Client Testimonials | Drayton Valley Family Photography  | Mélanie Eckel

Every time I meet a new family or have the pleasure of photographing a returning client I do my best to make them feel special and it shows in the kind words they share with me after they receive their beautiful portraits.

I am honored and humbled to share what a fe w past clients have said. With this I encourage you to celebrate who you are today and create some memories for your family to cherish forever.

I look forward to hearing from you.





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Dear Photography by MM Eckel 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 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


Last Christmas I called Melanie to do last minute photos for myself and my family. She was very prompt to get back to me. We did not know what to expect having photos done at the last second. She came to our home took outside pictures on our farm. Sent me the proofs. Made us a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful album captured all the smiles of my grandchildren. Help me to create a memory like no other. Her work ethics are like no other. I would recommend her to anybody at any time. Great job Melanie thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.  ~The Getzingers


We had our first professional photography experience. She was amazing, she came to the location we picked out.  Took so many pictures, I loved all the different choices. They turned out so clear, natural and absolutely beautiful. She is truly an amazing photographer  

~ Steinhauser Family



So excited to have the talented Melanie Eckel take our photos this fall and to have them up to display to all our guests!! They are beautiful! Thank you again for accommodating our crazy schedule and capturing these moments!  

~ Andrews family



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Melanie is a very professional, adaptable, local photographer with a great eye to capture the perfect moment.  So glad she was able to do out wedding and daughter’s graduation pictures for us .Would recommend her services to everyone.  

~ A & D Sauvie Family



family photographer captured a lovely rural family at her farm just out side Drayton Valley Albertafamily session outdoor Alberta small town This year was the first year our family had pictures done by someone else. I was nervous about it. Having the right clothes, how the kids would act, if they would turn out well. Melanie put all those fears to rest for me. The clothes were perfect, she gave me some ideas. She is very creative with poses for the whole family. And she is very talented with the children and keeping them entertained long enough so they don't even know they have to pose for a picture. We will be getting our pictures done every year by Melanie!! She is excellent.

~ The Paliwada Family


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Melanie possesses a true talent when it comes to being behind the camera. We had Melanie photograph our engagement and wedding this past year and couldn’t have asked for a better person for the job. Her calming attitude and professionalism made Brian and I feel 100% comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. Melanie was able to combine our own ideas and hers to create a story that we will cherish for all the years to come. Some of our favorite photographs are the “in-between” moments that Melanie was able to uniquely capture. Within days of our wedding she had many of our wedding pictures posted, I recommend Melanie to anyone and everyone. We look forward to having Melanie at our next session.

~ Jolene and Brian



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