Leigh Hayward Photography

close up of photographer holding her camera

Here’s where I spill all about Leigh Hayward Photography. First of all, hi there I’m Leigh!  My love for photography was cemented when my grandfather gave me two of his vintage film cameras. I was at art college in London at the time and fell in love with exploring Europe & Asia behind the lens of a camera. I quickly changed my college major to photography (thank goodness because I am not a natural painter).

Following graduating college, I got a job at a fashion studio in the UK. This hands-on experience greatly helped me build my confidence behind the camera as well as my communication skills. Today, I feel like I am able to help my clients quickly relax which results in authentic photos true to them.

After years of living abroad, I was super homesick for the conveniences of the USA. So, I returned in 2006 and started my portrait and wedding photography business in Charleston, SC.


What Brings Me Joy

When I’m not photographing crazy in love couples you should know I’m a mama of two kids and one fur baby. If you send me an email I promise to get back to you after our exhausting bed time routine! You can often find me hitting up yoga classes to slow down my mental to-do list and b-r-e-a-t-h-e. This comes in handy during your wedding day when I need to bring the calm and focus.

I also love a good charcuterie board & glass of red blend wine, so prepare yourself for socially distanced wedding meetings to be held at wine bars. Lastly, I live for the South Carolina sand between my toes! That’s why my Charleston wedding reception was held at Patriot’s Point beach with a reggae band. It was perfect for me and my laid back southern hubby.

If it sounds like you and I would vibe well, let’s get the conversation going my engaged friend!

Fun Facts

fave CHS beach


Enneagram Type

Type 3, Wing 2

FavE Red Wine

Anything from Scout & Cellar

Cheese of Choice

TJ’s 1000 Days Aged Gouda

FavE TV Show


This Is Us

Fave CHS bar

The Darling Oyster

Guilty Pleasure

Expensive beauty products

Take My Money


Blue Mercury

Work it out



Listening to

Leon Bridges

Avett Brothers


Does organizing count?

Weekend Plans

Sleep in, yoga, then brunch (a mom of 2 can dream right?)

We Vibin’ Yet?

Let’s meet up for some caffeine or a glass of wine to cheers your engagement and chat all things wedding.

I can’t wait to get to know you and your partner!