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.

Pasadena Wedding Photographer ~ Maribelle and Joe ~ The Wedding

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

If Maribelle can just organize everything of mine, my life would be almost perfect. From the time we met, to the actual wedding day, I felt so comfortable with Maribelle and Joe. Maribelle was one of the most organized and creative brides I’ve ever met. When I walked into the ballroom at the Altadena Town and County Club and saw the personalized bookmarks, book theme, perfect and appropriate use of vintage props with modern decor (she had a working vintage typewriter for guests use as a guest book and HUNDREDS of handmade paper cranes made from book pages)-I was blown away and had so much fun photographing it all! :-)

Venue: Altadena Town and Country Club
DJ: DJ Kellez
Videographer: Los Angeles Love Story
Shoes: Betsey Johnson

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Gabriela and Manuel ~ The Wedding

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

You know when you have one of those absolutely perfect days? Where everything seems to just go well? This was it. Thanks to Deanna and Chic Ambiance, and Gabriela’s incredible sense of organization, this day was beautifully orchestrated. I met Gabriela and the girls at Vibiana, while Brian met the guys (and got some of my favorite photos of the day) at the Hilton in Downtown LA. From there, the rest of the day flew by. With stunning decor by Lori’s Flowers this day could not have gone any better-and the two of them more than deserve it. Gabriela and Manuel are the kind of couple you hope to get to work with all the time and the importance they placed on involving friends and family in their day was truly touching.

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Downtown Los Angeles Wedding Photographer ~ Casey and Estrella ~ The Wedding

Monday, January 13th, 2014

As an LA native, I am in love with anything and everything vintage Los Angeles. I try and be very careful not to overuse the term “vintage” unless it’s truly appropriate-but in this case, it’s perfect. Estrella and Casey were engaged in a very Hollywood way-on the national talkshow “The Talk.” Along with 49 other potential grooms, on television, Casey got down on one knee and asked Estrella to marry him.

They wanted to carry that love of Los Angeles, and Casey’s proud Irish heritage, into their wedding-and they did so beautifully.

Their reception (and first look) was at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, a glamorous, vintage Los Angeles landmark, built in 1880. Casey wore a tux with tails, and Estrella wore a dress that seemed to be made just for her, from Winnie Couture, with the help of Modern LA Weddings, they were able to incorporate that old Hollywood feel with Casey’s Irish family history. They were married at one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles, St. Brendan’s in Hancock Park. They had a 1957 Rolls Royce convertible take them to their reception-driving with the top down through the streets of Los Angeles. During the cocktail hour they had an Irish band, and throughout the reception, used the colors of Ireland, including the tri-color flag, with bells of Ireland flowers as accents; and Casey’s family crest for a personal touch.

Vendors:

Photographer: Karen Leah Photography (www.karenleahphotography.com)
Coordinator: Modern LA Weddings
Reception Venue: Los Angeles Athletic Club
Ceremony: St. Brendan’s
Dress: Winnie Couture
Cake: Hansen Cakes
MC/DJ: Waveform
Irish Band: Green Ashes

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UCLA Wedding Photographer ~ Jennifer and Alex ~ The Wedding

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Being a die-hard Bruin (class of 20–ahem…) I had a special affinity for this wedding. It was held in the beautiful Ackerman Grand Ballroom with a ceremony overlooking the historic Janss steps. Their adorable pre-ceremony photos were taken at the very tree at which they used to study together as undergrads. (I love it when couples are able to incorporate personal touches like that). Along with Jennifer’s vision, the UCLA Catering department designed and executed a perfect wedding day!

Pre-Ceremony: Hotel Palomar
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
First Look: Dickson Plaza
Ceremony and Reception: Ackerman Grand Ballroom
Catering: UCLA Catering
Favors: Diddy Riese

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