my story

My journey as a photographer began 35 years ago in elementary school. I was part of a group of kids that had the opportunity to take some non-traditional classes. Photography was one of the pursuits, the catalyst for what I am doing today. Ironically, I was afraid of the dark back then, so one could imagine my nervousness when it came time to developing photos in the pitch-blackness of a converted utility closet. Looking back, it was a small obstacle in finding the “thing" that has been my way to fit into the world.

My adventurous spirit combined with my wonder and curiosity about the world has taken me to all seven continents. I most often document my experiences from the seat of a bicycle, my vehicle to see and tell stories about landscapes and cultures across the globe. The results have been extraordinarily fulfilling and each experience has broadened my openness to learn more about the places and people I encounter. 

I am motivated to partner with projects and brands that connect people with wild landscapes, vibrant cultures, and active lifestyles. I aim to break down the perceived barriers of adventure travel to inspire people who want to get out and see the world.

A swim break during the 2018 Trans-Cascadia backcountry enduro race. Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Washington, USA.


Trina Ortega, Mountain Flyer

“What I truly love about working with Leslie is that she has a natural curiosity that takes her beyond the lens to make a deeper connection with the people and places she photographs.”

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