Who I am

I’m Leyre Cañizares, a couple and family photographer based in New York City area. I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, although the last years I lived for some time in Maastricht (The Netherlands), Boston (Massachusetts) and Oxford (UK). I have worked in different cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Miami, Boston, Paris, London and others.

My passion for photography developed alongside my relationship with my amazing boyfriend, Juan, who is also responsible for this website. It was with him when I realised the importance of capturing our memories in a camera, thus becoming unforgettable. Now, with almost eight years together, who would have told us we would be living in New York while I work as a professional photographer as well as improving my english and he does his master’s at Columbia University. Also, I’d want to thank my family and friends for all the support they have given me since I started with photography, especially my father, who bought me a professional camera to start working.

Apart from photography, I adore spending time in nature or with animals, travelling to new places (the furthest the better!), watching series and eating brownies and chocolate cakes!

My philosophy

My portraits intend to immortalize the emotions that bring people together. Artificial poses and fake smiles are completely against my view on how photography should be, which favors naturality, authenticity and true love. That is, my aim is to capture the nature of the relationship of the people in front of the camera, including those moments of uncontrollable laughter and the immeasurable love contained in a sweet kiss.

‘But I shy away when I see a camera!’ is maybe the most common concern I have encountered. However, the photographer’s job goes way beyond pressing the shutter button and suggesting poses. It is also to create a suitable atmosphere for spontaneity to emerge. In that sense, I will attend you during the whole process in a very personal way, assisting and solving any question or concern you may have and making sure to transform your ideas into results.

How I work

Most of my work is done outdoors, in constant play with the infinite effects and colors given by natural light. For me, nothing beats the enchanted tone of the golden hour. However, I have extensive experience working indoors, with and without flash, especially photographing newborns and weddings.

I really enjoy editing my pictures, mostly in Lightroom. Giving a little warmth and contrast enhances the photographs and gives them a special touch of magic which I consider my personal signature.  In general, I prefer to avoid using Photoshop, except for removing an unsightly object or an unwanted person that wandered into the background. You can take a look at some before/after examples below.

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dumbo wedding photography
dumbo wedding photography
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autumn couple photos in central park
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