Leighton D, Photographic stunt double

Thank you for stopping by. I imagine that you are looking for a second shooter, or maybe even a primary shooter to assist you for an upcoming wedding. I will be glad to help. I've been a student of photography since the early 90's and have been capturing weddings since 2006. Though Based out of Charleston, South Carolina (currently transitioning to Central Florida), I am able to travel to where you need me to be. I have captured sessions, events, and ceremonies, from Aruba to Afghanistan, and points between. I look forward to working with you.


A SOOC Image from one of my last weddings of 2016 (Click on the image to be taken to some of my recent weddings).

A SOOC Image from one of my last weddings of 2016 (Click on the image to be taken to some of my recent weddings).

Wedding Portfolio

I photographed my first wedding back the summer of 2007 and since then, I have been in love with the wedding story. I am available as an associate photographer to primary, or secondary shoot a wedding for you. I am currently based out of Charleston, South Carolina. I am available to travel regionally, nationally, and internationally. In the past 5 years alone, I have had assignments from Aruba to Afghanistan and points between. Whether I am your hired second shooter, or your hired PRIMARY shooter, I am here to serve you! Let me know how I can help.


  • Nikon Photographer (NPS)

  • Valid Passport

  • Published in print and online

  • Proficient in Off Camera Lighting

  • Sushi Lover



Photographer & Lighting assistant

Often we, as photographers, try to do a lot of the muscle work ourselves. I firmly believe that a great team can be the make or break of a shoot. I am available to be your grip on set, as well bring equipment, meters, reflectors, for photographers traveling to the local area. 

Tear sheet from iMUTE Magazine working with Photographer, Nick Washington and Model Joy Corrigan

Nikon Gear Leighton DaCosta LDPhotography-008.jpg

The Gear and settings

For weddings and sessions, my normal settings are ISO320, f/4.0, shutter speed to match lighting; but I can follow your lead. 

Gear List

  • Nikon D810, Df, F100

  • Nikon 70-200mm VR AF f/2.8

  • Nikon 24-70mm AF f/2.8

  • Nikon 105mm VR AF f/2.8

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8

  • Rokinon 14mm MF f/2.8

  • Profoto B1

  • Nikon SB-800

  • Flashpoint R2 system

  • Rotolight RL48 (x2)

  • Sekonic L478-DR

  • 77mm Expo Disk

  • Passport Color Checker

  • Grey Card

  • Tether Tools USB 3.0 25' live cables (x4)

Starting Rates

  • Second Shooter(Work NOT Made For Hire-WNMFH) - $75/hr on my cards with digital delivery of RAW/.NEF files with usage licence. I maintain copyrights to images.

  • Second Shooter(Work Made For Hire - WMFH) - $95/hr on your cards, backed up to my cards, with copyright transfer to you. I request unrestricted and perpetual license to 10 images from event to be able to use for my portfolio/work (2 of couple/8 of non-couple).

  • Primary/Shadow Shooter (WNMFH) - $145/hr. For photographers who enjoy being their own second shooters at weddings, or those photographers who have booked a wedding and are wanting to shadow a more experienced photographer. Event is captured on my cards. Copyright is maintained with me, with unrestricted and perpetual license granted to you.

  • Primary Shooter (Emergency/WNMFH) - $195/hr. Rate used for situations requiring me to go from second to primary shooter without prior notice.

  • Primary Shooter WNMFH - $245/hr. Rate standard base rate for all non-packaged wedding and event work. Rate increases by $100/hr for WMFH requests.

  • Bag Assistant - $25-45/hr

  • Lighting/Set assistant $75-150/shoot or event



3 hour minimum requirement