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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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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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!

Till next time,

Melody

Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer

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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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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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

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Lifestyle Portraits…… Lake City FL Lifestyle Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer

Late in April I got to do a session for an adorable little newly 3 year old girl & her sister….Their mom had the vision. Inside with lots of jewelry, vintage mirror & gorgeous light (despite the fact it was a cloudy day). My new camera handled it wonderfully & their neighbor’s home was the perfect backdrop.

Both girls did wonderful, had a great time & allowed me to capture some beautiful moments & memories. Thank you so much Kendron family for allowing me to capture these gorgeous girls again!

Till next time, Melody

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

Earlier this month I met with some wonderful clients for an Urban family session….all planned around something different then their sessions in the past & my burgundy couch. 😉  We decided on downtown for a fun session with many different background options.

I LOVED the colors they picked (as I do love color) to style in. Especially with the setting, it worked perfectly. The girls did amazing…especially as this was my 3rd time photographing the youngest member of the family & the first time where we didn’t have to work too hard for smiles from her. All the girls are so gorgeous in this family…lucky daddy right? 😉

Thank you so much Bay Family for letting me capture your family again!

To view more family portrait sessions or find out about planning a session for your family head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To see upcoming sneaks from all the sessions I have planned be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter!

Till Next Time,

Melody

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Lots of Family means Lots of Love…. Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Family Portraits

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to capture a wonderful family. 4 Generations of love. The entire session was filled with lots of laughs & you could see & feel how much they all loved & cared for one another. It was wonderful.

Thank you so much for allowing me to capture all of you & join in on the fun!

If you would like to schedule a family session, large or small, head to the Melody Coarsey Photography Website. To see upcoming sneaks of all kinds including lots of newborns, couples, toddlers & more be sure to like us on Facebook & follow on Twitter! If you need help with ideas for what to wear for your upcoming portrait session don’t forget to follow my board on Pintrest!

Till next time,

Melody

Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer

Little Doll….. Lake City FL Family Portrait Photographer | Lake City FL Portrait Photographer

Earlier this month I was able to capture a precious little girl in a very special outfit. Her babysitter (who has treated her & loved her like family since day 1) had her family in Korea ship in a traditional Korean dress. The outfit was gorgeous with the pinks & greens & Miss A looked like a little doll all dressed up. Sure she wasn’t your “traditional Korean doll” with her blonde hair & blue eyes, but she was gorgeous & you could tell how much it meant to “Sooki Mama” as Miss A calls her.

To view more of my work or schedule a special session for your little doll, head to the Melody Coarsey Photography website. To see upcoming sneak peeks, be up to date on all things MCP & more be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter. Need help with ideas for your session or WHAT TO WEAR for your family portrait session? You can even follow my boards on Pintrest!

Till next time,

Melody

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