When people ask me how I became a birth photographer, I tell them it was just meant to be. I was raised to appreciate and partake in the arts as much as possible, so I developed a love for visual expression early on. I spent a lot of time in dance, art and music classes, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance and Pedagogy (Teaching). Upon college graduation in 1997, I got married. I continued to perform and teach, even after having my first baby in 1999. It was also about that time that I fell in love with photography. I now have 4 teenagers – 2 boys, 2 girls – who along with my husband encourage me to pursue my big photography dreams. These special people inspire me daily to find and preserve joy in the day-to-day, to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to tell stories through my work.
My first experience in storytelling came in 2011, when my sister-in-law asked me to document her birth. It was like my life as a mother and an artist had intersected. I photographed a lot of families and babies back then, so the transition came naturally. That choice has now evolved to include my love for teaching. And when I’m not immersed in birth photography or teaching, I love to entertain, I love plants, and I love goofing around with (and embarrassing) my teenagers.


Austin’s Best Birth Photographer 2013-2019
Featured on television and in print in The Huffington Post, Midwifery Today, Redbook Magazine, People, FStoppers, CLICK, SELF, Cosmopolitan, ABC News, TODAY, Woman’s Day, and Hello Giggles
Off-Call Keynote Speaker in 2015 and 2017
Instructor at The Baby Summit in 2016
IAPBP Image Competition Finalist and Winner (2014/2017)
Lensculture Portait of the Year Competition Finalist 2017
Exhibited with Lensculture throughout Europe in 2018
ClickinMom’s VOICE Collection Finalist 2017
Editor’s choice with National Geographic Your Shot’s “The Gift of Life” assignment 2017
6th place in Birth, Shoot&Share in 2019 Competition
Founder of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (PBAP), est. 2013
Founder of Birthbound Photographer , an educational platform for birth photographers
Founder of Certified Professional Birth Photographer, the industry standard for pro-trained birth photographers 
Leilani runs an inclusive birth photography business that serves as a safe space for all races, cultures, identities and bodies in the Austin areas within an hour of Cedar Park, TX. This includes Austin, South Austin, North Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Leander. For areas outside of the greater Austin area, please inquire for availability.