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WHAT'S YOUR WHY?

My mission has always been to capture the beauty of God in images and show it to people. Part of that is appreciating the beauty and individuality of people and what they create. I care about my clients, and I can see their "why". I love creating custom art for my clients that immediately conveys their values,  identity, and aesthetic, and capturing the beauty of the people that mean so much to them. I love to tell their story.

Surf boards

Surf boards

Fine art photograph of 3 surfboards standing on Daytona Beach

Molten Gold Under the Daytona Pier

Molten Gold Under the Daytona Pier

16x9 Photograph of the water under the Sunglow Pier in Daytona, Florida. Looking at this image makes me so happy and relaxed; I can hear the waves! I decided to call it "Molten Gold Under the Sunglow Pier". I know it's a ridiculous name, but that's what the water reminds me of. :-)

Honey Bee Soaps and moss

Honey Bee Soaps and moss

I met the 13-year-old CEO of Honey Bee Soaps and she is absolutely precious! I bought her all-natural products for my kids for Easter and decided I wanted to photograph them with an Easter theme. Additional editing details are in my blog.

Autumn fern with pink flowers

Autumn fern with pink flowers

a closeup photograph of a gorgeous, colorful Autumn fern with spores and blurred roses in the background

Senior girl with gothic church

Senior girl with gothic church

I loved working with this beautiful senior girl! Her romantic style is evident with her white dress and the arches of the cathedral breezeway in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This photo uses the Rule of Thirds and Framing to give the subject context and make her even more special in the photo.

Blue car watercolor

Blue car watercolor

I created this image as a gift for my brother-in-law, from a photograph I took of a vintage model car. I turned the photo into a watercolor in Adobe Photoshop and tinted it blue.

Off to the Ocean

Off to the Ocean

A baby turtle is making her way to the ocean. Her tracks show in the sand and the ocean wave looks like lace.

GeorgianTerrace

GeorgianTerrace

I waited for over 2 hours with a 4x5 view camera for the sun to be in the right place to hit the tree in the foreground and make it turn white. I was using black and white infrared film to capture this photograph of the Georigian Terrace building framed by the AT&T Midtown Center here in Atlanta, Georgia. More details in my blog.

Frozen marbles

Frozen marbles

A photograph of marbles in a shallow blue pot frozen in waves after a windy ice storm came through Atlanta.

Autumn table setting

Autumn table setting

A photograph of a rustic wooden table, set with white plates with an oak leaf design on them. There are autumn leaves and acorns on the table.

Atlanta Sunset

Atlanta Sunset

A long exposure photograph of the beautiful downtown Atlanta skyline from Jackson Street Bridge with a blue and pink sunset. The feeling of energy in this photo is enhanced by the leading lines going into and out of the city from the light trails.

Senior girl with Japanese Magnolia

Senior girl with Japanese Magnolia

Working with this sweet, beautiful high school senior and her mom was a joy! She couldn't look more beautiful, wearing a white dress and framed by a pink flowering Japanese Magnolia tree in the background. I use fill flash on my subjects outdoors, to saturate skin tones and fill in shadows.

Senior girl with Japanese Magnolia branch

Senior girl with Japanese Magnolia branch

This precious senior girl is beautiful outside and in; I'm so glad we were able to photograph her in the lovely setting she deserves!

Burgundy Bubbles Iris

Burgundy Bubbles Iris

A photograph of my favorite Burgundy Bubbles iris, glowing from within from sunlight.

Family portrait in Marietta

Family portrait in Marietta

Brandon grew up around Marietta, Georgia, so when it came time to update his family portraits, that's where he wanted to go. <3 This photo uses Framing and Leading Lines to draw attention to the family.

Senior girl on Acworth bridge

Senior girl on Acworth bridge

My daughter wanted to take portraits that were a little more urban to match her outfit. We hit the Acworth Pedestrian Bridge as the sun was setting, turning the bridge orange and putting highlights on her long blonde hair. I used fill flash on her face and accentuated the orange in Adobe Photoshop. The leading lines of the bridge and the strong orange give the photo energy and frame my daughter.

Fire and Ice Portrait

Fire and Ice Portrait

My daughter likes to model for me; this time she wanted an edgy portrait against a black background lit with blue and red gels over the lights. I color balanced some of her face so she still looked human and not alien, lol.

GA Tech Mechanical Engineering

GA Tech Mechanical Engineering

I used a 4x5 view camera to keep the architectural lines straight inside the camera. This black and white photograph is of the staircase inside Georgia Institute of Technology's Mechanical Engineering building.

Biplane pilot

Biplane pilot

A black and white photograph of a female biplane pilot dressed in vintage clothing including a leather jacket, helmet, and scarf.

Portrait of a Reader

Portrait of a Reader

I love this brilliant, beautiful, talented high school senior girl! We found that we have some things in common; we both love Harry Potter and Imagine Dragons.

Blue-eyed senior boy portrait

Blue-eyed senior boy portrait

Since my handsome nephew's eyes and tassel really are blue, I thought it would be a nice touch to hand color those two items in this black and white senior portrait.

Senior girl framed in blanket

Senior girl framed in blanket

One of my daughter's senior portraits. I love how her blond hair matches the grasses behind her and how her face is framed by the soft blanket.

 

Testimonials

"Melissa,

Hunter and I are blown away by the pictures that you took and literally gave me chills going through them today.

 

I am so grateful you did this artisan photography for our family to capture this precious moment in Hunter’s life and her accomplishments to date.

Thank you for bringing Hunter’s unique and challenging vision to life. You did so much scouting and detective work to find a place during a time period (2020) that had more challenges that climbing Mount Everest in an avalanche. You found such unique places to capture her vision." ~ Kriston

"Jonathan kept saying what a good time he had and how fun it was taking pics with you because you were excited about it, too!" ~ Julie

"Thank you so much for all your fabulous photos over the last 4 years. You've been such a blessing to so many of us who didn't share your gift. It's been great getting to know you and your family."

~ Mandy

 Lydia just showed the [pictures you took] to me tonight and they are so beautiful! Thank you for taking pictures of my daughter over the years.  We are thankful for the memories." ~ Tessa

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