30A | Destin | Panama City Beach

 luxury portrait session options

Our goal is to capture YOUR family's unique connection.

And it involves more than just a click of the camera!


With over 20 years experience, we know HOW to make your session stress free and filled with love and laughter, even the grumpy dads and moody teens will admit they had a blast. Our comical and cheerful personalities bring out the best in everyone, and that allows us to capture the memories of a lifetime!

ession Options


session fees are non-refundable , however    they can be transferred to a future date



20 minute session

(15+) Gallery Images

to choose from

Limited to 7 participants

Does NOT include any prints or digital files.

collections starting at $500


45 minute session
(40+) Gallery Images

to choose from

limited to 12 participants

Does NOT include any prints or digital files.

collections starting at $500


up to 90 minute session



(1) 8x8 Heirloom Album


(1) 4x6 Image box with proofs


save 30% on all home decor

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Photography Session Add-On's

Here you can explore some additional photography session services that you can add to your portrait session.

  • Professional Hair and/or Make-up services
    *prices typically range $100-$500
    depending on level of services needed/artist)

  • Cinematography: live video snippets & behind the scene captures combined with final edit still images


  • Bubbly/Champagne Toast: Two (2) beach friendly champagne flutes with one (1) bottle of bubbly over ice OR a group "red solo cup" toast
    (note: glass of any kind is not allowed on beaches)

    $100 (Includes mini table or ladder decor)

  • Bonfire with Smokeless Bon Fire Pit: Let the beach adventures continue! Add a s'mores beach bon-fire photo session. We will obtain beach bon-fire permit, provide smokeless fire pit, & mini lifestyle photo session around the fire
    *prices starting at $250

  • Beachscapes: Beautiful beach backdrops of the Emerald Coast combined with our boho inspired decor, umbrellas, and more
    *prices starting at $100

We have also teamed up with many of the local vendors to provide additional services such as cakes, charcuterie boards, florist, musicians, officiants and more!

Do you have questions?

we have   answers

keep scrolling to see why our clients choose Melonie Marie Photography, or click a quick link below

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Digital vs Print

Why are printed images more valuable than digital?


They provide a visible reminder to our spouse and especially children that they are loved and a valued member of that unit. 

Although we can enjoy photos in digital form—via social media, our phones or even a laptop—experts say digital images don’t have the same impact on a persons self-esteem and do not help reinforce a sense of belonging.


Why display home decor? Youngsters see the wall as a place of honor. Prominent family images in your living room, hallway, or their bedrooms are a signal they are cherished. It tells them those memories are worth preserving.

No matter your age or stage in life, we all want to feel connected and loved. Displaying printed images in your home will grow confidence, self-esteem and build strength in  family.

We proudly offer free retouching services on all HOME DECOR WALL ART

additional retouching services available staring at $25

A Luxury Portrait



digital files &
home decor options

Digital files are NOT included in our

(collections starting at $500)


They ARE included in our LEGACY Sessions.

If you are looking for a Luxury product to display in your home plus a back up copy of your images, we ask you to take a peek at our Decor Options. Unlike retail or online chain photo labs, our products are sourced from the finest quality archival materials. Items are NOT mass produced, instead these home decor products are given the detail they deserve to ensure they will be treasured for a lifetime.

The products we are offer are available to licensed Professional Photographers ONLY. We are proud to offer the finest quality Canvas Wraps, Heirloom Albums, Soft touch Image Folios, Keepsake boxes and more!

Most clients invest a minimum of $1800 in home decor items. Superior quality home decor plus digital files with a print release so you can print and share as much as you wish!

are we the "right" photographer for you?


While this seems like an odd question for a photographer to ask on their website, this is a very important question for us.


When you find images you love...Are you most attracted to light & airy skies or are you looking for dramatic, colorful, pastel skies?


Are you looking for a lifestyle portrait session or does your dream session include big smiles and looking at the camera? 


There are 1000's of photographers here on the Emerald Coast, both professional and amateur each with their own photographic style and budget. There's something for everyone!

>> click here to <<

to see if "WE" are the right photographer for "YOU"

30A | Destin | Panama City Beach

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Why do our Clients Love us?

Let's face it, there are 1000's of photographers to choose from, so why choose Melonie Marie?

Because we are true professionals!  

We all know someone who “takes pictures”, but capturing beautiful portraits on the beach, understanding how to set up the perfect shot, engage with individuals, provide exceptional OFF CAMERA lighting, and edit images are skills that require training and experience.

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This is not a side hustle or a part time "job" for us. Melonie has both her Master's Degree & Craftsman degree in photography and has spent 20+ years with photography as her career. In 2015 she became one of the very few STATE Certified Professional Photographers (CPP). She has 4 images on the world art tour, images published in books & magazines, has served on the council for Professional Photographers of America and is past President of the state Professional Photographers Association.

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She is not an "all-natural" light photographer. She uses off camera flash on the beach to light her subjects and capture the amazing sunset and skies behind them. Because of her lighting techniques, there is very little "editing" that needs to be performed on images, she has the knowledge, skills and ability to capture the image in camera!

What's Included

We are a full service photography studio and are here to help you create a fun family adventure!
With your session you will receive:


  • Design consultation (wardrobe, location, styling)

  • Portrait Session (your location or public access)

  • Ordering session
    (zoom meeting or online gallery)

  • Multiple image options
    (family groupings, just the kids, just the parents, mom with kids, etc)

  • Posed and Lifestyle portraits
    (in addition to multiple image options, we will also create your family story with both lifestyle images and posed images)

  • Client Closet: dresses, skirts, hats, pearls and more
    (having trouble finding that perfect dress, borrow one from our client closet, we have a large selection of flowy dresses and even pettiskirts and lace rompers for the little ones)


Don’t just hire someone who thinks they are a photographer; hire a professional portrait photographer who has an established track record. Look at their websites, their portfolios, and their GOOGLE reviews! We are proud to have a 5 star google rating!


How does this work?

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initial inquiry

Once you a have taken a few moments to browse my images and portrait style, please complete the inquiry form at the bottom of this page or by clicking on >> contact us <<.

After the form has been submitted, you will immediately receive both and email and a text message link to view all of the details to help you book your session. Please read over all the information I send you. Yes, I realize there's A LOT of information to cover. However, I want you to have all of the important details to make your session an amazing adventure!

The following information will be sent to you:

  • Detailed session fee information
    home decor pricing and
    digital file options

  • Sample product photos & videos

  • Sunrise vs Sunset session pros & cons

  • My availability calendar - I only photograph 2 sessions per day (sunrise or sunset) so my photo session time slots are VERY limited.

  • Secure link to schedule and pay your session fees so you can book it before it's gone.

PLEASE feel free to contact us by phone, email or text with ANY questions or concerns.  I would love to chat!

unrivaled details + session prep

After you have scheduled your family portrait session date and time, you will be emailed a FAMILY SESSION QUESTIONNAIRE - please complete this form ASAP as it gives us the details we need to prepare for your luxury portrait adventure.


After form has been received, you will be sent the "FAMILY SESSION PREP GUIDE" that will cover the following topics:

  • What to wear: clothing schemes for your family portrait session.

  • Hair and Make-up tips and recommendations for local professionals (worth every penny).

  • Breathtaking beach & Garden locations

  • Preparing young children (and even grumpy dads)

  • Tips for the ladies

  • What to bring (and what to keep off the beach)

  • How to pose and more!

As we prepare for this session, I want us to approach this adventure like we have known each other since high school! Your confidence level is very important to me and how you feel can flow into your images. This is why I cover in detail the preparation of your family portrait session and want to make sure all of your questions and concerns have been addressed.  It's going to be a great adventure!

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the image reveal

Over the next 3 weeks or so I will be busy working away on your images. When your images are ready, it's time for the Big Image Reveal!

This is when you experience the grand finale of all our session planning, wardrobe decisions, location choices, the portrait session itself, and finally -

your Home Decor Collection Choice. 

This is where your stunning images become the luxury home decor art that will bless the inside of your home and become family a keepsake for generations to come. Laugh, cry or smile until it hurts.

This is created for you to feel the love and happiness of your family and to be immortalized forever in time.

Welcome to your Legacy!

Gift Prints start at $85+

Wall Art starts at $625+

Most clients invest $1800+ in luxury  products in order to get the best of both worlds... beautiful home decor and digital files to look back on forever.