Fairfeather Art

You deserve photos that make you feel

amazing like laughing beautiful proud romantic like you're still there handsome whimsical gorgeous magical like they're still that little confident snuggly


Fairfeather Art Photography serves the North Central Minnesota area. If you are near Kabetogama, Pelican Lake, the Iron Range Cities, Duluth, or beyond, your photographer will go the distance to give you the best portrait experience ever.


Your photographer follows all recommended safety protocols to protect clients from harmful illness. All studio work will be completed while masked, and newborns will be handled with clean hands. Props will be sanitized between each client's use.

People Friendly

Fairfeather Art is a safe space for people of all orientations, genders, and pronouns. We do not discriminate by race, religion, weight, or skin color. All of our clients are guaranteed the same level of high-quality service. We love you, and we want you to love your images.

North Central Minnesota's Full service photography studio

everything you need

Welcome to Fairfeather Art, North-Central Minnesota’s full service photography studio. We specialize in high school senior pictures, family portraits, and newborn photography.  We also offer a variety of other services, including professional headshots, glamour and boudoir photography, and commercial photography.


Regardless of the subject, you can expect the highest level of quality products. Since our business is family-owned and operated, we take especial pride in our work. We believe that the fleeting moments of our lives deserve to be captured in a beautiful and meaningful way.


With over 13 years of professional experience, your photographer, Mel, captures artistic renditions of your life. From picturesque locations, to moody studio light, you can be sure she will help you plan out the perfect look for your session. With professional editing to polish your photos to perfection, you can expect epic imagery to decorate your home and enjoy for generations.


If you’re looking for a photographer in North-Central Minnesota, we hope you’ll reach out to us. We would be honored to capture your memories.

Making memories, one smile at a time

It isn’t enough to have professional quality photos hanging on the walls in your home, the memory of creating them should bring you joy as well. It’s our hope that the memory of the time we spent together makes you smile all over again.


Did you know that studies indicate that displaying your child’s image on the walls of your home boosts their confidence and self esteem? It’s no wonder! When our loved ones are proud of us, naturally we feel happier.


Our goal is to combine that feeling with professional art that shows our subjects just how beautiful and wonderful they truly are with a memorable experience. 

Our photographer, Mel, is an expert at coaxing smiles out of even the shyest subject, pumping everyone up, and engaging little ones with ease.


Her oft elaborate planning for everything from locations and outfit inspiration, to props ensures you’ll have a unique experience. Her commitment to posing people in the most flattering of ways guarantees you will have images you love to look at.


Generations from now, your descendants will see your genuine smiles, fashion sense, and your true personality. 


We think that’s pretty amazing.

It's all about

the experience


We’re sure you’re curious about what a session with us is like, what you should expect, how long it will take, and whether or not you can include Scooter, your daughter’s new puppy.


You may be wondering about all of the little details about what to wear, what sort of location to use, or where you should plan to display your images. 


Some of you may be visiting Minnesota on vacation, hanging out with the bears at the Vince Schute Wildlife Sanctuary, and you decided to take the opportunity to have photos taken at your lake house but you need a little time to decide which sizes will fit the walls back home so you need a gallery and you’ve got your fingers crossed we can do it.


Maybe you just need a payment plan. 


You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We can even tell you The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.


Meet your photographer


Mel has been capturing smiles and shenanigans professionally for over 13 years, but she was bitten by the photography bug way back in ancient times (the 1990’s) and had the urge to learn the ropes at a young age. Armed with a 110 film camera, she sought out every angle in her pursuit to utterly dominate the photography industry. Much to her disappointment, it wasn’t that simple or easy. 


Over the years, her knowledge outgrew camera after camera, and the next thing she knew, she was gigglesnorting each time she encountered her own early work, thanks to Facebook’s “on this day” feature.


The single thing that has stuck with her the most is how much easier it is to get subjects to smile if they feel good. She has made it her mission to deliver the fun, and that’s her secret to capturing you at your absolute best. 

Years of Experience
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Isabelle D.
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She took the most gorgeous maternity and newborn pictures for me and I couldn’t be more in love with them. She’s fun and amazing to work with and makes you feel comfortable and at ease when doing your pictures, and she’s also fantastic when it comes to taking pictures of your babies and kiddos. I strongly suggest looking at her work and considering a session! You won’t have any regrets about it if you do have her take your pictures, but if you pass her up you’ll wish you hadn’t! 😆
Elisa D.
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It's been awhile but she did my sons newborn pictures. Was very creative and got some adorable pictures. Highly recommend 👌 👍 👏 🙌 😀 😊 amazing work!!
Crystal H.
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Mel always does an incredible job with our pictures! I love her work, she really takes her time making everything perfect ❤️
Jess W.
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Mel is amazing! She makes it all look effortless, and makes everyone feel so comfortable. My 2 and 3 year olds have fantastic pictures now and I'm just amazed at them. Her work is just astonishing!
Melanie J.
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Absolute best photographer you will find. My youngest is a HANDFUL! She worked with him, let him look through the camera and mess with it a little bit to where he got comfortable around her. Took time out to discuss what the kids liked and really kept them interested, while getting them to pose and get some of the most adorable pictures of my kids. Amazing with children. Sweetest soul you will find! And the picture quality? Well, it speaks for itself! If you’re needing pictures done I would 100% recommend Fairfeather Art. You will NOT be disappointed.
Olivia B.
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Best experience I have ever had with a photographer! She captured the most amazing photos of my family and the session was SO fun. She was really able to capture my kids real personalities and I am so grateful. She does amazing work! ❤️
Suzanne L.
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So happy with the photos we got taken of our 4 month old! This photographer does a great job!
Monique B.
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1000000/10 recommend Mel!! she does amazing work for a great amount of $$$ she’s also an AMAZING personal hype woman if ur shy like myself 💗💗💗
Shaina B.
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Had such a fun photo shoot! Mel is able to get everyone involved to catch great photos. She has great ideas also and would recommend her to anyone if they want to capture awesome memories!!
Cecil S.
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Needs more stars, five just doesn’t do it. We LOVE the photos She did of our baby and plan to book a family shoot very soon. She is an awesome person who is easy to work with, patient and VERY good at what she does. I personally have used "professional" photographers a few times and trust me she blows them all away. Plus she kept even my fussy baby feeling comfortable. I couldn’t be happier.
Megan P.
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Love her work. She did a good job getting my daughter to cooperate.
Tiffany L.
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I love every picture that she has done. I cant wait to do more!
Julie R.
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Mel is the best!!! She has done our family photos twice and I am proud to say we will never go to anyone else!!
Shane C.
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I love her images! Her attention to detail will impress and her props will complement the style and mood perfectly. You will be so glad you called or visited her website.
Mallory L.
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Not only is Mel extremely professional and talented, she is just overall welcoming and will go out of her way to make sure you get the pictures you want. Between kids, boudoir, maternity, and soon newborn pictures I can’t even imagine having anyone else take care of our pictures.
Carl and Tisha D.
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It's clear that Mel cares about her customers most. We were expecting a stuffy studio, but were pleasantly surprised when she told us she could bring her setup to us. It was more personal and so comfortable. Mel is a riot! We loved that her website and pricing was all very straightforward with zero surprises. Her work is superb. She went above and beyond to deliver and the results are easy to see every day on our walls!
Brittany M.
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She is the absolute best! She is great with kids and dads that dont like to take pictures. If you want a good picture let her take them!!
Grace H.
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We loved everything she did for our baby. She had outfits and props ready and we had a chance to relax. It was very easy to see that our little Taylor was in good hands. Mel is a for real baby whisperer!
Jennifer K.
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Mel is amazing! Did an amazing job on my maternity & newborn photos. The way she works with babies, I must call her the baby guru.
Adeline K.
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Mel did such a fabulous job with our baby, soothing him and making sure he was always warm and comfortable. I still can't believe how expertly she posed him and how beautiful the images turned out. She is a true professional!

Ready to give yourself the best pictures ever?

We’re ready to meet you and help you plan out the most epic portraits you’ve ever taken.