LeightonD, LLC

LeightonD, LLC

5.0(2 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


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)


1 employee
21 years in business
Serves San Diego , CA
Offers online services

Social media


Interest in additional skills

Photoshop skills, Improve knowledge of lighting, Lightroom software skills, Improve scene composition

Student's age

14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Photography type

I can make recommendations, Portraits, Action, Black and White, Beginner basics

Photos and videos

  • Reviews

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    Steve S.

    Informative instructor, able to help you visualize your end result and has the knowledge to help bring it to reality.
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    October 02, 2019


    Geno P.

    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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    October 02, 2019

    Frequently asked questions

    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.

    20 years of professional industry experience.

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

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

    Strong focus on portraiture, weddings, and lighting.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

    Services offered