LeightonD, LLC

LeightonD, LLC

5.0 (2)
1 employee
19 years in business

About this pro

My teaching philosophy when it comes to photography is not just teaching the "what" of what I do, but the "why" of what I do. I've seen many instructors teach in the "do as I say" method and I have always felt that was not the most effective way to get to a student. But understanding why and how to approach a situation, I feel, really helps the student be more prepared for various environments. 

I have done various forms of photography from Fashion to Military level surveillance. I have been in business spanning two decades, and have been in photography for almost 30 years. I am proficient, but not an expert, for I feel I am always still learning and a student myself. 

For those who intend to go into business, my teaching style is a business first style. I feel that better business allows you to grow in order to produce better photography. 

I love that "AHA" moment a student has when it clicks. (no pun intended) 

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  • Steve Summerell

    Informative instructor, able to help you visualize your end result and has the knowledge to help bring it to reality.

  • Geno Porter

    Leighton is an outstanding teacher who is passionate about his craft. I booked Leighton for several lessons on business and photography. His sessions start on time, and he is always willing to stay late to answer follow-up questions. Leighton’s organized lesson plans are filled with well-researched content. He has a strength for teaching technical, and non-technical, pupil. Do yourself a favor and book Leighton for your future lesson.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to discuss with a student what their goals are (going pro, artist commissions, personal, etc) and find out where they are now in order to customize a learning path for them. 

After that, each lesson is usually 1 or 2 hours long, depending on frequency. I give both technical and aesthetic feedback based on the genre of the image(s) and the photographic style of the student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

15 years of professional industry experience.

M.B.A. from the U. of Miami.

US Military training in specialized photography (IR, Aerial, PJ)

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing is based on either a 1 or 2-hour session at $75/hr. There are additional options for "field coaching" and special circumstances. 

How did you get started teaching?

I have been instructing since being in the Navy and am a US Navy certified Master Training Specialist (MTS). I love helping others achieve their goals.

What types of students have you worked with?

A majority of photography students are wedding, boudoir/nude, and portrait based photographers from various backgrounds. For the creatives as well as the engineers, it is a good vibe to have someone who can translate jargon into simple speech.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at your goals, and look at your budget. The camera is a tool, and a great instructor will help you maximize your tools. While better tools will help you do a better job, a great instructor will keep you from chasing gear.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Where do I want to go with my photography?


Do I want to make this a business, or just take pretty pictures?

Can I handle constructive criticism and feedback?

Can I handle NON-constructive criticism and feedback?

What kind of personality am I looking for in an instructor?

Do the instructor's photos reflect the subjects that I want to capture?

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