We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyndsey Leach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyndsey, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
There are a lot of things that make me happy so I will only include a handful of things otherwise there is too much to unpack. 1. Family and friends – I have a huge support system, which is something that I sometimes take for granted but I am so so incredibly lucky to have the people that I do surrounding me. I enjoy soaking up as much time as possible with everyone of them! I don’t know that I need to elaborate too much more but that is probably the number 1 thing that makes me happy. 2. Adventures – I crave travel, adventures, exploring, and learning. I think I crave this even more than I do cheese haha. Without this being a true need, I do need this in my life. There is something that is so refreshing and so eye opening when I get to do something or see something new. Learning about a different area of the world, about different cultures, and people is probably the greatest gift that I could give myself. 3. My job – This is the first time that I can truly say that. I have had other jobs that I have liked for different reasons but I don’t think I was happy at them. I love working for myself and I am proud of where I am at. I love meeting new people, working with people, and getting to explore new locations. It is by far, the most difficult job I have had, but it’s incredibly rewarding. 4. And just a few more random things that make me happy – no explanation needed: wine, cheese, food (in general), live music, playing games, fall and winter, plants, dogs, and laughter
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer that specializes in intimate weddings/elopements, boudoir, and portraiture. Like any Coloradoan, I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible, regardless of season, and that translates to my work as well. I am always up for a good hiking session, a ski elopement, a little off roading to get to the perfect spot, and/or spending a summer evening on the water with a couple or family. I feel that the experience that I provide is truly authentic. I want to make sure that everyone has a good time and that it is not “just a photoshoot”. I want everyone to drive home feeling like they just had an awesome time, but more importantly, feeling awesome about themselves. How did I get here today? Well, I am not one of those people that had an awakening or anything like that. I had a job that was sucking the soul out of me and I knew I had to leave. If I am being honest, photography was just a side job for me and was going to be a side job for me for while longer. When I finally quit my full time job, I didn’t totally have a plan and looking back now, I was absolutely unprepared to run a business. I had the bare minimum of what I needed to have done and ready to go. But, 2 years later, I am still here and I am making it work. I am still going back and correcting past mistakes and continually learning best practices. I definitely made it much harder on myself than I think I needed to but when you don’t know, you don’t know.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmmm tough question…. If I had unlimited funds and had the entire week to do my favorite things, here is what we would do/see/eat in the summer: 1. Catch a show at Red Rocks – probably something indie, alternative, or bluegrass 2. Brewery tour on bikes around Denver 3. Go rafting on Clear Creek 4. Mountain bike at a Jeffco Open Space Park 5. Go to Meow Wolf (once it opens) or the Museum of Nature and Science 6. Catch whatever festival is going on during the weekend – if nothing, go walk around the Crush Walls 7. If the Avs are still playing, grab tickets to a game 8. Indulge!! El Five, Blue Pan Pizza, Uncle, Los Dos Patrillos, Domo, Mercantile, Linger, Rioja, Work & Class, and Teocalli Cocina are some of my favorites. I really like to eat and drink 🙂 9. Probably go on a hike in Golden and then go tubing afterwards. 10. Have a park day with friends – play volleyball or other lawn games. 11. Catch a comedy show or go to a trivia night somewhere 12. Get a group of friends together to play games at brewery or winery.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am not one of those people that had an epiphany one day and woke up saying that I was going to be become a photographer nor is there one person that comes to mind that kind of kicked it off for me. I think that over the years, I had many people tell me that I had “an eye” for photography and I had always just kind of brushed it off until I didn’t. I worked really hard and had a lot of support from my friends and family to get where I am today. There is one particular person, however, that has allowed me to pursue my dreams, and without him and his support (financial and emotional) I likely wouldn’t be doing this full time. Super big shout out to my life long partner, husband, and best friend, Ray! xx