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behind the lens

behind the lens


I am Leslie, the lady behind the camera. I'm a twenty-something year old who loves the beauty of everyday life. I like to shoot bright, vivid colors, and love a good black+white, but you won’t see any crazy editing from me. I like to keep it clean, sharp, and timeless. I approach photo sessions as if I’m creating snapshots for families that will be forever cherished, shared with grandchildren, great-grand-children, and so on. It may sound a little conceited, but that’s just how much love and time I’m willing to put into documenting you and the ones you love. I want your pictures to reflect not only what you look like but who YOU ARE.

Here's a little about me: I love to be outdoors, especially in the warm sunshine. Country music is usually what you will hear in my car and also while I'm editing pictures. I'm most comfortable when I'm not wearing shoes, but that is one of my favorite things to shop for. Speaking of shopping, I also work in retail. I work at Aeropostale and just recently got promoted to Sales Lead. I'm a sucker for little babies and LOVE working with children. I work for an after school program on top of my other jobs. I'm a BUSY woman, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I received my Associates Degree from Parkland College in Science. I've taken a break from school, but I want to eventually go back.  I could drink Iced Tea and eat strawberries all year long. I love to color, Tigger and McDonald's french fries. Some people would call me a tomboy and I'm definitely a Chevy girl. I'm a big kid at heart and love all things Disney. I root for the Cardinals because my momma raised me right. I have a boyfriend that I truly believe is the love of my life. Late night tractor rides are the best. I believe that everything happens for a reason.

We have pictures to look back at that single moment when the photographer presses the shutter button and captures a second that we will be able to remember for the rest of our lives through a photograph. 

That's what I love about taking pictures for other people. I see certain moments that would be perfect to remember several years later.  Now that I see that not only can I capture the moments as they take place, but I can tell even more about the story through my focus, my angle, my viewpoint, my depth of field, and my processing. 

I have found that taking pictures of people is my calling. I also love to take pictures of everything that is around me, but I adore peeking into someone's life with my camera and lens and telling their stories. 

Well, that’s it for now! If you can’t tell, I value getting to know my clients, and hope to build relationships with each family I photograph. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than watching families grow.  I hope you’ll give me that opportunity, and look forward to hearing from you soon!

♥ Leslie Estes

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