Melanie Swanson Photography bio picture
  • Hi there! I am pretty dang excited that you found me! Grab a cup of coffee (or tea...or water...) and have a look around! Before you do though, I think it's only fair that you know what you're getting yourself into when you book a session with me so here's a quick intro:

    I love: coffee, my nieces and nephews, traveling (especially if it's to the ocean!), literally any sport, adventures, and movies.
    I don't love: how long winter is, anything spicy, when I'm out of coffee.

    If you want to get to know me a little better, head on over to the About Me section! If you're ready to get to the good stuff (I know you're really here for the pictures!), check out the Portfolio tab up above or scroll through the blog!

Hi friends!

In my philosophy of ‘doing things my way’ in 2016, I am changing up my pricing just a bit! I have struggled with this A LOT in the past, in regards to what to offer and why.  It seems people really WANT digitals and they really LIKE the ease of ordering products from me and just having them delivered as opposed to ordering themselves….BUT, when push comes to shove, I think the immediate desire for digitals outweighs products for most people.

And I get it.  I really do.  It’s nice to have those images on a disc or a hard drive or in the cloud to access at any time.  On the same hand, as an artist, I really really want you all to have physical items from your session.  It’s hard for me to see people invest in a session with me to only have a disc sit in a drawer for three years.  We all have good intentions and think we’re going to print pictures or order canvases–but life gets busy and this is just one of those things that gets pushed back.  It pains me a little to see that because, and I’m not just saying this because I think I have to, I LOVE how your session turned out.  I truly do.  I want you to have a giant canvas on your wall or a coffee table book of pictures that you can look through every day.  I think it makes us all happier to actually see moments of our own happiness daily.

^That’s the professional side to this decision.  The personal side is this (I’m keepin’ it real this year, you guys, so I’m all about honesty!): life is just really really BUSY for me right now.  I love photography; I couldn’t imagine my life without it.  Even if this industry continues taking the turn it’s on to really cheap shoot-and-burn photogs and those of us who invest time, money, experience, and true passion end up having to close up shop, photography will *always* be a part of my life. It is so much a part of me now that I honestly don’t know who I am without it.  With that said, photography isn’t my only passion in life.  I also nanny for an absolutely wonderful family (some of you might recognize those sweet girls from my Facebook page) and I also take care of one of my best friends’ little girls; that combined with family obligations and some semblance of a personal life means really busy days for me.  So the ease of going to more streamlined digital packages (with the option of products) seems to be the best balance for both you and me!

So…what does that mean?

Starting now, I am condensing my packages into two digital offerings (vs. four). There will be the Petite package (which includes 12 digitals) and the Deluxe package (which includes a minimum of 30 digitals–but, between you and me, is usually closer to 50!)–with these packages also comes an even bigger change for me: NO MORE SESSION FEE! That’s right! There will still be a retainer due upon booking but that retainer will be applied to your balance once you choose your package! I know, it’s kind of a big deal and I’m pretty pumped about it!

Well….what if you want products?

What if you dislike everything about ordering products and just want me to do the work for you? That’s ok! Products will still be offered and are able to be purchased through me; I will take care of the ordering and delivery just like before!

So, that’s the big news of the day from over here! If you are ready to get your end of summer or fall session scheduled, head over to the ‘say hello!’ tab and let’s get you scheduled!

As always, I am thankful for each and every one of you that supports me and my business (in WHATEVER form that support comes in!); I could not do this without you <3

Let me just start this out by saying that if all children were as cute as the Loiselle children, there would be massive overpopulation in the world! The dimples, the smiles, the eyes—just gorgeous! Layton was such a dream baby during his newborn session and big sister/brother could not have been prouder!

Brynleigh (the adorable girl with dimples for days) asked more questions than most of my adult clients! “Soo…how long does it take you to edit the pictures?” “How long until we get to see some pictures?” “Do we get to have all of them?” She was super interested in why and what we were doing; I think I see an intern in my future 15 years from now!

Enjoy these pictures of Brynleigh, Declan, and Layton!


I have been putting off this blog post about Tessa simply because….I literally could not find the words to describe just how amazing this woman is!  Tessa has lost more than 180 pounds over the last 4 years through diet, exercise, hard work, and more determination than I have ever seen a single person possess.  She is a beast, you guys.  The good kind! She has gone from 331 pounds to 147 pounds. Pick your jaw up off the floor because you’re going to want to hear even more about her!

Tessa is…
kind. dedicated. positive. beautiful. vulnerable. giving. supportive. ambitious. committed. confident. driven. humble. courageous. inspiring. passionate. disciplined. sexy. strong. selfless. tough. amazing.

I could keep going and, honestly, I should…because when you do something completely extraordinary, you deserve to hear just how extraordinary you are.  This lady has strength that some people don’t even know is possible.  She was in a situation she didn’t want to be in; she wasn’t happy with her life and she changed it.

SHE changed it.

Do you know how hard that is? To break bad habits, to make sacrifices, to follow through on the promises you made to yourself?! I am so incredibly proud and honored and humbled to call this woman my friend.

If you are looking to make some changes in your life and want some motivation, make sure you are following Tessa! She’s on Facebook (, snapchat (username: tessawlj), and Instagram (@tessasweightlossjourney) with over 33,000 followers! She is one badass lady and I know there is nothing she sets out to do that she won’t accomplish!

I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves next but first…
Tessa, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for inspiring me on a daily basis.  Thank you for letting me capture these photos for you.  Thank you for being my friend and for showing me that anything is possible.  I simply adore you and I am so thankful for you!



Hi friends!

What better way to start off this new blog than by posting an amazing and fun engagement session! Leanne and Tommy had a perfect night for their engagement session; beautiful weather, absolutely gorgeous golden light and, best of all, an awesome sense of humor and mad love for each other! I mean…how often do you have a couple willingly do the chicken dance to end their session?! I’ve known Leanne since high school so I knew her wedding would be fun but once I met Tommy (and watched the two of them together), I knew their wedding was going to be a BLAST!

September 10th is going to be one fun day….until then, enjoy a little glimpse of their engagement session!

Melanie 🙂


Hi there!

Welcome to my brand new website; I am SO excited you are here!

I’m changing things up a bit in 2016 and that means starting with my website! I used to have an old flash site that half (probably more than half!) of you couldn’t see because you were looking from an iphone or an ipad–with countless hours spent on this and A LOT of help from my lovely sister (thanks Anne!), this little blogsite is ready for you! I’m so excited about it because you’ll still be able to find all the information you need via the tabs at the top but, as you scroll, you’ll also be able to come along on all the sessions I have through the blogs! I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to all of my wonderful clients, family, and friends–it’s going to be a fun ride!

Take a look around–and then head over to the ‘say hello!’ tab to get your session scheduled!

Oh–did I mention the first 5 people to book a summer session with me will get 15% off?! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Melanie 🙂