My earliest memories of photography involve me holding the flash for my father while he photographed my older sisters. Ten years later, his old Kodak Retina IIIc became mine when I enrolled in my first photography class in high school.
I was hooked, and my life forever changed. I accidentally became a professional photographer at the age of 19, when I went to work for a San Diego portrait studio while studying journalism at San Diego State University. I came to love being able to combine words and photographs to tell powerful and beautiful stories. Since that time my camera and I have taken advantage of every opportunity to travel and photograph people, places and things everywhere I can.
I have upgraded that old Retina IIIc a few times, though I still own it, and now photograph with Canon cameras. I currently live in Colorado where I spend as much time as possible exploring and photographing the beautiful Centennial State.
Marie Leslie joined Fine Art America on April 27th, 2016.