Ankara Miami 2018: Designer-Adjanie | Leighton DaCosta, Miami Fashion Photographer

Ankara Miami 2018: Designer-Adjanie | Leighton DaCosta, Miami Fashion Photographer

Adjanie is a ready-to-wear resort wear brand that infuses cross cultural inspirations, sophistication, and great influence from Adjanie Muller's Caribbean lifestyle. (@Adjanie)

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Ankara Miami 2018 Takes Over Miami | Leighton DaCosta, Miami Fashion Photographer

Ankara Miami 2018 Takes Over Miami | Leighton DaCosta, Miami Fashion Photographer

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL. For the 7th year, Ankara Miamihas taken over the fashion scene in South Florida, bringing the freshest in African and African inspired fashions. Produced by Evelyn Onyejuruwa (@EvelynO11), Ankara Fashion Week has grown to be a semi-annual event, with a fashion showcase during Miami Swim Week in July.

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International Women's Day Pioneers: Black Women in Photography | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Lifestyle Photographer

International Women's Day Pioneers: Black Women in Photography | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Lifestyle Photographer

“Sometimes the camera is something you could hide behind in dealing with difficult situations and through the camera you can express yourself and how you feel. Difficulties strengthen the mind just as labor does the body.” ~Elizabeth "Tex" Williams

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Head Shot Session: Gill Luck | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Head Shot Photographer

Head Shot Session: Gill Luck | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Head Shot Photographer

Your head shot portrait is often the first thing people see, and the last thing they remember, so make it a great first impression.

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Model Session: Shante | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Fine Art Photographer

Model Session: Shante | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Fine Art Photographer

Shante has been a blast to work with as we work through this project, but recently while reviewing the images from a session, one image jumped right out at me. 

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Exposure and Style | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Photographer

Exposure and Style | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Photographer

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. ~Orson Welles

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#TBT Real Bride: Ebony | Leighton DaCosta, Savannah Wedding Photographer

 The finished shot!

The finished shot!

Autumn 2010, a few months before her wedding, one of my brides, Ebony, decided to take part in a formal bridal dress session. I've always loved seeing large, fine art prints of brides. There was just something majestic and regal about it. 

This was my first time working with the amazingly talented, Timothy Cabell, of Savannah, GA. Timothy is an award winning and internationally competitive Hair and Makeup Artist. The session took place at the SCAD stables, located just outside of Savannah on the South Carolina side of the border. My wonderful lighting assistant was Hair stylist and educator, Shameka LeCounte, of Jacksonville Florida. Dress and accessories provided by David's Bridal Savannah.

 Timothy adds the finishing touches to Ebony's makeup

Timothy adds the finishing touches to Ebony's makeup

 Behind the Scenes, Shameka holds the light above Ebony's head

Behind the Scenes, Shameka holds the light above Ebony's head

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