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I’m Melanie, the girl behind the lens at Melanie Foster Photography. Whether you’re getting ready for your upcoming OU senior or your Bartlesville or Tulsa family photography experience, I hope you’ll stay a while, pick up a few tips, and be inspired for your own MFP photo session! 

Generational Photos | Bartlesville Family | Bartlesville, OK Photographer


Generational Photos | Bartlesville Family | Bartlesville, OK Photographer

Sara is one of my favorite clients. She is one of the most down-to-earth, sweetest, and most encouraging friends a girl could ask for. This was the third time I’ve had her in front of my camera in the last year, and every single time has been nothing but a joy! She and her husband were already on my calendar for a mini session in May (and drove up from NORMAN for it!) when she reached out about the idea of a generational photoshoot with her grandmother and mom. Turns out, her sweet grandmother lives about 3 minutes south of us on the same street in downtown Bartlesville! With two photos from her childhood as inspiration, we spent the first part of our session in the kitchen while Sara and her grandmother worked on a pie crust. For the second part we moved to the porch to capture all three beautiful ladies and in front of the gorgeous peonies that have been in her family for years, and then moved to some land that her grandfather had managed years ago! Talk about purpose and intentionality! I loved that each of these locations and series of photos ties back in to her family history and the legacy that her grandparents have built all these years as they spent their lives in Bartlesville raising their family.

Photos like these are the reason why I’m a photographer. I was listening to my release radar on Spotify last week just a few days before this shoot, and the perfect song started playing that perfectly captures the sentiment of photography. I can tell you 100 times how important it is to have photos with your loved ones, but at the end of the day, I can’t instill the full value of what they will truly mean until it’s all that you have left. Photos of you and your people will never lose their value. 

“Take every snapshot while you can

Tell them that you love them while you got the chance

Make sure that you take it in, cause one day all you’re going to have with them is a picture.”

I love this little town. I love that after our session, we found out Sara’s grandfather actually worked with Jonathan’s grandfather years ago at the research center. I love that her grandmother is just down the road from us. I love that Sara loves her so much, she prioritized capturing these moments with her. I know these will be treasured for years to come…printed to be hung on walls and in frames, shared on social media, in birthday and anniversary slideshows, and enjoyed through the next several generations of Sara’s family. Thank you Sara for entrusting me to capture these precious photos.

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