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Michelle Leonard Photography Exhibition

Artist Statement
I am a Georgia native with a rich Southern family tradition of capturing and preserving each milestone in photos. I view photography as more than clicking photos for scrapbooks and walls. I believe that photos are treasures that allow us to share our story for generations.   

Day by day our families grow and change.  We want our babies to stay tiny and innocent forever, yet we blink and they’ve grown into adventurous preschoolers with endless energy and creativity.  Before long, we are staring at the shining smile of middle school braces, and one morning we wake up to find that our youngest has passed us in height and we can no longer look eye-to-eye.  One day we swallow back the tears as they take their first steps down the halls of elementary school, and the next we watch through misty eyes as they walk across the graduation stage and boldly toward a bright future.  In that moment, we realize we will once again watch them walk down a long hallway, but this time we will drop them off at their first college dorm and make the long drive home to an empty nest.  I want to help families capture the fleeting moments and preserve each stage of childhood, from baby snuggles to toddler adventures, from preschool graduation to senior year and college planning.   

I strongly believe in the importance of documenting family history for our children, and their children. I hope to encourage families to take a moment to stop time and create a chronicle of their family legacy. 

Artist Biography
I’ve had a camera in my hands since I was a little girl. As young as five years old, I remember sneaking a chair to reach the top shelf of our bookcase in pursuit of the yellow box where my mom stored her Kodak Instamatic. I can still recall placing a flash cube atop the small, black camera and using all of her film stash, time after time.My parents bought my first point-and-shoot camera for Christmas before my 5th grade trip to Washington DC so that I could capture every moment of my trip, and I’ve been upgrading cameras and filling scrapbooks ever since.   

The walls in our home are lined with portraits of my own two children. When I became a mother, I discovered the importance of investing in portraiture, and I’ve chosen to pursue a career in creating cherished galleries for families who share my passion. 

Capturing moments in time has always been important to me. Both of my grandmothers lived their final years with dementia, and I deeply understand the importance of preserving memories for generations to come. I relate to the Louisa May Alcott quote, “Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell.” I believe that portraits should tell a story, and I consider it an honor to record defining moments for families.

Michelle Leonard

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Clear & Bright

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Spring Became the Summer

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