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leaves 🍂, apple cider, & fall minis!



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leaves 🍂, apple cider,  & fall minis!

I’ve loved the pace of summer – the unwinding of it all. And I covered my ears when I heard things like “Summer is half over!” or “Summer is almost over!”…it felt a little better that way.  We leisurely marked off the simple things on our summer bucket list like “eat shave ice” and “go on a roadtrip” and relished them.  We did so.much.traveling in the spring that it felt good to wind it back and be more present at home with just one week away to explore a couple national parks and a campus visit.   Audrey starts taking college classes in a couple weeks through a concurrent enrollment program where high schoolers get credit for high school and college simultaneously and it felt like less scenery changes would be helpful.

Because i loved college so much, I’m excited for her to dip a toe in it all :)

As a quick reminder, our shooting season ends nov 1 (except for newborns & indoor sessions at home) – here’s a link to make it simple!  I want to be sure there’s time to work on your proofs and orders before the winter holidays and have a little space for a peaceful unfurling of the last bit of the year.

Cheers to an equally glorious fall with cozy moments aplenty!

With so much affection, -melanie-

limited edition
[fall] mini session

when: saturday, october 21st

where:  shaker village – 3501 lexington road, harrodsburg, ky 40330

details: a 15 minute mini session, $238.50* session fee. these go super quick, especially with so many clients using the images for holiday cards, so snag a spot for your crew if the timing is right!  (session fee covers 1-3 people…additional sweet people can be added for $25 per person)

*price includes sales tax


for sessions at a spot & date of your choosing, here’s our portrait calendar! if you don’t see a date that works,  jot us a quick note at because we can likely find a fit!




[ holidays not to be forgotten ] 

13 – positive thinking day
17 – international red panda day (they are so adorable at the cincinnati zoo!!)
26 – johnny appleseed day (eat apples with this!!)

1 – national homemade cookie day
5 – do something nice day

6 – national nacho day
28 – french toast day


[ currently ] 

  • AD’s open door series is so fun and this cottage has such great color!
  • There’s just barely enough time to make this before summer slips away…her description of it being like “if banana bread and carrot cake had a baby” is perfect :) It’s so good!
  • Our last trip to NYC included a stop at the Museum of Ice Cream and it was that I’m contemplating going to the one in Chicago. Have you been?  Did it make you smile bigger for days?
  • Working my way through the questions here that appeal to me (I printed them and popped them in my bag) and it’s so fun to hear the answers!  They’ve prompted surprisingly delightful conversations!


[ kind words ] 


Just wanted to let you know how extremely pleased I was with our session. In the chaos, I know I couldn’t appropriately express how grateful I was for your kindness and how sweet you were to my children. I was told you were awesome and like “human prozac” – so true!  We had a great time and I can’t wait to see the pictures. Thank you so, so much Melanie, you are one of a kind.  – Christy