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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!

Coraline’s Birth

Photographing a birth is unlike anything else (that’s an obvious statement)! This is the third time I have done it, each time with the same family. I’m so honored they have asked me to do this for them again! I share these with permission from the parents, and want to let my readers know that although there is no nudity in these photos, they do depict a birth as well as breastfeeding.

Jenn and Bill have two daughters, Lily and Charlotte, and Jenn always shares hilarious stories and adorable photos online. I have loved following along with them throughout the years! Every time I see a picture of one of the girls, I can’t help but think back to the day they were each born, and I remember their little scrunchie newborn faces and curled up legs, wrinkly feet, and tiny fingernails. They found out while they were pregnant that they would be having another girl! They were thrilled. After all, they have this “girl” thing down (and baby #3 is going to have a fabulous wardrobe)!

When I arrived at the hospital, Jenn and Bill were relaxed and casually waiting for another check for dilation. I figured we would have a bit more time, as we had been texting about her progress. However, within a few short minutes, the doctor and nurses were there, setting up and saying that it was time to have a baby! I think it took a minute for that to sink in, it’s such a defining moment: the long wait of pregnancy is over, and now it was time to push. You can actually feel the energy in the room quietly ramp up, although Jenn remained calm as ever, and the delivery was quick. The photos tell the rest of the story.

February 23, 2014.
4:52 pm.
Coraline JoAnne came into this world, and her story begins…
Getting another look at her daughter’s face

Sarah Elizabeth | newborn

Laura and Justin contacted me last fall about taking their maternity and newborn photos, and I was excited to say yes to another one of these types of portrait sessions! I have really come to love photographing these little ones so much! Justin and Laura have been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I have truly enjoyed spending time together talking and taking photos (even when we nearly froze during their maternity session!). I saw the news of Sarah’s birth on Facebook, and soon after, we set up her newborn session. So, I had the awesome privilege of taking her photos at just six days old! She is a beauty, and I loved photographing this lovely little family of three! They let me hold her for a little while, trying to sway her to sleep… but she stayed wide awake! Mom and Dad have the magic touch already, and Sarah finally dozed off so I could capture her peaceful, angelic face. Laura and Justin, thank you so much for hiring me for these special photos, I hope you love this preview!

 

 

Jude Jacob | newborn

I am so excited to share these images on my blog today. Jude was about 2 weeks old when we took these photos at Mandy and Jake’s home. Back in November, when I took their maternity photos in Rockford, they did not know the baby’s gender. I was very much looking forward to hearing the news, and after a couple months, I got the message from Mandy! It’s a boy! Jude was born on January 26, early in the morning. When I arrived at their house last weekend, she was holding him, and the first thing I thought was how much he looked like his big sister Hadley! He is just as precious and adorable as can be, and I could not be happier for this family. I loved spending time with them all, they are the sweetest people. Thank you, Mandy and Jake, for asking me once again to take photos for you, I hope you love the preview!

Finley Grace | 5 days old

I had so much fun photographing five day old Finley last weekend, and spending time with Courtney and Jason. They were so welcoming and friendly, and made me feel right at home! Newborn sessions at home are ideal, where the new parents and baby are most relaxed, and everything they might need is right there! They were even prepared with a fantastic collection of props and headbands, not to mention a stunning nursery… and most of all a beautiful little baby girl! She was so great, and slept for some nice long stretches for me! I think she was actually awake more than usual, but sometimes that’s just how it goes on picture day! I really look forward to watching this little one grow up in the coming months, because it sounds like I may be taking her pictures throughout her first year! It’s unbelievable how quickly babies change from month to month, and it is a joy to capture those stages! At less than one week old here, you can safely say Finley is the newest and sweetest kid on the block, from her fuzzy head to her wrinkly feet, I love all those newborn details! Here are my favorites from our session, enjoy!

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