Ottawa Wedding Photographer

who's that girl?

it's Leesa!

wine is one of my best friends.

coffee is a close second.

Leesa.

Wine.

Unfiltered.

I am an energetic, loving, fun(ny) gal with an amazing husband named Matt + an insane cat named Loki. I never planned on becoming a wedding or boudoir photographer, it just kinda happened. I went to school in hopes to become a forensic photographer. When that wasn't able to happen, I decided to try my own thing, which has lead me to this amazing life! So besides loving wine, coffee + tacos, what else do I love? Well, for starters I collect shot glasses + vintage film cameras. Every city, province, state or country I visit, I make sure to pick up a shot glass for my collection. I can't function without at least a large coffee in the morning + my favourite shows are Grey's Anatomy + Schitt's Creek (hence the contact form sample names - check it if you missed it).

 

Most importantly, personal or business, my biggest goal is to make everyone feel comfortable. Comfortable with who you are now, where ever you are in your journey we call life! I bring this motto into my boudoir side of business but it applies to all walks of life + to every single human. 

Fun Facts

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BOTTLES OF WINE CURRENTLY ON MY WINE RACK

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TIMES I'VE WATCHED GREY'S ANATOMY

My favourite pass time is wine touring. Shocking right? Matt and I have been to Niagara twice and every time we hit up new ones. This past time we stopped at Konzelmann Estates and, if you've never been, I highly recommend you check it out! Not only is their Peach Wine and Baco Noir delicious, the grounds are gorgeous and make a perfect backdrop for photos.

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COFFEES CONSUMED DURING WEDDING SEASON

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YEARS I'VE BEEN DOING PHOTOGRAPHY

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VINTAGE CAMERAS I OWN

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BADASS LIFE TO LIVE

I love to travel! I have been lucky enough to travel to a few place in the USA, including Hawaii, as well as Greece, Mexico and Aruba (which is where the love of my life asked me to marry him). One of my business goals is to photograph a wedding in every country. So far, I've got Canada down, but would love to be able to photograph a wedding in each province. #careergoals!

My photographic style can be described as natural, true to life with pops of colour in all the right areas. I try my best to capture you in your element by capturing the silly + wonderful moments of your day. My goal as your photographer is to give you the best experience you can have as well as delivering you beautiful images to cherish for a lifetime.

My clients just want to have a good time + the last thing they want is a photographer who bosses them around telling them what to do. They want someone who can capture their love, laughter + tears all while standing on one foot, balancing on a chair, knee deep in freezing cold lake water, or getting down + dirty in the mud. That, I will do. Whatever it takes to get the perfect shot is what I always say!

If this sounds like you + you don't think I sounds like a total crazy person (or maybe you do + you love it!) then get in touch because I would love to hear from you! I welcome all body types, ethnicities + am a HUGE supporter the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone is welcome + I would love to have you apart of the LWI Family!

why boudoir?

If you are looking for a serious boudoir photographer, that is not me. I am silly, I will make you laugh and we will have a fun AF time! 

The first time I photographed a boudoir session, I was so nervous. I had NO idea what I was getting myself into, but I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my photography journey. So, I showed up to my clients home (yup, I would go to my clients home before my studio existed) and we shot for probably 2.5 hours because I had no idea what I was doing.

Luckily, it was one of my friends so it was fine making all the silly mistakes and they were so very understanding. The photos turned out beautiful and we even turned it into a couples session! It was so much fun and I left feeling so confident in myself - I'm pretty sure I was supposed to be boosting my clients confidence, but I ended up boosting mine too! 

I knew from that moment I wanted to continue this boudoir journey. I invested in education. learnt posing, hosted marathons at AirBnb's, worked with countless models and now I am one of the best boudoir photographers in Ottawa! 

My clients love their experiences with me, leave feeling like a badass, have started a self-love journey after and continue to come back for more! Boudoir does not have to be a once in a lifetime opportunity - you can come back how ever often you want and celebrate your ever changing body. Being women, our bodies go through so many changes so I encourage everyone to celebrate the skin they are in NOW and if you want to come back again when you reach a specific goal, DO IT! Boudoir is so much fun and not just about taking sexy photos to gift to your spouse - celebrate you because you deserve to treat yourself!

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