A chameleon of style in service to your story. I make images first with my heart, and then with my camera. Every client I work with has a unique style and personality, but the silk threads that draw them all together is something we share. a longing for meaning, a well-defined taste, and an appreciation for laughter, love, and life.

Washington DC Wedding Photographer

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“Photography is alchemy. Transmuting light, motion, feeling, and chaos into stories you can touch. These artifacts have power.“

01. Personal consultations

I’ll let you in on a secret: Exceptional photography happens when you work with someone who puts you at ease. Every commission commences with a personal consultation and chemistry. My manifesto: Photography is more than just what is in front of you. My unique discovery process looks beyond the superficial and gets right to heart of your needs and style. Proposals are individualized, clean and simple, and include all imagery, print rights, and travel fees. 

02. Pre-wedding services

Preparation, planning, and detail define my approach - from scouting a location for a portrait session or destination wedding in advance, to collaborating with your planner, to creating inspirational Pinterest boards, to discovering exactly which moments, people, themes, and details are important to you and why. When you plan your engagement session, I offer seasoned advice for styling and spectacular location inspiration to make your images sing.

03. The Wedding Day

My method is is twofold. One: to be a trusted, fun presence so that you can enjoy your time. Two: to bring a seasoned eye for beauty, detail, and composition to your photos to allow you to relax knowing you’re in expert hands. My team is discreet and unobtrusive as needed, but when the time is right, will guide you to your most flattering angles. Throughout the day, we chat and mingle with you and with your guests so everyone feels comfortable and relaxed. It is from that intimate place of trust that we capture the most meaningful imagery.

04. Post Production and Albums

Every single one of your images passes through my fingertips. Post-processing is done with a refined eye, and clean, timeless style. Why? Your photography should not look dated, it should become a classic, and more beautiful with time. Images are delivered in an online gallery. If you long to bring your images to life on the page, I craft albums in linen and leather. Each album is curated and designed so that your story is woven across its pages in the most meaningful and impactful way.


“I wanted to work with Leah before I was even engaged – that's how much of a legend she is.”



Enjoy every moment of your wedding adventure with a warm team that puts your comfort and experiences with your beloved friends and family first. My wedding photography is a fusion of cinematic and organic imagery informed by your vision, and built on a foundation of substance and style. Weddings begin at 9400.

Destination & Domestic


Portrait sessions that start with a vision and end with a fun and unforgettable experience. Do you long for organic moments while feeling great and having fun with your best friend? A day of exploring a new city, looking stylish and trying new food? Or do you want create the couture-inspired art? Be true to yourself. I work with you to select a destination, style, and aesthetics chosen to turn your story into a gorgeous collection of images that reflect you. Simply show up wearing your favorite outfit and have a good time. Custom albums and signing books upon request.



Sparkling, multi-day celebrations captured with an artist’s eye. Over a decade of experience informs my detail-oriented approach to photographing the poetry of South Asian weddings. Weddings are multi-faceted and layered, and uniquely reflect the desires, rich traditions, religions, and nationalities of every couple. Your collection is uniquely tailored to you to ensure that all of the facets of your shaadi events are preserved forever.



ENquire ABOUT YOUR adventure

Let the mountains, the ocean, or the cosmopolitan charm of a winding city witness your story. Spectacular settings, enchanting moments, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’ve traveled since childhood and know there’s rare warm glow to memories of laughter and living life with your dearest so far from home. I bring a fun, light touch to your destination wedding photography, so you feel like you have a trusted friend beside you, no matter where your adventures may lead.


to the ends of the world


south asian & multi-cultural

- Kelsey & Foster

“In true Leah fashion she packed her gear and met us in Paris for our engagement shoot two weeks after I called. The images were the most beautiful I've ever seen. “

I find I get the most favorable results when couples and planners involve me in timeline suggestions. There are two reasons for this: a smooth and easy experience for portraits and getting ready - and to ensure enough buffer time for a care-free day. I enjoy staying in touch throughout the planning process on anything from dress trial texts to the type of reception lighting you should use to create the most captivating ambiance. 

The tone and mood of my work are informed by your wishes, and reflect your personality, the character of your wedding guests and details, and the ambiance of your event. Most importantly, I want your collection to be a balance of people, moments, and details you care about. I capture REAL moments as they happen rather than recreating imagery or posing too much, but will guide you to flattering compositions when the moment is right.


A thousand times yes. In fact, all transit fees are waived for LGBT weddings across the USA. I will fly to you as a gift, friends. It’s only been six years as of this message that the supreme court struck down same sex marriage bans, and I am here to share my skills to care for your memories and love stories. 


Officially, photos are delivered 90 days after the wedding, but 6 weeks on average. You’ll get an estimated time to deliver around your wedding date, and updates as the editing process progresses. As I seek to surprise and delight clients, my schedule is typically very dense, so I do not offer sneak peeks.

Every photo is edited to via Lightroom, with the highest attention paid to portraits of you two and family formals. If it’s in B/W and not color, it’s meant to be that way. You receive approximately 700-900 of the best images, with some in black and white and duplicates in color. 

06. when do we receive our wedding images?

I think every client deserves to leave my studio with something to hold or put into a silver frame.  I really believe in the power and importance of having an album - something to hold in your hands when the cake is cut and the guests have departed.  Many clients have come back to me over the span of 12+ years, after they’ve realized they’re never going to do it themselves. Your story deserves more than to be shared on a screen. 

My albums are produced in linen and leather, with a variety of customization options. It takes anywhere from 6 weeks to a full year to receive your album depending on how long it takes to select your images, and how quickly you get back to me with revisions on your layout. Some couples simply prefer to receive the album in time for their first wedding anniversary.

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07. what is your album process like?

Every couple has a unique set of photography requirements, so each portrait session, wedding, South Asian Wedding, and destination wedding proposal is tailored specifically for you. Additional services include rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, boudoir sessions, additional photographers, wedding weekends, albums, and more. Click "contact" to see where my collection fees begin. 

Contact us to find out how we can craft a wedding photography experience that fits your dreams. 


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“We couldn't believe how easy Joseph made it to get great images.”

jeff & brigette


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