Cinco de Mayo....Plus one Day, Jacksonville Bike night, and other great stuff you missed.

Wow, it has been sooooo long since I have Blogged. I REALLY need to get better at that. The Lord has truly blessed my this past month, so maybe that's why I have been so busy. But I should never be to busy to blog and let you know whats going on in the world of LDPhotography.

The above picture is from the Jacksonville Bike Night at the Landing. This seems to be a regular event, so i will post more as I get them.

Let's see somethings to catch up on. I shot a great mother and daughter team early in the month. Brandy and her daughter were so amazing. And I tell you what, that beautiful young girl, was MORE than a handful. I think she should have her own TV show. Brandy is a wonderful single mother, who is in Navy flight officer training. Even with such a busy schedule, she makes time to let her daughter know, that she is number 1!

Just in time for Mother's Day


That is the motto of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products. On April 9th, a new Paul Mitchel The School (PMTS) had its Grand Opening ceremony at the Saint Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL. Men and women from all over Florida and Georgia came to celebrate. I had the privilege of being one of only THREE photographers allowed to shoot the event.

and no matter whether you were wearing black or white, a good time was had by all.


I had the pleasure of assisting a man by the name of Horace begin to develop his portfolio. We had a GREAT time. What was even more fun was that I got to work with a full all-star cast. Faythe Mesic(MUA/Hair), Nikki Coote(Hair), Javan Reed(Wardrobe), James Burney(Video/Photography), and the models Michelle and Zanobia.


How many time's do you get the chance to say that you shot your friend's wife? lol. I had the opportunity to do a shoot with Melissa Valdes, with her sister in-law, the wonderful Luisa Valdes-Johnson providing hair and makeup. This is the second time I have had the pleasure of working with Lu, and I am amazed EVERY TIME by her skill.

Here is a sneak preview from the shoot:

and should I mention that she is a mother of 5? I guess I need to hit the gym more...

Ok, it's almost 2am... I will try to be better with the blogs and keep them coming.

Happy Mother's Day!

Leighton DaCosta

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, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. 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!