(It's pronounced like "Melissa" with no "Me"- but I answer to anything close!)

I am a creative through and through, and I love to build confidence in people. Most of the time, that means Iā€™m working hard to make my clients feel comfortable on the other side of the camera, or teaching someone how to be confident when using their own camera, or painting and drawing things that make me happy- hoping it will bring someone else joy as well.

I live with my awesome husband, Shawn, and we have three kids- Knox, Liv, and Lucy. Shawn and I have small-town roots and were married New Year's Eve 2005. Shawn and I lead busy (but blessed!) lives and love being business owners. We also love working together- he is my second shooter at weddings.

Why do I photograph?

Photography has always been the most satisfying mode of art for me. Nothing can be more challenging and rewarding, and it allows me to capture people at the most exciting points in life. I feel so honored to be a part of my clients' journeys. In my images I hope to document a vibrant clipping of who they are, then and there.

I do my best to create a casual and fun atmosphere during photoshoots. It's very important to me that you fully enjoy it. I want to create individual experiences, and to display the unique characteristics of each relationship.

I love people. I love what makes them all different. I love that I get to capture that!

If you'd like to investigate me further, you can check out my Facebook page, or my Pinterest boards. I love friends! My Blog is the best place to start, though.