Family Owned and Operated
We "Get the Picture"
Gary Leighbody (Owner)
"My name is Gary Leighbody, and I am the owner of Creative
Photography. Let me start by saying, we are NOT your typical
photographer. We are always looking to give our families products &
images that are anything but ordinary. My goal is to let kids be kids, high
school seniors show off their personality, and capture everyday
relationships with every image that we capture. Family is everything to me,
and I strive to make every experience
with my clients, one they will
Why should YOU choose Creative?
I appreciate the effort that is placed deciding on a photographer. In the
past 20 years, I have surrounded myself with the best staff in Western
New York. The promise to you, is to make sure you have a collection
of images that are relaxed & unique with Creative Photography's
quality and cutting edge approach.
My wife Joell has been my right hand person since we started our
business back in 1992. Leading the production department, Joell's
attention to detail ensures that every image, album and wall collection
that you receive, has the quality that our customer's have come to
expect for over 30 years.
Joell loves to visit historical destinations, mostly through her love of
romance novels, and enjoys spending time with our 2 girls whenever
our busy schedule gives us the chance.
Gail (Digital Designer)
Gail has been with our studio since 2008. In the past 9 years, Gail has
contributed to the success of our cutting edge products by creating digital
designs that keep us on the forefront of today's photography. Gail is my
“Digital Guru”, and we are proud to have her as part of our team.
Gail's passion is watercolor painting, and loves to relax and exercise with
her kids Caleb, Christian & Cameron by being a certified lifeguard in
Gowanda. Family is everything.
"Respected in the Industry"
I have served as a member of the Professional Photographers of America (an
international organization setting the standard of photography for over 100
years). Collectively, the studio has received many awards and merits and has
been on the forefront in today's photography field.
Over the past 20 years, I've created many professional business relationships
such as Kendall Hart-craft Inc, Albums Inc, Art Leather, Galaxy Photo
imaging, Color Tech Imaging, West Herr Ford, New York Frame, Kodak, as
well as providing all the photographs for the Character Council of WNY and
Evans Bank in Hamburg NY. Creative Photography has been featured and included in
many Wedding Planners and covers such as Buffalo News Bridal Planner,
Western New York Wedding Guide, and the Buffalo Wedding magazine, as
well as included in the top 400 High School Senior Portraits in the Country
(Senior Photographers International).
My staff and I are always looking to stay current with the progress in today's
Professional photography by attending regular seminars such as Senior
Portrait Photographer's International, SYNC (Senior Youth National
Conference as well as the PPA Annual conference.