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Tailwind Photography is Mark Lea and Brenda Hagood Lea.  Both have had a camera in their hands for as long as they can remember. Tailwind Photography focuses on aviation, air-to-air, aerial, commercial, art and landscape photography. Some of their recent work has been shown at several locations in the Kansas City metro area and featured in ads in AOPA Pilot and EAA Sport Aviation magazines.  Brenda and Mark are pilots and enjoy combining two of their passions – aviation and photography.

Tailwind Photography offers professional and innovative service to its clients.  It is our goal to provide efficient and creative solutions.  Clients include The Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, Ragged Edge Aviation, and various individuals.

Mark LeaMARK

Mark received a journalism degree from University of Northern Colorado.  He has been a photojournalist for one of the local TV stations in Kansas City for the past 10 years.  Mark has photographed everything from Walter Cronkite, to three U.S. Presidents, and most recently, he covered the 2008 NCAA Men's basketball tournament, following the Kansas Jayhawks to victory. He frequently shoots video from the station’s news helicopter.  Mark has received Emmys and National Press Photographers Association awards for his videography, and has also received the prestigious RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award.

Brenda Hagood LeaBRENDA

Brenda received a B. S. in Business Administration and a Certificate in Photographic Studies from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  Prior to opening Tailwind Photography, she worked in corporate America, then decided it was time to follow a dream and pursue a career in photography.  Several of her photos have been featured in local publications. She has been taking photos from the air since the mid 1980's.  In addition to running Tailwind Photography, Brenda is a part-time aerial video photojournalist onboard one of the local news helicopters in Kansas City.  (No, it is not the same station that Mark works for and yes, they have worked in the air at the same time!)

Jaxon and Mocha - Marketing DepartmentMARKETING DEPARTMENT

Tailwind Photography wouldn’t be complete without its marketing department, Mocha and Jaxon. They have years of experience reviewing our photos and telling us what they like and don’t like. They DON'T like when we go out of town for photo shoots. Sure, sometimes we bribe them with a Milk-bone or two.  Some of their favorite photos come from the Nature section, like Meerkats, squirrels, birds, and chipmunks.  Both are rescue puppies and thankful to have a job where they are paid with food, romps in the yard and walks in the park.

Tailwind Photography is the official photographer for Ragged Edge Aviation, featuring Jill 'Raggz' Long.

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