We love the finest things – family, friends, togetherness, home…and the occasional exemplary cupcake.  We’re thrilled you made it here…cozy up to see the latest sessions, our favorite things and a dose of inspiration for living a life committed and connected to what matters most.  Hope we remind you of your finest things so you can treasure, savor and celebrate them!

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at home

thanks to a beautiful workshop, i feel closer to my personal vision…and part of that is shooting in your home as much as circumstances allow for family & children sessions.  we do this pretty often anyway but i’ve realized more of why they are such favorite places for me artistically.

i love what’s available to us there.


favorite toys.

a space that your child feels natural in.

everything looks a bit cozier and connected at home.

xoxo, -melanie-

you’re awesome

a friend from college with three great kiddos is battling cancer.  during a session at the end of last year, i asked her kiddos to write the one word that most described her.

and i then promptly melted into a puddle from their responses.

i get to see the best things.

and it bursts my heart wide open.

lessons learned.

with preschoolers, elementary & middle schoolers often as my teachers.

fast forward another 20 years and the result of that parental love extended is seen again at weddings.

so what are the words you hope describe you?

let’s live the embodiment of that today.

you are more huggable, awesome and gentle than you know ;)

xoxo, -melanie-


i’m so glad children never talk about work/life balance :)  their play is perfect for living and learning and that’s exactly how i like things!

play is something to be preserved.  i’ve been paying attention to how i can make anything i do a little more fun…a little more playful.  most of the time, it’s all too easy.

turning on a happy playlist.

or opening the windows so i can hear the birds outside.

life is meant to be enjoyed.

deeply and fully.

and it’s certainly not hard to do when spring feels like magic!

yesterday, audrey and i were pointing out the prettiest trees and flowers on the way home from school.  and she was calling me to the back door so i could watch the bunnies with her.

i’m glad that spring puts on a show to invite us all to savor it.

going on a walk this evening so i can see a bit more of it.  xoxo, -melanie-

some loveliness from around the web:

* c-u-t-e kiddo furniture…i know, i must stop looking at these foreign websites!!  but seriously, it’s modern and classic at the same time.

* such a cute card

* i’m a bit more of a moth to a flame than i’d like to admit about family travel…it’s my personal sweet spot (although i’d probably want to squeeze simplicity in there somewhere too). in case you are, too (or just love traveling with those you love), here’s one family’s year long trek around the world with one second from each day (there’s one word in the song that’s a little off-putting – sorry about that!  the second time the track repeats, it’s actually the girl in the movie that’s singing :)). i heard about them from family adventure podcast, i think.

* this blew my mind – 7 countries where americans can study for free

1,831 questions to ask your partner on date night

* making me smile…i want to give it to every child the first time they finish a chapter book.

p.s. i worked on a hallway gallery at home last week.

oh my goodness gracious!  new levels of empathy have entered my heart :)

generally, i go for something like this.  and it’s so.much.easier!

the finalized set of images was a complex algorithm of perfectly balanced birthdays, holidays, vacations, everyday moments.

(i’m tempted to swap it all the photos out on a birthday with pictures of that person, and put up all the halloween shots for halloween…but we’ll leave that craziness for another spring break staycation!)

i’m appreciating our photo books in a whole new way now.





international happiness day

there’s much to share!

// very important announcement – tomorrow is International Happiness Day…doesn’t even thinking about that make you feel a little happier?  I’m excited to see how wonderful tomorrow is!

// spring is here!!!  we’re getting emails about the most awesome sessions so please get on our calendar if you’ve got something lovely you’d like photographed (i’d be honored).  you know the drill, i book up a few months in advance so let me know your thoughts and we’ll chat!

// i found *the* most amazing new zealand bookmaker when i was at conference a couple weeks ago – we’re always striving to have options worthy of holding your precious photographs and life in so i like to vet the options in person so i can see the printing quality, page thickness…those tactile things and i’m super excited to offer this.

// we’re situated in the loveliest corridor of the year – within the space of a few days we celebrate jason’s birthday, audrey’s birthday, our wedding anniversary (also the first day of spring)…so it’s fun to see the kitchen chalkboard messages change every other day and the decorations get swapped in and out.

have the best and most happy day tomorrow!!




xoxo, -melanie-

spring has sprung [ limited edition ] mini session

i’m so glad lexington is dethawing!
we’re sending in our wishes to mother nature that we get on with spring!
the snow days were SO so appreciated though…does anyone else love when things slow down?
it gave us ample time to cocoon and discover new winter-y recipes i love like this soup (paired with homemade herb bread)…oh my goodness, i ate it for lunch leftovers 2 days afterwards and could have gone for a 3rd!  so, if a cold spell comes our way again, make this soup!!
we love doing these [ limited edition ] mini sessions…often because it’s easy on you to get a quick update of a growing child, or something cute like a missing tooth or fun skill your child has mastered like blowing bubble gum :)
perhaps those sweet easter outfits can get donned again!
we’ve also had them used for maternity and engagement sessions!  this might be the perfect thing to do with your siblings and then enjoy a meal together :)  (you’d make mom so happy for the holidays or mothers day!)

limited edition [ spring has sprung ] mini session 

when: saturday, april 18th

where: the lawn of the headley-whitney museum, 4425 old frankfort pike, lexington ky

kindly pick your preferred time


details: a 15-20 minute mini session, $175 session fee

1-2 children (or you and a child), for additional siblings/family members please add $25/person. since these will be outside, please plan for the possibility of cooler weather.  prints, digital files, etc are purchased a la carte after you’ve had a chance to see the images.

on may 18th, we’ll present 5 too cute images! email katrina (info@melaniemauer.com) for a spot as soon as you can – they fill quickly!! can’t wait to see you!


xoxo, -melanie-
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