A Princess Tea Party & more… Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Child Portraits

Back in June (I am SO far behind on blogging, lol), I photographed one of my daughter’s best friends for her 4th birthday. Early morning at one of our gorgeous local parks (seriously, these parks in the morning have AMAZING light….absolute perfection).

Her mother had mentioned a few ideas & asked if I could get a wash tub, but it wasn’t till I got there I knew exactly what her mom had in mind. I take ZERO credit for this concept. It was all her mom (& a little bit Pintrest I hear, lol). I love when clients have ideas they picture in their heads & want me to make a reality. I love themes, fun ideas, fun props, all you creative parents out there bring. 😉

Miss Allie did beautifully & enjoyed herself (with multiple clothing changes per her request). I have been photographing her since she was two & it’s amazing to watch these cuties grow. I love my clients. I love that they come back to me. I love that I get to watch their children grow each year. I love what I do.

To view more of my work or find out about scheduling a session for your little one, head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To see upcoming sneak peeks of families, little ones, newborns & more be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter!

Till next time,


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Back in May (I am trying to catch up I promise!), I got to once again photograph a gorgeous girls who rocks the camera. This time for her 6th birthday. From the first time we met she has loved to smile, pose & have fun making my job easy.
Her mom & I decided a funky, fun graffiti session would fit her theme so we met one evening to capture this new 6 year old. She love her poses, pulled off the sweet face easily as well as big smiles making my job even easier. 😉

Thank you so much Miss L for ROCKING that camera!

To view more of my work or find out about scheduling a session for your future model head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To see upcoming galleries, sneaks & more be sure to like us on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

Till next time,


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Last month I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a family for the 2nd time. I met them last year, when I shot Rylee’s 1st birthday portraits…now she’s 2 & growing so fast! Super cute & full of spunk…she loved making all kinds of faces (though all of the cute!).

The private residence location turned out perfect for the session, complete with some blooming clover. Thank you so much Swilley family for allowing me to yet again capture these memories for you!

To view more of my work or find out more about scheduling your family portraits head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To be sure to stay up to date on all that’s going on at MCP, sneak peeks, Mini annoucements & more be sure to like us on Facebook! To catch more sneaks & the craziness that is my life you can follow me on Instagram or get ideas for what to wear, locations, themes, etc.. all from my Pintrest page.

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Look Who’s 2 :: A Diva in Training <3 Lake City FL Child Portrait Photographer | Child Portraits in Lake City FL

Earlier this month I captured this adorable red haired beauty. Seriously, she’s a 2 year old with one of the best communication skills I have seen! So talkative & so fun. Filled with attitude, excitement & all things wonderful about being 2.  Her mom was listing to me the outfits she had so we decided on a 3 in 1 session…..One for her love of books, one for her love of the Gators (Go Gators!) & one for her little divaliciousness… 😉

They turned out awesome & she did amazing! Laughing & playing & just having a good time. Which always makes for great portraits.  Such a little darling!

Thank you so much Ferris clan for sharing your little beauty (ok, so she’s my sisters niece on the other side…so it’s kinda like family & Kylie loves her…but what’s not to love?) If you enjoyed this post be sure to comment, share it, tweet it or even Pin it! To find out about booking a session for your future 2 year old or the little diva in your house head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website!


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Why Should I pay for Custom Portraits???? Lake City FL Family Photographer | Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer

Ok. This topic I know may upset some….it may also reveal to some of us our true priorities. But, it’s a question that goes through everyone’s mind when thinking about paying for Family Portraits.

Especially with this economy, this is a thought that goes through people’s minds all the time. I get it. But if you think about it, are all those photos you snap with your phone or your cousin snaps with their good camera, are they photos you want to proudly display in your home? Photos that will be treasured forever. Photos that flatter you & showcase the best of your family, even in the candid moments? Usually not.

Of course, it may also be something like my problem. YOU are the one behind the camera all the time. You flip through your album or scrapbook & there are tons of photos of the kids, yet you are not in any of them…..why? Because you took the photo. Simple as that. This year, we will be getting a professional portrait session done of our family.

Is it something I will have to save to be able to do? Yes.

So, why will I do it? Well, because I want fabulous photos of my whole family. Not just my girls, but me with my girls. Photos I feel confident about & want to display in my home. Photos showing the love we have for each other. And yes, photos where I feel I look good. I feel confident & happy & it shows whether or not I lose 10 more pounds.  (& no I am not remotely looking forward to styling my family for this photo, but I know it needs to be done, lol). True, family photos are typically a once a year thing. But PLEASE do it once a year. If you are truly too strapped for custom portraiture, then let a friend capture the shot at minimum. Will it be something you treasure & want to order of a canvas of? Probably not, but at least you will be in the photo. With your children. Loving them. Being with them.

The photo below is one a family friend took last summer. I was happy we got photos where I was in them, but are they what I picture in my head for family portraits? No. Why? Because a family friend (albeit very knowledgeable in how to use a camera & takes wonderful nature photos) is not a professional Photographer. This was taken in a cute little town right before we went to dinner. Not exactly a photo session, but I wanted photos with me in them.

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What do you need to do this? You need to find a photographer who understands what you want for your family. Has a good rapport with your k ids & is able to capture their true smiles. A photographer who knows the most flattering way to pose you & your family as well as fun ways to set up a shot that will make for wonderful candid photos of your family interacting without posing. A photographer you feel comfortable with & you feel values you & your family. This person will be able to capture photos for you that you will cherish forever. Photos that make you smile & even shed a small tear in a few years when you look back & wonder where the time has gone. You only have one family. You only have one life. Is that new purse or pair of shoes awesome now? Probably yes. But 10 years from now what would you value more? That purse or a beautiful portrait of your family?

I will end with that, as that is what it boils down to. And now, I can even shoot your session with layouts in mind for the wall in your house you plan to display those images…..which means the photos (colors, location, etc…) will be perfectly suited for display in your home.

To find out about booking a family portrait for your family or view my work head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To keep up to date on all Mini sessions, sneak peeks & more be sure to like us on Facebook.