Make Memories that Will Last a Lifetime

Mint Photography by Melanie Maxine

Melanie believes a portrait should reflect more than just what a family looks like, but photography should also portray a child’s ingenuous personality and a family’s love. Whether in her loft studio, your home, or among an ABQ, NM urban neighborhood, Melanie offers a unique breadth of portrait and lifestyle photography. Her style is sophisticated but carefree and completely focused and centered around your family. Kids enjoy her fun, engaging spirit, and parents appreciate the guidance she provides throughout the picture-taking process, and the rewarding experience she so strongly believes children should receive in a professional portrait photography session. Families who choose Mint Photography by Melanie Maxine are looking for photography that is artistic and timeless, but equally important, they will discover a customized, unique and adventurous portrait experience they will not get anywhere else.

May the Beginning Never End

Your First Breath Took Our's Away

About Melanie

Session Fee

We offer several session options to create the perfect photographic art that is specially designed for your space. This can include a wall portrait, an heirloom album and digital images that you would like to preserve for generations. The $385 (baby only) – $495 (family) starting booking fee formally books your portrait appointment and covers the pre-session consultation in person or by phone, your portrait session, post-session processing and preparation of your images and a private viewing/ordering appointments at our studio. Your retainer not only holds your appointments on the calendar and covers your photo shoot but can also be used to purchase any collection of your choice

Collections

About 10 days to 2 weeks after your session, it will be time to come in for your viewing and ordering appointment. There are two ways to purchase digital files, prints and/or products. You may purchase digital files from a collection – or you may choose to purchase A La Carte. Our “Collections” allow you to choose a portrait package according to your own needs with pricing that is a better value than a la carte. You don’t need to choose your package before booking your session that can be done at your reveal session.

Peppermint | 385

  • Baby Only
  • One Hour Session
  • 8 Digital Images
  • High-End Professional Retouching
  • Print Release
  • Digital Delivery

Bergamot | 495

  • Includes, Baby, Parents, Siblings
  • 2 – 3hr In-studio Session
  • 12 High Resolution Images of your choice
  • Personal Online gallery
  • Digital Sharing Options
  • Access to Professional Print lab
  • Digital Delivery

Pennyroyal| 650

  • 20 High Resolution Images
  • Print Release
  • 15% Off A la carte
  • Personal Online gallery
  • Digital Sharing Options
  • Access to Professional Print Lab
  • USB Included
  • Personalized Phone App
  • 2 (8×10) Professional Archival Quality Matted Prints
  • 1 (11×14) Professional Archival Quality Print

The Mint (All Digital Package)| 795

  • Entire Gallery of High Res Images
  • Personalized Phone App for Android and IOS
  • USB
  • Digital copy of Slide Show Presentation
  • Personalized Birth Announcement Video
  • Online Gallery
  • 15% off A La Carte
  • Digital Sharing Options
  • Access to Professional Print Lab

The Ulti-Mint| 1200

  • Entire Gallery of High Res Images
  • Personalized Phone App for Android and IOS
  • Copy of Slide Show Presentation
  • Personalize Birth Announcement Video
  • Online Gallery
  • 20% off A La Carte
  • Digital Sharing Options
  • Access to my Professional Print Lab

And…

The state of the art GO BOOK by GraphiStudio. This is a hand crafted lay flat book made in Italy with premium quality materials. GoBook portrays a class of elegance. It has an unmistakable style that blends innovation with strong Italian craftsmanship.

My average sale is $685, but ranges from $385 and up. Additional products and prints can be ordered a la carte and some collections allow you access to order products at a discounted price after your ordering session.

Newborns FAQ

Newborns are truly Melanie’s favorite subjects to photograph and her passion for capturing the newness of life shows in the way that she comforts, soothes, and carefully poses them. After their sessions, many of her clients leave our studio convinced that she is “a baby whisperer.” Newborns stay new for such a short time. Melanie loves to capture all of the special details of your fresh little one before they begin to change. Melanie is highly sought after for her unique perspective and uncanny ability to capture the beauty of newborn babies.

When should I call to schedule my newborn session?

Before your baby is born! It is so important to plan ahead. Capturing your newborn within the first two weeks of life while they are still sleepy and curled up, can make all the difference in your newborn portraits. Melanie’s schedule fills up about four weeks in advance so please call to schedule your newborn appointment before your baby is born. Since we never really know when your little one will arrive we will put you on our calendar to hold a spot for you. When your baby is born we will move your appointment accordingly.

If your baby came early or if your baby is already born, don’t panic! We always do our best to squeeze newborns into our schedule and older babies take beautiful portraits too.

Is one week too early for my session? 

Absolutely not! Newborn babies photograph best between 5-10 days old. At this point they are still very sleepy and like to curl up as if they were still in the womb. We take up to three hours for a newborn session and leave plenty of time for feedings, diaper changes and breaks for mommy and baby. Come as soon as you are ready. We can’t wait to meet your new little one.

What should baby wear? 

Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. Melanie also loves to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight in buckets and baskets, so if you have a special blanket or two bring them. We have an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows and headbands that coordinate beautifully with our blankets and props that Melanie will use to stylize your images. You are welcome to bring any hats or props that you would like to have the baby photographed in. Melanie encourages her clients to bring special, personal items which make the session and images especially meaningful.

How should I prepare for my newborn session?

We recommend that you bring baby to the session well rested and plan to feed baby as soon as you arrive. Sleepy babies photograph perfectly, so Melanie will ask you to undress and swaddle baby before the feeding so as to not disturb them by undressing them after the feeding. We take several breaks for feeding baby during the session to ensure that baby is happy and has a full tummy. We ask that you not be too concerned with scheduled feedings during the session and that you feed baby on demand or when they get a bit fussy to ensure their comfort and a smooth session.

Can I circumcise my baby boy before the session? 

NO!! Please wait until after your session or allow at least 5-7 days after the procedure to pass before your session. We will be tightly swaddling your boy naked in scarves and delicate fabrics. The fabrics are soft, however a fresh circumcision is very fragile and often uncomfortable for a newborn. When we wrap and unwrap, along with change his position or pose, the circumcision can become irritated even further which leads to a VERY unhappy baby who is not able to be photographed. We do not want to make your baby hurt or uncomfortable. Please note, we feel very strongly about this and we WILL send you home if your baby arrives at the studio and has been circumcised within 5 days of your session.

Can I be photographed with my baby? 

Most certainly! This is our specialty and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Melanie loves to capture the emotion of those special first days with your new little one and believes that there is no greater image than a new mommy or daddy cuddling with and admiring their newborn child. Skin on skin images are a unique way to capture the purity of these relationships.

Featured Newborn Session

Let the Beginning Never End

Sometimes it's the littlest things that take up the most space in your heart

Your Baby will never be this small again. Take a deep breath, hold them close and never forget this special moment

In when booking your session you will be given a session date based on your expected due date. You will also be given a appointment date and time for your reveal / ordering appointment. Once your session fee is paid your session is secured.

From there, I will send you a portrait agreement that outlines my studio policies. You will also be asked to complete a newborn questionnaire so I can get to know you better. Before your session you will also receive additional information about how to prepare for your session. After that, we are all set and all we have to do is wait for your little bundle of joy to arrive.

I ask that once baby is born you, your partner, or appointed family member contact me immediately so we I can adjust my schedule accordingly and make arrangements to have an assistant present at your session.

“Children will not remember you for the material things that you provided them, but the feeling that you cherished them.”

My name is Melanie Maxine and I own Mint Photography. My joy in life is capturing the milestones in my client’s lives. I know that one day my images will be among their most prized possessions. Years from now they will look back that these photographs and be reminded of all the precious details of an otherwise lost moment in time. And, years after that they will pass on these images to their children or their children’s children and they will be looked upon with adoration and pride. This is why I am so passionate about photography, it is an art and most importantly an expression of love.