My names Leah- last name's pronounced (GATE-zell) but I respond to anything and I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. 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 currently live in Dallas with my boyfriend Zain, but am relocating to Denver next year! I love listening to history podcasts, making homemade pasta, collecting records, and drinking jalapeno margaritas.
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(also a carb lover)
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.
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.
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.
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.