Spring Giveaway Winner Announced

May 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

YAY ! we had so many people enter the giveaway and I enjoyed reading all the amazign comments and reasons to have a photo shoot.

Congratulations to Jenna Palmer and Her mom you have won this giveaway I will send you an email to make sure you are notified as well.

Thank you all for entering and as a fun way of saying thanks I am sending you all a special offer in your email because all your stories were just so wonderful.


Reminder Giveaway ends soon

April 27, 2017  •  4 Comments

Drayton Valley Photographer,Family, wedding, events

Hey just in time for Mother's Day gifting!

My giveaway is ending soon and I want to make sure your mom has a chance to win a portrait session.

Here is the link

 

I really think we will have a great time together, lets chat, chose outfits and pan out your custom session. We can meet in Drayton Valley for coffee or just book and shoot. You will love your photos! Good Luck 


Mother's Day Sessions Drayton Valley

April 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Good evening friends!

Every mother is a blessing to her family. I am so thankful for my Mom, she is always there for me and our family. She has such an empowering energy that she is eager to share and lift us up to our callings. She is supportive, truthful and to the point that's what I love it about her.  She has boxes of photos printed of her growing up and growing into her grandmother-hood, we cherish these memories she has had captured and preserved in print. 

When families come to me I always take photos of Moms and the kids and few of mom alone. Moms also need sessions just for them, and its a great gift. Shooting in and around Drayton Valley and the Brazeau county. Moms look amazing everywhere and with proper posing and lighting she will love her images. photo sessions can be gifted to mom or booked for her for after Mother's Day. We can meet at her favorite place, The North Saskatchewan River, E-M-tee town, Your property, near the Clean Energy Technology Center, Parks and trails.

Mom your children will look for photos of you... What will they find? 

I want them to find beautiful photos of you.

Book today!

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Introducing Pet Photography | Drayton Valley Family and Pet Photographer

April 17, 2017  •  1 Comment

Many of my clients ask to bring their fur babies along to the shoot and I always say yes. Fur babies are part of the family, they are loved just like our own people babies and loved-ones.

Weather we are shooting out at our Brazeau County acreage, on location in and around Drayton Vallley or at the families property I love taking the time to focus on the pets interacting with their humans. I am offering Pet Portraits because after all they are just like kids in every family I know. Contact me to book your pet photography session. We will enjoy a fun and relaxed session of playing outside where I will capture some amazing character shots, and of course some action while we enjoy the great outdoors. After your session we will get together for a coffee and visit I will share with you your amazing images and this is when you will choose your favorites to order and display in your home. There is no minimum order required and you will only purchase the photos you love. 

Protraits of our Fur Baby Copper

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A few images of how we have incorporated pets in family photo sessions

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Pet owners playing and snuggling with their pets families with petsFamilies love their pets as on of their own. Drayton Valley Photographer brings pets and families together in portrait sessions Pet owners playing and snuggling with their pets families with petsFamilies love their pets as on of their own. Drayton Valley Photographer brings pets and families together in portrait sessions Pet owners playing and snuggling with their pets families with petsFamilies love their pets as on of their own. Drayton Valley Photographer brings pets and families together in portrait sessions

 


Collaboration Blakes Cakes | Drayton Valley, AB | Food Photography

April 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Oh I just cant contain my self.  We had an amazing day celebrating our children's birthday party today. birthday cupcakes with raspberry on top food photography drayton valley Blakes Cakesblakes cakes cupcakes raspberry icing

Knowing that a some of our family and friends are gluten free I planned on having some cupcakes there to make celebrating easy for everyone.

I contacted Krystal at Blakes Cakes and she was amazing, she is the mom of our girls friends.  I asked her a few questions to share with you all a bit about her and I am so happy to share with you a bit of her story. Please follow her on her FB page 

From our family she gets great reviews the cupcakes were gobbled up and they were so tasty, moist and of course safe for everyone who attended. Not to mention they were beautiful!

Me: How long have you been baking cakes for others?

Krystal:  I've been baking for Drayton and area for 7 years now

Me: How did you get started with specialty cakes, and what occasions do you bake for?

Krystal: I started getting into special dietary orders when Julia was diagnosed with celiac disease 5 years ago. I have all separate equipment I use for those with special dietary needs.  I cater to gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free as well as regular cake, cheesecake and cupcake orders for all occasions.

Me: What are the flavors customers can chose from for their cake order?

Krystal: 

Cake Flavors: Marble, Golden Vanilla, Classic Chocolate, Lemon pound, Coffee, Red or Blue Velvet, Carrot, Spice (Seasonal), Gingerbread (Seasonal) 

Filling Flavors: Peanut Butter chocolate, Cream Cheese, Raspberry, Orange, Strawberry, Chocolate, Lemon Curd, Mint chocolate, Mocha, Dark Callebaut, Chocolate Ganache, Cookies n cream, Bailey's Irish Cream, Amaretto

Thank you so Much Krystal!

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A big hug and many thanks - Happy Drayton Valley Photographer

April 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Oh my!  This photo pretty much sums up why I love my job!

Its a passion of mine to create amazing photos of families. It doesn't really matter where we are I am always laughing and having a great time with the kids and adults alike. Out at our family acreage in the Brazeau county just minutes from Drayton Valley, I invite many of my clients to come and play out in our fields.

Many clients have given me the best feedback I could ever ask for in that not only did they love their images, but their children really enjoyed themselves, they left happy and excited about their time with me.  This truly is why I love my job.

Quite a few of  my clients choose to have their sessions down by the North Saskatchewan River just east of Drayton Valley and I am happy to play with them on the river bed of stone and small trails, this always makes for a fun time and the kids are always exploring new things, it’s a bit of an adventure.

I’d love to capture some exciting new adventures with your family this summer.

Follow me on FB and be sure to book your session, its affordable and the memories will last generations

 


Client Testimony | Melanie Eckel Photography | Drayton Valley

March 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Lacey an amazing mother of 2 great boys and supportive wife to a strong and loving husband.  During our time together I learned more about a woman that I thought I knew for many years. In our chats, she felt comfortable to share with me about how things have been for her family. Some people may concentrate on the ups and downs as just that, but something I learned from this amazing woman is positivity can be seen in every experience . This family is a great asset to our community and I am so proud to call them friends.


"Dear Melanie Eckel Photography and Michelle Lynn

I just wanted to pop a little note up for you two wonderful ladies
When I first contacted Mae about the photo session she was offering I was nervous NOT going to lie. After all I had just lost 40+ lbs and was not quite comfortable in my before and after makeover session in drayton valleyglamour photography new body yet. As the day approached I started panicking about my outfits, how could I possibly choose?? I eventually did, had my fresh clothes hung and ready to rock!
The day of I drove out to the studio, sat in the car an extra minimum trying to not be a sweaty nervous mess, grabbed my composure and walked to the door. There I was met by Melanie, her vibe INSTANTLY came to me with so much excitement, she was as excited and nervous as I! This is good I can do this! She offered me a coffee and we got straight to work! She showed me around her studio and just a few minutes later out make up artist showed up, Michelle Lynn, this was my first time ever meeting her and my FIRST time ever having my makeup done professionally, hell it was my first photo session! Michelle got right to work doing her magic, about 25-30 minutes later they let me look in a mirror, OH MY GOODNESS. I couldn't believe the transformation, I never ever wore concealer and there I was ROCKING it! Next Melanie did my hair in curls, my hair is stick straight, these curls were so beautiful and natural I considered learning how to curl it on my own lol!! It was now picture time, during the shoot we tried so many different poses, different lighting, and of course different outfits. During the shoot i felt so empowered, beautiful and most of all worthy! My entire week went on like this, once the sneak peak was up online the feedback I got was so wonderful and it continues the feeling of empowerment. This is the highlight of my year thus far, so thank you Melanie and Michelle for the wonderful empowering experience
Lacey Hook"

Thank you Lacey for trusting in us and sharing this amazing testimony

I challenge all women to book a session, bring a friend or your mum and let your inner beauty shine.

Check out my giveaway where you and a guest could win your dream shoot and shine.

Here are some of Lacey's stunning photos from her session.

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Spring giveaway | Drayton Valley Photographer | Mélanie Eckel

March 22, 2017  •  51 Comments

I am so excited!!! 

What better way to celebrate the new life that spring brings to us. 

The baby birds, green grass, willow buds... Oh bliss. 

I believe every woman should have the experience of professional portraits. Michelle and I work together to transform everyday women into the beautiful goddess that we all see in them every day. You know who I'm talking about when I say everyday women, your best friend, your mum, your sister, your day home provider, your teacher... You have forgotten someone...YOU! 

Yes you deserve this experience too!

who do you want to be photographed with, who do you feel deserves this makeover experience?

1. Like my FB page

2. Comment on the Giveaway announcement FB post with a nomination, who would you love to be photographed with?

3. comment in the blog comments "what dream shoot/style/outfit would you love to be photographed in, and who would you love to share this experience with. 

 

April 30 I will draw from all qualifying entrance, make sure you do all 3!

The winner will receive a double makeover and photo shoot and one framed print for you and your guest a $550 value

After your session we will meet and I will reveal your images to you. You will see your inner beauty though your portraits. You are welcome to purchase the images you love, there is no minimum order required. 

I look forward to seeing who you want to be photographed with. 

Photo shoot giveaway spring Drayton valley


Amazing giveaway coming soon | Drayton Valley | Photographer

March 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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So excited for the spring give away for Drayton Valley area! 

Stay tuned for all the details tomorrow at 7:00 am. Come on back to my blog for the scoop. So many great things to celebrate in the spring. It's a season of rebirth, rejuvenation, growth, Easter, Mothers Day. 

Lets celebrate together. 

 


Beautiful Women - Drayton Valley Glamour Photography - Melanie Eckel

February 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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  Feeling so blessed, humbled, and so thankful for these lovely ladies to trust in me to photograph them. I am building my portfolio in women's modern portraits. Some call it glamour some just portraits I am speechless, we laughed, had fun goofing around, blushed a little and shared an amazing day together. I must say these beautiful women really are stunning, both inside and out. Huge shout out to Michelle Harley for being for your knowledge and being such a talented makeup artist, you are amazing.   I have a couple more portfolio sessions and will be add their images here. If you want to experience your very own glamour day, am booking full makeover sessions into March, please message me we are going to have so much fun together. 


Not Just portraits | Drayton Valley Event and Commercial Photographer

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Not Just portraits | Drayton Valley Event and Commercial Photographer 

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Having a great eye for the details in an image doesn't just make a good portrait it also comes in handy for event photography and other commercial work. Weather you are hosting an event, showing off a new product or wanting to update your business profile Images. If you are a big or small company, non-profit organization or community coordinator I can help you capture the best images you will want to showcase.

Some of the companies and organizations I have worked with:

Rage'n Oilfield Services

Brazeau County

Western Review

Telus Future Home - Marketing Magazine Canada - Van City Buzz -  image woman checking out new tech in Telus future home Fiber optics Drayton Valley Commercial photographertour of Telus Future Home

Humans Helping Humans

Cause for Critters Animal Shelter

Rotary Club of Drayton Valley Alberta

Range Helicopter

Classroom Champions Organisation

Rebel Energy

Daylight Energy

Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation 

If you are interested in Event coverage, Business Profile image, product or equipment Photography Lets connect!

Melanie Eckel

780-898-2421


Photo session prep and resources | Drayton Valley Photographer | Mélanie Eckel

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Preparing for your Outdoor or studio session

Some great resources for you to check out local shops and services in Drayton Valley

Weather you are booking a personal makeover session, family, engagement session I have a few Drayton Valley Family, beauty, event and wedding photographer.Drayton Valley Family, beauty, event and wedding photographer.Get to know your photographer and a few tips for preparing for your session tips and resources for you.

1  Enjoy your pre-session consultation! Be sure to ask questions and be open with your answers, I am here to design a session that will best showcase you and your family.

2  I will be sure yo help you out with wardrobe ideas, lay out your outfits and send me photos of them in your home, is one thing I may ask you to do. check out my Wardrobe board on Pinterest

You don't have to go out and purchase all new outfits for your session many people have wonderful items in their own closets.

If you are looking to purchase an outfit and help the environment and local business check out the Poka dot boutique and consignment shop in Drayton Valley they have a great selection and prices are good as well.  check out their facebook page 

also an amazing shop with great new brand name fashion for both men and women is located in down town shopping sector - Karma Kollection in Drayton Valley -  See what people are saying about the shop on Facebook  

3  Hair and Makeup - Of course I offer these services as an add on but I welcome you to check out the amazing Lisa Swap at Transitions Hair Design upstairs next to Drayton's Returant or Safari Hair salon near the TD Bank. Having a trim or color touch up before your session sound like great ideas for sure, but i caution you to plan your appointment a few days in advance just in case you need some time to get used to the new look. 

Chat soon 

Mélanie Eckel

 


Drayton Valley H Family Fall Photography Session | Mélanie Eckel Photography

January 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Living in rural Alberta sets the stage for endless creations when it comes to shooting outdoors. I LOVE collecting and building random photo nooks to play in or around with families. I had a great time with the H family, the boys are amazing! Oh we had some good laughs. Allowing the kids to goof, play and choose their favorite spot to be photographed is very enjoyable for me and them. Just a short drive out of Drayton Valley I often host families and couples for their sessions. The light is stunning and we always have a great time together.

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I look forward to hearing from you


School day session | Drayton Valley Family Photographer | Melanie Eckel

January 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Not your ordinary school photos.

With the day's getting shorter into the fall and winter I am using my off camera flash a bit more these days.

I had a wonderful pair of siblings out for "school photos" and we played around a lot.

But mum was super happy with the photos we created. These kiddos had some great ideas; posing with an old fence, climbing a tree, out in the field even in the old bus house. Oh my we ended up with wet feet and sore cheeks from all the laughing.

I would definitely go on an adventure with these two any day. So much fun. 

Outdoor rural Alberta school portraits you will love Better school photos outdoors and playing around


Drayton Valley - Baby Plan - Mr. L 6 Months

January 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Its an absolute joy when I have the privilege to photograph a baby from birth to the first year.

I had this handsome little man in my home studio yesterday, what a cutie I am sure you will agree.

His babbles and little giggles just melt my heart. Mr. L turned 6 months yesterday and he sure was in the mood to have is photos taken.

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I really enjoy reading guest book entries and blog comments its a great way for me to get to know you better. It is a great way to give women and families encouragement on how wonderful they look in their photos. Let me know what kind of session you are interested in.  By entering a comment on my website you will be asked for your email address and by entering this information you are giving me permission to contact you in return to thank you for your comment, answer a question or offer service. Your information will not be sold or given away and I hate spam as much as you do, so I don't participate in spam.

Thank you for your participation on my site

Mélanie Eckel

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