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  • Hello, my name is Mindy, and thank you so much for visiting MindyLeigh.com! Right now I am unable to accommodate new clients, as I have dialed back my workload for personal reasons. However, I am maintaining this blog to show the work I do, as well as to have a place to share personal photos and thoughts.

    My focus is on lifestyle photography, mainly of babies, children, families, and maternity, and in all my work I strive to capture real moments and genuine emotions, with a style that is creative yet timeless. While I have photographed numerous engagements and weddings, please note that I have stepped away from this area of photography. I understand this is disappointing, as I continue to receive emails for engagement and wedding photography. I really wish I could say yes to everyone, but right now I need to say "yes" to my own family! Thank you for understanding!

Megan | senior session

I have known Megan for a couple of years now, as she babysits our kids occasionally, and she is the oldest daughter of our good friends. I don’t often do senior sessions, but I could not say no to this girl – she is just a wonderful young woman, beautiful inside and out! I hope her senior year is amazing, unforgettable, and successful. I wish her all the best in life, and I have no doubt she will do great things. Thank you again for choosing me as your photographer! I loved taking your pictures!

First Day of School 2014

The First Day of School is here! Lucy and Henry are both in school full-time, which leaves me home with just Alice now. I am so proud of these two, they are such excellent students, and have huge hearts and huge imaginations. I hope this year is just awesome, I hope they are kind and are treated kindly, I hope they learn a ton and have fun. I hope they stay safe. Oh, I have so many hopes for them, but as they venture further out into the world every year, I understand that much of what happens to them is out of my hands. They have wonderful teachers who will love them… but I’ll always be thinking of them, and wondering if they are happy.

It’s so quiet in the house right now.

I did not tell Lucy to do this pose, but I hope she always follows this rule:

Hike at Pickerel Lake

Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end, which brings about mixed emotions. I’m sad the “carefree” (ha) days are over, and excited the big kids are going to be heading back to school! I’ve been looking back at how our time has been spent with quality vs quantity, with some regret for the wasted days… but looking back on some great memories, as well. I wish we would have filled more afternoons with hikes and picnics like this one. We often talked about going to Fred Meijer Nature Preserve again, because the last time we visited was almost exactly 10 years ago (September 4, 2004). Looking back at some of the photos I took during that hike with just the two of us, I see familiar trees and bridges, and the same plaid picnic blanket. Yesterday, we brought a second blanket, three kids, and a better camera. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time working on these photos, I just wanted to put them up, more of less just as they were. Not portraits, just snapshots of a family outing.

A few raindrops hit the windshield on our way there. There was a 70-something percent chance of rain. We beat the odds.
I lost count of how many little bugs and beaver-cut stumps we saw along our way around the lake. The kids had a great time making tiny discoveries.
Strollering over fairly smooth terrain, for now…
All that work for nothing. Sorry, Beav.
Erosion turned this into a bench built for giants.
I shook a “fresh” apple off the tree for them to sample.
Get that branch out of the way, please.
Lucy took a picture of Mom:
Ron wanted to kiss me, which Lucy saw, and then she said she wanted to take a picture of us. Maybe with another photographer in the family, I can be in more photos!
Oh, the turnstile gate!
Our beautiful little kids, and finally Alice is free from the confines of the stroller!
I hope to document our family’s life more than I have over the past few years. I just want to capture them being them. Yes, a few portraits will be taken too, but candid pictures like the ones in this post will ultimately mean more when they are grown up, which is happening too quickly already.

Megan | preview

A two-photo sneak peek from tonight’s senior session with Megan. She is such a lovely person! More from her session later!

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