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,


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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,


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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…

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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!


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!



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Easter Minis Are Coming!!!! Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Themed Portrait Photographer

It’s that time of the year. Time to sign up for Easter Minis!  This year, the Minis will be held at Stephen Foster State Park….why? Because there’s this pathway there I simply ADORE for photos. & if there are azaleas in bloom we are golden for some amazing portraits. 😉 Check out the flyer below for all the information & then email me at: melody@melodycoarseyphotography.com to sign up for your slot! My minis tend to fill up quickly (I’ve had some fill in one day) so be sure to secure your spot ASAP!

Thank you all & I can’t wait to see your little cuties decked out in their Easter/Spring best!

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To view my work or find out about scheduling a FULL session for Maternity, Newborns, Family, Child Portraits & a themed session of your own head to the Melody Coarsey Photography Website! To make sure you are up to date on all things going on here at MCP be sure to like us on Facebook!



You’re An Instagram Pro! Now What? Lake City FL Photographer | Lake City FL Family Photographer

If you’re like me & almost everyone else in the world today your iPhone or Android goes EVERYWHERE….& it has become your new “go to camera”. Shot of the kids before school, shot of the awesome meal you’re about to eat (aka Food Porn), shot of the kids at the park, the zoo, Disney World, the beach or just because they’re cute. I’m sure if you looked you would be surprised by just how many photos you are snapping with your phone.

Many of those photos are snapped through Instagram (if you’re on there you can follow me #melodycoarsey).  I LOVE using Instagram….mainly because it’s a camera,  quick photo editor (yes, I have my fave actions I use repeatedly) & photo share service all in one. Easy peezy. So, now that you use Instagram like a pro & flood it with photos of food, your kiddos & girls night, what do you DO with those photos?? Leave them forever out in cyberspace? Print them as 4×6’s (you could, but they may be grainy & that’s just boring, lol)….Well, luckily some ingenious companies have come up with lots of fun ideas to how to print, save & share your Instagram photos in a whole new way!

1) There is a company from the Netherlands called ixxi. (to read all about them click here) Basically, you can give them ANY images (Instagram or otherwise) & they will allow to use their templates to create wall art. So you can choose your fave 4 Instagram photos, print them & hang them as a collage (from what I can tell all prints are square prints only, but there may be links I didn’t explore that offers more).

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2) You can turn your Instagram photos into Canvas Wall art, greeting cards, iPhone cases & more using Instacanvas. (to check out their website click here) What special way to say Thank you grandma for the gift than an Instagram photo of your child wearing or using the gift as the Thank you card (combine old school snail mail with new school Instagram…sweet right?)  On their site they have gift ideas for all ages, a link telling you about all the hottest gifts they have & more. It’s pretty awesome I do have to say. 😉

5 things to do with your Instagram Photos

3) This idea I LOVE & am so doing for myself for Mother’s Day with my fave Instagram shots….you can take your fave photos & turn them into books using Printsagram (to check out the website click here). So cute!!!! A tiny little book to scroll through while waiting at the doctor’s office, to share with others at parties, etc.. all filled with your fave Instagram photos….I love it (& right now they have a sale 3 books for $10, sweet right?  I may have to make & order 3 tonight after I do my girls photos). 😉



4) What about taking your fave photos & turning them into magnets?? What an awesome gift for a wedding couple, new baby or just for Grandma! Just head to Stickygram (check out the website by clicking here) & place an order! They come in sheets, so it’s even more fun & they also have a special right now, $14.99 per sheet of 9 magnets. 😉
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5) Lastly for something funky & unique turn your fave photos into a pillow! Stitchtagram will do just that (to head to the website click here).

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I hope this gives you a few ideas of fun things to do with those photos! Just like CDs you get from your photographer DON’T LET THEM STAY ON YOUR PHONE FOREVER! Get those puppies out where you can share & enjoy them! 😉

To find out about my photography work head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To be up to date on the latest info, upcoming Mini Sessions & more be sure to like us on Facebook (& add us to your NewsFeed…as nothing can be too easy right?) And as always if you liked this post then leave a comment, Pin It or share it with a friend! Thank you all so much!



Waiting for Pink…… Jacksonville FL Maternity Photographer | Jacksonville Maternity Photographer

In December I got to meet a wonderful couple. Nicole used to be the nanny for my nephew & is such a sweet girl. We were not quite sure little Lila was going to make it till her session (& the night before they thought they were done), but she waited & I was able to capture some portraits of her glowing mother & wonderful father.

The weather was perfect. Overcast, which you wouldn’t think as perfect except it provide perfect lighting at the park & then the beach was filled with fog. It was GORGEOUS. Seriously, if I wasn’t shooting I would have grabbed a cup of coffee & just enjoyed the beauty. It was that awesome. All of those things combined with a beautiful colorful dress on Nicole made for stunning portraits (yes, Jonathan looked good too, but it’s all about the mommy to be right? lol).

Thank you so much Moore family for allowing me to capture this wonderful memory! And congrats again on sweet Lila…she’s beautiful….(& yes, I included one shot I did when I happened to run up to the hospital with my sister in law after Lila made her debut….I couldn’t say no to seeing another new life).

To view more of my work or schedule your maternity session head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website! To keep up with openings, upcoming Mini Sessions & more be sure to “like” us on Facebook!



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2012 in Review Slideshow…. Lake City, FL Family Photographer | Family Portrait Photographer | Child Portrait Photographer

It’s New Year’s Eve!! I just wanted to take a second to share a little slideshow I call “2012 in Review“.    I couldn’t fit ALL my favorites from 2012 (trust me it was VERY hard to choose what to & not to put in there…It took me 2 hours to make, lol).  Just to thank ALL of my clients from 2012!  I am so blessed to have met each & every one of you!

Thank you all so much! I hope each of you have a wonderful New Years Eve & New Years Day! Here’s to 2013!



**If you didn’t click the link above you can also click the link here to get the slideshow. 😉

Waiting on Pink…… Live Oak, FL Maternity Portrait Photographer | Maternity Portraits | Live Oak, FL Photographer

Live Oak Maternity PortraitsLast month, I met up with a wonderful family I had done sessions with a few times before (& her hubby works with my hubby). This time we met to capture her maternity session for baby #2….a sweet baby girl. We got to use a private property I have access to & LOVE which was perfect for this family. Outdoors, a bit country & a tractor to entertain big brother.

I truly adored this session & Kristen is a beautiful glowing mama. I can’t wait to meet little miss when she makes her debut in February…..<3

Thank you so much Wright family for letting me capture this special time in your life!


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What’s New at Melody Coarsey Photography! Lake City, FL Photographer | Lake City, FL Family Photographer

Ok, so I am asked often about printing photos once clients receive their CD. I now make a point to tell them “DO NOT print your photos at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart or the like” & I direct them to a great online printer. Why? Because the color & quality differences are astounding! Don’t believe me? Check out this blog from a fellow photog.

So, I decided to take things into my own hands (kinda) & offer print packages WITH CDs. Now, I realize many of you read that & thought “Oh No! I now have to spend $500 to print my photos!”. NO, that’s not the case at all. Trust me, I wouldn’t do that. 🙂 These are small packages for slightly more than the current CD cost. No, I am not making a big upcharge, so it’s not me trying to make money from it. It’s me wanting to MAKE SURE MY CLIENTS SEE THE PRINTED PHOTOS HOW THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK. So that when you showcase them, frame them, give them away, they look just as wonderful as they do on my computer screen.

Now, what you are all wondering, the cost.

Current CD after a session is $60. (This will stay, BUT please lie & tell me you will print them somewhere good then not show me if you print them at Walmart ok?)

Option 1: CD (same 30-40 edited photos) PLUS (2) 4×6, (2) 5×7 & an 8×10 for $75. (see nothing scary & no this will not help me make enough income to not go back to teaching at some point)

Option 2: CD (again, same), PLUS all the prints listed above AND a 8×10 Printed Wrap for $110

There you have it. So, after your session (newborn & one hour session) you will have a choice of the 3 options above. So you can get PROFESSIONALLY PRINTED photos included with your CD. You get to choose the photos printed (**You will have a specific time period in which to do so, or I will choose for you), just like at “WalMart” only MUCH better quality. Great right? Not too scary either. 🙂

Thank you all again for your support!



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