My last name's pronounced (GATE-zell) but I respond to anything! I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin (hook 'em) with a History and French degree, but I've know for the past 10+ years that my true passion was always photography. 

The first photo I ever took was in 2008 on my dad's point and shoot. It was of a temple in Greece reflected in a puddle. Lemme tell ya, I was so convinced that I was a photographer protegee that I purchased my first camera (a nikon d3000) the day after I got home. I haven't been able to put down a camera since.

I've been splitting my time between Dallas and Denver for the past 2 years, but in April 2021 my boyfriend Zain and I are moving permanently in Denver! I love listening to history podcasts, making homemade pasta, collecting records, and drinking jalapeno margaritas.  

I can't wait to learn more about you and take some gorgeous pictures!


Denver wedding photographer, serving colorado & texas

Hey! I'm Leah!

countries i've visited
46
clients i've worked with
400+
cameras i bring to your wedding
4
plants i've killed
35+

countries i've visited

46

clients i've worked with

400+

cameras i bring to your wedding

4

plants i've killed

35+

things I love

carbs

mountains

this guy

(also a carb lover)

things I love

Some Quick Facts

more facts

I was born in

austin, texas

my favorite food

tacos & bread

favorite place on earth

lyon, france

favorite tv show

broad city

my secret talent

waking up right before my alarm

my favorite music

bon iver, the beatles, mutemath

favorite drink

jalapeño gimlet

hobbies

making bread & gardening

My thoughts on weddings

I am obsessed with weddings– the intimacy, the celebrations, the cake. I love it all. However, I firmly believe that at the core of all weddings should be the love shared between the couple. It is your day and it should be treated as such. If you want a huge wedding with a party lasting until 2am, let's do it. If you want an intimate elopement with just you and your partner, let's do it. I will have your back throughout this entire process. Not only am I your photographer, I'm your new favorite third wheel!


FIRST: I want you to feel like a rockstar in front of the camera, I want you to feel confident, beautiful and at ease– no matter how awkward you might think you are. I want all my portrait sessions to be FUN! Bring some beers, have a picnic, include your dogs, let's jam to some music. 

SECOND: I operate on a 60% candid, 40% posed formula. So I'm all for a little direction– I'll find the best light, highlight your perfect angles, tell you what to do with your hands! But I'm not about those stiff, robotic poses. I love movement and genuine interactions. On the wedding day I want to be a fly on the wall whenever I can (a very tall, clumsy fly). 

THIRD: I want my edits to be timeless. I want your gorgeous skin tones to be accurate and greens to look lush and not grey. In 20 years I want your images to still be hanging proudly on your walls or in albums on your coffee table. 

My approach

we might be a good fit if

we'll get along great if

The weddings that truly fuel my soul aren't always the fanciest or the #pinterestgoals weddings. They're the ones where I connect with the couple. When I form an awesome relationship with my couples and really get to know them, I can completely tailor their experience to provide the best possible wedding day. 

01.

You love meaningful connections and genuine relationships.

I am all for planning an incredible wedding- the cake, the flowers, the dancing- I love it all. But I believe at the heart of your day should be the love between you and your partner. 

02.

You're planning for a marriage and not just a bomb wedding.

Some of my favorite wedding photos are the truly candid. The ones where my couples forget I'm there and I just capture them as is. The goofy faces, the eye rolls, the big laughs, and everything in between. 

03.

You're not afraid to get a lil silly.

01.

you're planning for an awesome marriage and not just a bomb wedding

I am all for planning an incredible wedding- the cake, the flowers, the dancing- I love it all. But I believe at the heart of your day should be the love between you and your partner. 

02.

you love meaningful connections and genuine relationships

The weddings that truly fuel my soul aren't always the fanciest or the #pinterestgoals weddings. They're the ones where I connect with the couple. When I form an awesome relationship with my couples and really get to know them, I can completely tailor their experience to provide the best possible wedding day. 

03.

you're not afraid to get a lil silly

Some of my favorite wedding photos are the truly candid. The ones where my couples forget I'm there and I just capture them as is. The goofy faces, the eye rolls, the big laughs, and everything in between. 

we'll get along great if