Hi, I'm Melanie.

photo by Chris Wojdak

I am a natural light, on-location photographer, with a strong focus on family photojournalism and personal branding. 

I tell stories through my lens, capturing the intimate, sincere and loving (...and sometimes messy) times that will be ever-cherished by your family. A shoot with me will be laid-back, comfortable and fun! I keep things simple - just me and my camera - and balance the role of acting merely as an observer while connecting to the personalities, spirit and atmosphere of your real-life. As I once told a client: My ultimate objective is to make you so overwhelmingly happy with your photographs, that you will continue to invite me to document your life for years to come. I view this as a very special privilege.

My non-photo time is spent cultivating community, making art & music, taking care of babies, supporting women, doing yoga, being a social media ninja, cooking gluten-free meals, playing in the ocean, driving to the mountains to gaze at stars and sharing magical adventures with friends. 

Professionally shooting since 2006 and based in sunny San Diego, I regularly book sessions in Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia, and am available for travel to any destination around the globe. 

I can't wait to hear from you! 

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