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BIO

BIO

Hello!

My name is Melissa, and I am addicted to photography.

I am a Boston portrait photographer based in Natick, MA specializing in newborns, babies, children, seniors, maternity and families. I offer portrait sessions in-studio in Natick or at the outdoor location of your choice in the greater Boston area. I have trained at Detroit’s prestigious art and design school, the College for Creative Studies, and love to continue learning to hone my craft everyday. I also have a Bachelor’s in public relations and journalism.  I have been in the fashion pr industry for years working with national fashion media and celebrities and bring my fashion and styling expertise into each session.  I love helping clients choose the perfect outfit for their shoot to align with the look and feel we envision.

I especially love to show the connection of families and tell the story of where they are in their lives, right now. I find it rewarding to show clients how beautiful their lives are through my lens.  Health, lovehappiness and family are the most important things to me. I incorporate this sentiment into all of my sessions - and in life. I am lucky to have the best family. My boyfriend Joe has been my #1 fan throughout my photography journey encouraging me every step of the way. I am Aunt Mimi to 4 beautiful munchkins: Aiden, Colton, Arabella and Aliana.  

My favorite thing to do is laugh. By the time we finish our shoot, I'm sure we will have had many. I have a collection of furniture, backdrops, wraps, baskets, headbands and more that you'll have full access to for your shoot. I could probably use a prop intervention. Obsessed.  I love going antiquing and surfing Etsy to find new and original props and home decor. I constantly look at new places as potential photo shoot locations and bookmark them in my head for future clients. I am a perfectionist both in life and in photography. Luckily, that means I'll fix that piece of flyaway hair.  I get googly-eyed over babies. All of them. I love capturing the innocence of newborns from their squishy rolls to their tiny toes. As they say, they are only little once

I am a sucker for interior design projects and Pinterest is heaven. Do-it yourself home improvement projects are my preferred weekend activity. Although relaxing in my new hammock is a close second. My favorite smell is burning leaves in the fall. Ahhh. But my favorite season is summer.  I am a beach bum. I love boating and feel a spiritual connection when I’m on the water. Zen moment. I would love to travel the world. But I hate long airplane flights. I keep up on pop culture, which of course means a subscription to US Weekly magazine. My other guilty pleasure is TV, especially reality shows. So are desserts…like cupcakes. My birthday is the day after Christmas. The first comment I always get is an apology for all of the gifts I never got. I love trying new things. Except roller coasters. But I have been sky diving. Go figure. 

If you feel like my personality and photography style are what you are looking for, please email me at info@melissakayephotography.com or simply complete the contact form on the site!

Smiles,

Melissa

 

INFO

INFO

PHILOSOPHY

My style is modern, fresh and organic with a touch of whimsy. Every custom session is carefully stylized to match the colors, themes, props and look that you envision to create special images that are unique to you and your family.  I also love to use both modern and vintage props to add visual interest to your shoot – from custom backdrops to antique crates to accent chairs to baby accessories like hats, headbands, blankets, wraps and more.  All of these are fully available to you during your session!

BOOKING

  • To book your session, simply email us at info@melissakayephotography.com or click the CONTACT tab here on our website to send us a message. Please include your full name, type of session, ideal dates, subjects and ages as well as any potential themes, locations, ideas you may have in mind. The more details, the better!
  • A non-refundable session fee is required in advance to confirm your booking. Please note that prints, products and digital files are sold separately and are not included in session fee. 
  • A signed portrait agreement is required prior to your session.

PREP

  • You will receive a short online portrait questionnaire to complete prior to your session to help design and personalize your upcoming session and have an informal chat about your hopes and dreams for your shoot.
  • We will work together as much or as little as you wish to build the look and feel of your shoot including outfits, location, themes, props, etc. I am happy to provide suggestions for all aspects of the shoot, but if you have something specific in mind, we will make it happen!

EXPERIENCE

I like to make sure that each client feels comfortable and relaxed so they can just be themselves without stress or anxiety creeping in. If we're shooting in my home studio in Natick, we have comfy couches and a relaxed atmosphere. If we're shooting outdoors, we'll meet at your favorite outdoor location in the greater Boston area. Sessions are meant to be fun, fun and fun! I love to get to know your family better and share some laughs as we capture great images. I have been lucky enough that most of my clients walk away as friends. My hope is to have the opportunity to photograph your family again and again and watch you grow and evolve as each chapter of your story is written.

POST-SHOOT

  • Following your shoot, please allow approximately 4 weeks for the images from your session to be culled and professionally edited into an online proofing gallery for viewing.
  • An email confirmation will be sent to you as soon as your proofing gallery is ready to schedule your Reveal & Ordering Session.
  • At your in-person Reveal & Ordering Session at our studio in Natick, you will view your private proofing gallery for the first time, receive a custom consultation using photographer's expertise and discuss the product options that work best for your needs. 
  • Please be prepared to place your order during this appointment as all order totals are due in full at the end of your ordering session due to the custom nature.
  • Once your order is placed, you will leave with your password protected proofing gallery to share with friends and family for 10 days following your reveal session. They may place any additional orders directly online.
  • You'll be contacted as soon as your order is in to arrange pick-up in approximately 2-4 weeks. Order times vary depending on product type.
  • In the meantime, look for selected images to be highlighted on our social media sites!
 

INVESTMENT

INVESTMENT

NEWBORN SESSION FEE: $225

  • Includes babies 14 days and under
  • All sessions must take place in-studio in Natick
  • Sessions must be booked prior to baby's birth to ensure availability
  • Pre-session consultation to discuss look and feel of your custom session
  • 3-4 hour photo session 
  • Full access to prop and background collection
  • 20-30 professionally edited images viewable in an online gallery for 10 days
  • In-person reveal session to view image slideshow, consult and place order
  • Prints, products and digital files are sold separately and not included in session fee. Minimum Order: $299

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CHILD SESSION FEE: $175

  • Includes children ages 3 months and up 
  • Session fee includes photographing 1 child. Add a sibling for $25 per child.
  • Sessions may take place in-studio or outdoors at the location of your choice within 20 miles of zip code 01760
  • Pre-session consultation to discuss look and feel of your custom session
  • 1-2 hour photo session 
  • Full access to prop and background collection
  • 20-30 professionally edited images viewable in an online gallery for 10 days
  • In-person reveal session to view image slideshow, consult and place order
  • Prints, products and digital files are sold separately and not included in session fee. Minimum Order: $299

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MATERNITY SESSION FEE: $150

  • Most often take place between 30-36 weeks when your baby bump is at it's fullest 
  • Sessions will take place at the outdoor location of your choice within 20 miles of zip code 01760
  • Includes up to 2 adults. Add a child for $25 per child. 
  • Pre-session consultation to discuss look and feel of your custom session
  • 1-2 hour photo session 
  • Full access to prop and background collection
  • 20-30 professionally edited images viewable in an online gallery for 10 days
  • In-person reveal session to view image slideshow, consult and place order
  • Prints, products and digital files are sold separately and not included in session fee. Minimum Order: $299

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BASIC SENIOR SESSION FEE: $199

  • Includes up to two outfits at the outdoor location of your choice within 20 miles of zip code 01760
  • Includes 1 yearbook photo if needed for your school
  • Pre-session consultation to discuss look and feel of your custom session
  • 1-2 hour photo session 
  • Full access to prop and background collection
  • 20-30 professionally edited images viewable in an online gallery for 10 days
  • In-person reveal session to view image slideshow, consult and place order
  • Prints, products and digital files are sold separately and not included in session fee. Minimum Order: $299
  • Upgrade to the Senior Style Session for the fashion forward senior: $299

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FAMILY SESSION FEE: $199

  • Lifestyle and posed images included
  • Includes up to 5 people. Add additonal family members for $25 per person
  • Pre-session consultation to discuss look and feel of your custom session
  • 1-2 hour photo session 
  • Full access to prop and background collection
  • 20-30 professionally edited images viewable in an online gallery for 10 days
  • In-person reveal session to view image slideshow, consult and place order
  • Prints, products and digital files are sold separately and not included in session fee. Minimum Order: $299

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*PACKAGE SPECIALS*

 

BABY BLOOM PLAN: $575

  • Most popular package capturing your baby’s first year including all of his/her milestones from newborn slumber to sitting up to turning one year old!
  • Newborn studio session
  • 24 custom birth announcements
  • 6-9 month studio or outdoor session (sitting up without support)
  • 1 year studio or outdoor session
  • (1) 8x10 print from each session to show how your baby has grown
  • Add maternity session for only $125 (a $25 savings)

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BELLY TO BABY PLAN: $550

  • Captures the evolution of your pregnancy from baby bump to baby carriage
  • Maternity photo session
  • Newborn photo session
  • 24 custom birth announcements
  • (4) 5×7 prints

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ONE YEAR CAKE SMASH: $249

The One Year Cake Smash is a child photo session with a twist!  In addition to your in-studio session, a beautiful custom cake is included for your little one to play with and eat – all while capturing images of him/her to celebrate turning 1 and experiencing their first yummy sugar rush!

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SENIOR STYLE PLAN: $499 

The Senior Style Plan is one of my favorites for the fashion forward senior. Start off with a fashion consultation to plan your outfits using the hottest seasonal trends that will help you show off your senior style.  Then get all dolled up with professional hair and makeup followed by a 2-3 hour photo shoot with unlimited outfits and unlimited locations in the time allotted within 20 miles of zip code 02482.  Also included is a yearbook photo and online gallery with 15-25 of your best retouched photos viewable for 10 days. Senior Syle Sessions are shot similar to an editorial fashion magazine and will make you feel like a celeb in the making…paparazzi included.

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NOTE:  

  • A signed portrait agreement is required for all photo sessions with Melissa Kaye Photography. 
  • 6.25% sales tax applies to all session fees, packages, prints and custom products.
  • Clients responsible for any fees related to location such as tolls, parking, admission.  
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. 

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PRINT AND PRODUCT MENU

Prints and products are sold separately and not included in session fee. A $299 minimum order applies. We offer a full range of products including framed prints, canvas wraps, books, cards, digital files and more. Please email for a full print and product price menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT

Hello there!

Thank you for your interest in Melissa Kaye Photography! Interested in booking a session? Awesome!  Just fill out the contact form and include as many details as possible, so we can discuss the next steps. Can't wait to chat!

To maintain a high level of service and quality, we accept a limited amount of sessions per month and typically book sessions a minimum of a month in advance to ensure availability. All newborn sessions must be booked prior to the baby's birth.

*Please note that a signed portrait contract and non-refundable session fee are required in full within 7 days of booking to secure your session date prior to your shoot. 

 

Natick, MA

Phone:617.895.6925
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