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30A | Destin | Panama City Beach

 mini & deluxe 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

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1 - 8 Subjects*

This can be small families (mom, dad & kids only), Seniors, Fashion, Headshots, Engagement/Surprise Proposals, Couples Anniversary or Maternity session.

  • $250 non-refundable session fee is due at time of booking (transferable to a new date in case of weather)

  • Session fee DOES NOT include prints or digital files/downloads.

  • Session fee covers required beach permits, the time and talent of Melonie Marie.

*pets are people too


What sets us apart from other photographers in 30A?


While anyone can say 'customer service' is their priority, it takes someone very knowledgeable in their craft to say this..


The reason we are different is simply because we are better at what we do!

The question should be... What makes us better at what we do? As a mother of 5 with the baby just turning 19 - I am familiar with all the neverousness that come along with planning a photo session. You want everything to be just right - this is more than just a snapshot on your phone, these images will hanging and displayed in your home for years to come. Not only do we offer the highest level of customer service for your session, we also offer the highest level of photographer expertise in the area. I RARELY use photoshop for my images, I believe in using off camera lighting to expose the image properly IN CAMERA. I am not a Digital Manipulator, my images are captured in camera so we can show you some back of camera sneak peeks of that gorgeous Emerald Coast Sky.

9+ Subjects​*

This can be extended family or groups up to 18. There is an additional fee of $75 per subject after 18.

  • $500 non-refundable session fee is due at time of booking (transferable to a new date in case of weather)

  • Session fee DOES NOT include prints or digital files/downloads.

  • Session fee covers required beach permits, the time and talent of Melonie Marie.

*pets are people too

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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

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 This Works

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.

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