Leighton DaCosta, Photographer

Leighton DaCosta, Photographer

Creating an Artistic Approach to Commercial, Portraits, and Wedding Photography.
— Leighton DaCosta, Photographer
Photography not only allows me to discover my subjects, but allows me to continuously rediscover myself
— Leighton DaCosta, Photographer
I love creating and telling the stories of the lives and personalities of my subjects. More than just clients, they often become friends, even if for that fraction of second that goes “Click”

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Leighton DaCosta-
Story Teller. Photographer.

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. 

Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like:

"Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, 4 years in the Afghani dust, he now bases his artistic imagery in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." 

But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect?  

Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi?  Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. 

When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms.  

I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! 

Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!


I am a proud member of the following organizations which promote, encourage, and educate photographers in providing higher quality and a better service experience.

PPA - Professional Photographers of America
WPPI - Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
PPGF - Professional Photographers Guild of Florida
JPPG - Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild (Formerly PPSNF - Professional Photographers Society of North Florida)