Today we’d like to introduce you to Leighanne Rayome.
Leighanne, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got started in photography when I was a sophomore in high school (almost nine years ago, yesh!). I signed up for a black and white film photography class. I fell in love with everything about the process and my teacher really supported and fueled my love of the medium. I even took Photo 3 two times! There was always National Geographic magazines around my house, there was a big stack of them in the basement and I loved to flip through them, imagining that one day my pictures might be in a magazine like Nat Geo! The people I have worked with are what really made me what I am today, or made my business is what it is. I have worked with incredible families, couples and creatives that have just driven my passion for photography all the more. I love to photograph people and I am so grateful for where photography has brought me, not only skill-wise but life-wise if you will.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. I, unfortunately, cannot pursue photography full time, but it’s a great way to keep my creatives outlets while giving people beautiful images! I don’t really do photography to make money. I do it because I love it! (I am sure you’ve heard that dozens of time, but it is true). Being able to give people special, personal and intimate moments is…unable to be spoken about with words, it’s more of a feeling. I sound pretty corny right now, but what can you do! Either way, I love this more than many things in this life, and while the road hasn’t always been the easiest, it been one of the more worthwhile roads I have taken.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
As a portrait photographer, I specialize in weddings, couples and families! Working with people I have met in the last, nearly nine years, has been such a great experience. I like to think my style as a photographer is eccentric and moody and fun! I love to capture the in-between moments of people’s lives, the moments that really make humans, humans. I don’t focus on the backgrounds to make a beautiful photo, it’s all about the people. Being in this business and in this industry and there is so much competition, but I have always valued community over competition.
As an artist and photographer, I have been able to create a women’s art collective, celebrating female artists and helping them share their art with the community! I have also been able to work with clients at my full-time job, providing them with professional product and commercial photography, which has been such a cool thing. There are so many facets to this industry and so many different styles, which is really why I love being a part of it.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I would love to give credit to a few people, if I may. #1: Ben Sasso: I have never met him in person, but his photography is something I truly admire and love. He is never afraid to share his work and to talk about how his experiences have shaped his style. #2: Brian Causer: My high school photography teacher. He was the first person and teacher I had to really support and fuel my creative fire. #3: Parish: My son. He loves to take pictures with my Instax camera and is always asking to see his photo whenever I take one of him. He reminds me to never take it too seriously and to always have fun, above all else.
- Portait Sessions start around $300-$500
- Weddings start around $2,000-$3,500
- Website: www.leighrayphotography.com
- Phone: 830-400-2495
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: noblehouseofblack