Hi, my name is Liana Lehman. Thanks for visiting my personal photo news blog that we fondly refer to as 'liana's bananas' thanks to my childhood nickname and tendency to post about crazy, fun happenings.

I'm extremely blessed to be doing what God has called me to do - helping others achieve the impossible and experience the beauty about them always!

I hope to share my adventures through this blog -- including my more recent 101 in 1001 challenge!


This is a place for me to post all the latest happenings in my world - whether it be recent images from destination weddings and lifestyle portrait shoots, something silly that's going on, and even some personal stuff.

If you're an entrepreneur or professional photographer, the BananasEDU blog is full of biz topics. Check out the links above and below for access to all our sites.

It puts a smile on my face to hear your thoughts so comment away and leave your links!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Blog Facelift : Update your RSS feed

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Fire Val

Today we photographed SEVEN models all around West Midtown for a special project. It was an awesome collaboration combining designers, local businesses and talent. More on it coming up, but I'll be posting sneak-peaks in the meantime.

Crazy Bananas Booth at StudioWed Yesterday

Thanks for everyone who came out to the BIG event yesterday at StudioWed!

We had a blast and good laugh doing our Crazy Bananas Photo Booth, and you can ***CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PICTURES***

We must be officially "bananas" today too, because we're offering digital downloads and prints at about 1/3 the usual price!

Thanks to the ladies of KIS3 Event Planning for being our test subjects. They did henna for participants throughout the event - super fun!

Of course Mikey and I had to try it out too...

This is my "I need a haircut REAL bad" look!

This little girl had some sweet moves, and did I mention attitude!?

Check out her henna!

If you'd like for us to bring the Crazy Bananas Booth to your next wedding or event, give us a holler! Any bookings for the rest of 2009 get a sweet discount!

Friday, August 21, 2009

BIG Event this Sunday - StudioWed Grand Opening & Inspired Bride

The Atlantan Brides and StudioWed Atlanta cordially invite you to


an interactive bridal event at StudioWed

Sunday, August 23rd, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Register to attend at http://studiowed.eventbrite.com/

We will be there - look for our stuff in the back of the studio, and look for ME outside!! We'll be running the crazy-bananas photo area! Come have a run through to see all the fabulous tables our vendors designed together, have a tasting of cake and catering, and some tasty cold beverages... then come by and get crazy with pictures!

Hope to see you Sunday! Don't forget to register - we're booked up and JUST released a few more openings!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Meet Longinus Fernandes, Choreographer for Slumdog Millionaire

Last night I had the awesome experience of learning Bollywood dance from Award-Winning Choreographer Longinus Fernandes at Dance 101 here in Atlanta.

While I've studied or tried about every type of dance under the sun, I've concluded that Bollywood has to be one of the most FUN styles, and WOW it gives you a good workout!

We learned the same closing credits dance sequence from Slumdog Millionaire - featuring Academy Award Winner for Best Original Song, Jai Ho.

Here's a clip from one of the local news stations yesterday:

Of course, after learning most of the dance, my photographer-urge kicked in and I pulled out my camera for a few pics and videos. Aris, the founder of Fernandes' agency Xcel Talent, and Ofelia, the owner of Dance101, were awesome to get me right up front for some great shots.

Dancers of all ages and backgrounds came to learn from Longi

Afterwards he took the time to answer questions and snap some pics with the group.

Since my camera settings are not normal to the average user, I attempted a snapshot of us in the mirror - me all yucky from dancing and apparently making funny faces while trying to focus in a mirror. LOL

Last, here is a pic of the people that made this happen.

From left to right: Aris Golemi of Xcel Talent, Ofelia de La Valette founder and owner of Dance101, Longinus Fernandes Award Winning Choreographer, and Bubba Carr Artistic Director of Dance 101 and known for many things including work with So You Think You Can Dance and Fame the TV show.

Slumdog Millionaire Dance Routine taught by Award Winning Choreographer at Dance101 from Liana Hall on Vimeo.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Great Article: To Hire a Pro Photographer for your Wedding, or have a friend do it?

One of the writers for Seattle Bride Magazine, Cody Ellerd, writes an article about her experience photographing a wedding among the pro wedding photographers. She's had some experience taking pics from the magazine, but not a full time wedding photographer.


I love that there are pictures taken from the same scene (from her and the pros) at the bottom.

An excerpt:
I now disagree more than ever with the digital-age adage that “now everyone is a photographer.” Tens of thousands of dollars in education, equipment and experience separate me from the pros. Professional photographers, like any other artists or business owners, need to spend money to make money. When you hire them, you’re helping them pay for their investments.

“Photography is a very equipment-intensive business, and the equipment is expensive,” says Scott Squire of NonFiction Weddings, a Seattle-based photography team with 10 years of experience. To each wedding, he and his partner bring six or seven top-drawer lenses, a handful of strobes, three camera bodies, one backup and innumerable accessories. (In contrast, if my equipment had failed, my backup would have been my camera phone.)

Staying on top of new technology in the digital age is its own challenge, one that takes a professional commitment and expense. “The rate of change [in digital media] can be stupefying,” laughs longtime Seattle-based wedding photographer Sharlane Chase. She keeps up with the flow of information at annual weeklong workshops and seminars, and it shows in her final product.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Congratulations Jessica and John!

Jessica and John got married here in St.Simons Island, GA yesterday and it was such a wonderful day despite the rain and change of wedding locations. We somehow managed to get a bunch of pictures outside still - between thunderstorms - and their hotel made an awesome backdrop for the first look.

Here's a sneak peak of a portrait from right after their first look.


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