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  • Hello, my name is Mindy, and thank you so much for visiting MindyLeigh.com! Everything you need to know is right here on one website, so please take a look around, browse the categories and check out my work. You can learn even more about my photography, reviews, pricing, and even about me, by exploring the menu at the top of this page!

    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 after this season, I will be stepping away from this area of photography.

Brittani & Jason | expecting

A little less than two years ago, I had the joy of photographing Brittani and Jason’s gorgeous, classic wedding in Grand Rapids. I loved working with them, and stayed friends with Brittani through Facebook. Over the past several months, I have witnessed just a tiny glimpse of their journey toward becoming parents, one that took an unexpected twist: it was a struggle. I read and commented, optimistic and hopeful for them as they pursued their options. Then, a few weeks ago, I received a message from Brittani with the exciting news that they were finally expecting! I was so thrilled to read that, and felt absolutely privileged and honored to have the opportunity to take these photos, some of which they recently used to announce their news to the social media world! And, to make their news twice as exciting, they are due sometime around the New Year with two precious babies! Twins! They have not found out yet whether the babies are girls or boys or one of each, but they are already so loved and celebrated! I am so very happy for Brittani and Jason, and wish them both the best as they prepare to have their lives turned upside-down in the best way. I wish Brittani and the babies a healthy, safe pregnancy, and Jason the wisdom to be the best supporter he can be over the coming months! Congratulations again to you and your families, enjoy this very special time in your lives!

We did this early maternity session for the purpose of their announcement, but look for more pictures of Brittani and Jason later this year (and I can’t wait to photograph those twins)!

2014 Session Information

Although I have dialed back work a little over the past year, I still want to take photos of babies and children (and families) a couple times a month. I can’t take on too much, because we are already trying to juggle a lot in life, but it’s all good, and I have found that I still have a lot of fun doing portrait sessions! If you or someone you know might want photos this year, let me know soon! Email me at mindy@mindyleigh.com. Oh, and as much as I do LOVE wedding photography, I am not currently booking weddings. Maybe I’ll get back into it someday. For now, this kind of work makes me happy:

Don’t Worry!

Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

Sometimes it is easier said than done. It seems like it is in our nature to worry. But, as watch our oldest climb a tree, we know we are completely unable to save her from a broken branch or a poorly placed foot… it reminds me that worrying is useless, and we need to learn to trust. Look at her, she said she could stay up there all day. I think she is part bird. We don’t need to worry. What will that do? Take away her happiness? Keep her from climbing up a tree? Caution and calculation are all that can keep her safe, and how else can she learn those skills?  Our worry won’t stop her from falling. Worry only takes the fun out of the moment. We all have plenty of things to worry about, but when you catch yourself stewing in it, remember that worrying is not an action, so you might as well let it go. Someone said once that worrying was like trying to cross the room in a rocking chair.

What worries are draining you of joy and hope? What worries are holding you back from enjoying a beautiful day? Lay them down, do something proactive if you can, and just get busy living.

Luke 22:12-26: Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

For the record – she is pretty darn high up. Much higher than I’d dare to climb!

Jensen | 1 Year Old

Jensen turned one last month, and I got to take these photos to cap off the end of his first year! It is amazing how quickly a year has gone by, and it really seems like not that long ago I was taking his newborn photos at their home. Jensen is a busy, feisty, and silly little guy! He loves to laugh, run, explore… and eat! All he wanted to do while we were taking pictures was eat Cheerios! Clearly he is growing up quickly!

Chad and Katie, you guys are such great friends of ours, and I love having the chance to capture your beautiful family. Thank you again for the fun time, and I hope you like pictures!

Breckon | 9 Months Old

Breckon is growing up so quickly, and I have had the privilege of taking his pictures a few times now. He has changed so much in just a few months, and keeps getting more and more handsome every day! He and his big sister Emmerson are always so much fun to photograph, and it was great to see Megan and Jason again. I love spending time with this little family (and I get to do that fairly often, because they are part of my family)! Breckon can stand up holding on to something, and crawls all over… although he was not a fan of the dirty, leafy ground! As it turned out, he cut a new tooth through the day after our session, and was back to his usual smiley self! I am looking forward to seeing him grow up, and taking a few pictures along the way. It is crazy to think our next session will be for his 1-year! So many fun milestones ahead, although it is bittersweet when your little “baby” just keeps getting bigger – and Breckon is a such big boy now, and so, so cute! Thanks again Megan and Jason, as always it was my pleasure! I hope you like your preview!

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