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A creative blog by Brian Leighton on The Whole 9

Please Vote For Me

Please download the “west collects” app to your iphone or ipad, search for me and vote for my images once a day on it (you can “like” all 10 images each day), everyday for the next 158 days. It could mean a huge artist grant for the most votes, and/or my work being bought by the West Collection, a phenomenal collection of work I would love to be a part of. Your votes can make that happen. The innovative West Collects app makes voting a breeze. Once you have the app, it takes less than a minute to do each day.

Every vote counts! Thanks.


I clicked around and once I get to the office I’m downloading and making voting for you part of my daily routine :-) !

Why I Love NYC in the Fall

Gramercy Park, NYC

Central Park, NYC

Central Park, NYC

Madison Square Park, NYC


Gorgeous pictures. I’m jealous! looking at the trees outside in LA right now, and they’re still pretty green.

Pretty! I grew up on the East coast. That said, the leaves on our Crepe Myrtle in the backyard will turn gold, then flaming red before they fall in a month or so.

Great Light, a Gorgeous Client, and Always Inspired on the Beach


I have just one thing to say. Wow!

Love that she has a real body. Albeit in amazing shape, but the gal’s got curves, muscles, yet possesses grace. Absolutely breathtaking. Was this a personal shoot or for print?

commissioned portrait. an engagement gift for her future husband. the second go round for both and one word describes their connection…bliss. it was a treat shooting this for so many reasons,


I was inspired by an incredible collection of ink in my studio yesterday in an effort to get closer to the finish line with my fetish project.


Very cool! It’s nice to see artists and photographers taking more of an interest in tattoos!

Sand, Sun and Surf

Skin Deep

Skincare website thinks the beauty of my nudes is more than skin deep. My favorite interview yet.


Brian! CONGRATS!!…well done. You are amazing. Over these last few years it’s been a pleasure seeing your work up here (and elsewhere). Your ability to expose sensuality and the beauty of mother nature w/out compromising strength is exceptional. If I had the balls (no pun intended) to get naked in front of a camera…it would be yours. Again, congrats on the article and praise!

Beauty Comes from Within

My client today apologized for not being a supermodel. I replied that I prefer shooting real women and look where it got us.


Wow…I’m not an expert on supermodels, but this looks pretty right on to me :-)

New and Improved

The updated is live. You can even visit on your iphone.


I love the new…and the newish brian leighton! I’m giving you a big hug and look forward to hugging you in person and seeing you in NY soon. More mint please!

Support the Arts

I always find it kinda funny when someone cold calls my studio and says “I help artists with their business.” My standard reply “Oh, you buy a lot of art?” generally stops them in their tracks.

More often than not, I think those who appreciate a specific work don’t realize that without patronizing the artist, that artist might not be able to survive, let alone thrive, in their craft. With so many friends out there who are designers, visual artists, musicians, chefs and writers, I think it’s safe to say that without their creations, it would be a far less colorful world. 

Go out and support the arts that inspire you, or you may not have the opportunity to do so tomorrow. You’ll enjoy listening to, reading, eating, wearing, or looking at art that will continue to stimulate your senses (and those whom you share it with) for a long time.


Wow, Brian, is that your place?! Wonderful, chic and metropolitan! And great art gracing the walls!

all collectors who supported the arts heidi. i helped with the art choices for the spaces.

“I always find it kinda funny when someone cold calls my studio and says “I help artists with their business.” My standard reply “Oh, you buy a lot of art?” generally stops them in their tracks.”

LOVE THAT!!! Says SO much! I may not get phone calls…but I do a lot with social media, and am amazed at the amount of twitter followers or facebook things I get that have to do with “we can help you with your art business.” I think next time I’m going to respond the way you did :)

Woulda Shoulda Coulda

Seize the day and you’ll never say “I should have…”

As someone who’s always looked to experience, eat, see, visit, and explore something new, I have very few regrets. My toiletry kit is always ready to be thrown into a bag, my passport is up to date, and most of all, my mind is open.

Being a nude portrait photographer, I often hear from people, “I wish I had had the courage to have one done.” I’ve posed nude (many times) for different photographers to stay fresh on what it feels like for my clients when they bare all for me for the first time. It’s also provided insight into how others go about doing what I do (a voyeur through and through), and it’s never been about having the courage to do it. I’ve always been driven by leaping and experiencing something unexpected, new, and different.

Opportunities grow from so many different places and you never know what tomorrow brings. I’ve always fancied myself a gardener planting seeds; the more you plant, the better chances you have of growing a great crop to harvest. I’ve also answered random ads to get involved creatively in new directions (Lisa and The Whole 9 to name one, and look where it’s gotten me) and I’ve never been afraid to chat up a stranger not knowing where the conversation may take me (I’ve sold art and gotten press, not to mention many many invitations).

Bottom line, don’t be afraid to explore, take on new challenges, or try new things. You’re world and mind will grow exponentially.

Here are a few others who took the leap and have no regrets.

© Brian Leighton

© Brian Leighton

© Brian Leighton


Here’s to seizing the day, my friend! You do it beautifully and with such grace and it manifests itself in these photos.