South Carolina

Karmen | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Lifestyle Photographer

Model: Karmen F.

Model: Karmen F.

I had a great time working with Karmen this past year as we did a quick shoot in the Avondale area of Charleston, SC. Coming down on a Sunday all the way from Gaffney, SC, I was assisted with the great help of her parents while capturing Karmen. As she continues to build her portfolio during her senior year of high school, I wish Karmen continued success. Until next time.

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Model: Karmen
Location: Charleston, SC
Photographer: Leighton DaCosta
Photographer’s Assistant: Bernard Foster
Retouched by Picsera

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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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Model Nijera's Test Shoot | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Model Photographer

Model: Nijera C.
Photographer: Leighton DaCosta
Assistant Photographer: Geno Porter
Styled by Leighton DaCosta
Location: Charleston, SC

(Cameo by Nijera's Son who braved the chilly air)
 

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Auto Money Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Event Photographer

I had a great time at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston, SC capturing the Auto Money Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony. Over 500 hundred guests from the Southern Region gathered together in December to not only celebrate the holiday season, but to congratulate the top performers across the organization from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 

The Photography team was:

Lead Photographer: Leighton DaCosta
Second Photographer: Geno Porter
Photographer's Assistant: Tyler Pentia

Full Gallery can be found HERE: https://leightond.shootproof.com/gallery/automoney2017/

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Lexus Charleston Fashion Week 2017: Julep Boutique | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Fashion Photographer

The showcase at Lexus Charleston Fashion Week 2017 for Julep boutique located in Charleston, South Carolina. To view more images from julep's collection and for downloads, view HERE.

Julep's blog can be found HERE

ig: instagram.com/shopjulep/

julep
154 King St.
Charleston, SC. 29401

Tel: 843-724-9144
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

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Aquisha - Head Shot Session | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Head Shot Photographer

Aquisha - Head Shot Session | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Head Shot Photographer

Whatever the reason you have for a new head shot, keep in mind, there is no "One Size Fits All" type of head shot, nor a "One Size Fits All" type of client. 

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Makeover Session in Charleston, SC with Misherald

Misherald Makeup and Hair by Nivi Grimball @nigrimball Photography by Leighton DaCosta @LeightonDPhoto Restoration on King, Charleston, SC

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Makeup and Hair by Nivi Grimball @nigrimball
Photography by Leighton DaCosta @LeightonDPhoto
Restoration on King, Charleston, SC

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Nothing makes us feel better sometimes more than a "do over." A fresh start to the day, to life, or to our image. Think of it. Ever left the barber shop or hair salon with this amazing cut that you just cant stop looking at every reflective surface you pass by at yourself? Car mirror, storefront mirror, spoon at Waffle House, even the security cameras at the convenience store; you just have to get a look at yourself. A new cut, look, or image can be a great boost to self confidence, but more so, it is a great start at giving people a new view of YOU. 

A new look makeover is a great start when we reach different milestones in our lives, such as birthdays and even job promotions.

 

I was so happy when Misherald, or "Missy," as she is known to many, contacted me about doing a new look makeover. With some awesome life events happening in her life right now, she wanted to take control over her look. I suggested that she try a "Boardroom to Bedroom" makeover session. Essentially combining, the look of the everyday "Corporate Warrior," with the stunning looks of the temptress who likes to play hard as well. 

While the process may seem simple, it does get pretty detailed. I was fortunate that Missy had a few months to prepare for her session. Not only did this allow for anticipation and excitement to develop, but time allowed for great planning, which allowed for great execution. Great execution leads to a great experience.  

(TIP: Many photographers offer installment options to help make a makeover session more budget friendly. If you have several months to plan, always ask if there are options to break up installments. You may find that this increases the options that you have involved in your makeover, such as location and wardrobe.)

Charleston, South Carolina Hair and Makeup Artist, Nivi Grimball, works attentively at Misherald looking fabulous for her "Boardroom to Bedroom" Makeover.

Charleston, South Carolina Hair and Makeup Artist, Nivi Grimball, works attentively at Misherald looking fabulous for her "Boardroom to Bedroom" Makeover.

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Missy's day started roughly around 10am, at he historic and well awarded, Restoration on King (ROK), where Nivi began to work her magic on her. I enjoy working with cosmetologists that specialize in BOTH hair and makeup, because not only does it give you an excellent backup if needed, but it keeps the team moving at great speed. 
 

On many of my sessions, I like for my clients to be treated like guests, so there are drinks and snacks available for them to sip and munch on while getting ready. The makeup and hair process can take anywhere from 60-120 minutes, depending on the detail of makeup and hair involved. Wardrobe is preselected, and with Missy's session, we went the extra mile of taking her with us as we selected the wardrobe. I feel that this is essential in being able to maintain the new look. The wardrobe for the most part came from Banana Republic. I love BR because they tend to carry clothing that allow you to go from work to play, with only a few changes. If you were looking for a conservative look, you could get 2-4 outfits for well under $500. That's value! 

(TIP: A great wardrobe stylist can run from as little as $300/look to $2500/session. This may be a viable option depending on the expense and detail of the look you are trying to pull off. Often giving you image power of 10-20 times the cost of the stylist. For more budget friendly options, consider shopping at traditional outlets like Brooks Brothers/Banana Republic, or some of the higher end consignment shops in your area.)

Misherald in chic business wear

Misherald in chic business wear

Another thing that I recommend to many of my clients, is to also contact the makeup artist (MUA) before the session to not only get a trial run, but to also schedule a learning class on how to maintain the look they will have from their makeover. All too often, something that we do routinely could be done much better and efficiently if we only knew how. Who better to teach us, than the experts who do it daily? 

(TIP: Look for licensed MUAs and Stylists. They are well worth the investment, and being able to have them on set the whole time during your session will prove to be a great convenience.)



There is nothing more sexy...than FEELING sexy

There is nothing more sexy...than FEELING sexy

 

We ended up doing two looks and a boudoir session afterwards. I must say that she really enjoyed the attention and the pampering. I can't wait to deliver her final album and prints of her session. 

 

 

I want to take this time to Thank the following:

Misherald, for being a great client and supporter.
Nivi Grimball, Makeup Artist:
Restoration on King
Banana Republic
Borrow Lenses for the Profoto B1s that were used.
POST labs for the b/w previews.
The Leaf for letting me use their patio. 


And my awesome wife, for being my personal assistant and getting things done!

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