Maternity & Newborn Model Call! St. Pete/ Tampa Photographer

Calling all beautiful mommas-to-be and sweet newborn babies! I’m looking for two women to model for maternity photos, to be done at 30-37 weeks of pregnancy (no modeling experience necessary) and two newborn babies (7-15 days old).*

For maternity modeling, you will receive professional hair and makeup, 1-2 hour session, and 5 high-resolution digital files with print release. Total value is $475.

For newborn modeling, you will receive a 2-3 hour session in your home and 10 high-resolution digital files with print release. Total value is $525*

If interested, please e-mail me at, tell me a little bit about yourself, and attached a photo of yourself.

I can’t wait to get to know you!



*Sessions to be held in the St. Pete/Tampa area. Newborn session will include baby only. If you would like to include mom/dad/siblings, please let me know and we can work out a discounted family session to be held at the same time. We can pencil in a date for the newborn session, but I’m flexible, because I know babies arrive on their own schedule!




Fred & Anik – Sunset Beach / Treasure Island Florida Engagement Session

I had the pleasure of photographing this attractive, fun-loving couple in their element — at the beach, and on the waves! I’ve known Anik for a while, having met her in a business class.  She’s a gorgeous person, inside and out. You may remember Anik from this Day in the Life session with her young daughter.  Well, I was thrilled when I learned that Anik had met her love, Fred, who she spoke of glowingly.  I couldn’t wait to meet this man who had stolen her heart!

Well, Fred is just as wonderful as Anik described, and they’re obviously head over heels in love!  (They’re both the type of people who make you feel comfortable right away, like you’ve been friends all along.)

This was such a fun session!  Here are some of my favorite images.  Leave a comment below and let me know which ones are your favorites, and why!





It was the most natural thing to head to the coast for Anik and Fred’s engagement session.  They not only love stand-up paddle boarding, but they have a yoga/stand up paddle boarding business, Bella Soul Yoga and SUP!  Check out their website here!


I didn’t think there was much in the way of surfing on the Gulf Coast. I learned from Fred, who’s an expert on the subject, that Sunset Beach is the place to be if you want to catch some waves.  Sunset Beach is a beach on the southern tip of Treasure Island, between The Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay.  It’s primarily a residential beach community full of charming fishing cottages.  It was explained to me that this area has waves that attract local surfers because it has a sandbar with big drop-off, which creates a large swell that breaks to the north.  There are also large rock jetties. On any given weekend, you’ll find hundreds of surfers there. Who knew?









I’m looking forward to capturing Anik and Fred’s wedding next year in St. Augustine!



Client Referral Program!

It’s time to officially launch my new client referral program!  Many people don’t realize that a custom photography business like mine is built on word-of-mouth referrals. I truly appreciate when happy clients tell their friends and families about my services, and I want show my appreciation!  So… here’s how it works:

If you’re a former client, and you refer a friend who books a session, you will receive a $50 print credit on your next session as a thank you gift. It can be applied to any type of session (family, couples, maternity, newborn, engagement, lifestyle, boudior).  And guess what? You may receive an unlimited number of print credits! In addition, your friend who books a session will also receive a one-time $50 print credit. (Print credits expire one year after issuance.)


Make sure to tell your friends when they contact me to let me know that you referred them, so I’ll know who to thank!







Happiness is….loveliness from Florida’s Gulf Coast…

Thank you for visiting my new little blog!  I’m starting with a simple collection of some of my favorite coastal images that I’ve taken over the last few years.  ~Melinda

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”  Jacques Cousteau



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