A Photographer with a Wild Heart

My journey as a photographer began 35 years ago in elementary school. Through some non-traditional classes, I found photography. 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 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 people and places 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.


“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.”

—Trina Ortega, Mountain Flyer

“Leslie is a consummate professional whose hard work is rivaled only by her artistic talent. Only a photographer of this caliber could capture all the joy, love and adventure so perfectly.”

—Breanne Kiefner, Root Adventures

“I have had the pleasure of working with Leslie for nearly a decade on adventure trips to far-flung regions of the world from the Himalaya of Nepal to Norway’s Lofoten Islands to Croatia’s Dalmatia Islands, to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the Italian Riviera and the Peruvian Andes. She is highly professional on all aspects of a project and her storytelling and photography results are amazing. I highly recommend her for any assignment.”

—Chris Winter, BMBA

“Leslie is fast, reliable, flexible and her calm spirit brings great balance to any production. Her view of the world is a catalyst for delivering awe-inspring images.”

—Darco Cazin, Allegra Tourismus