What Our Clients Are Saying


Jennifer & Josh Turner (Multi-Platinum Recording Artist) 

You are truly an artist. You brought tears to our eyes as we viewed the pictures you took that captured the true essence of our children.  These will be treasured for our lifetime and beyond.



Oh my gosh...I am in tears.  They are so amazing!!  I love them and you are amazing!  God has his hand on you and has blessed you with such a talent.  Thank you thank you thank you!!  I just love them and can't say it enough.  You ROCK!


Becca and Scott Schwinger (Houston Texans CFO)

Our experience with The Velvet Trunk was outstanding!  The pictures taken of our children reflect their true personalities and the way they REALLY look—on the inside and out.  I probably treasure these pictures above all others because they are fun, beautiful, artistic and special.  They are my kids the way I see and experience them which is what I want the pictures for in the first place.


Charles Marable, M.D.

If you are looking for some 'stiff collar' to take your standard posed photo, don't call Melanie. But if you want someone who will take a personal interest in your project and work diligently to 'capture the moment', you definitely need to contact The Velvet Trunk. I was extremely pleased with Melanie's work for my website.  She made the photo shoot enjoyable and painless and gave careful attention to the editing. I had confidence in Melanie throughout the entire process.



So now that all the invitations have been sent out, and the money and cards came rolling in, I would like to thank you again. I've gotten so many compliments on the picturespeople say I should get into modeling. Or they just ask who the photographer was because they said it looks like a magazine cover. I just want to thank you the pictures were beautiful.... Thank you for taking the time to take the pictures for me, and doing an awesome job.


Karen Martin

These are SO lovely—they really capture the spirit and many familiar expressions of our daughter. Some of them brought 'mother-tears' to my eyes.


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Cheri Keaggy (CCM ARTIST)

I remember seeing some of Melanie's work at an art show . . . and I was blown away!  When it came time to do the photo shoot for my album, 'Because He First Loved Us,' we got together, talked about a direction, and even scoped out different sites before the day of the shoot.  I really felt like she understood the look we were going for.  And she definitely went the extra mile to make sure we were happy with the pictures.  Now, when people see my album cover and packaging, I can't tell you how many times I hear, 'Wow!  Beautiful pictures!  Who did the photography?'  That's when I tell them about this talented photographer named Melanie McGaughey and The Velvet Trunk.


Natalia and Dave Senes

Having two small children, ages 2 and 4, is grounds for chaos to ensue during a family portrait.  Melanie was extremely patient and professional throughout the shoot.  She picked a fabulous location and captured the spirit of our family.  The quality of our pictures are impeccable creative and polished.  We are thrilled with The Velvet Trunk!