I believe "weird" is a compliment.
I dance my way through the aisles of H-Mart to Korean pop music while my husband pretends he doesn’t know me.
I believe a dream isn’t complete until there’s
a plan to achieve it.
I never fill up the gas in my car until
well after the empty light comes on.
I believe in living like a local
instead of traveling like a tourist.
The rational part of me says it’s all made up,
but I still love taking personality tests.
I believe in building your own community
I still wear my favorite powerpuff girls pajamas I’ve had since 8th grade.
I believe that the best idea is
not always the loudest.
My friends call me “grandma”… I always carry a sweater,
have a snack in my purse, wear comfortable shoes, and
love doing water aerobics.
Once makeup started, the nerves melted away. Both Melissa and her team made me feel at ease and comfy the whole way through. There were moments in the milk bath when I felt a little silly (like when I had to sneeze and then we couldn’t stop laughing) but, for the most part, it felt luxurious – like a special treat for myself. Seeing the images afterward just blew me away. Melissa’s style is flawless so seeing myself through her lens was a dramatic confidence boost.
Melissa is fun, super easy to work with, and professional. When you start talking with her about your shoot ideas, it feels like you’re talking to a long time girlfriend. She expands your ideas and creates something more magical then you can even imagine. She gives great posing ideas and coaching. Booking a shoot with her is worth it and you’ll never experience anything else like it!
Sometimes you have to dive headfirst and trust you’re in good hands. That’s exactly what I did and the experience left me dripping with body love! When it was all done my hair and skin felt incredible and I received a big boost of self-esteem! Then seeing the final, edited photos blew my mind. This was a truly luxurious experience and I’m so glad I didn’t allow my self-doubt to hold me back.
Thank you for my incredible photos Melissa! Everyone should be so lucky to be photographed by you. The entire experience was amazing and something I will remember forever. I normally hate being in front of the camera but you made me feel comfortable and beautiful through the entire session, and to top it off I had so much fun! I absolutely love my photos and will treasure them always. Thank you, Thank you!!
Melissa is an incredibly talented and creative photographer. Every time I have gotten to shoot with her, Melissa has gone above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable, relaxed, and having an amazing time. Her studio is fantastic and well equipped with everything you might need (which is helpful if you tend to forget last minute things like me!) The photos she produces are stunning, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to get to work with her again!
I’d never been brave enough to do a boudoir session, but knowing my body would change drastically gave me that courage. I was counting on Melissa to bring out the confident and sexy woman in me. New self image feelings emerged during the session. I felt empowered, brave, and sexy. I felt more confident from the perspective that I knew I wouldn’t lose what my pre-op body looked like. For other women in a similar situation, don’t give up and say goodbye to your body or in my case, breasts, without capturing who you are today.
Shooting with Melissa has been an incredible experience. I had some health problems and a surgery a few years ago, and gained weight due to medications and injuries. I’ve had a hard time embracing my new body. I thought I would never want to get in front of a camera again, but Melissa has changed that. Doing these portraits has helped me embrace who I am now. Melissa is able to pose and direct very natural, flattering poses and it’s unbelievably fun! I would highly encourage anyone who thinks they can’t “model” to do a session with her. She will help you love yourself a little bit more which is something we could all use.