Meet Leigh, BPR’s Social & Digital Coordinator! In addition to creating organic content and developing paid strategies, Leigh serves as BPR’s in-house photographer and regularly visits clients for content shoots.
After graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a degree in Interpersonal Communications, Leigh began her career at 9,000 ft. with Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, where she worked on the nonprofit’s marketing team managing social media, designing collateral and creating email campaigns. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the mountains and her local community, so her next position focused on community development and mentorship at Oh Be Joyful Church. After two years in Crested Butte, Leigh moved to Tacoma, WA to be closer to her long-distance boyfriend (now husband), where she honed her nonprofit, tourism and social media marketing skills at JayRay Ads & PR.
Eager to return to Colorado’s mountains and sunny climate, Leigh moved back to Colorado in April 2019 to join the B Public Relations team. Keep scrolling to learn more about Leigh!
What’s at the top of your bucket list?
I’m excited to cross the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. off my list this spring! Beyond that, I’ve been dying to visit Japan to sample their culinary history since I watched Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat when it debuted on Netflix last year – and tagging on a couple days to ski Japan’s epic mountains doesn’t sound bad, either.
What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
As a hardcore planner, spontaneity doesn’t come easily. However, when I was studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, I decided to book a last-minute, 12-hour, overnight train to Vienna with some friends to see the Christmas markets. Though we hardly slept and only got to spend 15 hours in the city, the trip was absolutely worth it! I still – and always will – decorate my Christmas tree with the ornaments I bought that day.
What’s your ideal trip?
While I love exploring the charm and cuisines of different cities, most of my favorite trips have revolved around visiting our National Parks or other natural landscapes. So, I’d say staying in a cute cabin in the woods and spending the entire week off the grid hiking, photographing and striking yoga poses (do it for the ‘gram, right?) in nature.
What’s your favorite thing about working in the hospitality and tourism industry?
Besides photographing our restaurant clients’ delicious menus, I love being able to help our clients showcase their unique and vibrant atmospheres to their communities – and beyond.
What’s your favorite photograph you’ve ever captured?
This is a hard one, because my photographs are numbered in the tens of thousands. But if I had to choose, it would probably be this photo of lupines in front of an aglow Mt. Whetstone in Crested Butte. It gives me the feels every time I see it, even though I vividly remember getting eaten alive by mosquitoes while lying prostrate in a patch of dirt (as per usual) to get the shot. Totally worth it, if you ask me.
Above: Leigh displaying her typical photography antics.
(P.S. you can see more of Leigh’s photography here!)
Are there any secret talents we should know about?
After spending my entire life watching HGTV, helping my dad with building and woodworking projects (including helping tear down and rebuild the addition to my parents’ house) and obsessing over exquisite interior design everywhere I’ve traveled, I decided to take a course over the winter of 2018 – and came out as a certified interior decorator. I’ve already put some of my skills to good use in our old home in Washington and have plans to do another full-fledged remodel once we purchase our first home in Denver!
Aside from the necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
To risk sounding cheesy, I couldn’t imagine life without my wonderfully supportive husband – and my daily yoga practice. Whether I’m in the peaks or the valleys of life, both encourage me to never stop exploring, stretch my limits and take life a little less seriously.