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I’m so thrilled that you stopped by!  Just a quick run down of the site to help you as you have a look around: right above this post you’ll find buttons that will help you navigate through any information you need to know. This includes more details about me, my pricing, how to book a session or contact me, what to wear for a session and, hopefully, when you become a client you’ll need to see your online client gallery!

I love what I do so I really appreciate your interest. Please feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear your feedback. And even more, I’d love to meet you!


I will not be accepting new clients, beyond the ones that are currently booked, until fall .

Thanks everyone for such an amazing year!!

An end

I’ve been putting this off for over 6 months and going back and forth wondering if I’d change my mind but it hasn’t and I think it’s time. After an amazing 4 years of doing photography I’ve decided to stop. I’ve loved meeting each and every single client I’ve had and it’s been so enjoyable to be so readily included in many of their lives and families even after their session is over but I’ve been feeling burned out for a while. I’ve been feeling the creativeness slowly leave and I would never want to give someone a lack luster product so I painfully came to the conclusion that I need a break. Whether it’s a small break or a permanent break I can’t say.

I can say I don’t regret doing it at all though, I learned so many things. Like sticking with something even when it was so hard that I felt complete panic and just sat and cried to Scott that I couldn’t do it any longer. I went far out of my comfort zone attending classes and conferences alone but leaving with new friends. I met some incredible people that I love staying in touch with after our sessions and I even have a few families that I honestly feel as comfortable with as I do my own family.

I feel blessed in being able to have had that adventure and meet the amazing people I have. I also feel so blessed that I had so many people support me and encourage me in this endeavor. I honestly could NOT have done it without my parents and Scott. They have championed me through it all. They encouraged me to take the leap, supported me when I was struggling, cheered with me every session I booked and gushed over every photo. I can’t thank them enough!! For now I’m going to work on shooting for me again and learn to it all over again. I’ll still be shooting for family and close friends so I won’t get rusty but I’m excited to relearn to love it again and hopefully see a return of the creativity! Thank you SO SO much for allowing me into your lives! I adore every single one of you!!

Love, Leslie

Decorating the tree

Christmas and Halloween always battle each other to be my favorite holiday and every year Christmas just barely comes out the winner. I think it wins because of the tree. I’m a collector of them. I guess you could say I take after my mom. Growing up I got my own full sized tree when I was about 13. My parents took me out and I bought my own ornaments and glowed with pride at decorating my very own tree in my bedroom. Every year we had 5 full sized trees and 5 half sized trees scattered through out our house. My mom changed themes often, santas, angels, bears, snowmen, nutcrackers…just to name a few. Even though I have 3 full sized trees of my own up this Christmas this tree is my favorite. There is something magical about twinkling lights.

Starting the Holiday season off right, with a Freebie!

I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone with a craft project. I’ve been LOVING the bucket lists on Pinterest but never found one that would be perfect for me. I also have been less that great to keep my Memories in Raw blog updated with all my gorgeous clients and with me closing my year, minus the newborn shoots I do, until the snow melts my poor photo blog is facing a very sad and loney holiday season. SO….I decided to 1: Make my own bucket list and totally tailor it to me and 2: I’m going to use it to help me create mini photoshoots to keep me creative during the winter and give my blog some TLC. So if I come to you asking to borrow your kiddos now you know why! :D So here’s what I came up with! And I love it!

If you’d like a copy of this yourself go HERE to download. I printed mine and framed it too, one Christmas decoration down! ;) You can also email me if you’d like the pdf version so you can customize the font, wording and even the placement of the trees and header! Here’s to a fun and busy holiday season beginning AND to keeping this blog updated!!

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