film-inspired fine art photography



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

I believe how you spend your life is the legacy you leave behind. It is my hope to capture the big and small moments, knowing that they are of equal importance. I want to create heirlooms that can be treasured for generations to come.


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I grew up on a berry farm just outside of Columbia, Missouri, where my parents also raised Labrador Retrievers. 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. In 2021 we welcomed our first son, Emmett, into the world. He is our greatest pride. 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.

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My experience with Leila was a 10/10. From our engagement session to our wedding day, Leila was an absolute pleasure to work with. She's extremely professional and responsive, and always made my husband and I feel comfortable in front of the camera! What I love most is that she is full of creative ideas and shots that I wouldn't have thought of, and those ended up being my favorite shots from our wedding. I would recommend her to absolutely everyone, and her turn around time on getting our photos back was amazing, and truly made my day!

Leila did a phenomenal job capturing so many special moments of our day. Because of her high attention to detail our wedding photos nearly come alive and truly tell the story of our love as a couple as well as the love that surrounds us! She made us very comfortable and relaxed during our couple's portraits; it was easy and fun! Leila also worked great with all of the different family dynamics... and our dog! When going through the gallery its hard to not get emotional because they are so beautiful and reflect so much of "us".

I didn’t think I really wanted maternity photos until we did this shoot with Leila. She made me feel so beautiful and special in my pregnancy. She made us feel very comfortable and directed us well to make sure we were getting interesting and flattering photos. When we got our pictures back from her I was in awe! It was like she captured what our love for each other felt like during this season in a photo.

Leila was great to work with and took beautiful photos of my 8 month old son! Fast to get pictures back and they turned out amazing!

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 for our wedding!

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We believe photography is an investment and a gift. The best way we have to honor our present season of life and an offering to our future. It is in our hearts to photograph these milestones in an artistic and thoughtful way.

Elle Marie serves those who lead a meaningful and intentional life. They are drawn to classic elegance and timeless imagery. They are optimistic, joyful, and genuine. They cherish the details that tell their stories. They love fiercely and deeply.


Elle Marie collections begin at $3,600.

All wedding collections include:
-At least 8 hours of coverage
-Complimentary engagement session
-High-resolution edited images
-Online digital gallery
-Personal print release
-Custom curated wedding day timeline
-Second photographer
-Print store credit


They grow up so fast, things are always evolving and changing. How often do we find ourselves saying, "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 don't miss it. Setting aside time to document these seasons of our lives allows us to do just that. 

Sessions starting at $400


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