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.
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.
I met Dane in 2016, less than one year after moving to KC (I really believe he was written into my story long before I knew it). He is selfless, thoughtful, and can make friends with just about anyone. He makes a mean sunny-side-up egg, and can actually sing... he's good! The old man to my old lady.
Fenn has been my fur-baby since he was a fresh new puppy (he's 10 years old now!). He's been by my side through all of my biggest life-moments, and I still kind of consider him my first son. He howls to The Office theme song, keeps me humble and laughing. A true example of unconditional love.
Oh, my baby boy Emmett. My greatest pride and joy, the deepest love I've ever known. He is full of curiosity and wonder, and has a smile that lights his whole face. He is the purpose I didn't know I was missing. What a blessing it is to witness his life, to raise him, to know him.
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 $3,200.
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
-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