What others say

I don’t have a bunch of styled shoots or models on my site. I photograph real couples who are in love and I get to draw out and capture the magic and romance between them. I get to become friends with them and be a witness as they commit themselves to each other.

Here’s what some of real people have had to say…




Leif is amazing!!! Choosing a photographer can be tricky business but Leif never ceased to amaze us. Not only is he responsive, professional, and thorough – he is kind, engaging and comfortable to be around. Leif did a lot of research to help us get be particular “scenic vibe” we were looking for as a backdrop for our pictures. He found breathtaking spots in Sedona for us, and we were absolutely thrilled with our pictures. He is also very quick at getting the photos back (I was expecting to wait months for them), and when we did get them back they came in this awesome engraved box! We were THRILLED with our photos and with Leif and would recommend him to anyone!

See Joe+Kelly’s [wedding][red rocks][engagement]


Brad + Amanda

Leif is AWESOME!! I will let his images speak for themselves in regards to his talent, but let me tell you how great he is to work with!   It was important to us to choose a photographer who we “clicked” with, I wanted to be sure we were comfortable with and liked the personality of the photographer we would be working so closely with on such an important day.  When we met with Leif, we knew we were already impressed by his photographs but we instantly loved his laid back but professional attitude.   You could just tell he is passionate about what he does.  He was involved and thoughtful throughout the entire planning process, and was just wonderful on the day of the wedding.  He arrived early and everything was so organized, relaxed and on schedule.  He saved the day when he knew how to tie a bow tie, when my groom and groomsmen did not 🙂   Our families raved about how wonderful he was for weeks after the wedding and how the obligatory post ceremony photos were virtually painless.  Our images were ready for viewing by the time we returned from our honeymoon, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them!  I look at them often and am so grateful he was there to capture the best day of our lives so perfectly.

See Brad+Amanda’s [wedding][engagement]


Caroline + Ollie

Leif is PHENOMENAL to work with!!!! Leif took amazing photos for our wedding and he is very professional and talented! He makes you feel very comfortable (esp since I hate taking photos!) It was a joy to have him be a part of our wedding day – he will capture the moments that are important to you.

See Caroline+Ollie’s [wedding]


Brett + Monique

Leif Brandt is awesome to work with. Leif shot both or wedding and our engagement session. He is professional and gifted at what he does. From our first meeting he was open to our vision and what we wanted. He asked the right questions to deliver the best photos for us.  He was thorough and caught every moment. Leif was a class act and left everyone at it wedding feeling special. All of our vendors loved working with him as well. His work speaks for itself. Awesome!!!

See Brett+Monique’s [wedding][engagement]

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Jordan + Katelyn (family)

Leif Brandt Photography took our first family portrait. We wanted something unique and appropriate for our family dynamic and that’s exactly what we got. Even with our one year old screaming the ENTIRE time, we got some classic shots that will forever remind us of that time in our lives. Leif and his wife were very patient, professional and up for anything we threw at them. We highly recommend them and will definitely use them again.



You will not be disappointed with Leif! His work is incredible and he is such a down to earth sweet guy which makes the entire experience that much better. My husband and I are so thrilled with all of our engagement and wedding day photos. Leif is the best! 🙂

See Ryle+Brianna’s [wedding][engagement]


I was so honored that Leif was available to shoot our wedding! His work is outstanding and he is so creative with his shots! We look forward to using him to photograph all of our life events in the future!

See Nolan+Kalina’s [wedding]

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Leif is amazing!! We had him for our engagement photos and our wedding day. We couldn’t have picked a better person to photograph our big day. He is not only is quick to get back to you about any questions, he also make sure your needs are met in every aspect. He captured our day just perfectly and was fun and easy to work with. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for their wedding day and/or engagement photographer. He is creative in the way he takes his photos and is amazing at capturing the moment. We decided to only have 1 photographer to help with our budget, and it looks like we had two since he capture our day in so many angles and visions.

See Nick+Ashley’s [wedding][engagement]

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What can I say, Leif is AMAZING!!! He was the photographer for my engagement shoot and as well for my wedding, and the photographs are absolutely beautiful. I have gotten nothing but compliments on them. I’m just one of those people who don’t like getting their picture taken, but Leif made me feel so comfortable and at ease. My husband, who is way more camera shy than me, says he’s never felt more comfortable than he has with Leif behind the lens.

Leif was always prompt, and worked really hard to make sure all the pictures I requested were shot. He goes above and beyond to get amazing photos, and has a great eye. I’ve also gotten glowing compliments from other vendors who worked with him at my wedding.

I can’t imagine working with any other photographer from now on. Definitely check out his website and blog, you’ll be blown away!



This guy does the best pictures we have ever seen for a wedding day! He was a lot of fun during all the shoots, very easy to work with, and knew exactly what we wanted. He has done shoots for at least 4 other family members who have all given him the highest compliments. He is the best in San Diego and i would recommend him to anyone!



From the moment we saw Leif’s website we knew he would be the one capturing our BIG day!! Leif is the nicest guy you will ever meet. He just makes you feel comfortable and allows you to have fun while taking your pictures. We did our engagement and wedding pictures with him and my husband and I are extremely happy with all the amazing moments he was able to capture. The quality of the pictures are perfect and his talent is a gift. We are beyond blessed by his work. it is simply BEAUTIFUL!!



Hiring a photographer was one of our most important priorities and hiring Leif was the absolute BEST decision we made!!! We LOVE his style of photography, and what we saw on his website is what we got for our engagement photos and wedding day…actually even better than expected! Leif was so responsive to all my emails and always friendly and fun to work with. He came all the way out to Palos Verdes for our engagement photo shoot and was willing to photograph us with a Delorean, a little unconventional for engagement photos, but he was ridiculously amazing. On our wedding day, we were so comfortable with him and had a blast. Bonus is that he got ALL of our photos to us SO FAST. Less than a month later and we are almost done editing our photo album with him, and he has been so great in meeting all my requests. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here so you can book him now!

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There are too many awesome words to describe how happy I was with Leif. As a professional photographer that list in a different state them Leif, hiring him was the best decision I made on my wedding. Be was both professional and Flexible, he made every attempt to make sure our needs were met. I strongly recommend him


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From the first email we sent to Leif, he was amazing. His photography is amazing and he is organized, detailed, and friendly. He is extremely thoughtful as a vendor, sending small gifts throughout the wedding process. His turn around on pictures is really fast – around a week for engagement pictures and wedding pictures. We can’t recommend him enough!



Leif is very genuine and warm person who takes great deal of pride in his work. He’s a very thoughtful and talented photographer. Our first choice for an engagement photo location was pretty far away, Leif and his wife were very cool about making the full-day trip to accommodate the request. The whole experience of working with Leif seemed more like working with a friend than a “vendor”. We highly recommend his services to anyone who is seeking the best.

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Leif is amazing! Check out his website his work sells itself: http://www.leifbrandtphotography.com/ So instead of telling you what an amazing photographer he is, I’ll let his own work show that. I will simply try to point out Leif’s level of commitment and dedication, that separates him from just any ordinary photographer. After working with Leif he’s not just your photographer anymore, be also a friend. To start, as a Bride who appreciates organization Leif is the best, he covers everything! For example, prior to my wedding Leif actually met with me at my venue and we walked through the place together covering the schedule for the day, reviewing poses, places to shoot, and literally covering every possible important wedding detail. Which now after going through the wedding, you realize how important that level of commitment and organization truly was, because the day goes by so fast! What’s probably even more valuable, is his expertise. He will help you think of poses or people to take photos with that you may have initially overlooked. Needless to say, weddings are crazy but because Leif is so experienced and organized, I never felt stressed, we were running behind, but Leif was able to capture everything! He gets his work done fast! I mean really fast for both our engagement and wedding photos we seriously had the finished proofs within a little over a week, which is remarkable! Overall, I’m so grateful to Leif he was amazing to work with, and I couldn’t be happier with the photographs!

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Antonio+Michelle (family)

Leif just did our family’s Christmas photos and the whole experience from start to finish was fabulous! There were a few challenges we were dealing with:

  1. my children are 2 and 4 so getting them to sit still and look the same way it pretty much a job on its own and
  2. I wanted to do the shoot inside my kitchen which means lighting is kind of an issue

Leif handled it like a pro! He captured so many amazing pictures of our family. And the images have such a beautiful glow to them. His use of equipment is so skilled. He captures pictures like you would see in a magazine. Brilliant!!



Leif was my wedding photographer back in 2010 for my wedding in Laguna Beach. We heard great things from a friend of ours about him and contacted him shortly after. He was a pleasure to work with and my family and friends loved him and his wife for their great personality and ability to get the shot without making everyone feel like they were being paprazzied! It was all fun and easy and he helped get all the group shots organized well. I am so happy with his work my head shot on LinkedIn was taken by him.

I would totally recommend him to friends and family who need wedding pictures or portraits done for sure!

Cheers for the amazing pics Leif!