Leyla Sharabi is a New York and Miami based photographer. She began taking pictures in the early 1980’s after receiving a Kodak Instamatic x-15F for her birthday. She started photographing friends in casual sessions and learning the craft and fundamentals as a student of photography in high school.

While attending Georgetown University in Washington DC in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Leyla studied at Glen Echo Park’s Photoworks division and at the Smithsonian Institute. After moving to New York in 1994, she pursued a variety of classes at New York City’s International Center of Photography.

Over the years, in addition to her own photo efforts, Leyla worked as a photo researcher and editor with various magazines and photo stock agencies, serving as Associate Photo Editor at both Us Weekly and Allure magazines and later as Group Photo Editor for Hearst Books/Sterling Publishing.