Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19

27 March 2020

To my loyal clients, friends, and blog followers, I just wanted to hop on here and update my website so that you all are in the know of how I will be handling my business in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.  What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been, am I right?!  Here in Utah, we even got to experience an earthquake on top of all of it!  I think we are all more than ready for things to feel normal around here again.

That being said.... it will be a while before things are normal.  The health and safety of my clients is my utmost priority, and I am committed to doing my part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus illness.  I will be temporarily closing up shop here and I will not taking on more sessions until government and health officials deem it safe for non-essential businesses to operate again.  I have already been working with my March and April clients to reschedule or cancel when possible, and I will continue to do so with my clients who were scheduled beyond that point, as necessary.  It hurts my heart a lot to hang up the camera for a while, but I know that it is the right thing to do.  I work as an L&D registered nurse in the hospital in addition to doing photography, so keeping myself, my family, and everyone around me healthy is even more so at the forefront of my intentions.

Nobody knows how long this pandemic is going to last, or when it will be safe to go out and about, but I will absolutely be ready to go and start offering session dates again when it is time.  If we need to do so with continued social distancing measures and extra sanitizing, I will do everything that is necessary!  I absolutely love creating photos and memories for the many wonderful clients I get to work with, so it kills me a little (lot) to have to set this passion aside for a while.  I hope and pray for the health, safety, and sanity of all of you out there during this difficult time.  This, too, shall pass, right!?  :)

For my Colorado clients out there, I was originally hoping to make the trip for sessions sometime around July 9-13.  This may still work out, but I will be following the news closely to see if we need to push these dates back some.  It may happen in the fall of this year instead, if needed.  I will keep you informed as soon as we all have a better idea of where this is going.  I certainly still hope to make the trip if at all possible this year!

I believe that we will all come out of this crisis being stronger, a little more kind, and a little more prepared to face new challenges as human beings.  I have already seen so much good around me as a results of people serving and helping each other.  And I am loving the tons of extra time with my family!  How often do we get the opportunity to just breathe and have a clear schedule??  It can't all be bad. :)  I'm greatly looking forward to doing photography again when this all blows over.  Please don't forget to support small businesses like mine and many others, who have to close up shop for a while.  We are working so hard to provide for our families, and share our gifts and passions with others.  For me personally, it is a major loss of income that my family depended on to keep our household running.  It is discouraging to see how long this virus may really last, but I am hoping and praying for the best.  I will be utilizing this extra down time to polish up my business behind the scenes, and keep delivering the memories that will capture your hearts for a lifetime.

See you soon!


Spring 2020 Utah Mini Sessions

13 February 2020

Spring is right around the corner!  I am so excited!  It is one of my very favorite seasons.  I'm thrilled to be able to offer mini sessions again for the upcoming spring season as the weather warms up!  These may be used for immediate families, seniors, maternity, or children.  Spring is senior portrait season, and it is the absolute perfect time to get those portraits done before graduation!  Some of these locations may require either an added location fee or a travel fee- this will be noted if it applies.  Please note that the blossom times vary from year to year.  I do my best to predict it from past years, but it may vary slightly. :)  As I always do, I will absolutely keep dates flexible when needed, to accommodate for ideal blossom timing and any possible weather constraints that occasionally come up.

Here are all the details you need to know!
  • Session fee: $300 plus tax 
  • Includes 20 high resolution digital images of your choice 
  • 30-40 minutes long at the locations indicated below 
  • Extra digital images may be added at $10 per photo, as desired 
Send me an email at melaniericephotography@gmail.com and let's plan your dreamy spring session!

Spring Mini Session Schedule:
**Dates will be crossed out when booked.  Schedule current as of 3/8/20.**

March 20:  Downtown Provo - 5:00 and 6:00 pm
March 20:  Utah Lake - 7:00 pm
March 27:  Downtown Provo - 6:00 pm
March 27:  Utah Lake - 7:00 pm
April 3:  Provo blossoms - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
April 11 (AM):  Utah State Capitol cherry blossoms (+ $25 travel) - 7:30 and 8:00 am
April 19:  Fruit Heights orchard (+ $25 travel/permit) - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
April 24:  Fruit Heights orchard (+ $25 travel/permit) - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
April 25:  Utah County orchard - 6:30 and 7:00 pm
April 29:  Utah State Hospital orchard (+ $10 permit) - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
April 30:  Provo Canyon - 6:45 and 7:15 pm
May 9:  Little Sahara sand dunes (+ $40 travel) - 5:00 and 5:30 pm
May 15:  Provo Canyon - 6:45 pm
May 15:  Utah Lake - 8:00 pm
May 23:  Snowbasin (+ $50 travel) - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
May 27:  Alpine Lambert Park - 6:30 and 7:00 pm

Fall and Holiday 2019 Mini Sessions

29 August 2019

I can't believe that fall is coming so soon!  What a great year it has been so far, for my photography business!  I am so grateful for the many wonderful clients I have been able to work with this year.

Fall mini sessions are officially here and ready for booking!!  The list below displays the following dates and locations that I have planned for this fall.  The fall colors can tend to show sooner or later depending on the year, so please keep some time and location flexibility in mind as you are planning your session.  I will do my best to adjust locations, when necessary, to make sure that we are getting these fall colors at their very best and most beautiful!

Please inquire for pricing and full details by emailing me at:  melaniericephotography@gmail.com

Fall Mini Session Schedule:
30-40 minute session, includes 20 high resolution digital images of your choice
**(dates will be crossed out when booked.  Schedule is current as of 11/16/19)

September 6:  American Fork Canyon - 5:00 and 5:30 pm
September 7:  Bonneville Salt Flats (add a $50 travel fee per client) - 6:30, 6:45, and 7:00 pm
September 12:  Alpine Loop - 5:00 pm
September 12:  Utah Lake - 7:00 pm
September 21:  Jolley's Ranch - 9:00 and 9:30 am
September 21:  Alpine Loop - 4:00 pm
September 21:  Provo Canyon - 5:30 pm
September 21:  Utah Lake - 6:30 pm
September 26:  Alpine Loop - 3:30 pm
September 26:  Provo Canyon - 5:00 and 5:30 pm
September 28:  Mapleton Canyon - 8:45 am
September 28:  Jolley's Ranch - 9:45 and 10:15 am
September 28:  Alpine Loop - 3:30 pm
September 28:  Provo Canyon - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
September 30:  Snowbasin (add a $50 travel fee per client) - 5:00 and 5:30 pm
October 5:  Mapleton Canyon - 8:45 am
October 5:  Jolley's Ranch - 9:30 and 10:00 am
October 5:  Alpine Loop - 3:30 pm
October 5:  Provo Canyon - 5:15 and 5:45 pm
October 11:  American Fork Canyon - 4:45 and 6:15 pm
October 12:  Payson Canyon - 9:00 and 9:45 am
October 12:  Alpine Loop - 3:30 pm
October 12:  Provo Canyon - 4:30 and 5:30 pm
October 18:  Santaquin Canyon - 4:30 and 5:00 pm
October 25:  Rock Canyon - 10:00 and 10:30 am
October 25:  Santaquin Canyon - 4:30 and 5:00 pm
October 26:  Rock Canyon - 4:45 and 5:45 pm
November 2:  Downtown Provo - 4:45 pm
November 2:  Utah Lake - 5:45 pm
November 9:  Downtown Provo - 3:45 pm
November 9:  Utah Lake - 4:45 pm

Holiday Half-Mini's Schedule:
Mountain locations with lots of pine trees, and hopefully some snow! :)
Quick 10-15 minute session
10 high resolution digital images of your choice
(**dates crossed out when booked)

November 30:  Jordan Pines Campground - 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30 pm
December 7:  American Fork Canyon - 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 3:30, and 3:45 pm

Spring and Summer 2019 - Utah and Colorado Family Mini Sessions

01 March 2019

My spring and summer schedule is here!!  I'm so excited for the warmer weather, longer days, blossoms, wildflowers, trips up to the mountains, and so much more!  This is probably one of my favorite times of year to take family portraits.  The weather is warm and sunny, the colors outside are lush and vibrant, and the location options are endless.  With Utah's incredibly diverse landscapes, there is always somewhere unique and new for everyone to try for their next family session!

Family mini sessions are about 30-40 minutes in length, which is the perfect amount of time for families to achieve all of the posed and candid shots of a family session, while working quickly enough to keep everyone happy and focused.  I have carefully selected these times and locations based on past years, knowing when the lighting and landscape are best, so you don't have to worry about figuring all of that out!  Please note that the timing of blossoms and wildflowers are unpredictable from year to year.  These are my best estimations; however, I'm happy to reschedule as needed if the flowers or weather aren't in our favor.  :)  As session dates approach, I will happily adjust these dates or times as needed, to ensure that you get the very best results for weather and scenery.  Also, some locations such as Utah Lake, the Salt Flats, Albion Basin, etc. have gorgeous open prime lighting right at sunset.  Usually this beautiful light is perfect for 30-45 minutes.  For locations like these, I will have each family break their session up into two 15-20 minute session increments, so that both families get a bit of both the harsher and softer light.  I have done this many times in the past, and it works very well.

The following is a list of dates I have selected for my mini sessions!  Some locations require additional travel or location permit fees (this will be indicated with an asterisk (*)).  Depending on how many spots are filled on that date, you may split this fee with the other client(s) and only end up paying half or less of this price.

(Schedule current as of 8/25/19.  Session times will be crossed out when booked.)

March 22:  Utah Lake - 6:30 and 7:00 pm
March 23:  Downtown Provo - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
April 5:  Provo blossoms - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
April 13:  Provo blossoms - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
April 19:  Provo blossoms - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
April 13:  State capitol blossoms - 7:00 and 7:45 am
April 20:  North Salt Lake City orchard blossoms* - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
April 27:  Utah County blossoms - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
May 4:  Utah County blossoms - 6:00 and 6:30 pm
May 11:  Provo Canyon - 6:30 pm
May 11:  Utah Lake - 7:30 and 8:00 pm
May 24:  Utah County poppy field - 6:30 and 7:00 pm
May 24:  Utah Lake - 8:00 pm
May 29:  Utah County poppy field - 6:30 and 7:00 pm
May 29:  Utah Lake - 8:00 pm
June 7, 8, 9:  Denver, Colorado sessions (7 of 7 spots filled)
June 24:  Mona lavender farm* - 6:30 and 7:00 pm
June 27:  Alpine Loop - 6:00 pm
June 27:  Utah Lake - 8:00 and 8:30 pm
July 5:  American Fork Canyon - 5:45 and 6:15 pm
July 6:  Rock Canyon - 7:30 am
July 6:  Provo Canyon - 7:30 and 8:00 pm
July 10:  Alpine Loop - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
July 12:  Alpine Loop - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
July 12:  Utah Lake - 8:00 and 8:30 pm
July 13:  Bonneville Salt Flats* - 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm
July 18:  American Fork Canyon - 5:45 and 6:15 pm
July 19:  Alpine Loop - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
July 24:  Albion Basin* - 7:15 and 7:45 pm
July 27:  Albion Basin* - 7:15 and 7:45 pm
July 31:  Albion Basin* - 7:00 and 7:30 pm
August 1:  Albion Basin* - 7:00 and 7:30 pm
August 5:  Albion Basin* - 7:00 and 7:30 pm
August 24:  American Fork Canyon - 5:30 and 6:00 pm
August 29:  Provo Canyon - 5:30 and 6:00 pm

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