About Me

Meet LaKaye


Lakaye Mbah in a mustard yellow shirt. She's smiling with her arms folded.

I specialize in editorial-style portraits of women, couples and families. I offer women makeup and hairstyling by professional artists and then attempting to take the best photos they’ve ever seen of themselves. I also spend time with enthusiastic photographers who are intimidated by their cameras. I’ve taught photography to adults on the college level and with one-on-one since 2009. In my spare time, I spend waaaay too much time on pinterest and I enjoy taking long walks on the beach. (No really, I do!) I’m also pursuing my Master’s of Fine Arts and loving on my daughter, Maya, who is a handful and the most wonderfully important part of my life. To read up on some non-businessy info about me, take a look at my personal blog entries.

My   very first shoot of my best friend, Leslie, was awesome. I don’t know if it was talent or pure luck, but that one shoot changed my course of action for good. From there I took a basic photography class and fell in love with developing B&W fim in the darkroom and taking portraits. The rest of my college years were spent chasing my friends around campus with my camera in hand trying to recreate iamges I’d seen in magazines.
Although, I started shooting in college and got my first “real” photography job at Walmart/KMart portrait studios soon after, it’s taken several years and a layoff to bring me to who I am now. A Full-Time Photographer.
I Love Photography! I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE! And if I weren’t a photographer, I would probably still carry my camera with me everywhere and take photos that help me keep my memories alive.
LOVE: Magazines, Travel, Music, Ourdoor festivals, African Dance, Beaches, Dark Chocolate, Comedies
NO THANKS: Movies that make me cry, Shrimp, Roller Coasters, Mean People


Best Portrait
in  Virginia Beach

Wherever there is light, one can photograph.