From the golden walled-city of Cartagena, to the glimmering streets of Hong Kong, to the lush green Scottish moors, L. Hewitt captures stylish, thoughtful, and enduring wedding imagery for clients around the world.
I’m Leah. I live in a garden house on a hill in Baltimore. I was raised abroad as a diplomat’s daughter in Paris, The Hague, and Manila, amongst a mysterious and colorful cast of characters. I grew up drinking in culture, stories, ambiance, and style and those things spill out into the images I produce.
Character, style, and refreshing, imaginative work side by side with classics that never go out of style are among my core values and those things spill out generously with my clients.
After dozens of awards for creativity and excellence, being rated as one of Rising Stars of Wedding Photography by Rangefinder magazine, and over a decade of photographing celebrations around the world, you can trust me to guide you into flattering, one-of-a-kind compositions with ease.
A darkened balcony at the opulent Palais Garnier in Paris. Guilded architecture soars in accompaniment to the dancers of the ballet russe on stage. Every emotion wrung out of their faces and bodies in the stories playing out. The makeup, the sweat, the lighting, the swish and gleam of costumes. A microcosm of the beauty and complexity of life. A guilded spark of the Palais broke off in me like the Snow Queen. I continue to consider the way - hard and dramatic - or soft and sweet and delicate - every scene was different, but above all exceptional and in service to the story.
As a child I was an observer. I remember a meal in the french countryside. A small family farm with a cluster of ripening pear trees around a table. Peonies scattered with ease amidst provincial dishes. Crispy bread, cheese, and glistening tarte tatin on ancestral porcelain. The company was fun and clever. Jovial conversations in both french and english became more jovial as the wine flowed. Though linguistic barriers prevented me from understanding every word - I’ll never forget the way that ambiance and friendship wrapped me up as the candles burned into evening on our summer table.
the Moments that shaped my work
There is a balance which epitomizes the art de vivre. And it's where life and photography live together. The authenticity of an honest life with raw, real moments - and the artifice of getting to decide who you want to be as far and as wide as your heart desires. Those things are not opposites. Both lay together to get at something true. Not truth in facts, but truth in spirit. Art and soul. Let your friendships wrap you up and let your candles burn into the night on your summer table. And that, to me, is the essence of life and photography.
I have observed that weddings are woven together with stories big and small, and in ways that are profound and beautiful.
After the ceremony: Two mothers who don’t speak the same language hold each other and cry as their children depart, freshly married and beaming with joy.
The ceremony: friends and family hold candles and each other in the warm Cartagena night. They whisper prayers and vows and the couple glows in the warmth of their love.
Music echoes in the garden. The wedding party laughing and swaying around the couple on the dance floor. The silk swish of her dress, the gleam of his sleek tux, the sweat as they dance. They cling together in radiant joy as colorful confetti swirls in the air amidst the sparkling stars above them.
I’m Leah. I live in a garden house on a hill in Baltimore. I was raised abroad as a diplomat’s daughter in Paris, The Hague, and Manila, amongst a colorful cast of characters. I grew up drinking in culture, stories, ambiance, and style and those things spill out into the images I produce.
After dozens of awards for creativity and excellence, being rated as one of the top photographers in the world by Rangefinder magazine, working with politicians and celebrities, and over a decade of photographing celebrations around the world, you can trust me to guide you into flattering, one-of-a-kind compositions with refreshing ease.
Hong Kong. The density of people means there are a million stories playing out at once. It’s startlingly beautiful and interesting. I also love Bogota, Venice, Loch Goil, New Orleans, Switzerland and Paris each for their own charms.
Working on making my patio garden a mysterious mythical paradise, painting, gaming, camping, artsy or sci fi films, planning extravagant parties (especially when tricorn hats or costumes are involved), butterfly pinning, and finessing the moody Parisian and Charleston-inspired interior design in my secret garden rowhouse. I love life freely.
Here's the thing. I don’t believe in guilty pleasure! Love what you love and take no prisoners. That said, I enjoy The Kardashians and will debate anyone who disagrees. Preferably over a good dark beer.
The layered textures and color of Marchesa, the imagination and botanical thrill of Gucci, and the classic silhouettes, culture and allure of Dior. My local muse: Jill Andrews, the fairy godmother of weddings.
My husband Marc, who has a fascinating mind and is as funny (to me) as he is handsome. (Dad jokes aside) Also - my two high school children who have become compelling, warm humans who cook well and speak more than one language.
Favorite Drink: Earl Gray tea latte or hot chocolate.
Favorite Dessert: Strawberry shortcake
Favorite Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel or Bladerunner 2049
Favorite Book: 1984 or Lolita
Favorite Cocktail: Bee Sting
Free Day: Ladew Topiary Garden- or browsing photos and old buttons at antique stores and fabricating fake family history.
Thing that will surprise you: I write and illustrate for the game industry. I love cyberpunk and I am a chameleon of style, with darker personal images than you see here on the site.
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