The beach bumming, daydreaming, spontaneous, adventure-loving soul
behind the camera.

meet Mel

Behind the lens

What I hope for you while you wander about my site is that you feel free and at home, knowing your story is safe with me. I pour my heart and soul into every session and wedding, admiring and appreciating every single story that unfolds. I'm present in every moment, which allows me to capture the honest connections that love provides. So, come as you are, wrapped in love and authenticity and I'll document every bit of what plays out.

Booking with me looks a bit like this: 
+ so much laughter
+ adventures
+ abundant love and energy
+ spontaneity
+ exploring each other
+ new friendships made
+ ease 
+ unlimited feels
+ honesty 
+ an unforgettable experience

my mission

I'm Mel.

Lover of love. Seeker of adventure. Nature nerd.

At the core of my essence, I'm a curious, never-ending dreamer. Love keeps my heart open and allows me to see the good in everything. Adventure fuels my soul and lights me up like nothing else. Nature reminds me to never stop listening and feeling what the earth has to offer. Travel provides my soul with infinite possibilities and authentic connection.

Let's roam the planet and create some magic ✨

Hey there! So glad you stopped by!

The land felt serene, yet sun scorched, with breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The enchanted town packed soul with its historic adobes and local art. I've never felt so connected to myself and the earth as I have when visiting this magical place.

Taos, New Mexico

favorite place to travel



Although I didn't start drinking it until my mid thirties, I find it warm and comforting during the long Michigan winters and icing it in the summer is energizing and refreshing. 


favorite drink



All. Day. Served with a side of chips and guac and a marg. or two.

Street Tacos

favorite food



From our road trips and adventuring around the country to our snuggles on the couch, they bring joy to every moment. 

Hanging out with my boys

favorite pasttime



I can't say no to

No need to twist my arm. I'm there!

Fav brunch spot: Cherie Inn-Grand Rapids, MI
Cherie Inn, Grand Rapids, MI



My Favorite Things

Nate + Jen

"We have had plenty of experience with photographers in a variety of settings and can honestly say that Melissa provided one of the best, if not the best experiences for us. We had the pleasure of having Melissa photograph our wedding and newborn photos - two vastly different settings, with two very similar outcomes. She makes taking photos comfortable for those of us that feel awkward in front of a camera. Everything felt natural and safe, allowing us to truly enjoy the experience itself rather than having photos take away from the moment. We can't wait to have her share in the next phase of our lives!”

Raves from Clients

Matt + Cait

 “Our wedding day was truly perfect. The photos Melissa took captured every moment of magic, romance, joy and LOVE. She knew exactly which moments were special, even the moments that at the time we did not know would mean so much. Melissa gave us the greatest gift of all on our wedding, photos that perfectly captured the beauty and love of our magical day. She was amazing with the guests and wedding party. Instead of one more thing for us to organize she was a HUGE help on our big day.”

Raves from Clients