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Studio 656 West
Studio 656 West

Studio 656 West

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Introduction: During these troubling and scary times with the Corona virus, Studio 656 West has remained open for business. Because all of my photo shoots are outside on location in an open air environment, I and my clients are able to implement safe distancing practices. I have no physical contact with my clients and I wear a mask and gloves for added protection. My clients can rest assured that I can provide them beautiful photographs safely and securely so that neither of our healths are jeopardized. Please stay safe...we will get through this! Stay safe and healthy!! Leigh Clifton I am an on- location only photographer and no longer have a home studio because I have 4 rescue dogs at home. However, I DO have studio backgrounds and can travel to a home or office for headshots or similar requests. In 2005, I suffered a devastating fall behind a restaurant bar on St. Pete beach, severing my left main artery and median nerve at the wrist on a broken beer bottle. The injury is extremely painful, permanent and my hand is mostly unusable. It changed my life. You will notice that I wear a glove on my left hand to protect the scar and to help reduce the intense nerve pain. This is the reason I can't do what I love full time. My favorite styles of photography services include family portraits, engagements, maternity, headshots, children, pets, couples, events, (corporate or traditional) graduation/senior portraits, small beach weddings/receptions and all sports. If you have something special in mind that's not listed, just ASK!! As a photojournalist, I shoot with a more critical eye than most photographers. I like to use natural texture in my photos; it adds a sense of realness that traditional style photography does not. I use natural light as much as possible! I offer a complimentary phone consultation with every prospective client and can help with location and clothing decisions if needed. I stay in touch with my clients throughout the entire process and am always available for questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is by text as I'm often on the phone with consultations. You can also leave a voicemail as well. I will get right back to you! Thank you much for considering Studio656West for your photo needs.😊

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Hired 201 times

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21 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Featured Projects
  • Surprise engagement session Devin and Amanda

    Approx. $250

  • Family Portrait Simone Reid Coquina Beach 2019

    Approx. $250

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258 photos

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

157 reviews


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Danielle B.

Portrait Photography

Leigh was amazing! She did family portraits for us and they came out great. She went out of her way to come shoot at our house when the beach we had planned on was too crowded. We have dogs and she really knew how to behave them get their attention for the photos. She made us all feel so comfortable and really took her time to give us the best experience possible. Would highly recommend her, especially for family portraits!
Dec 22, 2020
Angel G.

Portrait Photography

We were only in Florida for a short vaccination and wanted some engagement photos before we left. Leigh Responded quickly and took our photos the same day.
May 3, 2021
Patrick G.

Headshot Photography

Leigh Clinton Studio 656 West . I feel so lucky to have to connected with Leigh to have some phots taken of myself . Leigh is not only artistically brilliant buy very technically talented. Her talent with a camera is only matched by her amazing personality. She has this innate ability to put you at ease and make you feel like you are the best thing ever to be captured on camera. It all starts with the first conversation you have with her when first setting up the photo shoot. You end the conversation with really looking forward to the photo shoot and meeting her. There are so few pictures of myself that I have ever felt good about, I always just felt that I was not very photogenic. I love love love all the shots that Leigh took . What a brilliant photographer, listen to everything she tells you, she knows here stuff. I hope to be her friend for life and to have her as my photographer. Patrick
Apr 19, 2021
Ashley G.

Portrait Photography

My husband and I hired Leigh to do our maternity photos while on vacation in the area. It was cold and very windy and she still managed to do a fantastic job! She was so friendly and very easy to work with. We had a great time with her and love the way the photos turned out. We would / will absolutely use her again if we’re in the area!
Feb 26, 2021
Mariah L.

Engagement Photography

My experience was great. Leigh is very excited and you can tell she loves what she does. She will be my photographer for any future needs.
Feb 17, 2021
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Leigh Anne Clifton


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Firstly, I want the potential client to understand that we, the Pros, pay for the lead that Thumbtack sends us if they, the client, express interest in our profile. That means if the client is just "shopping" for prices or different styles and clicks on our profiles, we, the Pros are charged for that interest if we match their request. Then, if the client decides NOT to contact the Pro, we are still charged. My biggest pet peeve is when a client expresses interest, I contact them right away and then they never answer. I think I price competitively but affordably. What I think most clients don't realize is there is a tremendous amount of post production (after the shoot is done) work that is necessary to get a final, finished photograph that a client will love. I try and keep my prices affordable.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I email a quote and let them know I'm available for any questions they might have. For a lot of clients, this is often a first-time attempt at hiring a photographer. It can be very confusing at times. So I encourage them to call or email with any questions or concerns and I will often send additional photos to them, if their particular needs are not listed on my Thumbtack portfolio.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    In addition to my Photo Journalism and Communications degrees, I also have a minor in Music/Vocal Performance. This really helps me with my musician clients because I can relate to them at their level and I think it shows in my work. It enables me to better connect to their ideas and how they want to be portrayed. Having a working knowledge of music makes me a better music photographer. I also went back to school at 50 and got a Commercial Photography degree; it has really helped my understanding of lighting.

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