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Welcome to the New Normal

My favorite drink is a white mocha from Cafe Bassam in San Diego.  While I’m not the coffee connoisseur that my husband is, when I think of coffee, I envision an organic source of energy that awakens the senses, beckoning the individual to engage in a delightfully intimate experience that warms the soul. In the same way, I pray my photography – whether maternity or lifestyle – has an atmosphere that is warm, an interaction that is natural and an experience, organic.   Welcome to the new normal . . .


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Lifestyle / Newborns


About Leslie

More than just a photographer

Life Mission. To fulfill all that God desires of me.  To enjoy every moment of every day.  To serve my family with joy and embrace this thing called motherhood with as much grace and dignity as I can, and try not to forget to photograph as many steps along the way!

Made with Organic Ingredients.  Jesus, friends, family, bible study, law professor, writing, burnt orange, laughing, afrocentric hair, athletic wear, sweat pants, barefoot, homemade cappuccinos, espresso mugs, coffee shops, loose-leaf tea, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin candles, (pumpkin anything), Cadbury mini eggs (totally obsessed!), Paleo diet (which totally makes Cadbury eggs a no-no, eek), pineapples, strawberries, whole yogurt with fresh blueberries and topped with granola, frozen yogurt, my husband’s guacamole, pedicures with my two year old, Young Living essential oils, homemade facials, DIY most anything, gymnastics, March Madness, Christmas, Food Network, date night, running, YMCA, volleyball, martial arts, travel, mission trips, Shane & Shane, India Arie, Adele, Brian McKnight, Josh Groban, Michael Jackson, Nintendo (the original), Wicked Musical and sunny San Diego.  On August 3, 2012 – I married Carl Culver, my very best friend and precious gift from God.  On January 3, 2014 we welcomed our first sweet baby girl, Faith, and on December 14, 2015, our second daughter, our beloved Nia–two more precious gifts from God.

Expiration date.  Forever 21 or until Jesus comes.


From the blog

the blog that is not so much a "blog" as much as it is a space for randomness

What they say

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. (Prov. 27:2)

  • Wow!!!  I can’t tell you how amazed [we] are at how incredibly beautiful the pictures turned out!  You did such a phenomenal job. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  Thank you so much again for the huge blessing!

    Irina, San Diego (Lifestyle)

  • You are amazing. I love my little family.  Thank you for capturing this time of our lives for us.

    Katie, San Diego (Lifestyle)

  • Leslie always amazes me with every photo. Her ability to turn any room into a studio and make it stress free is a plus! Thank you for a relaxing, peaceful session in the comfort of my own home!!

    Brittany, Orange County (Newborn)

  • Oh my gosh!!!! I can’t even believe that is me! Your a true joy and it was so fun to do something I have never done before. I just can’t say it enough thank you thank you thank you!!!

    Christina, San Diego (Maternity)

  • I’m OBSESSED.  Literally have not done any work since I opened this album.  Love.

    Teryn, Los Angeles (Engagement)

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Eve's Illumination

a photographic gift for women overwhelmed by unwanted, unplanned or otherwise stressful pregnancies.

Even before becoming a mom, God filled me with a passion for photographing pregnant women. And although my pregnancy had its share of fatigue, cravings, aches and pains, and wondering if my husband was shrinking my pants in the dryer from week to week (smile), it was also filled with lots of love, support and encouragement along the way. But, for those women, my sisters, that have to walk this season of life without such hope and joy, my heart is truly filled with the desire to create a lasting memory to show you how beautiful you are –even if you can’t see it.  No baby is an accident.


“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”  Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)

  • Oh my gosh!!!! I can’t even believe that is me Leslie. I just showed my daughters and they couldn’t believe it was me as well. We all love them I can’t thank you enough. Your a true joy and it was so fun to do something I have never done before. I so appreciate your taking time out of your day to do something like this for me it is one of the nicest things someone has done for me. I just can’t say it enough thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • CONTACT US today to schedule your Eve’s Illumination session!*


    *donated services provided at photographer’s discretion



    Lifestyle Sessions- $250

    Leslie Patrice Photography-4Includes engagement (no weddings, sorry!), family, and maternity sessions.  Each session includes your choice of five print ready images available via digital download as well as the option to purchase extra images from your gallery.  Lifestyle sessions are 60-90 minutes and promise to be a good time!


    Additional files are $40 each or only $150 for the entire gallery.



    Newborn Sessions – $300

    3G5A5862Includes you and your super cute newborn – all in the comfort of your own home!  Each session includes your choice of five print ready images available via digital download as well as the option to purchase extra images from your gallery.  Lifestyle sessions are 2 to 3 hours and prayerfully will leave you breathless – in a good way!

    Additional files are $40 each or $150 for the entire gallery.


    We can also take this show on the road, and capture the sweet moments of your little one outside in the sun-kissed haven that San Diego offers.  These outdoor newborn sessions will be a great addition to your Newborn package.  Please contact me for additional information.

    Maternity & Newborn Packages

    Please contact me for the rate when you book your sessions together.

    Mini Sessions

    Mini sessions are offered at select times throughout the year. They last from 20-30 minutes and are great for milestones or a quick updated portrait session.  Please contact me for more information.



    Session location is so important to the feel of your session and San Diego does not disappoint with its variety of backdrops.  Your session will be fun, enjoyable, and easy. I can guarantee lots of genuine smiles and lots of real moments. I want to give you your family’s story and I want you to fall in love with your family every time you look at your photos.Leslie

    Sessions that take place outside of a 25 mile range from 91977 will incur a travel charge.  I LOVE to travel though and am available for sessions regardless of location. Please inquire here about booking a session in your neighborhood.

    Your gallery of edited images will be ready up to 3 weeks after your session. You can choose your favorites through the ease of an online gallery or I can come to you and help you make your choices.   Facebook and social media are great, but PRINT these photographs out my friends; display them on your wall – fall in love with the moment over and over again! 🙂

    Please check out my work on my website to make sure our styles are compatible.  I tend to avoid the obvious and posed shot, while still realizing the need for at least one traditional portrait for Christmas cards, etc.  But truly, I love real and unplanned moments.  I value an atmosphere that is warm, an interaction that is natural and an experience that is organic.