Anniversary coming up? Surprise birthday gift for your significant other? Just want to celebrate your relationship + being in love? Whatever the reason or occasion, celebrating love through photography, in all forms, is one of my favorite things. This shoot is meant to be fun, exciting, full of laughs + romance. Let's have a good time together + show the world how beautiful your love is.
There are some moments that cannot be recreated, however, I would love to try to capture pieces of it for you to remember for the rest of your life! Asking your soulmate to marry you is undoubtedly at the top of the list of those special moments. It would be my honor to be there for this exciting + life-changing event, whether it is during that exact moment when you pop the question, or at a later date with an engagement session.
The most incredible day of your life should be captured seamlessly + my focus as a wedding photographer is to take the stress out of capturing the "perfect" photos for the happy couple. Instead, I try to make the experience feel natural + lighthearted. In my opinion, the best thing about weddings is that every wedding, just like every couple, is unique - not one is the same. I want to make sure I show that in your photos - down to every little magical detail.
Where do I start? I'm not your traditional bride. I didn't want the Pinterest photos where the bridal party was posed or shots of makeup palettes that I used for my look. I wanted someone who could capture my husband + I in the moment. I wanted someone to capture the love between us. I wanted photos to show our love + not look cold. I just happened to scroll IG + came upon Leah's page. BRIDES + GROOMS, look no further because Leah is the real deal. Looking through her portfolio you can just sense the love and happiness between couples. I reached out to her + got a response + she offered to call so we could both get an idea of expectations. I think we must have spent almost a hour on the phone just brainstorming + talking ideas - mind you we didn't officially hire her yet. After I hung up + spoke with my husband, we decided to book her immediately. Oh did I mention her pricing is also amazing?! The day of the shoot, she texted me 2 hours before our meet time + said she was already on site + scouting out locations to shoot. Leah listens + DELIVERS. I wish I could get married again so that we could have another session. I can't recommend her enough!
Working with Leah on our wedding day was absolutely a dream. She was the most patient + kind photographer we could have worked with, + she dealt with every scheduling change. We corresponded with her for over five months prior to the shoot, because COVID changed so many things, + she had the best attitude + spirit. She talked us through nerves, ideas, attire, + even family drama. The day of the shoot finally came, + she made us feel so comfortable + confident. She clearly knew what she was doing, + made us feel like movie stars or top models—never did she expect us to know what to do or make us feel like it was our job to make things go right. She talked us through everything + explained the why behind her directions. It honestly felt like we were old friends, + it felt like she cared about us as people. As a Black Lesbian couple, it meant the world to us to have a skilled photographer capture such a special day, + affirm + validate our relationship so clearly. Leah went above + beyond for us—she even paid for a parking ticket we got during the shoot. She’s an all around great person, + getting to have her as our photographer was really special. We hope you get the same opportunity. You will be glad you chose her.
I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon Leah as a photographer, but I am SO glad that I did!!! I filled out the form on her website, + soon after my fiancé + I had a phone conversation with her to get to know each other a little bit better. My fiancé lives out of town + decided to visit last minute one weekend, but she was able to squeeze us in between the other shoots she had! We greatly appreciated how flexible she was with us, + how helpful she was with selecting a location. This is the first time we had professional pictures done, but Leah was so easy going + it seemed like we were just having a fun photoshoot with one of our friends. The pictures turned out AMAZING, + I’ve received many compliments from family and friends. We look forward to having her capture more beautiful moments for our big day!
Our experiences with Leah have been nothing short of phenomenal! We had never done something like this before, + one of us even dreads posing for photos, but Leah made every minute of this photoshoot fun + entertaining for both of us + that’s not even mentioning the fact that we got a ton of amazing photos out of this! Her guidance + humor motivated us to enjoy every second of our photoshoot even though it was a hot day, + she helped bring out our best smiles for the photos. Leah is clearly someone who goes above + beyond to make the photoshoot a fun experience, + her creativity with posing, scenery, + editing is absolutely fantastic. We can’t imagine ever using a different photographer for any future events or photoshoots!
Let me begin by saying that Leah is the sweetest human being. She made our experience stress free + enjoyable. My husband + I are both shy infront of the camera, but she was able to guide us in EVERY single shot that was taken. We didn't have any expectations when it came to the ceremony photos, family shots, + couples shots, but Leah captured every emotion possible + we didn't even see her lurking with her camera! She even snapped the most beautiful photos of our wedding location! Leah was great when it came to guidance/support before + during our wedding day. She was very quick to answer texts/emails. It was supposed to rain on our wedding day + I messaged her the night before expressing my concern. Leah made me feel SO much better. She gave me all these great photo ideas we could do in the rain + reminded me that the most important thing is that my husband + I were getting married and that she would take care of making the photos look wonderful. She did exactly that! We received sneak peaks the day after our wedding + they were UNBELIEVABLE. They were everything we could have ever imagined + more + those were just the sneak peaks. When we received the full gallery, we were in disbelief. My husband + I were so emotional reliving our wedding day. I am continually impressed with Leah as an individual. Her professionalism, work ethic, relational capabilities, attitude, + commitment to her work shines through in her photography. HIRE HER! She is the best + easiest decision we made for our wedding day.
Leah is amazing. Her photography is gorgeous, + she brings such a fun, light hearted atmosphere to photo sessions. I have never been comfortable in front of a camera, but Leah brought this relaxed environment. There were no static, super posed photos, just my fiancé + I, being our normal goofy selves. Leah's photos showed our personality, + reflected who we are as a couple. On top of her amazing photography skills, her turn around time is so quick! We had a handful of beautiful photos within 48 hours. She is talented, professional, + I 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.
My wife + I truly had an amazing experience with Leah. The only thing more appreciated then her flexibility + professionalism during these crazy COVID times was how comfortable + relaxed she made us during such a stressful day. She is a truly gifted photographer who was able to truly capture how fun + special the event was for our family + us. We loved working with her + couldn’t recommend her highly enough!
Leah is INCREDIBLE! I can't recommend her enough! She's extremely professional + accommodating. From the first introduction phone call to our engagement shoot, my fiancée + I felt so comfortable talking + engaging with Leah. She makes you forget you're posing for pictures which is a huge plus for anyone worried about being shy in front of the camera. She has such a wonderful + easy-going personality. There was never an awkward or dull moment. Not to mention, her talent speaks for itself, it's breathtaking! We've loved every photograph from our engagement shoot, they look so natural + full of love. We are overjoyed to be working with her + looking forward to the memories we'll have of our wedding day next year.
It was such a blessing to have Leah film our wedding! We had phone interviews with several photographers in the MD/DC/VA area, but after speaking with Leah, we knew that we wanted to work with her! From our first conversation we had together, she was very professional, friendly, responsive, + most importantly understanding of our concerns with COVID. She got COVID tested for us, after we had expressed our concern for our mom’s health, + she even accommodated her schedule so that she would not expose herself before the wedding. We were so appreciative of her transparency + professionalism to ensure that we felt safe + comfortable. On our wedding day, she came early + was super flexible in willing to film an extra hour for us. We could see her passion + excitement for filming + it was really exciting for us as well! She really went above + beyond to make us feel comfortable in from of the camera, so that she could capture us being genuinely happy + most of all, we LOVED LOVED LOVED the end result of her work. The photos came out beautifully + she delivered the teaser photos back to us so quickly. She really captured our special day so magically and we were so impressed by her! We would definitely recommend Leah, to any couple looking for a passionate, professional, and warm photographer.
Leah is absolutely SPECTACULAR! My partner + I booked her services for our engagement shoot for our wedding. We are new to the DMV area + weren't quite sure on the location or timing of our photoshoot. Leah was beyond helpful in brainstorming where + when to have our shoot + was excellent in communicating beforehand. On the day of, we had a sunrise shoot out in the cold, but Leah was so warm + friendly! My partner + I aren't used to taking photos, but she made us comfortable + the pictures showed the essence of our relationship. I am so thankful for Leah as our pictures turned out to all we hoped they'd be (and more)!
It has been now been 17 days since I married my high school sweetheart, my best friend, the love of my life. Bryan + I have already dubbed that day the best of our lives (yet at least). In fact, it took a while for the post-wedding blues to subside. Lucky for us, Leah was unsurprisingly able to capture every feeling, moment, + memory from our most beloved day. Bryan + I look through her pictures often (okay...often meaning every night) + each shot Leah took brings back ALL of the feels! We perused them again just last night + her photographs had us teary-eyed, belly laughing, + simply in awe (+ often all of those emotions were felt from a SINGLE photograph). Leah knows exactly which photos/moments to capture + for our special day, she even asked if I had any ideas or shots I wanted captured, knowing how us brides can be. Being well aware of the amount of talent Leah Miessler has in her pinky finger, I didn't feel the need to chime in. Wow...was I right. Leah, thank you for capturing the most special day of my life + more importantly, giving Bryan + I the ability to be + feel completely present at our wedding... we never once worried about a moment being lost because we knew you'd catch it on the other end of your camera. Our families, Bryan + I (+ especially our vendors) worked extremely hard on every single detail of that wedding + she 100% captured everything in the most brilliant, memorable, + utterly magical way possible. My favorite thing about wedding photographs is being able to reminisce or imagine what that day was like if you weren't really there (or if it has been a very long time). I've spent countless hours peering over my own parents' wedding pictures + they had very few (+ a lot of them were too formal or blurry), making it challenging to imagine those moments. Well, it makes me smile to imagine the day (way, WAY down the road) that my little boy or girl will get to pour over the pictures Leah took of Bryan + I, knowing that they will be able to feel all of those emotions we felt + experience the day as close to reality as possible. Leah captured our love + being able to share that with family is what it's all about. Leah, I can't express our gratitude enough. I have said it once + I will say it over + over again, any significant/photo-worthy milestone in our lives will be captured by you. Your work brings our home to life + I can't wait for the next time I am picking up the phone to request your talent again.