life is not average

Photography by Melanie Ehsan


Family, newborn and corporate photographer based in the Scottish Borders.

Book your photoshoot today! Portrait photograph of a happy mum looking at and holding her toddler daughter, photographed outside.
Photograph portrait of a newborn baby lying on their side with eyes closed on a fluffy white blanket, with one hand underneath their head.
Photograph portrait of a family with a blonde woman and a man wearing a navy shirt sitting on stone steps and looking at a blonde toddler boy standing between them and holding a wooden caterpillar toy. Trees in the background.
Photograph of a blonde toddler boy wearing a blue shirt and beige trousers sitting on and looking at cobbled stones, with low trimmed shrubbery behind and on either side.
Photograph portrait of a newborn baby asleep lying on a white waffle blanket wrapped in a white hand-knitted open weave blanket.
Photograph of Melanie Ehsan, photographer at Life is not Average

My name is Melanie Ehsan and I love taking photos. Ever since my Grandparents framed a portrait I photographed of their dog when I was young, I have taken photos of anything and everything that captured my interest. As a mum of two little ones, taking photos of babies and families is my favourite! I also love to support local businesses by helping tell their story through photography. I’m based in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, but grew up in Edinburgh and have also lived in Glasgow and East Lothian.

Photograph of a young girl with blonde hair and a blue checkered dress smiling and looking into the sky.
Photograph portrait in monochrome black and white of a bearded man wearing a shirt holding and kissing a newborn baby swaddled in a blanket.
Photograph of a blonde toddler boy outdoors wearing a blue shirt looking at and reaching for a bubble.

Every life is extraordinary. Together we will celebrate your unique family through beautiful, high quality and timeless photographs. My family and newborn photoshoots are fun and relaxed, and can take place in your favourite outdoor location or even your own family home.

I specialise in lifestyle photography, capturing your family or your business in their natural environment, however if your style is more traditional we can include posed photos. I also offer professional headshots, product photography, food photography, and other corporate and commercial photography services which can be tailored to the individual needs of your business.

Photograph of several violins hanging up from a bookshelf style stand.
Corporate photography: photograph of storyboard artist Amanda Aiken, drawing on her graphic tablet.

If you would like to book your photoshoot or are just looking for more information, send me an email at


"I was very nervous about having a family photo shoot because I have always hated having my picture taken. But Melanie put us all at ease and gave us the most beautiful, natural photographs. She managed to capture our son’s cheeky personality and all the fun we were having while we were playing. We absolutely love the photos from the day!"

- Lynsey

"We are grateful for the beautiful photos Mel produced of our little family. She captured some lovely moments we will treasure."

- Charity

We accept the Scottish Borders Gift Card from Scotland Loves Local. Scotland Loves Local logo.
Logo for Life is not Average, showing an outline sketch of a leaf in orange with a beige background.