Connectedness is the thing that my clients most love and appreciate about how I work, and it brings me the most joy in my photography.
Connection allows me to sense the energy in the room and get on someone’s level, whether it’s an overjoyed bride, a reluctant grandparent or a shy child. I use my own energy to bring out the playfulness and cooperation of the trickiest personality in the room, to bring calm to emotional moments, and to create space for celebration, ease and laughter.
Your wedding is made up of thousands of tiny moments that culminate in the most fun you'll ever have, and I want your photos to reflect that unfettered joy. I document everything from the big picture to the minute details so you can relive your day over and over again, exactly as it was.
* I am committed to creating work that represents our diverse and multicultural community and world. I work with couples in the LGBTQIA community and with individuals of any race, religious background, ability, and personal identity.
Leslie Rodriguez lives in Louisville, KY with her husband Javier and two daughters Penny and Goldie. Her edgy, thoughtful style of photography has attracted couples of diverse backgrounds from around the country.
Rodriguez’s art was shaped during her years as an academic at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It was while studying Latin American studies and sociology that she developed a multicultural worldview that led to years of travel abroad, and marriage to her Chilean husband, Javi, of 12 years. She speaks Spanish and studied Portuguese. Their many international travels expanded her sensitivity and developed an eye for the unexpected, allowing her to capture fleeting moments rife with expression, beauty and soul.
As a singer songwriter, Rodriguez toured for years with Nashville-based band Humming House, her camera always in hand to document their travels. As a result, her work reflects the perceptiveness, joy and wonder of an artist’s view of the world, and an exuberant delight in the love and connectedness between people.
Rodriguez has been shooting weddings for over a decade. Her photography has been featured in BRIDES, Carats and Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Kentucky Bride Magazine, Equally Wed, Love Inc Magazine, and Nashville Arts Magazine.
Goldie is my wild one. She has FOMO to the nth degree, and wants to keep up with her big sister SO badly. She’s incredibly curious and doesn’t have an ounce of the caution that her sister has. She’s not a snuggler but she will light up any space with her giant, dimply smile. We learned early on that she responds best to music, so she might be my little musician child. I can’t wait to learn more about her as she grows up.
Penny is my little artist. I think arts and crafts and painting saved both of us during the long dark of 2020. She’s also a complete love bug, and would probably be happy to hang from my neck with her arms wrapped around my body all day. She’s an introvert, which has taken some getting used to for me. My little introspective koala painter, I love her tender heart and sensitive soul.
I sometimes wonder if I had children specifically so that I could relive the experience of being a kid through them. I’m an enneagram 7, so spontaneous adventures are a regular occurrence with these two. Some are disastrous, some are superb, all of them are memorable.
My husband and I co-host a podcast called Home Position - a non-technical Formula 1 podcast for fans who want to learn more about the sport. Our interest in F1 started in 2019 and grew into an obsession by 2020. Find us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!
I currently have two dogs and recently lost a third. He was a pit bull named Kumi and his giant smile was the best. It’s thanks to him that I forever want to be a pit bull owner. Their big goofy grins are comfort food for my soul.
I've been a musician and a performer my entire life. One of the places I feel the most comfortable is on a stage holding a microphone and wearing 6-inch heels. I spent my childhood performing with my dad at venues around Louisville and Nashville, and after college I toured the country as a vocalist in the band Humming House for four years. I will always be a musician and a performer at my core.
I honestly love both mountains AND beaches, but if I had to choose, I’d rather a mountain view from a screened-in porch. My husband and I climbed the 14er Mt. Princeton on our honeymoon and it was one of the most satisfying accomplishments of my life.
I know, I know: everyone is a “coffee enthusiast” these days. It snuck up on me slowly, but after years of drinking crap coffee in grad school and even crappier coffee on the road with Humming House in hotels and green rooms, I have finally perfected my morning coffee ritual and I live for it. A slow burr grind, my beautiful double-walled Bodum pour over carafe, and my glass double-walled minimalist mugs bring me so much joy, I hope it never wears off.
At the end of the day, once the kitchen is clean and the girls are in bed, all I want to do is collapse on our truly spectacular 1970s leather couch and watch Netflix with Javi. Our go-tos: Schitt’s Creek (God bless Moira and David, the best characters on television), The Office, and Parks and Rec.