Waiting on Baby Cash….. Lake City FL Maternity Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Professional Photographer

Earlier this summer I had the chance to meet up with the wonderful Meek family. I had met them last fall for Fall Minis, where they told me they were wanting a new little addition soon  & we got a shot of the family boots (plus one) for their announcement to their family. I was SO excited when I learned Baby Cash was on his way (& saw the announcement, too cute!). He was supposed to be an August baby he decided July was better.

I know you are enjoying the sneak peeks of this handsome little man, but I wanted to share this session which turned our beautifully despite that it was raining…the whole time…that’s right. An entire session in the rain. ;- )  Who knew White Springs had so much to offer that included rain covering.

Thank you so much to the Meek family for allowing me to capture this journey as you become a family of 4. ❤

To find out about scheduling your Maternity session head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To see more of sweet Cash (& follow along as I capture his first year!) be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter!

Till next time,

Melody

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Waiting on Luke…… Lake City FL Maternity Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Maternity Portraits

This week you will get to see sneaks of little Luke at only 15 days old (& he rocked it!), but before that why not look back to when his parents & big brother were waiting on his arrival. One of my favorite Maternity sessions to date. Gorgeous location, gorgeous momma to be & I loved the colors she styled them in!

O’Leno State Park is one of my favorite places to shoot simply because of how beautiful it is (we are so lucky to live so close) & how I often get to see wildlife when shooting…including a baby deer.  I am always happy when clients want to shoot there as I know I can get a variety of backgrounds & poses for the session. 😉

Thank you so much Jordan family & congratulations again!

To see Luke’s newborn sneak peeks, keep up with all things Melody Coarsey Photography & more be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter! To see about scheduling a Maternity session while you await your new arrival head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website!

Till next time,

Melody

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A Family is……Love Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Photographer

Earlier this summer, I was lucky to be able to capture two gorgeous girls, their momma, nana, Aunt & cousins as their cousins were visiting from out of town.  (I know my mom would LOVE a session like this)

I LOVED the color scheme they choose & all the kids did fabulous! Making my job easy. (I love when that happens, lol)

Thank you so much to this wonderful family for allowing me to capture them!

To view more of my work or find out about booking a family session head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To see upcoming Newborn, family & much more sneak peeks as well as stay up to date with all things MCP be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter!

Till next time,

Melody

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Waiting for blue….. Lake City FL Maternity Portraits | Lake City FL Maternity Portrait Photographer

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Jane & Ben while they were waiting for their precious little boy. We met at O’Leno & as Ben let the Civil Engineer inside himself love the bridge, we capture some wonderful photos & had fun.

Maternity portraits are some of my favorites as these momma’s to be just glow & are extra gorgeous as they await the new arrival.

“A baby is God’s way of saying that life should go on.” ❤

Thank you Ben & Jane for allowing me to capture this special time in your life.

To view more of my work or schedule your Maternity session (book with your Newborn session to save on BOTH sessions) visit the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To see upcoming sneaks of Maternity, Newborns & other gorgeousness be sure to like us on Facebook & Follow on Twitter! As always if you love the photos Pin it!

Till next time,

Melody

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Mother & Son Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Family Portraits

Last month I got to photograph a wonderful mother & her son on her parents property right on the river..it was gorgeous…could have only been better if some Manatees had swam up (yep, that would have been awesome).

“You’ll be his first kiss, his first love, his first friend. You are his momma & he is your world. He is your little boy”

Thank you so much Mandi & C for letting me come & capture you! To view more of my work or to schedule a session with you & your little loves head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To see upcoming sneak peeks & stay up to date with all things MCP be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter!

Till next time,

Melody

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Mommy & Me Tea Party…. Lake City FL Family Portraits | Lake City FL Family Photographer

Back in May I also did Micro Minis for Moms & their daughters…complete with a tea set. The moms looked beautiful & so did their girls (though we had a few little guys sneak in there too, which were rather dapper). 😉

I am SO blessed with the clients I get to meet & photograph. Thank you all!

To view more of my work or find out about scheduling a session visit the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To see upcoming sneaks of adorable little ones, newborns, weddings & more be sure to like us on Facebook or Follow on Twitter!

Till next time,

Melody

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Super Hero Moms…. Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Photographer

Back in May (man, am I behind in blogging) I did my first ever set of Micro Minis…I had been thinking this theme would be fun for awhile. I thought a Mother’s Day Micro Mini that was Super Hero themed would be a fun way for moms to interact with their little ones & allow me to capture it all! So that both the moms & kids can look back & see the fun they had together.

Thank you so much to all the moms who came out, had fun & allowed me to photograph these moments.

To view more of my work & find out about scheduling a session for you & your little ones visit the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To see upcoming sneak peeks, know about Mini sessions, Micro Minis & more be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter!

Till next time,

Melody

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A Glimpse to the Future…. Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Portrait Photographer

I have hinted here & there about some changes coming to MCP. Well, today, July 1st seems like the perfect time to tell you those changes.

Are these pricing changes? Not really. Am I shutting it all down? Of course not. I truly love photography & capturing memories for all my wonderful & amazing clients. So what’s the big change then? Many of you know I was a Kindergarten teacher before I had my oldest, Cayden. After the birth of Kylie, I got a camera & the love affair began. A year later, I started this little business to share what I love & make a little extra to help around the house, but always thinking once Kylie was in preschool I would go back to teaching.

As the girls got older, I started wondering if I could make this a business that could thrive. That could be a career & (though not make as much as teaching), be something that could be long term. So, I pushed. I tried. I Marketed, I read, watched blogs & webinars to improve my techniques & marketing as well. I did everything to see what would happen….

Am I busier? Oh yes. More than ever. This past month was the first time that the summer was as busy as the Fall, which was crazy. I feel so blessed & thankful for allowing this thing I enjoyed that God gave me, to turn into a way to bless others & help my family. But did it all work? Well, no. I quickly realized I would have to raise my prices OR take on more work to make it as profitable as my first ever job (before the 19.1% taxes I pay that is). I knew raising prices would result in the same amount I’m making now, but less clients which wouldn’t help. I also knew that working more wasn’t an option. This isn’t a 9-5, Monday through Friday job. It’s nights & weekends shooting, then weekdays (& often weekends) editing, practicing, Marketing, designing & of course accounting. It does put a strain on the family as we feel there’s not time for us to do family activities & taking on more work, though I would get closer to the business goals, I would move further from my personal family goals so I would be miserable & highly stressed. (sorry this is so long…..it’s hard to write since it is so personal)

So, come August I will once again be teaching. This way I do another job I enjoy that pays the bills & helps us get a new roof, etc… while still doing what I love on the side. And I may end up taking lots of pics of my little class…big surprise right?  😉

How big will this change be? Well, instead of 3 sessions a week, there will be 3-4 sessions a month. YES, there will be Christmas Minis & Easter Minis & probably some during the summer. So do not fear! 😉  But with the limited number of monthly openings I had to figure out a fair way to schedule it all. So, I decided my Baby Plan Babes & their families will get first pick (as they have a package guaranteeing them portraits that month). After that, open dates will be available to past clients (those who have been photographed by me before July 31st, 2013) for booking. Finally, any additional openings will be new for clients.  Jacksonville Clients will be almost as they are now since I will still only be in Jacksonville once a month. So, your availability is based on that. (Minis will be Past Clients first then New Clients in booking order) Senior Portrait Clients will also be in there & as they are all new, they will booked as they inquire & treated the same as past clients.  Obviously, summer months will be different as I will be able to book more sessions & therefore have more availability to all.

What does this mean? If you are someone who has wanted to book with MCP, but not done it yet, THIS MONTH IS YOUR CHANCE! TO be considered a “Past Client” I would have had to photograph your little one or family by July 31st, 2013.  If you have family or friends who have wanted to book let them know, now’s the time! I have limited availability, but I will do what I can to get those in.

I am SO thankful & blessed to all of you for making these past 3 years wonderful & I look forward to capturing more memories in the upcoming years (albeit less than before)……

Till next time,

Melody
**And because this is a photography blog, some shots of my sweet niece. 😉 Figured a Monday needed cuteness to soften the blow. 😉

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Happy Father’s Day Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Jacksonville FL Family Portrait Photographer

A little video for all the amazing father’s out there….Happy Father’s Day.

Baby Plan Babe turns 6 Months Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Photographer

Last month I caught up with one of my baby plan babes to capture his 6 month portraits. I LOVE watching these babies grow. When it’s time for their next session to come around I think I am as surprised as their parents that they have already grown that much! We decided to meet on his mother’s family property (where we captured her Maternity portraits). Gorgeous property, gorgeous light & even though he was ever so serious, Mr. K’s blue eyes sparkled & his faces made for lots of laughs. Such a doll.

If you are interested in capturing your little one’s milestone months alone or as part of a Baby Plan you can find out all the information on the Melody Coarsey Photography website or by using the contact form at the bottom of the page. 😉 To see all upcoming sneaks of newborns, Maternity sessions, precious little ones, couples & more be sure to like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter!

Till next time,

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