Thank you so much for reaching out to me for more information about gift certificates!  

I offer two types of shoots:  Portrait Contemporary, and Portrait Couture.  

**We are fully booked for COUTURE sessions for 2019***

Gift Certificates can be purchased in any dollar amount and can either be shipped directly to you or you may pick it up by appointment only.  

If you would like more information on pricing and collection options, please inquire HERE.

Your gift card will arrive wrapped and ready to give!

Check out more about our sessions HERE.

Behind the Scenes

Take a peek at this short video to see what a session with Melody Smith Portrait is like!

I photograph women and men from 8-100 in my beautiful Old Town Petersburg studio.  


Sessions take place on M, W, & F at 10:00am 

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates can be purchased in increments of $100, valid towards any session fee and any COLLECTION of photographs.  (Collections do not include a-la-carte purchases)

Your gift voucher will come beautifully wrapped and include details about how to 

set up a consultation to schedule the portrait sessions.

*all portrait clients MUST have a consultation.

Session Fee:  $189 (Contemporary)*

Your session fee will include:  professional hair & make up, use of our glamorous studio wardrobe featuring over 1000 garments in sizes 00-18

*couture session fee:  $750 BOOKED FOR 2019

please ask about our wait list



you only buy what you love

A-la-Carte images include a single digital file PLUS a complimentary master print.






Prints are presented in an archival box.

8x12 Folio Collections

Folio collections include 6, 9, or 12 digital files PLUS complimentary 8x12" matted prints

6 Image Folio............$1500

9 Image Folio............$2250

12 Image Folio..........$3000

Prints are presented in an archival box

The Complete Collection

The complete collection includes ALL of the digital files from your shoot PLUS 18 8x12" matted prints, PLUS your choice of either 2 10x15 matted prints or 1 16x20 mounted print.

*Optional complete collections include all digital files, and your choice of playbook, matted prints, and enlargement choice.*

Complete Collection:  $3350

The Playbook

Our playbook feature up to 16 photographs and include web resolution files* in an 8x10" lay flat album with your choice of cover options

Playbook.....................  $1950

*add spreads: $200 per spread

*web resolution rights are sharable on social media but NOT printable.

Our Studio

*rules, policies, and FAQ


Reveal Policies for Gift Certificates

We want to provide the most incredible experience for the recipient of your wonderful gift.  Because of this, we do not allow guests (even paying guests) to the studio during the reveal appointment.  We want each of our clients to make their own choices on their photographs, to feel empowered by seeing themselves the way they envisioned with out outside opinions.  

Studio Rules:

1.  We do not allow guests during the portrait session or reveal.  Children are permitted ONE parent to be present during the session and reveal.  

2.  We allow one reschedule with in 6 months of your scheduled session.

3.  Our studio is not child friendly, please

schedule dates/times accordingly.


Ordering and Refunds

The reveal appointment is the only time to view and purchase your photographs.  We do not offer online galleries, and all reveals must be done in person.

MSP does not offer refunds or exchanges on any product purchase OR session fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What days do you shoot on?

     Sessions are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 am

2.  What time do sessions end:  

     We typically wrap up between 2:00-3:00pm

3.  What happens if you (the photographer) are sick/injured?

     We will reschedule your session with out any penalty.

4.  What if I want to be there for the shoot?

     We have a very strict rule regarding guests during sessions.  This is because we want to have our 

     clients completely in the moment and focused on our direction versus the approval of others.  

5.  If I am the one paying for the images, why can't I come to the reveal?

     Our rules are in place for specific reasons.  If you are purchasing a collection for a minor, we allow

     one parent to attend the reveal and ordering session.  Imagine if you were making selections on 

     images of yourself that you loved, but someone else told you they didn't like that image and chose one

     that you didn't necessarily love the most.  We want our clients to see themselves in a new way and not

     feel the influence of others when making selections on images they love.

6.  If we can't come to the reveal, how do we know what collection to purchase?

     The best option is to purchase a collection with in your budget and include it as the entire gift voucher.  


7.  When do you schedule reveal appointments?

     Reveals are scheduled 2-3 weeks out on a Tuesday or Thursday after your session.  We will schedule

     your reveal appointment after we have finished your shoot.

8.  How will I receive my gift voucher?

     You can schedule a pick up time/date at our studio OR we can ship it to you complimentary.

9.  What is the ETA of our final product once we pay in full?

     We estimate 4-8 weeks for turn around on our products.  

10.  Do you post sneak peeks?

      Unfortunately we do not post any images that are not purchased at this time.

11.  Can I hire someone else to do my hair and make up?

       At this time, we do not allow outside vendors to do hair and or make up in our studio.  We require

       that the client arrive to the studio fee of product and styling.

12.  Does the session prep really matter?

       Absolutely.  There are many things listed on our session prep that may seem ridiculous.  However,

       in 20+ years of being a portrait photographer, I have learned that these details matter in creating a 

       perfectly finished final product.  We ask that our clients follow the session prep to the letter to avoid 

       a reschedule or cancellation.

13.  I see that you offer financing, how does that work with a gift voucher?

       You can easily purchase a gift certificate in any dollar amount.  If your recipient chooses a collection

       to finance, they would need to put 30% or more down on the day of their reveal and we will 

       collect billing information to bill a minimum of $100 per month until the collection is paid in full.

14.  How do we choose wardrobe for the shoot?

       After the consultation process we will send your recipient home with a "to do" list.  This list includes

       creating a pinterest board tagging images they love, outfits, hair and make up.  We will use this board

       to pull a variety of outfit selections prior to the session.

15.  How many photographs can we expect?

       We will photograph your recipient in up to 5 different looks from traditional, glamorous, boudoir, to 

       casual.  At the reveal appointment we will show 25-35 DIFFERENT images (different poses, different

       facial expressions and different outfits.'

16.  What happens if my recipient doesn't like their portraits and we have purchased a collection?

        That isn't going to happen.  But, in the unlikely event that it does, we will offer a reshoot, however

        we do not offer refunds or exchanges on any purchases.

Purchasing your Gift Certificate

Purchasing a gift voucher is easy!  Simply choose the dollar amount or session fee plus collection you would like to purchase and pay for your voucher online!  We will email you with details to follow up and complete your purchase. We suggest purchasing both the session fee and a collection together!  

Consultation Hours:  Tues. & Thurs. 10:30a - 2:30p  | Session Times:  M, W, F 10a |     Located at   3 N Sycamore St., Petersburg VA

by appointment only