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  • Hello, my name is Mindy, and thank you so much for visiting MindyLeigh.com!

    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!

Cora Lynn’s Birth

A little while ago Jenn contacted me about possibly photographing the birth of their third child. I was of course excited about the idea, and let her know all the details…  there are so many unknowns, there is always a possibility it won’t work out for me to be there. She kept me posted over the past week or so, and yesterday I was excited to see a text in the morning that contractions were starting! When things became more intense later in the afternoon, she went to the hospital, was admitted, and before long, it was go time! I am glad I arrived when I did, and that I was able to hold my hands steady to capture the smoothest, calmest (and quickest) birth I have ever witnessed! Maybe my hands weren’t shaking, but it felt like the rest of me was! What an absolute honor and privilege to witness a new life entering the world! Jenn was strong and calm and amazing, and JJ was a perfect support to her. Both of their mothers also had the joy of seeing their newest granddaughter’s birth, and everyone was just in awe! After Cora was born, Jenn held her against her chest and marveled at her, constant smiles all around. Congratulations again, I look forward to seeing little Cora (and her big brother and sister) grow, and may you always remember this moment!

After a quick check, the doctor said the baby was ready to be born, and Jenn was in a slight state of shock that it was already time! Everyone thought there would be a bit more waiting. Clearly she was excited and ready!

Amy & Troy | preview

I look forward to sharing many more adorable photos of both of the proud parents-to-be, but as a quick preview to start off the week, I just grabbed this one gorgeous photo of Amy, taken at her alma mater, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Isn’t she such a beautiful pregnant mama? More coming soon!

Carter, Lila, & Sloane

Last week I had a great session with this beautiful family, as the weather cleared up and gave us some lovely afternoon sunlight, which they had hoped for… as did I! The youngest, Sloane, is just one year old, independent, standing up and taking steps, crinkling up her nose when she laughs! Lila is a sweet little thing with big blue eyes, an adorable smile, and gentle spirit. Carter is as handsome as can be, a little silly, but in that phase of childhood where you get glimpses of the young man he is becoming. It was so nice to meet them all! Sarah and Mark, thank you so much for letting me take your family’s photos. I hope you enjoy this preview!

I thought that since they were all dressed up and looking fabulous, I’d snap a few photos of just Mom and Dad!

South Higgins Lake State Park

This week we took a little trip up North and camped with the kids in a tent, cooked foil dinners and s’mores, played in the lake, and just took it easy with nothing in particular to do. We had a great time. I made a point to take some non-phone pictures of the kids while we were there. I also spent a lot of time just staring at the firepit, and watching the kids splash in the shallow water. It was lovely. I would highly recommend this campground to anyone! Happy Summer!

The Eagle

Seeing a bald eagle in the wild is always special. A couple weekends ago we were Up North (just southeast of Cheboygan), staying at a friend’s house on Lake Huron. I brought my camera with the best intentions of taking a lot of pictures with something besides my phone, but I never used it except for this one instance. My friend spotted this eagle perched on a rock. My longest lens was in the car, so the best option was my 100mm macro lens! I snapped four or five photos through the living room window, hoping one might turn out! What a view, what a majestic bird.

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