I’m a Virginia based lifestyle & elopement photographer who lives for golden hour, bonding with clients, and creating frame-worthy images that make you feel like the beauty you are.

Hey there!
I’m Lauren Leonardo.

me and mom

If I could go back in time, I would definitely do things differently. If you get anything from visiting my site, I hope it’s this:


I don’t have nearly as many pictures with my mom as I hoped to have before she passed away in 2018.

Hopping in a time machine I would go back to my childhood to document everything.

This is such a huge reason why I’ve been a photographer for the past 6 years. I want you to have more memories immortalized through photographs. Pictures of everyday things & in between moments that capture your relationships in a way that feels true. 

I live with my husband, son and wiener dog in Virginia Beach.

I’m a glass half-full kind of gal.

I’m a real-deal pasta enthusiast and love making my own from scratch.

I’m a cancer survivor.

I'm a big Marvel fan.

About Me


After booking with me you’ll get full access to my client closet, which I use as an excuse to obsessively purchase cute dresses.

I always get antsy after photoshoots and will send you sneak peek images within 24 hours of your session.

I’m here to be more than your photographer. I truly want to help make your session special in any way that I can.

About My Work


I can promise you about 90% of the photos you see on my website feature clients who told me a similar story! I like to mix relaxed, candid prompts to get your moving, with posing directions to create photos that feel effortless and capture those natural moments!

We've never had professional photos done and are super awkward—will you help with posing?

If you need help picking out to wear—I GOT YOU! Not only can I help you coordinate your outfits and get the best color combos ever for your photos- but I also offer gorgeous client closet pieces that you can borrow at no additional fee to your session!

Can you help with styling?

Heck yes I travel!! So much of what I love involves going on adventures and seeing new places! Depending on location, a travel fee may apply OR you may receive a discount on your session if it is one of my bucket list session destinations! Scroll to see my list!

Do you travel and if so, do I have to pay extra?

Like you, I also get so stoked about getting your photos out to you! Because of this I deliver approximately 4-6 preview photos within 24 hours of shooting your session! You can expect to see your final gallery about 2 weeks later!

What is the turnaround time for our gallery?

Italy, Yosemite, Iceland, Banff National Park,
Sedona, Moab

Bucket list destinations:

Got questions?

Let's make some memories.

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