When I photograph my couples, I’m everywhere—a highly adaptable chameleon. Full of energy and fun, able to perceive, blend and connect.
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 as well.
Connection allows me to sense the energy in the room and to 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.
Leslie Rodriguez is a Louisville, Kentucky–based wedding photographer. 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 11 years. She is speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. Their many international travels expanded her sensitivity and developed an eye for the unexpected, allowing her to capture fleeting moments ripe 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 a decade, and shoots primarily digital format, with a Nikon D750. She works out of Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband and daughters Penelope and Golden. Her photography has been featured in Kentucky Bride Magazine, Equally Wed, Love Inc Magazine, Nashville Arts Magazine, Brides, and various album art for musician colleagues.
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Goldie is my wild one. She has FOMO to the 9th 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.
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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.
I’ve read both of these series multiple times and was a teenager during those golden years when the movies came out every fall. I was at every midnight book release party for HP and midnight movie showing for both series. I do think the universe owes HP fans better movies, but I love a good LOTR or HP marathon.
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.
Look, I don’t love multiple rainy days in a row or being out and about in a thunderstorm. But if I have nothing to do and nowhere to go, I love curling up on my couch with my coffee and watching the storm roll in. It’s rare, but when those circumstances align I am one seriously happy woman.
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.