Why? I’ve seen it work. I’ve watched my brand grow from a photography side-hustle into a thriving business: a business that brings in more income than I brought home from my nine-to-five job.

But it’s not about the money. You already knew that, right? If you’re here, chances are you have a passion and a purpose much bigger than income goals (although hey—financial security is important too). Chances are, you have a heart for others and a passion to serve. You love connecting with people. You love forming real relationships. You want your work to impact and inspire. 

Let me tell you what I’ve learned: the sweet spot in business is where heart outpaces hustle.

You can run a heartfelt and profitable business, by building connections that mean so much more than income ever will. 
I don’t have all the answers (wouldn’t that be nice!), but I’ve learned a lot along the way and I’m an open book. As a former high school teacher, I have a huge heart for educating others. I’m not afraid to dig into tough topics or share my experiences—the good and the bad. I want you to feel confident in your ability to make a difference and make a living doing what you love. 

Whether you’re just starting out as a new photographer, or you’re seeking that next level in your creative business… I’m here to encourage you, lift you up, give you my honest advice, and equip you with the resources and support you need to achieve your goals. Let’s dive in!

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"I had the pleasure of attending a workshop that Laylee put together, and it really propelled my business forward. She is so sweet and full of energy that you just could not help but feed off her positivity. I thought I had a good handle on my business going into the workshop, but I left feeling enlightened and with a new group of friends who share similar passions. Her workshop was truly one of the highlights of my 2017, and I would not hesitate to participate in any of her future offerings."

"To know Laylee is to have an instant friend! Not just a sweet new friend, but the realist, most genuine and relatable soul sister that feels like you’ve known her for years! After experiencing the La Reverie Workshop I left with more than just beautiful portfolio pictures. Laylee instilled confidence, dropped practical + applicable education, and left me feeling inspired. I couldn’t be more grateful for her encouragement, friendship and keep it real-ness! 

- Quianna Marie Photography

- Catie Ann Photography

"Last fall I attended Laylee’s La Reverie Workshop. I was hoping to pick up a few small tidbits of helpful information for my photography business, but I left with pages and pages of ideas and inspiration. I cannot tell you how inspired I was by Laylee. She was so organized, willing to answer any questions we had, and wise. Her love for photography and people truly shines through. I left that workshop with tangible ways to make better use of my time, new ideas for posing, and improved social media strategies. I will forever be grateful for this workshop!

"I am so thankful that I invested in education with Laylee! Not only did I receive guidance and valuable education to grow my business, but just as importantly, I received a friend. Her passion for teaching and for genuine community radiates from her! After attending her workshop, one of my images from the styled shoot landed me a finalist ranking in the Shoot and Share photo contest - my highest placing image to date! Another win was booking an ‘ideal bride’ for the next year. If you have the opportunity to attend a workshop, retreat or mentoring session - do it! 

- Jess Becker Photography

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actionable education for creatives

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Looking for some one-on-one assistance to grow your photography business? I’d love to chat with you! Over the years, I’ve learned so much about photography skills, the ins and outs of our industry, and how to run a profitable photography business. 

When I started out, I wish I had had a mentor to answer all my questions and give me the inside scoop about the industry. If only I could get back all the hours I spent Googling in the early days of my photography career!

Whether you’re a budding photographer, or you’ve been in the industry for a few years… mentoring is a great opportunity to take your business to the next level.

So, what does mentoring look like? We’ll schedule a one-on-one mentor session dedicated to you and your business. Sessions delve into the heart of what you want to accomplish and how to get there, with customized education to fit your needs. Each session also includes updated headshots, and a 30-minute follow-up call one month after the session to check in on your progress (because I definitely want to raise a glass and toast to your success!)

Portfolio-building sessions or styled shoots are also available as add-ons to your mentoring session, so don’t hesitate to ask for further details!

Not local? No worries! These mentoring sessions can also be scheduled via Skype or Facetime. 

Let’s get started! I can’t wait to meet you and learn where your business is ready to go next.

lep workshops

hands-on education for photographers

If you’ve followed along for awhile, you know how much I value workshops and conferences! No matter where you are in your creative career, a workshop will reinvigorate your business and spark inspiration (not to mention connect you with a bunch of other inspiring creatives!).

looking for the latest updates on either of my signature workshop offerings? click below for all the juicy details!

the next level retreat

If you are in the later stages of your business, and are looking for the next steps in your business, join us at The Next Level Retreat in the fall! Find community, balance, and actionable advice you can use to take your business to the next level. Learn more here.

Not a photographer (yet)? I’ve got you covered too! I regularly offer Intro to Photography workshops for beginners. We’ll cover all the basics—so you can actually learn how to use that DSLR camera. These workshops are perfect for bloggers, high school students, moms, and creative professionals. Sound like fun? I thought so! Click here to get the latest updates about upcoming workshops.

Photographers: If you’re seeking an incredible workshop experience, I’d love to see you at the next LEP Workshop! We will gather for two full days of business education, personal growth and encouragement, genuine community and support, and hands-on creative learning. Walk away with new friends, beautiful images for your portfolio, and a full heart. Learn more here.

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actionable education mixed with a dose of humor and heart

Laylee Emadi is an educator with a heart for serving others. She believes in people first—always. Since she started her business in 2013, Laylee has served the creative industry with heartfelt encouragement, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and a shared pursuit of the ever-elusive “balance.”

With a seven-year background as a high school teacher, Laylee has unique teaching expertise and a passion for educating others. She’s a connector with the distinctive ability to bring people together over heart-to-heart communication… and she isn’t afraid to dig into vulnerable topics like imperfection, diversity, and burnout. 

Laylee would be honored to speak at your next conference, or to see you at one of her own workshops. Inquire below to get better acquainted!

for full rates and availability, click here to get in touch!

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