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Welcome to my blog.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my Blog.

I am Melanie, Custom Photographer, specializing in maternity, newborn and child portraiture in and around Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

My goal as your custom photographer is to capture original, personalized photographs that you will be able to cherish forever. 

Yadda, yadda, yadda...I know, right?

Anyone can say this.

But I really, truly, mean it. Ask anyone who has worked with me before, ask my husband, or my kids, how much time does mommy spend working/perfecting/loving her job, or anything for that matter. Sometimes I even have to ask myself, do I put too much time into others lives and not enough in my own. 

Bottom line, I know all too well, with having to juggle so many things each day, how life sometimes feels like we are on fast forward and we never get a moment to just sit down and take in the beauty that surrounds us each day. This is where I come in.

I want to help you remember these times. I want to capture real life, I want to capture the kind of photos you will look back upon for years to come and smile. I want to capture you, being you. I want you to feel as beautiful as I see you.

I invest in you, just as you will invest in me. I invest my heart into each family, it means that much to me. 

Why you ask?

Because it is you who keeps me inspired, it is you who allows my passion stay a reality. I have you to thank for my success.

I hope this blog gives you the opportunity to get to know me and see if I am the right photographer to suit your needs! You can reach me via email at mell@mellaniedphotography.com .

 

.smile. Montreal’s Newborn Photographer – MellanieD Photography

In a world where everyone struggles to succeed,

to stand out, to make a difference,

it is easy to get discouraged.

God knows this happens to me often.

Then,

I meet these brand new,

completely, perfectly raw,

tiny, little human beings…

So I stop everything

forget all the traffic that boggles my mind daily,

and feel.

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Feel with your eyes

calm your mind

absorb the love within your heart

it doesn’t get better than this

xo

Light, Lines & Love: Assignment 1

So I am doing this photography course, which requires me to do an assignment every week… late already for my first week (it was due Sunday)…no wise cracks at those who know me well ;)

I know, I know. I must work harder at being on time!

So we had to tell a story without our subjects necessarily knowing we are taking their photos…so I figured…

what better way to start my assignment – handed in late, no doubt – than to explain why.

My life as a mom of 5 and a business owner – here’s a little peak into a day in my life.

I do feel there are many gaps here, but alas, I am not just the photographer here but the mom…doing all the work.

Note: There is even *one* photo of myself- taken by my mom while out on a delivery.













Prince Charming ~ MellanieD Photography: Montreal Newborn Photographer

I must admit, I do have a soft spot for this little man.

Not only have I been so lucky as to watch him grow over his first year.

But when he layed his little head on my lap during our one year session, that was it.

It was all over.

He now has my heart forever.

He really is a little prince charming. From day one, such a sweetheart to photograph.

He has the most contagious smile, you just can not contain yourself when you are in his presence.

You can see it all over Mom and Dads face every time you see them together…

there are no words for the love this family has for one another.

It has been a blessing for me to be part of your journey.

A year filled with so much change and yet you are always smiling…

From a new home, a new business and most importantly becoming a family.

THANK you for trusting me.

xoxoxo

My Meaningful Valentine ~ Mellanied Photography

Reminiscing about 5 years ago today…

Valentines Day holds a different meaning for me now and forever.

Your Story.

38 weeks pregnant and running around gathering food for the perfect valentine family dinner, I knew you were coming.

 I continued on my day, knowing I would meet you very soon. With no appetite that night, I just sat and watched everyone enjoy the special meal.  I prepare the kids for bed and then went to lay in the bath, and tried to rest. No consistent contractions…

but I knew you were coming.

I did end up falling asleep, interrupted with many strong contractions, but still nothing consistent….

still I knew you were coming.

At around 5am, after getting up for the 100th time, I knew it was time. I woke up your Dad and told him, although we had 3 kids already, you were “our” first baby. The one that would bond the family as one.

We all took our time, the three kids ate breakfast, as did Daddy. I took a long shower, even took the time to blow dry my hair, stopping only for a few moments every 5 minutes while the contractions came and went.

Yes, you were coming.

We brought the 3 kids to 3 different places and by the time we were en route to the hospital, on a friday, around 8 am, we sat in traffic,

my contractions getting closer and my more painful but none of it mattered because…

I knew you were coming.

Finally at 9:30am, we arrived at the hospital, where they whisked me into a room quickly, since they could see how close the contractions were…a minute and a half a part by that time. Just as they were preparing me, my doctor happened to get called in for a c-section, she checked on me and noted my water hadn’t broken yet but I was 6 cm dilated.

You were coming.

We sat in the room, calmly, enjoying the moments just before we knew we were to meet you. At around 11:30am my water broke. I never experienced my water breaking with Liam and it was such a wonderful, liberating feeling. As if meant to be, my doctor walks in just then and confirms my water had broken, I was 10 cm and ready to push. She had just finished her c-section and was going to get washed up.

It was time…you were coming.

At 12:05pm, February 15th, 2008 the nurses urging me to grab you with the last push, you laid on my chest, and I fell in love.

What still brings tears to my eyes, is how your Dad explains his experience of your very first moments.

He felt God that day, at 12:05pm, just seconds after you came out.

He not only saw life come into you,

he actually felt it.

He swears he felt God that afternoon…

and every day since through you. You are his everything.

You will forever be my special valentine my sweet Nicky. I love you with all my heart.

MellanieD Photography’s Best of 2012 Contest : Montreal Custom Art Photographer

Here we are yet again, another year gone, another year of experience, another year that I am blessed doing what I love so much.

I am humbled by the love and support I get from my loyal clients, my friends and my family.

If anyone would have asked me if I ever imagined I would be doing this for living, my answer would have been no way.

Then again, if anyone would have asked me if I would have five kids… I would have laughed.

It is amazing really,

how little control we really do have on where we will be in our lives.

Life really does just seem to fall into place,  exactly the way it should be all on it’s own.

Sure, we contribute to our fate, but I really do believe that there is something much greater than what we see.

The key here is,

we must open ourselves to the universe, we must open our minds, our hearts, and trust.

Have faith in yourself.

Believe you can do

exactly.what.you.are.meant.to.do. 

The only thing standing in your way is fear.

I am living proof. 

That being said, although I have not blogged at all this year, I have had an amazing year,

filled with so many great things…

And so….

Once again, I want to give back to all of you for your continued love.

I know you may not tell me personally; actually, let me take that back, you *do* tell me, but I also hear, from complete strangers,  you are all saying good things about me :::blushing:::!

So for the FOURTH year in a row…The BEST OF Contest is now LIVE!

OK…so same rules apply as previous years. It is pretty simple.

One vote per person (I will be checking…no cheating people!) so send emails, tweet, share on facebook, shout it out your door, do whatever suits you to get the votes in.

Be very sure you tell your friends/family members/co-workers to choose your photo number and HIT VOTE at the bottom of the poll.

No comments in the comment section will count as votes, you must hit VOTE.

It’s easy, right …most votes wins!

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There will be THREE PRIZES.

FIRST PRIZE, SECOND PRIZE AND THIRD PRIZE.

The GRAND Prize will be a FULL custom Photo Session with moi. Including a 15% discount on ANY digital collection purchased (WOW!!!) AND a 11×14 Thin Wrap canvas of the winning photo.

The grand prize values over $500+ !!!

Second Prize will be a $225 Gift Certificate good towards any *full Custom Photography Session in 2013.

Third Prize will be a $125 Gift Certificate good towards any *full Custom Photography Session in 2013.

Good Luck to all the contestants.

(YES…I am going to stop talking now…stop laughing. I promise. Now get voting.)

Happy voting!

Melisa - Amazing photography!You have great talent.. I cannot wait to receive your reply and book a date for my daughters photoshoot ;)April 9, 2014 - 2:01 pm

effy - Good Luck! Great Pic!!!February 7, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Derek - AdorableFebruary 7, 2013 - 10:56 am

Maria C - Beautiful!February 7, 2013 - 9:05 am

Talene - #18 does look like an angel...February 7, 2013 - 8:14 am

Anca - Number 18 is a winning little angel girl - love the picture and the feeling of peace and serenity it gives. Love it really!February 7, 2013 - 7:03 am

Jorge - LINDAAAAAAAAAFebruary 7, 2013 - 3:26 am

Clementina santos - MagnifiqueFebruary 6, 2013 - 9:12 pm

AnnetteWing - Love my beautiful cousinFebruary 6, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Tanya - Mia is adorableFebruary 6, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Sarah - So cuteFebruary 5, 2013 - 10:48 pm

deep dhanak - Amazing... simply amazingFebruary 5, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Sacha - Cute!February 5, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Tania oliveira - #18 beautiful :)February 4, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Lisa Lombardi - You are truly the most amazing photographer Mell : ) What you are able to capture blows me away every time!February 4, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Michael Abraham - He's a sweetie...February 4, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Luana Biocchi - My vote is #13 Panagiotis!!February 4, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Sanjay Mishra - My choice Number 18 :-) *** Service disabled. Check access key in CleanTalk plugin options. Request number 65668be262bc3722b3bf10b7d9bc2afe. Automoderator cleantalk.org. ***February 4, 2013 - 11:45 am

Michelle Narine - LovelyFebruary 4, 2013 - 10:56 am

Jennifer Costa - #18February 4, 2013 - 8:23 am

A.earle - Pic 18!!!February 3, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Kristina - Love your pics Mel. I voted for #18February 3, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Sanjay - All kids are form of God but please allow me to go with # 16 though it's not easy to rank :-) Regards SanjayFebruary 3, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Karine Bedard - Congratulations to you both on your beautiful baby girl! She is precious.February 1, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Guy Chandonnet - #20! Who said once that beauty, elegance, sophiscated is no match with pregnancy ,,,February 1, 2013 - 4:04 am

Tony Larosa - Gorgeous baby! God bless her.January 30, 2013 - 1:58 pm

rogerlagace - Petite étoile tu brilles au firmament de la vie. Je te souhaite un avenir prometteur.January 30, 2013 - 12:53 pm

rogerlagace - She my favorJanuary 30, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Rosahan Alayon - #23 - beautiful baby. Good luck.January 30, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Elsa - SuperJanuary 30, 2013 - 11:37 am

Antoni Snopek - I like this pic! i It's a winner! No. 23January 30, 2013 - 11:21 am

dina zappia - picture 7 :)January 29, 2013 - 12:28 pm

sarah - so cute!!January 28, 2013 - 7:19 pm

steve - Baby #5!!!January 28, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Anissa - Cutest baby ever!!!January 28, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Maria Mai - Mellanie you have a real talent! All babies looks adorable!January 28, 2013 - 9:41 am

Sarah Orlando - Baby Samantha is a beauty :)January 28, 2013 - 9:34 am

MC - g o r g e o u s :)January 27, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Evie - Gorgeous picture!January 27, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Melina G. - my favourites are 16, 21 & 23 (23 most of all). I hope to one day be able to use Mellanied's services! :)January 27, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Suzanne Lavoie - Très belle photo de ma nièce. J'aimerais beaucoup qu'elle gagne. Félicitations pour votre beau travail et votre professionnalisme.January 26, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Maryse Caron - Beautifull picture!January 26, 2013 - 10:59 am

Maria - Too cute:)January 25, 2013 - 11:17 pm

Cath Mac - Little beauty <3January 25, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Violette Perras - pour moi le petit aviateur de la photo numero 8 est un petit amour puisqu'il est mon petit fils Liam xoxoJanuary 25, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Yvonnne - BeautifulJanuary 25, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Nathalie - Wow nô.9!January 25, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Soni - Lauren's friend - Lovely photo!January 25, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Nancy Brault - #21 is so precious. She looks like a little angelJanuary 25, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Athyna - Beautiful! Good luck Samantha xoxJanuary 25, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Kayla - Number 21 is GorgeousJanuary 25, 2013 - 12:53 pm

camilla andersson - lovely!January 25, 2013 - 7:36 am

Sarah Lovee - she is simply adorable.January 24, 2013 - 11:58 pm

Effy fotini chatziiliou - Good luck!January 24, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Kailey Somerville - My adorable little cousin !January 24, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Annick - She is beautiful! This photographer is amazing!January 24, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Joan Roy - Very cute!!January 24, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Jeanne - Beautiful picture! Jeanne (Elsa's Friend)January 24, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Tanya - number 18 is super-duper cute. An angel worth winning! ;-)January 24, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Melissa Bonnell - BeautifulJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Emmie - mell, so awesome to see your blog back up and running..have missed it xoxoJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Tara - Adorable! Also one of my daughter's besties.January 24, 2013 - 10:15 am

Mathylde Gagnon - it's my litte cousin , i love her ? she's so pretty, beautiful babyJanuary 24, 2013 - 9:57 am