International Women's Day 2019 | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Photographer

Today is International Women’s Day. I want to take the time out to thank all the phenomenal women who have blessed me in front of my lens. Clergy, Models, Teachers, Pilots, Lawyers, Police Officers, Restaurant Managers, Entertainers, Entrepreneurs, Artists, Performers, Beauty Professionals, Cancer Fighters and Survivors, Actors, Photographers, Brides, Motivational Speakers and many more. I want to say THANK YOU!

The Fab 5 of the USCG, (L to R): LT C. Lee, LCDR L. Holmes, LCDR J. Menze, LT A. Hughes, LT R. Russell.    Image Courtesy of L. Holmes

The Fab 5 of the USCG, (L to R): LT C. Lee, LCDR L. Holmes, LCDR J. Menze, LT A. Hughes, LT R. Russell.

Image Courtesy of L. Holmes

For over a hundred years, International Women’s Day has been a moment where the equal treatment of women has been championed and the women’s achievements have been celebrated. In the past 30 years I have seen so many changes and improvements for women from the military to corporate America. From 3 and 4 star admirals (Tracey, Braun, Howard) to my close friend, ‘Shanda, the first black female rotary pilot in the USCG.

I remember going through flight school with LCDR La’Shanda Holmes 10 years ago when she told me there was only one other black female pilot in the Coast Guard at the time. I was like, 2009, and we’re still making firsts? This hit home again last month when I saw ‘Shanda post about her colleague, LT Ronaqua Russell became the first African American female aviator to receive the Air Medal. To further put this in perspective. In the United State’s oldest continuous seagoing service, there have only been five Black Female pilots and they are pictured to the right.

History is always in the making.

Thank you to the well known and the unknown heroines that exist every day. Thank you to all of my clients who continuously entrust me with their memories. I wouldn’t still be here with out all of you.

Please enjoy just a fraction of some of my amazing subjects.


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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!