COVID – 19 POLICY UPDATES: Our top priority is the safety of our clients and their children. We are open by appointment only. Each booking will be spaced in time so that clients don’t cross paths. The studio and all props and materials are cleaned thoroughly between each shoot. Lea, the photographer will be wearing masks and gloves the entire shoot. Please call Lea to discuss details and specific concerns.

“ My name is Léa Cartier, I am a photographer specializing in newborn, maternity, and portrait photography. I believe capturing seminal moments for my clients is a gift, and I approach every shoot with gratitude and openness. I take great pride in creating striking and flattering photographs. I studied fine art photography and earned a masters degree in studio lighting. Fifteen years ago founded Le Studio in New York City and have won many awards since.

I first like to discuss with my clients, over a free phone consultation, to create their bespoke session. During the shoot, my goal is to make you feel at home, welcomed, and relaxed. I am here for you and strive to focus the shoot around you and your needs. I will capture your story in natural and professional portraits that you will cherish for life.

Technical Excellence: I use studio lighting which enables me to shoot at any time of day. I use high end fashion photography gears and lighting to create crisp, beautiful photographs that flatters your skin and features.

Premium Wardrobe and Styling: I provide and curate a wide array of textured gowns, silks, and wardrobe for mothers to craft elegant and timeless photographs. For infants you will choose among an extensive selection of knit clothing, specialized newborn props, and scenic backgrounds that will result in heirloom artwork.

Luxury Studio Location: I am excited to welcome you into my airy and spacious, 1,500 square-foot, 16ft ceiling studios in Brooklyn and Manhattan. My top priority is my clients’ safety. The studio, props and gear are cleaned thoroughly between each shoot. Open by appointment only, each booking is spaced in time so that clients don’t cross paths. I will be wearing masks the entire shoot and get tested weekly. Please call me to discuss any specific concerns.

On Site Photoshoots: I offer photo sessions at clients’ homes. I can travel to you with all the necessary equipment for newborn and family sessions. You do not need to worry about lighting, as I will bring professional studio lighting that enables me to shoot anywhere at any time. The choice of props, scenic backgrounds, and styling are identical to studio photoshoots. Experience a high end newborn or family session in the comfort of your own home with equal results. “

Le Studio NYC Portrait Photography Studio location

Portrait Photographer’s Approach

Great Photo Technique: I use Profoto strobe lighting, the best technology on the market to create crisp, beautiful lighting that flatters your skin and features. With the very best lenses, I use a shallow depth of field to emphasize your eyes and bring out your strongest features.

A Relaxed Subject: My goal is to make you feel at home with a welcoming and relaxed team. I invite you to bring your own music, take breaks when you want, whatever you need to feel at ease. I am here for you and strive to focus the shoot around you and your needs.

Clear Direction: Being a portrait photographer means working to bring out and capture the best in you. I encourage lots of movement and playfulness and am happy to follow your lead. If you desire, I will help you with clear direction to capture the perfect expression, I never want you to feel that you are holding a pose for the camera. During the shoot, I will give you ample opportunities to review the images so that we can get the exact portrait you are looking for.


What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

Your appointment can be rescheduled without charge up to 48h before the shoot. The deposit is fully refundable within a week prior to the shoot.

What is the difference between Basic Retouching and Artistically Retouched images?

You will receive all the photos taken during your photo shoot, I will edit out the blinks, blurs, and obvious ‘in-between shots’ that sometimes come with my style of direction. All the images in this selection will be treated with a Basic Retouching, they are cropped, color corrected and ready to print. 

Each package comes with a fixed number of artistically retouched images. I can also retouch extra photographs for $25 per image. I like the retouching to look absolutely natural. 

Good retouching is imperceivable. My retouching style retains skin texture while keeping shading and highlights natural. I will remove blemishes, smooth out wrinkles, and dark circles. Furthermore, I will be happy on request to hide double chins and extra weight, as well as whiten teeth or improve the look of your hair by removing frizzy hairs and improving the overall appearance of your hair. I strive to make you look your absolute best while still looking like yourself.

Which place do you recommend for printing?

I recommend Adorama for prints of your photographs. Their online service is convenient, reasonably priced, and of high quality. Information about their services can be found here: For greeting cards, postcards, and specialty products, I recommend Tinyprints. Their website is

Where will the sessions take place?

As you book your session please choose your preferred location between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

When will I receive my digital images and my prints?

Within 2 weeks after the shoot, you will receive a download link with the photographs from our session. You will receive your prints in 30 days. Rush delivery is available upon request.

What are my using rights for the photographs?

You are free to use these images for your personal use and self-promotion. Even though Le Studio maintains the copyrights, we are very flexible and want you to get the most use out of your photos. Please tag us on social media publication! For credit us please add