Portrait Investment

If you came straight to this page after you got to my website, I’m going to ask you to do one thing first: stop.  Before you take a look at the rest of this page, go look through the galleries and remember how you feel as you’re doing that.  Then come back and keep reading.

Did you do it? I hope so! The most important part of picking a photographer should not be cost.  And while I’m very aware that cost is part of the equation, I want you to remember that it shouldn’t be the only factor.  The most important factor should be what you feel when you look at a photographers pictures.  I strive to create art that, above all else, makes you FEEL.  I want you to remember how you felt when your brand new baby was fussy and the only thing that calmed them down was snuggling into your chest.  I want you to remember how you felt when your baby learned how to sit or walk, or how you felt when your five year old grabbed your face in their hands and looked at you like they couldn’t possibly love you more.  I want you to remember the moment you felt your family was complete and finally had a photograph of it.  I want you to remember how proud you were of your about-to-graduate-from-high-school senior who got to this moment so fast because weren’t they a baby just two years ago?!  I want you to FEEL those moments every time you look back at the photos from your session with me.  I truly believe it’s better to have five images that make you feel something than two hundred that don’t.


With all of that said, I decided, as of September 1, 2018, to completely streamline all of my pricing — I now have ONE all-inclusive package! This covers a 60-90 minute session, minimum of 30 images (though generally more), and a print release for $595 + tax!

$300 non-refundable retainer is due upon booking to hold your date; this retainer will be applied towards your package choice upon ordering.


For a full product and price list, please send an email to melanie@melanieswansonphotography.com.  Keep in mind that payment plans are available upon request! Thanks!