Bartlesville Family Photographer & OU Senior Photographer

The Melanie Foster Experience

The Experience

You don’t have to leave seasons of life as just memories. 

Through genuine and connection-focused photography experiences that are designed specifically with you in mind (and to reduce any nerves of being in front of the camera), you can capture these moments of your life and celebrate your milestones for years to come! 

Whether you’re getting ready to walk across the stage at OU or you’re celebrating your growing family, a joyful photo session is the perfect way to create the legacy you want to leave. 

With every Melanie Foster Photography Experience

You can trust that your photos will …

With over a decade of photography experience, I’ve nailed down my processes for lighting, locations, and poses to make sure you look and feel your absolute best. Plus, you’ll receive session guides to help you prepare. No scrambling at the last minute, and no prior modeling experience required! 

I’ll help walk you through natural prompts and poses to capture the genuine emotions of the milestones you are celebrating. No stiffness, no anxiety, no fake laughing, and no “what do I do with my hands?” throughout your entire session with me. 

Your session won’t be filled with prompts and poses pulled from Pinterest that don’t resonate with who you truly are. I provide an entire photography experience designed around you,  your connections with your family, and your current season of life. Your photos will be reflective of your personality and what you’re celebrating. 

Melanie Foster Photography Services

Personalized, joyful family and senior sessions with Melanie Foster begin at $349 and include a full service experience from initial introduction to final gallery delivery.

Currently booking for 2024.
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The Melanie Foster Photography Signature Process

The Process

First things first, let me know you’re interested! Whether you want photos to commemorate your first pregnancy, your graduation, or you’re ready to celebrate the beautiful chaos of your family’s current season in life, get in touch with me so I can help make that happen! Get in touch.

Get in touch

After we’ve chatted about what season of life you’re celebrating, we’ll make it official! We’ll choose the date that works best, and then the fun can really start. I’ll help you with everything from outfit selection to scouting the perfect locations. 

Make it official

Part of the Melanie Foster Photography experience is a completely personalized, curated-for-you experience. One of the ways I tailor my photography sessions is by learning more about you. Do you love to cook up new recipes you’ve found in old cookbooks? Are you always looking for your next book to add to your reading list? What makes your heart sing? I’ll get all of those details from your filled out questionnaire! 

Fill out the questionnaire

The moment we’ve been waiting for! We’ll get together in locations that you’ve chosen (I can help you do that!) so we can capture the genuine joy of whatever season of life you’re in. No prior modeling experience - I’ll help make sure you feel comfortable and confident as can be in front of the camera! 

Let's celebrate you!

After your session, you’ll receive a full gallery of completely edited images in my signature editing style within 2 weeks. You’ll have access to every single photo so you can download, purchase prints, and share on the ‘gram! Plus, you’ll be featured in a full post on my blog so you can celebrate your life’s moments with the world! 

Showcase your gallery

"Every year we love every photo"

"We've had our family photos done by Melanie for three years, and every year we love every photo. It's hard to choose favorites! She is a professional and has been so good with our daughter as well!"

- Chris & Katrina Eash

"Easy to feel comfortable around"

"Melanie is responsive, kind, and easy to feel comfortable around! She's done our engagements, pregnancy announcement, and newborn photos - we've been excited every single time to get to spend an hour with her, chatting, catching up, and watching her work magic!"

- Taylor and Trevor Sweeney

"everything was seamless"

"The communication, instruction and guidance she offered made everything seamless. I am amazed at the way Melanie transformed the most ordinary spaces into beautiful settings! Thank you, Melanie, for a terrific experience and for capturing these awesome photos!"

- Elise Archambo

"For every life occasion"

"Melanie will be our family's photographer for every life occasion. She makes taking pictures so much fun, and produces the most beautiful photos. You will treasure these photos immensely."

- Emily Taber

Other Friends have asked (& here's what I told them)

First things first, let me know you’re interested! I'd love to walk you through the process, providing guidance and sharing my expertise each step of the way. You wouldn't believe how often I hear, "I didn't expect this to be as fun as it was!" from MFP families and seniors.

What if we’ve never had photos taken professionally before? 

I want to capture your connection with each other, not with my camera. I will guide and prompt you and your family through intentional, natural prompts, however you can always move and flow with what feels comfortable to you. I use natural lighting and minimal editing to highlight the true-to-life beauty of the season you’re currently in. 

What is your shooting style?

I absolutely love tailoring every session to each individual client. So, I’ll find out from you where your family likes to spend time in Bartlesville, Tulsa, and the surrounding areas. Whether it’s on your family’s land or a park you visit most often, we can chat about the best places to tell your story. There are a handful of nooks and locations that I will personally select during your session based on the best lighting, availability, and your own interests!

What locations do you use for our photography sessions? 

The most important part of choosing outfits for your photo session is to choose something you feel comfortable and confident in. Soft colors and neutrals like blush, cream, soft blues, and greens photograph beautifully. And if you’re still a little stuck, the MFP outfit guide will help you narrow down your outfit choices and how to coordinate picture-perfect outfits for your family or senior session.

What should I wear?

Not even Gary England knows Oklahoma weather! I reserve several days each month for make-up photo sessions in case we get rained out on our original date together. If it looks like it’s going to rain on the day of your session,  don't fret! We’ll chat about rescheduling and find a time that works for both of us.

What if it rains on the day of my session?

I will hand-select the best of the best images from your photography session with me, with no maximum number of photos. Most galleries will have 50+ fully edited photos! You’ll get an email with a link to your gallery once it’s finalized. From there, you’ll be able to download, share, and print photos straight from your gallery. 

How many images does the Melanie Foster Family Experience come with? 

After our session, I will start editing your full gallery before delivering it to you. You’ll receive your entire, fully edited gallery within three weeks of our session date! 

How long will it take to get my photos after our session? 

Keeping in mind that April - May and September - November are often the busiest seasons for photographers, the farther out you plan for your session, the better! I typically recommend seniors book 4 months in advance, and families book 2-3 months in advance.

How far in advance should we book?

When you’re ready to celebrate your unique season of life, 

Choose the Melanie Foster Photography Experience. 

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