Well hello, and welcome to my corner of the internet! I’m Melissa, a photographer based out of Waltham, MA, but I like to refer to myself as a toddler-whispering, child-taming, photographic ninja :). I’m so happy you’ve found your way to my page, whether it was by word-of-mouth or my good friend Google!
I spend my weekdays as a Reading Specialist (and formerly a second-grade teacher), which has served me well as I’ve grown my family and children’s photography business over the last few years. From my day job, I’ve got a whole slew of tricks that have turned out to be pretty handy during photo sessions (super corny 7-year old knock-knock jokes, a bag full of toys for fun and bribery ;), and so on). My two jobs compliment each other so well, and I can’t imagine choosing one over the other.
My photography style reflects my approach to teaching in that I try as hard as I can to really get to know each and every student at their core. It’s important to me to set aside time away from academics to chat candidly and openly with them, and I try as best I can to do this with my clients and their children, too. When I get to know the people in front of my camera, the result is a collection of authentic images that depict who my clients are. That’s not to say we won’t take a few “everyone-looking-at-the-camera” shots, but for the most part, I’ll guide and prompt you to interact as genuinely as possible. You’ll probably hear me say things like “don’t look at the camera unless I tell you,” “tell little Tommy a secret,” or “count your baby brother’s toes” to get you and your family relaxed and disconnected from the camera. If you think this might be the style of photography you’re interested in, I’d love to chat and hear more about what you’re envisioning.