Hello, show me what matters most!

My name is Leyna and I am so glad you’re here! I am a people photographer based in beautiful San Diego. I specialize in documentary family photo sessions that reach well beyond the posed photo. I also service family events and even small businesses doing big things. I strive to tell the whole story about who you are and what you value most. We smile...a lot...without ever muttering the word "cheese" and look each other in eye with adoration as well as attitude. I'd love to connect with you on a deeper level for the sake of helping you communicate to your future generations all those feelings that could never be explained with words!

Session Info

Images are meant to be shared, loved, and cherished. When looking at the big picture, your images are an investment. For most, they serve as the building blocks of our memories, preserve our connections, and expose the the truth of our unique journeys. To breathe life into your images going beyond the short shelf life of digitals, I offer a wonderful arrangement of print products including wall collections in canvas or metal prints, image cubes, heirloom linen covered albums, and digital files. Clients usually purchase an additional $500-$1,700 after their sitting fee.

This is the perfect time capsule! These are done in your home and are incredibly special since they capture more memories then they mean to. You'll look back on these pictures and remember that couch, the legos on the floor, the kids' plates, the drawings displayed on the fridge. This session allows you to let go and ride with the flow.Family Documentary
A great way to set everyone in motion!
All on-location sessions include guidance and due fun.  We choose on-location sitting together that is beautiful enough for your walls and home decor.
Family Lifestyle
Your newborn is happiest in your arms, so let's keep them there. Bring on the siblings, the diaper changes, and the family dog. If not, and its just the two of you, its a connection you'll have the rest of your life. The truth is beautiful and so is your joy. Newborn Lifestyle
Don't mind me if I get a little choked up with you. We keep a flexible schedule because we know that the military is who determines when things happen. This package includes up to three hours of being on site, a slide show of your photos, and all your digital images via download.  Military Homecomings
Focus on the love, the vows, and the promisses you make to each other surrounded by your family and friends while I take care of the memories. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and feel free to snuggle, laugh, or cry. Weddings
For the modern professional. Update your corporate headshot in a studio setting or tie in your brand by showing off your brand.Headshots

Telling the Whole Story

Are beautiful moments created, anticipated, or is it a combination of the two? Photography is an art that is often misunderstood. It's just pushing the button, right? I feel it's so much more than that.


I have spent so much time fostering the creative power of paying attention to the little things--the things that make the human soul move. This is what pulls me to lift my camera to my eye in an attempt to desperately share the beauty that we may miss if we weren't fully paying attention.


Your session is not going to go the way you think it will, no matter how much planning we do ahead of time. A beautiful moment is created with the emotional intelligence of everyone involved and the recognition of it is what pushes the button.


--Leyna Butcher

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Kind Words from Clients

5 stars and beyond! Leyna is like no other photographer. I have never seen images captured the way she captures them. Her style is unique, natural and full of emotion in only one shot! She can capture the most amazing action shots and she is able to capture life's moments that not even words can describe. The pictures really speak to you!

I am lifetime fan! Thank you Leyna.