Sneak Peek: The Minkema’s {FAMILY}

Days like today, minus the 25 degree weather, I adore my job even more than usual! Meet the Minkema family, Debi, her three beautiful daughters, and her son, Matthew. Debi contacted me the other day, and I am so glad we were able to squeeze in their portraits before Matthew heads back to the East Coast on Monday. You see, Matthew is home on leave (he’s in the Army) and will be heading to Afghanistan soon. Talking with Debi, I connected with much that she said; the moving up of deployment dates, not wanting her son to head to war, and watching Matthew with his sisters, I though…I know all too well what this is like. Savoring each and every last moment before your brother jets off to the other side of the world, bravely, to defend our country.

Debi, your family was so sweet, warm and gorgeous! I had a blast hanging out with you guys. Matthew, thank you for your service to our country, and please come home soon and safe to your family!

Be sure to leave some love for Debi’s family (add a comment below) to help them win a free 8×10!

If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at If you are a friend of Debi’s family and mention that when you book, you receive a $20 print credit.

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  • Cathy younglingDecember 31, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    I love my sister and her family. And I am proud of them all.

  • AllisonJanuary 2, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful family! Sending luck and love to Matt and everybody.

  • BeccaJanuary 2, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Debi – Seeing all of you together brought tears to my eyes. You are the most beautiful family, inside and out. The pictures really capture the joy. So happy you got all your kids for the holidays.

  • noriko & takemiJanuary 5, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Nice picture of your beautiful family!