Hi, and thanks for stopping by to take a look at our work. I'm Karen Leah, a wedding, event, and portrait photographer in the Los Angeles area. My husband, Brian (he's the one with the cute accent you might hear when you call) and I run Karen Leah Photography.

Photography is something I was absolutely born to do. From the time I was in elementary school running around with my Mom 's little 110 film camera, to the time I met and married another photographer; this is it ... there is nothing better than capturing just the right moment and getting to relive them over and over again. Please enjoy the photos on my blog as much as I enjoyed creating them and being a part of these moments and memories. We look forward to hearing from you.

So…what have we been up to?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Yes, I’m still here! Like that gorgeous dress you buy in the hopes of having just the perfect occasion, but never wear as much as you should-my blog is still here. And we’ve still been shooting. But, there have been a few wonderful, and pretty incredible changes over the past few years.

In order of importance, with no chronological rhyme or reason…this guy:

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Who then turned into the spirited, funny, energetic, cheeky, snuggler-extraordinaire you see here (and he was totally digging this outfit):

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Then, while pregnant with Michael, I finished my MSW; a dream I put off for far too long (yeah, that’s right—with honors. And yes, my darling husband asked me a million times to take off the glasses before the photo. He tried).

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But, since it was my love of photography and photojournalism that brought me to social work, there’s no way I could ever dream of giving up photography. So yes, we are definitely still shooting. We’re only taking on a few weddings and portraits a year now, but it’s a part of me that isn’t going anywhere. In the next few weeks I’ll share some of what we’ve been up to during my woeful blogging hiatus. But for now…hi, it’s good to be back.

Jenn and Shane ~ The Wedding

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

So, the one thing about being a terrible blogger is that when I go through photos to post, it’s like getting to relive the day again (yes, they got their photos AGES ago). This wedding was particularly bittersweet for me. This was the last wedding I did before deciding to cut back to part time and make my MSW program my full time priority. Tears may have been shed-which, is a good thing. To me, it meant that being a wedding photographer for all these years was the right decision, and it’s definitely not something I want to give up entirely anytime soon. And Jenn and Shane were just the right couple to end my terrific run with. They were super sweet, didn’t seem phased by anything that went wrong, were just incredible to be around, and if you ever get the chance to attend a wedding with LAFD firefighters-truly a great group to be around (even in light of their um, “cake customization” tradition).

Pre-Ceremony: Hyatt in Valencia
Ceremony and Reception: Knollwood Country Club
DJ/MC: John Pinto
Officiant: Mel Sandvig

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Alyssa and Kevin ~ The Wedding

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Recently, I finished designing Kevin and Alyssa’s album, and like I told them, I LOVED their choices. The images they chose out of the many hundreds they received really showed their love of friends, the importance of their families, and their love for each other. It also brought back what a beautiful they they had. Their wedding was at the stunning Hartley Botanica complete with Sparkler exit! (It was pretty exciting). Here are some of the other vendors that helped make up their incredible day:

Officiate: Rabbi Barry Lutz
Flowers: Mr. B’s Flowers (love these guys)
Coordinator: Bella Dia

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Jon and Patel ~ The Wedding

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

I first met this beautiful couple at their venue walkthrough a few weeks before their wedding. I felt IMMEDIATELY at ease with them (and their amazing coordinator, Rebecca of the Woodland Hills Country Club). Their wedding day was no different. From their first look to their last dance at the reception; I felt as if I had known them forever. (And check out the incredible grooms’ cake that Patel surprised Jon with-that’s love).

Ceremony and Reception: Woodland Hills Country Club
Photographer: Karen Leah Photography
Shoes: Luichiny

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