In 2005 I graduated from Rhodes University in Grahamstown with a degree in Fine Art and my practical major in Photography. So it's no surprise that I'm inspired by history, the Classics and traditional art. I'm also fuelled by Lindt chocolate, and strong, sweet Five Roses tea.
Home is in Craighall, Johannesburg with my husband Dean, house plants and I run for Pirates Road Running as a way to offset my sweet tooth!
I'm outdoorsy and an adventurer and love to travel. I've photographed weddings and families across South Africa: from Pretoria to PE and Paarl, Cullinan to Cape Town, Durban and the KZN North Coast and further afield in Ponta Malongane, Harare and Victoria Falls.
I have a documentary-style approach to my work and a genuine love for capturing the real, the raw, the honest, the candid. For more than 15 years now I've been able to share stories through my photography...
...and I would love to tell yours.
Hey, I'm Leigh
a little peek into life behind my lens
Behind The Scenes
"Home is wherever I'm with you" is the perfect way to describe my adventures with Dean. We spent our Honeymoon in 2018 in Spain - going to watch Barcelona at the Camp Nou, exploring the streets of Granada, Cordoba and Seville, and spending time with family in Torrevieja.
Locally we love the KZN North Coast and the Drakensburg and did our first roadtrip through Swaziland in August 2019.
OUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST:
The chilly: Iceland and Alaska
The rainy: Shetland
The iconic: Joshua Tree National Park and Route 66
adventures with my person
All my friends joke that "I run for fun". Truth is, running really is a joy for me. It's how I re-set and clear my head after long hours editing, and how I keep fit for being on my feet all day shooting.
I started taking my running seriously in 2020, and now have a few marathons ticked off my list. It's my goal to one day run the Two Oceans Ultra (and maybe even a Comrades or two) with my Dad, who has more than 30 of them under his belt!
Favourite Run: Pirates "Over The Mountain" 21k
Proudest Running Moment: Completing my first marathon (Cape Town Marathon in 2022).
RUNNING THE RAC 10K WITH MY DAD IN 2022
My Favourite Things
simondium's country lodge | paarl
Caitlin & Simon
I don’t know where to begin... Leigh, you are so talented and we have the most beautiful memories of our wedding I could ever have wished for. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful work. And it’s an absolute bonus that you are such a beautiful soul!! What an awesome combo! Thank you for everything, I will never forget it.
delta park | Johannesburg
Elsebe & Stan
Leigh did a couple shoot for me and my boyfriend and we instantly connected with her warm, kind, welcoming personality. Her knowledge and experience of photography is incredible and the passion she has is admirable. We had such a blast doing the shoot and can’t wait to work with her again in the near future.
delta park | Johannesburg
The Metselaar Family
Had an absolute blast this morning with Leigh and her hubby in our family photo shoot! She got my kids aged 16 and 13 to hug!!!! I would recommend her forever!
- Annie Metselaar