Leary is a visual storyteller. He is currently serves as consultant in corporate communications for Chick-fil-A Corporation. Some of his clients include Newell-Rubbermaid, Coke, Georgia Tech, and The Carter Center. He is also adjunct professor teaching photojournalism at The Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Georgia.
Leary’s work has taken him across the United States and beyond — to Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal and Romania. His images have appeared in magazines across the world including TIME, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Parish Match, Stern and many more.
The experiences of this award-winning photojournalist allow him to capture stories that communicate life of other cultures in poignant and telling ways. His U.S. clients find that ability translates into making their messages cross-culturally relevant with diverse American audiences and within the mainstream media.
Prior to forming his own company, Leary worked as a staff photographer for The Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record and theCOMMISSION magazine in Richmond, VA. For nine years he was a staff photographer at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.
Leary is also a teacher. He enjoys sharing his expertise with others. He has taught photography and the business of photography at The University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii; Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; Reinhardt College, Waleska, Ga.; Berry College, Rome, Ga.; Portfolio Center, Atlanta, Ga.; and Dallas (Texas) Baptist University.
He also has been a guest lecturer at World Journalism Institute, Washington, D.C.; Southwestern Photojournalist Conference, Fort Worth, Texas; Art Institute of Atlanta, Ga.; American Society of Media Photographers. Atlanta (Ga.) Chapter; and the Southeastern Photographic Society, Atlanta Ga.
Clients often contract him to teach their staffs to become more visually effective.
Leary lives in Roswell, Ga., holds degrees in social work and communications, and is married to Dorie Griggs. They have three children.