A Mother’s Love….. Lake City, FL Family Portrait Photographer

Back in July I met up with this wonderful mother of 2 gorgeous girls for her FIRST EVER professional portrait session. Every time I hear people say, “I’ve never had professional portraits done” I am so happy they decided to do it for their family & honored they chose me to capture this moment in time.

I LOVED the outfits she chose, how she kept her girls outfits to fit their personalities & just how much fun we had. And as a bonus the rain waited till we were done!

Thank you so much Shultz family!

Till Next time, Melody

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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, 


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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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The Ruark Family Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Family Photographer

Late in May, I met up for the first time with the Ruark family. Of course when I saw the color palette they choose I was excited (especially for an 8am session the morning after shooting a wedding).  The girls did wonderful & even enjoyed photos together! We got to play, chase some dragonflies & enjoy the gorgeous morning at one of our local parks. A beautiful setting for a beautiful family.

Thank you so much Ruark family for allowing me to capture you!

To view more of my work or find out about booking a family portrait session for your family head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To see upcoming sneak peeks, find out about upcoming Mini Sessions & more be sure to like Melody Coarsey Photography on Facebook & follow us on Twitter!

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Look Who’s One :: Baby Plan Graduate Jacksonville Beach FL Family Photographer | Jacksonville Beach FL First Birthday Portraits

Early in May one of my baby plan babes graduated. Which means he is now one…almost walking, crawling everywhere, following his big brother, playing & just being cute.

It’s always bitter sweet when these little ones graduate. I have gotten to know them & their families over the past year & been honored to capture them grow & change. It happens so fast, even for me & I’m not the parent! 😉

Thank you so much D family for allowing me to capture your little man this past year. ❤

To find out more about the Baby Plan program visit the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To view sneaks from upcoming sessions, keep up with all the happenings here at MCP be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter!

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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

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What to Wear :: Large Family Portraits Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Family Photographer near Lake City FL

You ask & you shall receive. The number one question I am asked is, “What should we wear?”. And though I do not yet offer styled sessions (though I would so into that, but it involves me trifling through your closets or shopping with you to pick out well suited & coordinated outfits), I can give you Seven simple & great tips that can lead you down the path towards fabulous family portraits.

Tip #1: Choose a Color Palette. What does this mean? Pick 3 or 4 colors that look good together & start from there. The shots below show a few color palette choices. Remember the colors you choose should also take into consideration your own personal style as well as the location of your portrait session.

Color Guide Starters for What to Wear


Tip 2: DO NOT MATCH~ Ok, by this I mean gone are the days of “everyone where white shirts & khakis” or “everyone where black shirts & jeans”. I know when organizing a group (especially if it is a large multi-family portrait session) this seems like the easy way, but it does not add any interest to your portraits. Differing outfit choices, styles, etc.. all with the same color palette (see above) is a MUCH better way to keep everyone happy & expressing themselves, while keeping the photos consistent & interesting.

Tip 3: Prints can be overwhelming.  One person in a print dress or shirt that coordinates with everyone else is fine, but when you 2, 3 or 4 people in different prints, whether you stick to the color palette or not your photos will still look like they were taken unplanned at a Family reunion where everyone just says “smile” before hitting the pool again. There is definitely such a thing as TOO MUCH when it comes to prints. Like with writing, when looking at your wardrobe use the KISS principal. Keep it Simple Silly. Vests, jackets, necklaces, etc.. can all add interest to a plain colored shirt without throwing everyone out of whack. 🙂

Tip 4: Accessorize!! Necklaces, hats, bracelets, belts, etc… all can add a pop of color & interest without taking away from the people in the photos as well as the overall feeling of the images. They help you express yourself. 😉

Tip 5: Don’t be afraid of color! Some people shy away from teal or coral or yellows….DON’T they bring excitement & fun to your photos!!  Be bold! There are colored jeans, jackets, necklaces, everything to help you bring some color to your portraits & keep them fun!

Tip 6: Right before your Family portraits is NOT the time to try a new do’.  What do I mean, don’t make any drastic changes to your appearance right before your portrait session. No spray tans or new hair do’s…..you never know how it will turn out & then do you really want portraits of your family when your haircut is lopsided or you decided to try the pixie look & not realizing how much you loved your long hair?????

Tip 7: Last tip. Have fun! No need to worry about whether or not your children are smiling…that’s the photographers job! The more relaxed you are the more relaxed your children are & it will show in your photos! The fun, happy family you have. Captured forever for you to cherish. 😉

To view my Family Portrait work or find out about scheduling your Family portrait session head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To keep up to date on all changes, Themed Mini sessions, sneak peeks & more be sure to like us on Facebook!