Meet Common Grounds Member Leoni Bolt

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Leoni Bolt is the CEO & Founder of Leoni Bolt Photography 

Leoni lives in Brisbane with her young family, and loves to support women with their personal growth journey, by helping them break through their limiting beliefs and create lives they could only dream about! 

Jo Stevens founder of The Zen zone and the Co-ordinator of Common Grounds, absolutely loved getting to know Leoni and would love for you to take the time to listen to her story.

Leoni's Story;

I am the epitome of the “Accidental Entrepreneur”.

I was very lucky to even finish school. I went to 5 different high schools, was kicked out of high school in my first year, lived on the streets and in a foster home. 

When I did finish school I wound up working in a sandwich shop in a suburb full of junkies. The day after I turned 18 I took off on a plane to find a better life. I backpacked around the world for 6 years, and started a degree in natural medicine. Then I switched to an Arts Degree and became a photographer. I discovered my core values - freedom and experiences.

After I graduated I realised there were no ‘jobs’ in my industry and so went about creating my own. I did weddings, portrait and commercial work before discovering Boudoir Photography - that was when I found my purpose!

During my final years of uni I met my now husband and suddenly found myself married with kids and a mortgage. I struggled with post-natal depression from the culture shock of settling down and running a business. I finally had safety and security but had lost my freedom and my identity!


I discovered Boudoir Photography and how powerful it was in helping women reclaim their identity and learning to love themselves again! As soon as I started shooting women in their lingerie I got myself a studio and created a really safe space for women to be themselves and feel supported in the journey. It meant I had my own thing away from home that was inspiring and changing lives! 

My business continued to grow and I started coaching other Women in how to create a business from their passion, but I realised I was also coaching my Boudoir clients to some degree as well. 

Many of the women that walk into my studio share their stories, get vulnerable, shed some tears and leave a different woman to the one I first met. I like to call Boudoir “Therapy in a Photoshoot” it’s a physical and visual way to get real with yourself. It’s an energy shift in your identity which has a ripple effect onto the rest of your life. My clients leave with self-love, self-worth and self-confidence that they didn’t have previously, which leads them to challenge their beliefs and their ability. 

That being said I have experienced women that are not ready for it and that need the extra support in changing their mindsets and their core beliefs, so I created a Personal Development program to help women shift their perspectives, shed the need for external validation and start to manifest their dream life! 

I have had to do a lot of inner work to break through scarcity mindset, self-worth, visibility and so much more, so it’s great to be able to help other women do the same! My vision is to create a movement of women supporting each other on their personal growth journey, breaking through their limiting beliefs and creating lives they could only dream about! 

If this resonates with you I would love to connect.

About the author 

Jo Stevens

Jo's goal is to empower people to take control of their own mental wellbeing through movement and mindfulness techniques, and to help put The “ZEN” back into their Zone!

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