Hi, I’m Leyna! I’m a photographer, a mommy, and lots of other fun things.
I was born in Honolulu, raised in Los Angeles. I have a husband, a 4yo daughter, a 7mo son and a 9yo dog, who I refer to as my first born. I’m happiest when I’m barefoot, taking pictures and listening to good music. I like being silly, exploring nature, a cool breeze on a warm day (the best!), high fives (of course), impromptu dance parties, and chasing light. I’m pretty down to earth.
I have been taking pictures since I was a kid. Developing film and enlarging photographs with my dad in the dark room is one of my fondest childhood memories. While I’ve always owned nice cameras and done photo shoots in my spare time, Yellow Heart Photography wasn’t officially born until 2010. I worked in television for twelve years before I gathered up the courage to leave and give my real passion a chance to thrive. Best decision ever.
Over the past few years I’ve really found my groove and figured out what works for me, and what definitely doesn’t. I don’t believe in “say cheese” photography. Sometimes I won’t give direction just to see what you will do. I prefer to let the smiles come naturally. I like authenticity and hearing my clients tell me about how they got teary looking at their pictures, or about how I “captured their personalities so perfectly”.
I have a profound love for capturing the authentic beauty of individuals, human connection, real life moments and the uninhibited spirit of children. I have a genuine interest in people. I love getting to know the families I work with, and I fall a little bit in love with everyone I photograph. It’s unavoidable.
I hope this helps you understand who I am and what I’m about a little bit more. I guarantee if we shoot together, it will be a really fun time.
If you want to check out my most recent work, check out my instagram account @yellowheartphotography
If you want to learn more about me, check out my personal account @thatleynachick
**Photo Credit: Rachel Barrett (film)