living in Boston, he posed for me in Medford's acclaimed sound studio Jewels ENT. This was a cover shot for Mixture Magazine

JyShoun Shoot

These two frames are from a recent project with R+B Singer JyShoun for his EPK, promotions, and marketing. JyShoun has worked with many groundbreaking artists including Keyshia Cole and let me tell you...it was awesome hearing him in the studio. Thank you Perry at Cybersound Studio for giving us unrestricted access. Jy's singing absolutely melted Erin Beasley's heart when she accidentally walked onto our set.

PCITY Media Shoot

This is a nice promo I photographed, commissioned by P-City Media, a Video and Web Site production company. I worked with P-City Media on an EPK and these photographs came out amazing.