Oh heyyyy. Welcome to my little 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 a mother of one little dude named Greyson (see below!), and two fluffy pups. I’m so happy you’ve found your way to my page.
PC: Lisa O’Brien
I spend my weekdays as a Reading Specialist (and formerly a second-grade teacher), which has served me well as I’ve grown my 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 really reflects my approach to teaching, which I’d like to think is a candid, open and honest one. I try my best to really get to know everyone I work with, whether they be a first-grader struggling to read, a sassy three-year-old who really doesn’t want to be photographed, or new parents who’ve just brought their first baby home. When I get to know the people in front of my camera, the result is a collection of authentic images that depicts 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 someone a secret,” or “count your baby sister’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.
PC: Beth Ann Fricker
Other “fun” facts:
I’m a huuuuge dog person and think you should bring your four-legged baby to your photo session!
Someday, when I win the lottery and/or invent something really lucrative, I’ll own a horse again. I grew up riding, owned a horse, and rode competitively in college. Adulting has been getting in the way though, and I haven’t been on a horse since before I got pregnant. I miss it.
When I’m editing, I’m probably listening to Wilco.
My husband and I got married on Lake Winni and my next life goal is to own a cute little lake house (more realistically it might need to be a shack, ha).
Finally, and perhaps most importantly (!), you should know that if given the choice, I’d eat burritos all day/everyday. They’re really the way to my heart.