ABOUT LEILANI

Growing up in Houston, TX I was raised to appreciate and partake in the arts as much as possible. I spent my spare time in dance and art classes, rehearsals for school/church plays, playing in the orchestra, and stealing a few moments here and there to unwind with my artsy friends. In college I pursued a degree in dance and music, and after years of performing, then teaching, I eventually gave my time over to raising my beautiful family. I’ve got 4 kids, ages 13-20 and a husband who encourages me to chase my dreams. These special people inspire me to pay attention to the little things, to find joy in the day-to-day, and to keep on moving. When people ask me how I became a birth photographer, I tell them that it was simply meant to be. My life as a mother and an artist intersected one day 8 years ago when my sister-in-law invited me to document her birth. The rest is history. My love for birth photography has evolved into a love for teaching birth photography. And when I’m not immersed in my work, I’m either watering plants, chauffeuring kids or watching Call the Midwife.

Achievements: I was named Austin’s Best Birth Photographer in 2013 in the Austin Birth Awards and still hold that title in 2019. I’ve been featured on television and in print all over the world including The Huffington Post, Midwifery Today, Redbook Magazine, Babycenter, People, FStoppers, CLICK, Eltern, SheKnows, SELF, Cosmopolitan, ABC News, TODAY, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Hello Giggles, Yahoo and Where Women Create. I was a keynote speaker at Off-Call, a conference exclusively for birth photographers, in 2015 and 2017. I also spoke at The Baby Summit in Atlanta, GA in 2016. I’ve been both a finalist and winner in the 2014/2017 International Association of Birth Photographers Photo Competition. In 2017 I was a finalist in the Lensculture Portait of the Year Competition as well as ClickinMom’s VOICE Collection, and the editor’s choice with National Geographic Your Shot’s “The Gift of Life” assignment. In 2018 I placed 6th (out of 6200 entries) in Shoot&Share’s Birth category. I am the founder of the world renowned Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project(PBAP), an initiative to normalize public breastfeeding which includes over 60 photographers from around the globe. I also run and dcuational platform for birth photographer called Birthbound Photographer. I serve all Austin Areas within an hour of Cedar Park, TX: including Austin, South Austin, North Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Leander. For areas outside of the greater Austin area, please inquire for availability.

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