how it works {investment}

Portrait Session: $150
What you get:
* Up to 2 hours at the location of your choice in the San Luis ObispoFont size area (travel fees will be added to sessions out of the immediate San Luis Obispo area- see below) for up to 6 people ($25 for each additional person)
*A sneak peek of your watermarked images will be posted to my blog and facebook- within 1 week of your session.
*a private password protected online ordering gallery for you to access your proofs and place your order for prints, canvases, albums, cards, as well as individual digital images or set of digital images on a custom disc- gallery will be ready within 2-3 weeks of your session.

*Session fee covers time and talent required to create your portraits and prepare them for your preview and gallery.  All prints, products, and digital images are purchased separately and are not included with the session fee. 

Wedding Coverage: Starting at $1500
*Contact me at melissanwhitephotography@gmail.com for details and comprehensive pricing.
I am available for sessions most weekday afternoon/evenings and Saturdays. Sundays are set aside for my family, so please note that I am NOT available for Sunday sessions at all.
Travel Fees:
For all sessions outside of the immediate San Luis Obispo area....
A travel fee will be added to the prices listed below to off set travel expenses:
*For sessions in North San Luis Obispo County (Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles, etc..) and South San Luis Obispo County/North Santa Barbara County (Nipomo, Santa Maria, etc...) a $50 travel fee will be added:
*Contact me for travel fees to other locations

*prices subject to change without notice

my creative outlet

My love of photography started when I was little. My father loved photography and even considered a career in it before entering medical school. Even though he decided on a different path, photography remained one of his most treasured hobbies. His photos graced the walls of our home and our childhoods were well documented in pictures. I have always enjoyed watching him and knew that I wanted to provide the same kind of tangible memories for my own children.

Flash forward to the present. I have been blessed with 3 beautiful daugthers, Avery, Finley, and Emerson (with a baby BOY on the way!!). I have gotten most of my early practical experience taking photos of them. By the time Avery was 1 year old, we had thousands of pictures on our hard drive. Before Finley was born my husband gave me my first Digital SLR camera for Christmas. My hard drive has severely suffered... with 3 (almost 4) kiddos we are up into the tens of thousands now! I love taking pictures of everyday moments and posting them on my family blog with a story or a memory. It is my form of scrapbooking, journaling, and record keeping. I also love to decorate my home with precious photos of my loved ones. I love how photos can capture a feeling, a thought, a moment in time. Sometimes that is all that remains after time has past. That to me is priceless.

I do not consider myself a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but photography is something that I love. What I offer is a eye for capturing the joy and beauty in everyday moments, a love of the process, a constant desire to learn and improve, creativity, and a good camera (which helps). I am looking to get even more experience (on people other than my own children) in an effort to further develop this passion of mine. Hopefully I can capture wonderful moments in time for you and your family to treasure in the process.