After Leilani was asked to photograph the birth of her niece over 7 years ago, she knew she had found her calling. She immediately started transitioning her existing portrait business to one that specializes in birth and breastfeeding photography. Since that moment of clarity, her work has gained rapid attention across the world, being described as "emotive, touching, and genuine". Leilani was named Best Birth Photographer in Austin, TX in 2013 and still holds that title. She is the founder of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (PBAP), an initiative that has attracted the talent of 60 breastfeeding photographers from around the globe. It is through PBAP that she has been best able to focus on connecting with women of color. In 2014 Leilani won birthphotographers .com’s International People’s Choice Award for her rare image of a baby born in the caul. She was honored again in 2016 to receive an honorable mention in the same competition. Most recently Leilani was a finalist in both Clickin' Mom's VOICE Competition and the 2017 Lensculture Portrait Competition. Leilani's birth and breastfeeding work has been commissioned for use in health clinics, art shows and documentaries. She's been interviewed on both on ABC News Nightline and Time Warner News. In her recent foray into teaching and speaking, Leilani has discovered a love for inspiring other photographers to find and connect with their unique selves, allowing them to find their voice in the photography world. She believes strongly in authenticity above all else as the most beneficial strategy in business and in life. Press: The Huffington Post, People, TODAY, Ellen, National Geographic, Fstoppers, Dear Photographer, Midwifery Today, Pathways to Family Wellness, The Natural Parent, Babycenter, Where Women Create, Eltern, Redbook, SELF, SheKnows, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, Babble, Women's Day, Hello Giggles, The Daily Mail and Yahoo.