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  • Writer's pictureTim Chandler

Professional Family Portraits During Your Airbnb Stay!

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Stay at our Airbnb property on the East Verde river in Payson and get professional family portraits taken by your host while you're here!


What's easier than having a beautiful day out fishing or hiking in the forest - then cleaning up and taking your family photo in our beautiful creekside setting? We figure it's the perfect studio - with a full Airbnb house attached!


Melisa (your Airbnb super-host) also happens to be a photographer with over 25 years experience shooting all manner of photography from beaches, to headshots, to weddings, and kids, to seniors, to family portraits. (ed. I get to hold the lights and reflectors!). She's been lucky enough to capture memories for families in three states, and watched hundreds of kids grow up in front of her lenses. It's a kick looking back on photos of babies, then flipping forward to when she photographed their weddings! Talk about a wonderful experience...

Melisa has also been shooting long enough to have been trained before digital photos. This gives her an in-depth knowledge of lighting, metering, and other 'lost' photography skillsets that many point-and-shoot digital photogs simply don't leverage. Browse through Melisa's photography work and we are sure you'll see a difference.


Simply book your stay at our 5 bedroom, family-style, creekside Airbnb, and let us know that while you're here you'd like Melisa to book a session! That's it! Melisa will reach out with ideas on times, what to wear/bring, and the details based on season and the duration of your session.

We offer online proofing, full digital lab/retouching services, and professional printing from labs we've worked with for years.

Melisa will fit the photo shoot around you and your family's schedule and activities while you're here. Just think, you can take your time, shower the kids or the "Dad" in the house, and then meet outside for a family photo experience we think you'll come back for again and again.

Kids and our Mini-Farm

We also happen to have an assortment of incredibly spoiled and tame mini-animals including mini-goats, a beautiful white mini-horse named "Peaches", and various chickens and friendly roosters. We're happy to provide the animal props for photos -- we'll leave it to your family to provide the hugs.

Peaches the Mini-Horse, Snoozing - Whispering Pines, Payson, AZ
Peaches, our mini-horse, is available for children's portraits assuming she's awake. Her barn makes an excellent prop/backdrop for kids photos. ;-)



We understand the concept of combining family photos with an Airbnb vacation may raise questions - so please reach out via Airbnb or via Facebook. We think that the relaxed atmosphere of vacationing in the forest is the perfect match for a relaxed and natural photo shot, and are here to help with detail.

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