Sunday, March 20, 2011

Special Guest Sunday: Melinda Koen Photography

I don't think a day (much less an hour) passes when I don't wish I could just freeze or capture an everyday moment in the life of my children ~ a kiss, a hug, giggling and dancing right before bedtime, tired eyes, toothless grins... this is why so many of us parents take photos, journal, blog...

A friend of mine Melinda Koen, has been doing photography in the Napa Valley for over eleven years and is truly amazing at maternity, newborn and family photography.

Just over a year ago, my entire family (mom, dad, 6 siblings, 4 spouses, 4 babies) were together over the holidays. There is no way we were all going to make it to a photo studio but we wanted some professional photographs. I contacted Melinda and she came to our home to do on-site photography of not only our entire family but also individual couples and families.

I have to say while Melinda's end results were gorgeous it was the process that I found so refreshing. It was ENJOYABLE ~ really, are family photo shoots ever enjoyable? Yes, this time they were... Melinda has a very pleasant, calming effect and was wonderful with the kids.

Did I mention that she is absolutely affordable? So many of us can't spend hundreds of dollars on a photo shoot, but we still want those on-site, unique, personal photographs. She charges a basic hourly rate and for a flat fee provides all photos from the session on a disc.

Take a look at Melinda's website.

Here are some of my favorites from our photo session with Melinda...


Jessalyn Good said...

Melinda took picture of our newborn son when he was 2 weeks old. She came to our home, and used blankets, and things around our house to take beautiful and unique photos! It was a great experience and the pictures were perfect. We get compliments on them all the time. We will definitely be using Melinda again! It was so great to be in the comfort of our own home just after having our baby, and it was raining, so it was nice to not have to take a newborn out in the weather. Melinda is fantastic!!!

Tanya Sappington said...

Melinda did an amazing job with my family of 8. Very patient and always smiling. She made all of us feel comfortable. It was very affordable! I won't go anywhere else and I will recommend her to everyone!

and Labor Looks, amazing gowns! Great people, Great Service! Thanks ladies!!!