I am a native Californian, born in Greenbrae, a few miles north of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. I majored in filmmaking at San Francisco State University and The Academy of Art University. I have been a professional photographer for over 15 years. Forever a passionate student committed to the craft.
My work has been published in magazines such as: InStyle Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Utterly Engaged, Geraldine, C Weddings, Brides, Photo District News (PDN), The Knot, San Francisco Magazine, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Elegant Bride, Here Comes the Guide, Digi Foto, Your Wedding day (YWD), San Francisco Brides, Today’s Bride, Weddingbells, Modern Bride, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Travel and Romance, American Motorcyclist, Audrey Magazine, and Novias among others...
My work appears in the following books: Wedding Photography Unveiled, Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers, by Jacqueline Tobin, The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook, by Carley Roney, The Knot Wedding Planner In A Box, and Potterybarn's: Photo Style Recipes.
My wedding photography has been featured on blogs such as: Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, The Brides Cafe, Wedding Chicks, Once Wed and Brooklyn Bride to name a few.
A few of my travel pics are available at: www.potterybarn.com.
I have had the honor of being featured on television’s Fine Living Network wedding special: “The Wedding Handbook”.
“Jesse Leake loves photography, and that comes through in his charming personality and award winning skills. Jesse captures the moment with a free, elegant style, great composition and absolutely gorgeous capture of color and lighting.” -The Knot Magazine
“He has won national awards, but it is his rapport with his clients for which he is most well known.” -Here Comes the Guide book
“Jesse has a lively signature that often draws its visual impact from the immediate surroundings.” -San Francisco Magazine