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  • 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!

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!


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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 🙂