While an online consultation may not be ideal, sometimes it works out best for all parties involved. During my in person consults, I go over every detail of your session, the pricing, and we discuss how YOU dream of being photographed. This page may not be the most personable but we ask that you read through EVERY element prior to committing to a session with MSP.
Hello! I am Melody Smith and I am an international award wining master portrait photographer.
I have spent the last 30 years of my life dedicated to creating images for others through loving eyes.
I know what it is like to struggle to see your own beauty reflected back at you, to become a mother and want to find yourself again, to start fresh and want to be introduced to the person you have become.
I have photographed over 5,000 women over the span of 30 years and there is nothing in the world I would rather do than to show you how magnificent you are.
Whether you are looking for personal or corporate branding, talent headshots, boudoir portraits, maternity photos, vanity fair style portraits, a couples session, or a fine art masterpiece, I can create a personalized shoot just for you.
I absolutely love what I do: every element from planning your wardrobe, styling your hair, creating flawless make up that is as natural or extravagant as you would like, to directing you through every element of posing and expression from your eye lashes to your toe tips. My job is to let you shine, to illuminate your personal style and brand of beauty and elegance.
Our studio is located at 3 N Sycamore Street in historic Olde Town Petersburg, Virginia on the second floor of a building built during the 1800s.
Our space offers BOTH natural light settings and studio lit sets.
We provide our clients with the ultimate model for a day experience including access to our luxurious wardrobe with over 1,000 garments in sizes 00-24.
We ask that you bring a "model bag" with specific underpinnings to wear under our garments during your shoot.
We provide light refreshments for your session including a variety of juices, champagne, chocolates, muffins, granola bars and other snacks.
Each session is entirely private: this is a day JUST FOR YOU.
Session Start Time: 10:00 am
Session Wrap Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
PLANNING YOUR SESSION
Step one to planning any session with me is to design a pinterest board. Your board should include images from our galleries, wardrobe you love, various poses, and hair and make up you love. Once you have built your board for your portrait session, you will want to send it to us after your consultation though Facebook. You can find instructions on how to do that in your welcome email.
From your pinterest board, I will pull wardrobe that is similar to your pins and begin selecting and designing poses for your shoot based on your boards aesthetic. The more variety you have on your board, the better and more elaborate your shoot will be!
If you start to struggle, simply go to my pinterest board to find inspiration.
We ask that you send us a pinterest account PRIOR to your shoot (specifically to our Facebook business page) along with your clothing sizes (women only, we do not provide wardrobe for men). We will walk you through this process step by step through email. We will also send you a link to your SESSION PREP page so that you can begin planing the garments you will need to bring to your shoot to both compliment and wear under our garments.
I offer two types of portrait sessions: Contemporary and Couture.
Contemporary Sessions include personal branding, talent headshots and portfolios, boudoir, maternity, couples, and vanity fair style portraits. The gallery on the right shows a variety of images that are considered portrait contemporary.
During your session we will style you in up to 5 different modern looks. This is a true model for the day experience.
My couture shoots focus on illustrative one of a kind portraits. Your session will include concept development, wardrobe design and creation, props/set/location design. Couture sessions focus on a single look to create a compelling work of art for your home.
Strength. Confidence. Empowerment.
Your session will include professional hair & make up, use of our glamorous studio wardrobe with hundreds of garments ranging in sizes 00-22, an artfully directed photo shoot with multiple wardrobe changes plus a reveal and ordering appointment. Portrait contemporary sessions include: personal branding (headshots), high school senior portraits, maternity, children 10 and up, boudoir, bridal, and glamour.
BE A MODEL FOR A DAY!
Session Fee: $189 (plus tax)
*session fee does not include photographs
Storytelling. Vulnerability. Originality.
Inspired by the things you love the most, your session will include the design and conception of a single
look that will include hand-made artfully designed wardrobe, prop acquisition/construction, and set creation, plus a reveal and ordering appointment.
BECOME A WORK OF ART!
Session Fee: $950 (plus tax)
-sessions are booked 3-6 months in advance-
*session fee does not include photographs
After each session is over, we will look at Tuesday & Thursdays in 1-3 weeks from your shoot to schedule your ordering appointment. If you are out of state or more than an hours drive from our studio, we can arrange a SKYPE REVEAL online.
After your session, we will schedule a Tuesday or Thursday for you to return for your in person reveal and ordering appointment. This is the ONLY time to view & purchase your photographs.
During your reveal, we will present you with a digital slide show of 25-35 unique images
from the various poses and wardrobe changes.
(above image from left to right)
a-la-carte loose prints + single digital file ($269 and up)
8x12 matted printed collections + corresponding digital files ($1500 and up)
8x10 playbook + web resolution files ($1950 and up)
complete collection + all digital full resolution files ($3350)
*full pricing and descriptions listed below
After your session we will schedule a time for you to return to the studio for your reveal and ordering appointment (between 2-3 weeks after your session).
At your reveal, you will be presented with 10 fully illustrated fine art 8x12" matted prints of the images
from your shoot along with a beautiful black archival folio box.
This single collection includes your choice of a 16x20 print in a white, silver, or gold museum frame, and full resolution rights to your images for $3950 plus tax.
*full pricing and descriptions listed below
we are currently not accepting bookings
MSP offers interest free in house financing on all COLLECTION purchases.
Collections include 6, 9, 12 folio collections, playbook, the complete collection and our fine art collection.
Simply put 30% down on any collection at your reveal appointment and on the 15th of each month we will automatically bill your account for $100. Once your collection is paid in full we will deliver your final products. (Turn around time is 4-8 weeks)
an individual loose print with corresponding digital file to that single image.
8x12 ..... $269
10x15 ..... $429
16x20 ..... $569
20x30 ..... $709
24x36 ..... $917
add a slip in mat to any image for $30.
Interested in just ONE shot?
Check out our "event" shooting dates for a unique opportunity!
your choice of 6, 9 or 12 matted 8x12" prints in an archival box.
Includes corresponding digital files.
Our unique slip in prints are matted to fit right into an 11x14 frame and you have the option to slip your prints in and out whenever you want!
6 image collection ..... $1500
9 image collection ..... $2250
12 image collection .... $3000
add additional images for $269 and up
an 8x10" lay flat album featuring up to 16 of your favorite portraits in your choice of cover options.
Includes WEB RESOLUTION
rights to images. (You cannot reprint them, they are best for sharing on a slide show or social media)
8x10 playbook ..... $1950
add additional spreads to your album for $200/spread.
add a-la-carte images of prints you want to gift starting at $269 and up.
a. a silk folio box containing 18 8x12" matted prints PLUS either
2 10x15 matted wall portraits OR
1 16x20 mounted portrait.
b. a double playbook with ALL
of your photographs PLUS choice
of enlargements. *various combinations are possible.
Includes full resolution rights to ALL images.
complete collection: $3350
At your reveal appointment I will present you with 10 beautifully illustrated 8x12" matted portraits printed on the most luxurious fine art paper in the world, (Hahnemuehle). Your photographs are hand painted to perfection and printed masterfully.
There is only ONE collection for our couture sessions. If you love them, you buy them all.
Your collection will include:
10 Fully Retouched 8x12" portraits matted to fit into 11x14" frames
A silk or leather archival folio box
1 16x20" mounted wall portrait
1 16x20" Gilt Frame in your choice of silver, gold, or white.
Full resolution digital files for printing/gifting/sharing
$3950 (plus tax)
If you are ready to book your session, you can reserve your date and also make your payment online through our website.
Here is what you need to do:
1. Send us multiple Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays you are available to shoot between 10:00 am and 3:00pm
*We have the most flexible schedules 3-4 months in advance
2. Make your payment for your session fee online HERE.
Contemporary Session Fee: $189 plus tax ($198.45)
Couture Session Fee: $950 plus tax ($997.50)
*Your session fee is non refundable from the time of submission. The session fee does NOT include photographs*
3. Complete the questionnaire on this page in the preparing for your session section.
4. Confirm your date with us.
5. Begin creating your pinterest board.
6. PLAN A NIGHT OUT! YOU WILL LOOK & FEEL INCREDIBLE!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING
1. Your session fee is non refundable from the time of payment
2. All sales are final, there are no refunds or exchanges on our products
3. We ask that you do not bring guests to your consultation, session, or reveal and ordering appointment.
4. We photograph children 8 years and older ONLY
5. The only time to view and or purchase your images is at your scheduled reveal time: if
you do not show up to your reveal appointment we require a minimum purchase of $1500
for any future reveal appointment.
6. We ask that if you have had some situation that prevents you from making a purchase at your reveal
that you let us know immediately after your session. Each session takes multiple days to produce and
if you cannot make your purchase for the day of your reveal, we can utilize that time to work on another client
and would appreciate your respect of our studio time management.