I first picked up a camera in 2007 while living and working in The Dominican Republic. Photography helped me overcome the language barrier and connect with people on a soul level. It gave me a lens through which to share my stories with the world and to process my own experiences abroad.
I eventually shifted from photojournalism to Elopement & Wedding photography, but I’ve never lost my obsession with storytelling. In fact, it informs everything I do as a photographer and as a business owner. With over 10 years of experience in photography and event coordination, I’m able to provide both excellent work and an excellent client experience. Your needs, wishes, and vision come first as my client, and I prioritize communication and trustworthiness throughout the entire process. My personal faith is also important to me, and it compels me to treat all my clients with respect, kindness, and fairness.
From the moment you send me an email, I’m all about cultivating a relationship with you so that by the time shoot day rolls around, you’ll think of me as more of a friend than a photographer!
I'm Melanie, your future BFF & third wheel! Most days you will find me with the same cup of coffee throughout the day working on my computer or adventuring to beautiful locations photography rad couples! I live in Orange County, California right near Laguna Beach! If I'm not photographing you can bet I am either at the beach by 3pm, at a local farmers market or rearranging my house! I am married to my amazing husband Sean who works construction & also second shoots with me at times! He's literally my best friend and favorite person in the world....
I'm Melanie, your #1 hype girl & THRIVE off of creating an experience for YOU!
Melanie captured our day so perfectly and working with her was a joy. We had a sunrise elopement at tunnel view and she was there waiting for us at 5:30am! I loved how she just brought herself and her two cameras, that is ALL she needed. She knows the best spots and even would pull over on the road if she saw a good photo opportunity. She knew the national park very well which helped so much the day of (especially since it was our first time in the park!) We love the pictures and so do our families. I would recommend melanie for any elopement or even just a quick photoshoot! We look forward to working with her again in the future. Thank you Melanie!
"I’ve never had professional photos done before but I think we were truly spoiled with Melanie. She made us feel so comfortable and made the whole experience fun and exciting. I highly recommend her for your special moments!"
We absolutely loved our elopement photos!
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