Buh-bye winter, hello spring! Can I hear a Schwing!?


Sorry guys, that’s my slightly naughty nerdy-girl joke-a-quote from Wayne’s world because I like to “Party down!” But I try and keep it family friendly because I’m “Excellent!” (or atleast I like to think so!) If you got that joke, you might be my new best friend! And… let’s be honest, maybe because my obsessive compulsive quote collecting has become a borderline serious addiction, but back to my BIG news!


 This right here folks is how excited I am for Spring!!!


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Along with my trusty side kick “Click-Canon” also known as my super-duper awesome camera (Which is totally worth mentioning because Click and I are like stroop and waffles, pickles and herring, bicycles and baskets full of Tulips!) we’d like to invite YOU (yes you!) out for Mini Session Madness! 


Why is it Madness you ask? Because I am jumping into Spring full swing with my most favorite Mini sessions: Mini Cherry Blossom Sessions, Mini Tulip field sessions, and Mini Amsterdam Spring Sessions!


These Mini Sessions are 30 min long and are only €100!!! Afterwards you purchase only the best portrait products that you absolutely love! Perfect for Couples, Families, Kids, and as a gift! Mother’s day is right around the corner!


But that’s not all!


For a limited time I am offering my products, gift prints, canvas collections, and hand made wood block collections at a savings of 25-50%


So, are you up to “Spring”into a little Mini Session Madness? Sign up below to begin and reserve your space!



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“The whole world is different now.” That was my first thought when I saw and held my newborn son 5 years ago.

It’s funny that I thought and said those particular things because it truly was. Not only was the whole world a little bit different, but so was I! This one little person has made such an impact on my life, in all aspects, I can’t imagine a universe where he doesn’t exist.

Fast forward a couple of years when everything changed once again and we received the diagnosis that our son had regressive Autism at age 2. Our family is most likely the wikipedia photo of “different”. It’s not always easy. As a matter of a fact, things often take us alot more time and work but the truth be told, I wouldn’t change a thing. I most likely don’t share as much as I should about our funky little family but should because really, we are a special crazy lot.

I could choose to be sad and frustrated over the little things, like not getting to play the “but why” game, or that we are still in Potty training, or let my worries about his future consume me. But I choose to relish the joy in the little moments we have together.

Many times, I’m so wrapped up between my awesome clients and keeping up with my children’s schedules I don’t get a chance to share more of myself and life here any more. And sometimes, honestly, I get a little greedy with my personal photographed moments. But this guy’s presence in my life has given me a pair of rose colored glasses that I’d like to share with you in honor of a very special Birthday, so along with photos taken by a Mother very much in love, here is a short letter I wrote to my son:


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My Busy Bumble Bee,

I can’t believe that you are 5! It feels just like yesterday I was meeting you for the very first time. We had plans for your 5th birthday to whisk you off to Disneyland but sometimes things don’t work out how we imagine them, and I’d like to tell you, that that’s ok! Besides, you don’t even like anything Disney except for Planes (and that was a recent development).

Believe it or not, despite your age, you are one of my best and most favorite teachers and I’d like to share with you a few of the things that you have taught me in the last 5 years.

Be Happy.

Be you.

Relish the little moments of now.

I know! That easy huh?

Being Happy means choosing to focus on the positive, no matter how over shadowed a situation may seem. It means not worrying about what others may think about us when we are doing what is right for our own well being. Where ever you may go or do in your future, that is all we really want for you.

Please always be YOU! Your own special, goofy, wild You! I understand that some people might find your ways a little offsetting or confusing. We are always doing our best to educate them, but don’t ever change who you are just so you can please another person and fit their ideas of how and who you are supposed to be. We really like the real you (and the crazy creative things you do) and do you know what I see that most people don’t?

I see SPARK! I hope someday other’s can see it too as much as we do. You kid have a special spark and I hope it’s never diminished by the way we raise you or the people you encounter. We are far from perfect as parents and are doing our best for you. Please forgive us when we mess up. You’ve got the stuff in you that makes up 180 million other stars out there in the universe! Don’t ever let us forget that when you’re reciting your fun space facts. (no pressure on us parents or anything)

And lastly, I want to thank you. Thank you for reminding me to slow down. Reminding me to find true wonder and be here in the little moments. To lie on the trampoline and watch the clouds dance. That love looks different for all people and that is doesn’t mean it is any more or any less in the ways we choose to express it. That I need to come away from editing photos on the computer and connect with you over legos, a doughnut, and space books, because you are so worth it!

You are a great big brother, wonderful son, and unique person. I can’t wait to see how much you grow in the next 5 years. It truly is a blessing to get to call myself your Mom. Thank you for making this world, our world a much better and brighter place! Don’t ever forget how much we love you! Happy Birthday my Starshine!

Love always,

Your Mom.


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His face was squished against my chest and I could just see the hint of a tiny smile at the edge of his lips as he slowly started to drift off to sleep.


Our little Lion’s fingers maybe extra small, but he sure does know how to wrap us around them.


Every photographer has their start somewhere. With the birth of my first son B, came the birth of Melody Rae Photography and EVERYTHING changed for me. The love I had for him was such a source of inspiration that effected my photography style. It was bright and fun!


And now, with this little guy in our lives…well, can you blame me for not being inspired once again?  I slowly feel my inner artist blooming with all the love I have received from my beautiful family, friends, and clients. It’s so wonderful to get back to the root of what I love doing, and my signature style evolving just a teensie bit. I’m seeing shadows more deeply, colors more vibrantly, and love everywhere! I’m especially loving recreating the real film look that I grew up with.


I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from a book I’m reading all about love (yes I love Love just that much!)

“Love draws you out of your cocoon of self-absorption to attune to others. Love allows you to really see another person, holistically, with care, concern, and compassion.” ― Barbara L. FredricksonLove 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become


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Spring is here, everything is blooming! My all time favorite seasons in the Netherlands (Spring and Fall) are all about change it seems. Change means new life and growth which also describes everything in my life and business at Melody Rae Photography at the moment and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’m slowly coming out of my “New Mama” cocoon and am more than ready to fly!

No really. Sporting my Mama jeans and dying to get behind the camera (much like a hyped up dutch kid that’s overdosed on stroop waffles and waiting to get on the next roller coaster ride at Eftling), I headed out to photograph this beautiful family that came in all the way from Alaska! I couldn’t love the results more! Armed with his trusty digger we hit the feilds for an unforgettable family session that I am so thrilled to share with you!

Not many people can say that they’ve gotten to “fly” over the Tulip feilds but this little man can! And while it was very sunny during our session it was also crazy windy! Something people tend to forget despite the Netherlands being known for it’s windmills. Even I was nearly blown away and lost my breath a few times but little man was such a trooper! I guess it’s not hard to do when you’re surrounded by such beauty and love!



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I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite moments from this super sweet session. It’s so great to be back and I have so many exciting things planned, I just can’t wait! Be sure to stay tuned for the coming announcements and I’ll leave you with this one last photograph. I really ought to post some of the blooper photos that don’t make the cut because well they’re just Hilarious! I nearly died! How cute it he? I mean really!?

So, if you’re looking to stop and “smell” the flowers and have your own fun family session, be sure to contact me so I can send you a welcome guide and we can start planning your own custom family session! Spaces are limited!



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I can’t believe how fast a year can pass! I met this little cutie when he was just turning one and you may recognise his super star mom as the International Blogger extraordinaire from Finding Dutchland. It’s so amazing and wonderful to watch my littlest clients grow! This is one of the sweetest families I’ve ever photographed. They make their own fun and I’m some times not sure if they’re really just a normal family or members of their own fairy tale living in Dutchland. Or in the case of these photos, in the beautiful nature surrounding the historical Chalet Helenaheuvel! Enjoy a few snaps from the session:





























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