genuine, authentic, encouraging.

Kansas City based wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographer.

Welcome!

I'm Leila, and I am so happy you're here!

My mission is to make you feel comfortable, beautiful, and encouraged. I want you to have imagery that you love, and will tell your story, in an honest and authentic way for years to come.

about

I grew up on a berry farm just outside of Columbia, Missouri, where my parents also raised Labrador Retriever puppies. I graduated from the University of Missouri, before moving to Overland Park, Kansas in 2015, just me and my adorable dog, Fenn. It was here that I fell in love with my husband, Dane, and decided to put down roots. All of my mornings begin with coffee, and a little bit of sunshine if the lord allows. I will do anything to be in nature, whether it's a forest or a beach, they both call my name. I love baking, home renovation shows, and grilled cheese is my comfort food. Obsessed with dogs, flowers, and Joanna Gaines.

my story

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I met Dane in 2016, less than one year after having moved to Kansas City (I really believe he was written into my story long before I knew it). I always tell him I stuck around for his nice back-side, but in reality I just knew he was good. He is selfless, thoughtful, and can make friends with just about anyone. He's the old man to my old lady. 

Fenn has been my fur-baby since he was a fresh new puppy. He's been by my side through countless moves, jobs, and heartbreaks. My little spoon. He sings to The Office theme song, keeps me humble, and laughing. The true example of unconditional love. 

meet dane & fenn

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It is in my heart to uplift others, and I truly believe your story is worth telling. It is my goal to not only create beautiful images that you and your family can cherish for years to come, but to also coach and cheer you on during our time together. I want you to feel confident, comfortable, and taken care of. In these seasons of your life, no matter what they may be, you should feel important (because you are)!

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Elle Marie brides and grooms spend an average of $2,000.

All wedding collections include:
-High-resolution digital images
-Personal print release
-At least 6 hours of coverage
-Personalized wedding day timeline
-Online downloadable gallery


investment

The Elle Marie couple are each other's best friends. They are joyful, sweet, and timeless. They uplift one another, and put their partner's needs before their own. They work together to create an intentional and meaningful marriage.

are you an Elle Marie couple?

are we a good fit?

I believe your photos should be soft and light; to me, it embodies the romance and hope your marriage promises. I specialize in natural light photography, so outdoor venues or venues with lots of windows lend themselves best to achieve my style. I also believe your photos should be a genuine reflection of your relationship, so my goal is for you to feel comfortable and encouraged during our time together. I am here to tell your story!

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They grow up so fast, things are always evolving and changing. How often do we say "I can't believe it's already been a year" or "where has the time gone?". We are always wishing for time to stand still so we can soak it all in. Setting aside time to document these seasons of our lives allows us to do just that. 

Sessions starting at $300

portraits

couples . maternity . family . lifestyle .

Grace K.

Leila was wonderful to work with. She made my husband and I feel very comfortable with the entire process. The final product was where her creativity really shown through. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for beautiful, professional, creative photos. I could not be happier!

Alana O.

LEILA WAS AWESOME TO WORK WITH DURING OUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT. IT WAS SO COLD OUTSIDE BUT SHE MADE IT FUN AND RELAXED. WE HAVE THOSE PHOTOS AROUND OUR HOME AND HAVE EVEN BEEN ABLE TO USE THEM FOR PROFESSIONAL USE!

Audrey S.

LEILA IS ABSOLUTELY SO AMAZING & TALENTED! MY FIANCE & I COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR MORE AMAZING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS TO BE TAKEN BY A EVEN MORE AMAZING PERSON FOR SUCH A SPECIAL TIME IN OUR LIVES. SHE WAS SO EASY GOING & MADE US FEEL SO COMFORTABLE. WE CANT WAIT TO WORK WITH HER AGAIN!

Jenna S.

LEILA DID AN AMAZING JOB TAKING FAMILY PHOTOS AND MY BABY BOY’S 6 MONTH OLD PHOTOS! SHE HAD GREAT IDEAS AND WE WILL TREASURE THESE PICTURES FOREVER!

Jason G.

LEILA TAKES PHENOMENAL PICTURES. SHE HAS A GREAT EYE FOR IT AND HAS GREAT IDEAS FOR POSES. ONE OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS I HAVE MET!

Anna G.

Leila is such a fun photographer to work with. She does amazing work. Not only is she a great photographer, but she made the experience fun and stress free. Would highly recommend her.

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contact

Or, you can e-mail me directly at leila@ellemariephoto.com

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g i f t  c a r d s

Gift cards are now available! Right now is such an important time to spread the love! Purchase a gift card for someone else or put it toward a future session with me. These make perfect gifts for mother’s day or for the sweet bride who has had to rearrange her wedding due to Covid-19. Select the amount you would like to gift, and I will contact the recipient to schedule their session! Not only are you giving a wonderful gift, but supporting small business at the same time (I call that a win-win!).

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