Sweet Miss Lila is 6 Months Jacksonville FL Photographer | Jacksonville FL Infant Photographer

Earlier this summer I met up with Miss Lila…I had capture her parents while they were waiting on her arrival & even got to trek to the hospital to meet her. 😉 But I LOVE watching these babies grow. 

She is the happiest, smiliest baby I have seen since Kylie was little. So sweet, so silly, so perfection.  ❤ Her session was supposed to be beachside, but due to a storm we were moved inside to a lifestyle session. I think it worked out beautifully as her room had lots of light & beautiful colors to make for adorable portraits. 

Thank you so much Moore family for letting me capture Miss Lila again!

To see about scheduling a session to capture the 6 month milestone for your little one head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To see upcoming sneaks of all the little babes I photograph, families, newborns & more be sure to like us on Facebook or Follow on Twitter

Till next time, 

Melody

Jacksonville FL Infant PhotographerJacksonville FL Professional Photographer

Advertisements

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. 😉

Website | Facebook | TwitterJacksonville FL Family Portraits Lake City FL Family Portraits

Mr. Colton :: 14 Days New Jacksonville Beach FL Newborn

Early last month I got to meet an adorable little guy who is lucky enough to have two amazing parents (who are also good friends of ours) & a fantastic big brother.

I have to say the light coming through two large windows facing the beach even on a rainy day was amazing. Even wide awake, Colton was relaxed & happy. Such a doll.

I am so lucky to be able to capture these little newbies after they enter the world. It’s an amazing job for sure. ❤

Thank you Frauenheim Family!

Till next time,

Melody

Jacksonville Beach Newborn Portrait Photographer

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.

Happy Mother’s Day 2013! Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | North Central FL Family Portrait Photographer

It’s the Friday before Mother’s Day & I wanted to make this blog post all about Moms & their love for their children. So I decided the best way to do this was to fill a slideshow with some of my favorite images of moms & the ones they love dearest……Call you mom, send flowers, give her a big hug…if you are a mom, squeeze those little ones tighter. Enjoy the handmade gifts, without all of that you wouldn’t be a mom. Just Click the link below (as it’s not letting me embed the video into the post…ugh, technology)

Happy Mother’s Day 2013 Slideshow

Till next time,

Melody
www.MelodyCoarseyPhotography.com

Miss M :: 18 days new Jacksonville FL Newborn Portraits | Jacksonville FL Newborn Portrait Photographer

Last month I met up with a tiny little doll at her home for her newborn portraits. Though she wanted to be awake for the first hour or more, she was content listening to the rain & letting me take her portraits. I don’t think she got fussy until she got hungry, she was that sweet. Once she gave in to sleep we were able to capture some wonderful portraits of her sweet self. She was like a little doll. Easy to work with, & just so perfect.  Have I mentioned I love my job? ❤

Thank you so much to the Cathey family for allowing me to capture your beautiful newest addition. And her extra big smiles she gave when daddy kissed her (her mom & I about died when that happened…so sweet).

To view more of my work or find out more about scheduling your Newborn Portrait session head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website.  To see sneaks of my newest line of newborns coming up & all things MCP be sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, catch up on Instagram or even follow us on Pintrest!

Till next time,

Melody

Jacksonville FL Newborn Portrait Photographer

Happy, Happy Birthday to Me! Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Child Portrait Photographer

Today is my birthday!! I don’t feel 34 (many days I feel older, lol), but to celebrate I wanted to give something to ALL OF YOU! And I even changed it a bit from what I said on the newsletter. 😉 Why? Because I felt this was more appropriate.

To celebrate ALL session packages of $200 or more (of any kind, maternity, Newborn, family, Child, Themed, etc..) booked from today through April 30th for a May through August portrait session…

Savings on Professional Portrait Photographer in Jacksonville FL

It’s an odd number, but it’s my new age & I gotta embrace it right? This is for new sessions booked only & cannot be used towards sessions already booked.  To book your portrait session head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website or you can email me directly at: melody@melodycoarseyphotography.com

Thank you all & have a wonderful (albeit rainy) day!

Melody

Look Who’s 2 :: Handsome Vince Jacksonville FL Family Portrait Photographer | Jacksonville Child Portrait Photographer

Earlier this month I got to meet up with a wonderful & very well dressed family, that I have known since Vince was still waiting to be born! And now he’s two! Even though these are not my children, I watch them grow up & it still amazes me how they change, grow & of course I am shocked when parents ask about a “2 year session” as it feels like yesterday they were born! 😉 I feel blessed when families keep coming back to me. Allowing me to capture these milestones in their lives.

We decided for something different we would do downtown Jacksonville! I remembered a neat Candy Store that had gorgeous colors (to match Mr. V’s beautiful eyes), then we headed to downtown Jax for a more Urban feel. Granted, Mr. V wasn’t in a photography mood & kept asking when he would leave, giving me no smiles & deciding I was in charge of this whole thing taking me by the hand or having me hold him as he asked when he could leave (which was about the cutest thing ever).  But with his so serious face & fab style, the session turned out very GQ & was still wonderful.

Jacksonville FL Birthday Portrait Photographer

If you know Mr. V & his family leave them some love! To find out more about booking a session for your little one’s 2nd birthday (or whatever birthday milestone they are reaching) be sure to head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website.  To keep up with all things going on at MCP & of course sneak peeks of the cuties I get to photograph be sure to “like” us on Facebook!

xoxo

Melody

How is already March????? Now what to do? Lake City FL Family Photographer | Family Portraits in Lake City FL

Of course we all know at the end of this month is Easter (which I’m hoping I am prepared for….especially since as of now I don’t even have dresses for the girls), but what else is going on? Here are a few things going on in & around Lake City. Depending on how far you want to drive there is lots to do for little day trips & of course some weekend family fun.

Saturday, March 9th:  Hogtown Reptile Shop in Gainesville, FL is having their kids program. For all the info, find them on Facebook by clicking here.

Saturday, March 9th: Spring Kids Fest at the Oaks Mall in Gainesville, FL. From 12p-3p this Saturday in front of Dillards kids are invited for face painting, make & take crafts, games, music, dancing & more! For all the info click here.

March 14th-17th : The “Just Between Friends” sale in Gainesville. This is a HUGE consignment sale. I have known many people who have been able to stock up for the following year for clothes, baby furniture & much more. You can buy OR you can even sell items in this huge sale taking place at 2305 N 13th Street (in the building that was formerly Sticks N Stuff). It opens at 10am Thursday & Friday, 9am Saturday & 10am on Sunday. Not a family activity, but a way to save money for your family on the things you need for sure!

March 15th-16th: The Wild Azalea Festival in White Springs (just north of Lake City on 41). Friday night there will be a “Sweets & Eats” festival with food tasting from 5pm-7pm. Followed by a street dance from 7pm-10pm.  Saturday morning, there is a Pankcake breakfast from 8am-10am followed by the Wild Azalea Festival from 10am-4pm with an art exhibit, Musical performances, arts & crafts & the “Little Miss Azalea” contest. There will also be a duck race down the Suwanee River a Children’s Area & much more!

March 16th: Dudley Farm Antique Tractor Day~ Dudley Farm is located in Gainesville south of downtown. For all the information head to the Dudley Farm website.

March 16th & 17th at 2pm (& 7pm on the 15th) : “Into The Woods” the Musical performed by Musical Me at the Gainesville High School Auditorium. This is a play about all the famous storybook characters. A great outing for the little one in your life who loves storybooks, performing & everything that goes along with it.

March 16th: Egg Drop Alachua ~ An annual event. Not only will your kids have eggs across the field to find, but they will be dropping eggs from a helicopter. A twist on the traditional Egg Hunt for Easter. For all the info visit www.eggdropalachua.com

March 24th: From 9am-2pm at UF’s Dairy Farm in Hague is offering FREE tours of their Dairy Facility. Show your kids how milk is made & more! Visit free stall barns, pet a calf & learn. For more information visit them on Facebook
here

March 30th : 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lake City ~  The Lake City Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2nd annual community Easter Egg Hunt. Along with an “Egg Hunt” there will be free children’s activities and entertainment. Back by popular demand Shana Banana will provide the children’s entertainment. Bellamy Beaver, the mascot for the Ichetucknee Partnership, will also be in attendance. He will open the egg hunt and have giveaways for the children.

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th & Easter is March 31st giving us all plenty of opportunities for fun crafts, themed treats & more!

Have a wonderful March!

xoxo

Melody

Waiting……… Jacksonville Beach FL Maternity Photographer | Jacksonville Beach FL Maternity Portraits

Earlier this month I photographed my wonderful sister in law while she was waiting for her newest addition….of course, then we had no idea whether it was a boy or girl & we all thought boy (& BOY were we wrong as sweet Abigail made her debut Monday).

I love capturing these moments for all my clients, but of course, I love being able to do it for my family as well…and probably more. The newest little addition to our family, that I could love, hold, cherish & not have to get up in the middle of the night with. Perfect for me! 😉

Ginny looked gorgeous & Austin did awesome….especially as all he wanted to do was run & play. Typical 2 year old…& all boy 2 year old. 😉

I am honored each time a client or friend allows me to capture them with my camera. To capture a special moment or event. Something that will never be again….a child’s 1st birthday (or 2nd or 3rd), Maternity portraits, Newborn portraits, family portraits as our families change so quickly. Children grow, time moves on & these moments are capture forever. Being able to capture my own children is wonderful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to document their newborn stage professionally, BUT I sure can do it with my niece!!

To view another recent Maternity session waiting for her little girl click here. To find out more about me & booking your Maternity, Child or Family Portrait head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. As always, to keep up with sneaks (including those of my sweet niece) & more be sure to “like” us on Facebook!

xoxo

Melody

Jacksonville Beach FL Maternity Portraits