Leslie Moncada
United States
State / Region
New York City
I am a portrait and lifestyle photographer. My rate is $100 for 1 hour $200 for 4 hours

I am a mother of an incredible 8-year-old. I work a 9 to 5 office job and work on my photography business on the side. Am working hard to make my photography business a full-time job. 

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).

Our readers would love to get to know you more Leslie. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I work a 9 to 5 office job. I also am married and half a wonderful 8-year-old son. I am working really hard to make my photography business my full-time job. 

Leslie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I started to love photographer after I had my son. I bought a small Canon Rebel and began taking photos of my son as a baby and then a toddler. But it wasn't until I was going thru a rough time in my life that I began throwing myself more into my photography and thought that maybe it could become a business. 2 years ago a started my business and it has felt like a rebirth. 

Who is your inspiration in life Leslie? How do you keep inspired?

I am a Christian. So I find my inspiration in God. But I also get inspired by people. In particular my Grandmother. She immigrated to the US before I was born. She needed to get away from an abusive marriage. She left everyone around her and found safety in the US. She started from scratch and slowly started bringing her family over. Thanks to her we are all Americans! 

We all make mistakes Leslie, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Thankfully I have never had a situation with a colleague. 

Leslie, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I make sure to provide each of my clients with all my attention, dedication and best quality photos. So to achieve this I make sure I don't book more than 2 shots per week. When editing a schedule blocks and time through the day. Since I do edit all the photos myself I want to give myself enough time to provide my clients with the best photos. 

Please tell us, Leslie, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I had to make a schedule. I took 2 days off of work to take the photos of the event and edit them. The client needed the photos within 24 hours. So I made a schedule of how my editing day would go. I would make blocks for relaxing and then intense editing. Thankfully all went well and clients were very happy with the results. 

Leslie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
It's important to give facts and solutions. If I just tell someone how I feel. They will never listen or understand. So giving facts about the situation and what will happen and then providing a solution helps to get people to see your way. 

Leslie, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I was hired to take the photos at a Cancer Charity event. It was created and hosted by Actress and Celebrity Fran Drescher. I was in charge of taking her red carpet photos. They were very happy with my work. I was very proud! 

Leslie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was taking photos at a very prestigious hotel in NYC. The model was a travel blogger. We wanted to demonstrate how huge the hotel windows were. So she stood on top of the window mantle and pretended to walk across. It made a beautiful photo and it completely made the windows look huge. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Keep at it. Never stop. It is not an easy profession and not all people will like your work. As long as you work hard and you are confident in your work. You will always have people that will appreciate your work as much as you do. So don't stop! 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I am looking to collaborate with models and Brands. 

Now for the best part Leslie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer: Leslie Moncada @lesliemoncadaphotography
Model: Luis Garcia @luisfgarcia.p
@the_lunar_phase @chowdownusa @alizabelann_ @juliecarterdance


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