What you do in your free time is something you are most likely passionate about. I think we have a few of those things in common. We love the finer things in life, but aren't afraid to get our hands dirty. We love to have the sun shining on our backs and the wind blowing our hair. Sometimes we watch the show and sometimes we are the show. We love to be the life of the party, but we also really love a good book. We are adventurers and explorers and we are always seeking to see what's around the next corner while taking the off-the-beaten path. We love our family and friends and the animals that keep us comforted. We love to delight and we love to be delighted.
I’m Leila (Lay-la, but I’ll pretty much answer to anything)! I have been a photographer for 21 years - it all started when my Mom gifted me my first camera to take on my first trip to Paris. I shot 30 rolls of film, in a week, all in black & white. Needless to say, I was hooked on the entire process - from the feel of the camera in my hands to the sounds the camera made to the smell of the developer (it’s like jet fuel.. either you love it or you don’t) to the final print I hung on my walls. I loved it so much so that my first job was for Kodak - One Hour Photo. A decade later, I sat down to really think about what I wanted from life. At the time, I was playing professional soccer in Denmark, and knew that that experience had an expiration date. I wrote down what I loved most - I LOVE people, travel, & photography. I hung up my cleats that very year and went full steam ahead into the most rewarding career I could have ever chosen - photographing couples & their loved ones on the happiest day of their lives in locations that will be cherished for years.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to chase the sun. I love finding the candid, in-between moments that tell a love story. My style is often referred to as photojournalistic with a touch of classic and I make photographs simply because I love to. I love fruit, yoga, crosswords, long walks (not just on the beach), sports, my little dog Michael Jackson the Furst (yes, that's his real name), and my beautiful husband, Joel. We call NYC & LA home, but can often be found adventuring wherever the wind takes us.
When I was younger, I always asked people how they knew their spouse was the one? I received several answers but there was one response that was resonant.
"If you go full speed ahead doing the thing you love, one day you'll look up and that person will be right there with you."
We spent our lives focusing on our passions until one day they brought us both to the small Caribbean Island of Antigua. I was there for 5 days to play one forty minute set and Leila was photographing the wedding. So, we ended up getting to spend a lot of time together and after our first few moments, it was very clear we were destined to meet each other there.
From making one another laugh, to having read the same books, to Leila being the reason for my first tears of joy, we knew very quickly that we were meant for each other. Since that day, we've been chasing the sun, sharing our dreams, and enjoying every moment together.
An avid workout-aholic that also loves to sit and read. Animal lover with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Loves creating, learning, and dreaming during the day & night.
I'm an Aquarius through and through, I'm definitely a crazy plant lady, and I love telling "dad jokes" to lighten any mood.
6'2" teddy bear. Loves journaling and kickboxing and any activity in which he can feel the wind in his beard, especially motorcycling and skydiving. Picked up the guitar at age 12 and you can't get it out of his hands. Loves all genuine expressions of art and people.
Joel is as compassionate as any Leo gets. The first time I heard him sing and play the guitar, I actually shed tears.
Part terrier, part whatever was in the neighborhood that day. 6lbs of awesome. I was found in the street when my mom was in college and I have never left her side. I also enjoy long walks and I love to eat all of my vegetables, preferably covered in peanut butter.
He's a true Virgo - undoubtedly loyal. He loves to take excessive naps he is also cat-friendly-ish.