You don’t have to leave seasons of life as just memories.
Through genuine 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 so you can celebrate your milestones for years to come!
Whether you’re getting ready to walk across the stage at OU, preparing to get down on one knee, or you’re celebrating your growing family, a joyful photo session is the perfect way to create the legacy you want to leave.
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 connection, and your current season of life. Your photos will be reflective of your personality and what you’re celebrating.
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.
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!
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!
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!
"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
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.
I shoot as naturally as possible, all so I can capture true, genuine emotions. 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.
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!
The most important part of choosing outfits for your photo session is to choose something you feel comfortable and confident in. Neutrals, like blush, cream, soft blues and greens, and grays show up beautifully in photos. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 6 months in advance, and families book 2-3 months in advance.