MGP Class of 2021 Model Team | Christmas Tree Session

These ladies have been such champs during Covid and not getting a chance to do much as a team. We had a small window before Thanksgiving where restrictions were lifted and we were able to get together for this fun session in this gorgeous Christmas tree farm. This is my fourth model team and every year it just gets better and better. We have found new ways to bond and get together during this tough time and it has brought us closer together as a team. Every time we get together I see the bond between them grow and it makes me so proud of the team I have created! These girls are amazing! 


We even shot a fun TikTok!! 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and try to make the best of this tough time. 

Folsom Senior Photographer | Grace Cole | Lake Tahoe

TALENT! TALENT! TALENT! This girl has so many talents- from dancing to Cheerleading to a young philanthropist through the girl scouts. I am so impressed by her drive, compassion, and kindness. We decided to spend the day in one of her favorite places, Lake Tahoe! But lets back up bit to the moment I knew I wanted to work with Grace. I had found her through mutual friends/clients and could tell she was exactly the kind of senior I wanted to work with. At the time we were not able to work together but by a twist of fate she showed up at my office one day for a consultation (her mom had booked the appointment and I didn’t know it was her coming in). We talked about her vision for the shoot and what I envisioned, we definitely were on the same page. Her mom, mine and Grace’s energy were the same and I knew this session was going to be so much fun! Fast forward to the day of the session and the gratefulness that they showed me the entire session it just touched my heart so much. They had been bummed Grace hadn’t been able to join my Senior Model Team in the beginning of the year and at one point they expressed that. In that moment I knew I needed to welcome her onto the team. We had just lost a girl due to a move out of state, I paused and said “well actually we do still have an open spot.” I have never seen anyone so excited, and I am talking about her mom hahaha! she literally jumped in the air and expressed “Oh Melissa are you serious?” I was very serious! Grace and her mom got so excited and it just made my whole year! I need this type of energy in my life always! 

I love getting the chance to photograph my seniors with their parents. Jennifer was crying so much in the photo it was so touching. Off in the distance you can see their condo which made it so special to shoot in this location. Peep the dancing queen in these next photos! 

Destination shoots are so much fun! You get to explore new spaces and it really helps my creative juices flow shooting in new spots. We wrapped up her session on the beach of course showing off her cheer skills and then ended the night having a nice dinner together and amazing conversation. I love getting to go to dinner after with my clients it adds so much to the experience and I get to know them on whole other level. Thank you Grace and Jennifer for such a wonderful day! 



Senior Members

We are looking for junior girls from all over to be part of the MGP Model Team! We have lots of new things happening this year and we want YOU to be in on it! Check out all the details on how YOU can apply to be PART OF OUR NEXT TEAM! Get ready to have a blast! 


The Details 


We will be opening up 15 spots for Juniors in Sacramento and El Dorado County. These exclusive spots will go quickly, APPLY  NOW!! Here are some of the perks of being on our team.




Get ready to be a little EXTRA this next year because you will be part of two styled concept shoots with Melissa Goodland Photography! We are already dreaming up some amazing ideas! 


You will also receive invitations to other themed shoots dreamed up during the year as well as a destination shoot! 




This year we will be bringing the Compassion project to your school! More information will be provided during our informational meeting. 




MGP models receive invitations to exclusive VIP social events. We will have themed parties as well as a reveal party where we will show a movie of all the shoots throughout the year! 


You will also receive exclusive swag (including but not limited to: MGP Tee, Magazine with you on the cover, custom app, ect.) 




You will receive VIP registration to our Family Mini sessions in the fall. These events sell out in the summer! You will get early registration and a gift certificate for the session. 




Once you have had a few model shoots under your belt you will have your very own one on one senior portrait experience. You are center stage for this one. your senior experience will focus on your personality and who you are at this ver moment!  Most senior models say that they are so happy they did the modeling program because they got so much more out of their senior session. They felt more relaxed and knew what to do! 


The Investment


If you are selected to be part of The MGP Modeling Program is $395 for an experience of a lifetime! Having your session with MGP is a requirement for being part of the MGP Model team your Styled Senior Session fee ($300) is included in the program. Digital Collections, prints, and photo products are sold separately. 


Each model will be selected to be in 2 shoots during our program. Models will be required to bring in clothing/accessories to our team styling meetings that fit the set that they are selected to be a part of. We will help with the selection process and provide examples, but it is up to the model to get the outfits together. We have several tips to save you money and minimize cost. 


We will be providing makeup for one of the themed shoots. The other shoots will be at your expense but are requirements to be part of the shoot. 






If you are selected to be part of The MGP Modeling Program you will be representing MGP exclusively until you graduate and have your senior portraits taken by MGP. You and your parents will sign a contract 





The application process for the Class of 2019 MGP Senior Model Team begins FRIDAY JANUARY 5th Applications will be reviewed by MGP and the current model team. We are looking for students that are kind, creative, looking to make new friends, have the drive to make a difference in the world and of course, love styled photoshoots! Prior modeling experience is not required! 








Click Here To Apply 




Your Time is now! Class of 2019!!!


Folsom high school senior waking along beach at Lake Natoma


Hello! I'm Melissa

 Hello!!! Thank you so much for coming to visit my small business. I'm Melissa and I just love taking pictures and learning everyone's story! I'm a wife to a  rocket scientist and step mom handsome ten-year-old boy!  Photography has become my creative outlet outside of an engineer driven home :).  I especially love photographing senior girls, because well, simply, I once was one and I just loved that time in my life! I also love photographing families and finding their connection between each other. I cannot wait to review a session and see their story unfold in their series of images.  


 I started my journey as a photographer with my father's old Minolta camera and few images of my mother in hand and a desire to be like my dad! This teenage passion eventually molded into my life's work. I started off photographing everything I could to gain the experience and finally landed on seniors and family.


On the weekends you can find me and my family at the local coffee shop, farmer's market or in the kitchen cooking. When I am not with my family you can find me cozy in my bed watching the Bachelor, This is us or anything that makes me cry. I LOVE WATCHING TV!


I believe in allowing everyone the opportunity to tell their story.

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El Dorado Hills senior styled portrait



the journey

We have created a reputation for being one of the leading photographers in the area. We are a boutique studio and take a limited amount of clients per month. This allows us to focus on each client individually. It also means we sell out most months. 


We start each booking with a pre-consultation meeting. This is where we go over your plans for the session: the location, outfit and package ideas. This allows us to have a clear vision of what we are shooting. Then we go scouting for a location. 

Day of 

If you are a high school senior girl your session starts in my home with hair and makeup! It is also a great time to chat about the day and warm up! If you are a family you also can get hair and makeup done if you so wish! Otherwise,  we meet at the location on time! Our sessions are always planned around the sun. Showing up late means we might not have enough light for the entire session. We do a combination of posed and lifestyle shots and just have fun! I always arrive early to find the best spots to shoot. We also will take a few minutes to chat and get comfortable. If you have kiddos allow them to be ornery as long as you are smiling through it we will get some amazing shots. DONT BE AFRAID TO BRIBE THEM!! 

After Session

We will have a session premiere within two weeks after your session at my home office. We will watch a slideshow, review all your images and rate them. THIS IS WHEN WILL PLACE YOUR ORDER. 


Once your order is placed we will start working on the images. Orders can take between 2 weeks to a month depending on the items you purchase. 





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the investment

We specialize in offering the ultimate experience with unique, custom-made art pieces for our clients. We have made it our mission to gather some of the most unique and highest quality products out there today. We have heirloom masterpieces that will last for decades. We have bundled some of our finest products into packages and offer a variety of "specialty items" for those who want a more custom experience.


Collections start at: $700

A La Carte begins at: $75 




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Folsom Senior Photographer | Maya Philipp | VDLHS

We started Maya’s session at the now closing Dimple records in Folsom. This place was iconic for all of those who grew up here and I am so sad to see it close. I am so glad I got to do one last shoot here! Maya is a music lover so this location was perfect for her. 



 We later went to another iconic location- Sunflower drive in in Fair Oaks. Maya and her friends went here for their prom dinner!  So of course we had to capture her in her prom dress. It was fun to see all the patrons watching thinking that this was for some magazine or something. 










We ended the day in the pool, which is probably typical for this girl. She has been on the swim team and teaching swim for quite sometime. It is probably safe to say Maya spends most of her time in the water! I love creating artwork around my clients interests and hobbies. It makes the session so much more memorable. The day was scorcher but we had the pool to look forward to. Every moment I get with this gal is always so incredible! 

El Dorado Hills Senior Photography | Sydney Fechtner | ORHS

We started Sydney’s senior portrait session in the Almond orchards. Her outfits went so perfectly with this backdrop. She reminds me of Paris Hilton in some of these shots! We then traveled over to the river front and got some really amazing shots by this big glass buidling. Sydney will be attending fashion school i the fall and you can just tell by her outfits that she is made for it!