Hi! I'm Melanie.

photo by Chris Wojdak

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

I tell stories through my lens, capturing the intimate, sincere and loving (...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.

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

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

I can't wait to hear from you! 

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