Leila's Story

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My love affair with my Canon continues to this day as I found it to have been the greatest journaling tool of my life.  Watching my parents lose one by one everything they had achieved was heart-wrenching, while simultaneously observing them survive and take everything in with grace and elegance, and being able to memorialize it all through my lens has been the most magical experience, not to mention teaching me the greatest life lessons along the way.

Most days you can find me working away behind my computer – on my photography or learning something new. I am mostly known for my ability to capture very special moments through my lens.

As a photographer, I have been honored to shoot celebrity and VIP weddings as well as countless celebrations but my true passion has always been capturing the absolute essence of all women – it is so fun showing them they can look like a model out of the pages of a fashion magazine!

I feel, think, hear, taste and see beauty in everything and in every single person that I meet.  Capturing this unique beauty in each moment that unfolds has always been my greatest pleasure and my utmost passion.

Hello, I’m Leila!

I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where I grew up running around beautiful homes adorned with Persian carpets and golden mirrors, spending summers, winters, spring and any other vacation opportunity at the Caspian in a gorgeous minimalist villa far away from everyone and everything, nestled in nothing but nature, designed lovingly by my parents with the utmost care, tenderness and attention to detail.

At age 14 political turmoil found us facing life changing events – some harrowing, some magical – taking me, my parents and my two younger sisters on a whirlwind journey through Europe eventually settling down in the United Arab Emirates.  Three years later, age 17 we arrived in the US.

In the midst of this turmoil one thing remained constant – me and my camera – a very special gift I received from my parents on my 15th birthday.

Capturing the story in each moment that unfolds has always been my greatest pleasure and my utmost passion...

5 more things about me:

When I’m not busy working on my photography skills you can catch me organizing my home, doing yoga or playing with my rescue dogs and Moluccan cockatoo.

If you’re dying to hear more, here are five things you might not know about me:

– My favorite snack is peanut butter on apples
– I had a near-death accident at age 24 and believe it’s a miracle I survived
– I am the eldest of three girls and my sisters have always been my favorite models
– My paternal grandparents were from the Ukraine and I can recite a nursery rhyme in Russian
– I love adventure and have traveled to exotic parts of the world such as Africa, India, Nepal, and Tibet

What sets me apart is that I see the beauty in every person I meet and my greatest pleasure is capturing that beauty as a work of art that can be treasured forever.

 

 

WHAT SETS ME APART

“I see the beauty in every person I meet and my greatest pleasure has always been capturing that beauty as a work of art that can be treasured forever.”

 

Get in Touch

I would love to hear all about you and create an awesome photography experience for you!

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LA, Sherman Oaks / Studio City California

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