Hillary Leo

Arlington, VA USA

Professional Experience

A freelancer with 10 years in the publishing industry, I have been the photo editor for dozens of books (including some award winning titles), styled models and celebrities for magazines and written about my travels around the globe. I love the challenge of finding the perfect image to illustrate illustrate a passage or article. An image can take a reader to a place, clarify a topic or further evoke an emotion that a writer was hoping to achieve.


Editor (photo, picture)
5 Years
10 Years
5 Years


5 Years
Environment & Nature
5 Years
5 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
5 Years
Online/new media
1 Year
Book Publishing Consumer
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

National Geographic Society (10+), Fitness Magazine (now Shape Magazine) (10+), Swoon For (10+)

Technical Skills

photo color correction, InDesign (rudimentary), photography, blog design

Foreign Language Skills

conversational Spanish

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office, Adobe Bridge, FileMaker Pro, InCopy CS3 and CS5, Basecamp HQ, Quark, EMS, OS 10, Mac and PC proficient


Nikon D5200, Macbook, audio recorder, Mac desktop, drone camera, iPhone, Adobe, InDesign, Bridge

Work Permits & Visas

US citizen


Jay Sumner, Photo Director, National Geographic Society (jsumner@ngs.org); Lori Epstein, Sr. Photo Editor, National Geographic Society (lepstein@ngs.org)


American Association of Picture Professionals



Swoon For is a travel and lifestyle blog that I launched in March of 2015. The site aims to inspire readers in all areas of travel, fashion and lifestyle. Many of my personal travels are included on the site as well as other "swoon-worthy" destinations that I am hoping to one day visit.
I started my photo editing and creative consulting company, Royal Scruff & Co. Creative, in March after I departed from my full-time position as a photo editor at National Geographic. I look forward to working on a multitude of various topics and different genres.