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2016 is giving hints already at how wonderful it will be so i’m in full-on anticipation mode for the year ahead!  and part of that anticipation is spring!!  every year, i think, “wow, how could i forget how awesome spring is?” because it knocks the socks off of me.

i cocoon more in the winter so it feels good to get back outside!

and speaking of getting outside, i’m so excited to share our spring mini session!

i love these for a quick & cute update…some sweet clients last year brought their children together for a cousins shot – SO fun!  i love cousin relationships and a mini session is such a smart way to record it!

limited edition [ spring has sprung ] mini session

when: saturday, april 23rd

where: ashland, the henry clay estate, lexington ky

kindly pick your preferred time








details: a 15-20 minute mini session, $175 session fee

1-2 children (or you and a child), for additional siblings/family members please add $25/person. since these will be outside, please plan for the possibility of cooler weather. prints, digital files, etc are purchased a la carte after you’ve had a chance to see the images.

on may 23rd we’ll present 5 too cute images! email katrina ( for a spot as soon as you can – they fill quickly!! can’t wait to see you!  xoxo, -melanie-


  • 01

    i realize the trending thing on youtube might be #sephorahaul but the melanie mauer edition is #libraryhaul :)

    it’s the only place where audrey & i seem to walk out with almost the limit of what we can carry ;)

    i’m always excited to share the best books with you – this one is about a dinosaur who wants to learn how to dance.  so cute!  there are a couple girls who make an unkind comment about her lack of shoes and it opened the conversation about always speaking kindly…just didn’t want you to think i loved *that* part :)

  • 02
    seed by seed

    one of my favorite children books of all time – there’s quite a bit of text so i think it’s a perfect story for an older child…we read it while snacking on chilled apples and i can’t wait to read it again.  johnny appleseed passes away – they handle it carefully but i like to mention stuff like that ahead of time so you can be prepared.

  • 03

    it’s been a while since a children’s book has made me tear up but this one did…it covers a heroic act that happened on Sept 11th. We probably wouldn’t have ready this when Audrey was young because of that but was happy to share it with her now.

  • 04
    an egg is quiet

    it seemed seasonally appropriate (how sweet in an easter basket!) but what won me over were the gorgeous watercolor illustrations.

    all of these titles are available at the Lexington Public Library – we really didn’t utilize the library much until audrey started reading but now we visit once a week :)