Alumni Spotlight - Leslie Kirchhoff

Leslie KirchhoffBrookfield Central Class of 2009

Leslie Kirchhoff is a former Lancer whose career as a photographer and disc jockey (DJ) has been getting a great deal of exposure.

Kirchhoff began her Elmbrook journey at Dixon Elementary before moving on to Wisconsin Hills and Brookfield Central. During her time as a Lancer, she was involved in a number of school activities including yearbook, photo club, track and field, cross country, art club, and chess club; and it was during this time that she discovered her artistic passion. "I am so appreciative of the many great opportunities afforded to me in Elmbrook. My yearbook and photo classes contributed greatly the success I have had in my career. Mr. Tom Juran was such an important teacher and mentor in my life, I can't thank him enough for everything he did to nurture my creativity. Even in elementary school at Dixon, the staff did a lot to help me find my talents and help me grow."

Following her 2009 graduation, Kirchhoff continued her education at New York University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and focused on photography, media, film, fashion, and journalism. It was here that she got her first internship, at, in the spring of her sophomore year. "I started shooting for them a few months later and quickly became one of their go-to photographers for the website, shooting everything from parties to runway shows to portraits and more," stated Kirchhoff.

Leslie continued working for as a freelancer and travelled to Paris to study abroad, where she learned to DJ. After finishing her degree, Kirchoff made the decision to make a career of her freelance photography and disc jockeying. Today, Leslie is living in Brooklyn and has an extensive portfolio of work, including shoots with Aubrey Plaza and Pharrell Williams – to name a few. She shoots for a number of different high-profile photo and publication clients, and loves the opportunity to travel for work. In her free time, Leslie is developing a new product, Disco Cubes, craft luxury ice cubes for parties and events. You can see and hear her work at

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