MELISSA

Hi, I’m Melissa and I help people like you remember special moments in their lives forever through the photos I take. I help couples remember every little detail of their wedding day, high school seniors remember how they looked and felt as they became young adults, and families remember what their baby looked like when they joined the family. 

If you would have told me that I would own my own business one day, I would have never believed you. I grew up in a small rural town in Southern Minnesota where everyone grew up to be teachers, nurses, or farmers. There wasn’t much creativity in my small town and I never thought it was possible to start my own business.

I can’t believe that I get to help couples remember their weddings forever with the photographs I take. I absolutely love capturing moments like your grandma hugging your long lost cousin, your flower girl spinning in her dress, and your groom tearing up as you walk down the aisle. 


meet

I originally went to college to be a teacher but was always obsessed with the wedding industry. I catered weddings all throughout high school and was a bridal and bridesmaid dress consultant in college. I always loved taking photos, had several point and shoot cameras growing up, and bought my first DSLR camera after my high school graduation. When I was in college to become a teacher, I made friends with a few girls who were starting their own photography businesses.

These girls inspired and motivated me to take my love of weddings and photography to the next level. I launched my photography as a side hustle at the same time I began teaching. I quickly realized that teaching wasn’t for me and that wedding photography was. I quit teaching after two years and decided to take my photography business full time. Now that I’m a full-time wedding photographer, I’m here to capture passionate love stories and I can’t wait to capture yours too!

the photog behind the lens

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Sipping chartreuse and green tea while looking at the most perfect white subway tile and hand painted signs. Driving through the mountains to Portland reminiscing about the best memories back home. Cozy sweaters, vintage demin, and Pabst while telling one of a kind love stories. The trials and tribulations of love, joy, and happiness. Lastly, champagne brunch and avocado toast while surrounded by the finest exposed brick, dreamcatchers, and maps to our souls. Dreamcatchers, macrame and 100 Days of Summer. Anthropologie trips and walks on the beach, love letters and secret admirers. Fall breeze, flannels, and hot cocoa. Whales and dinosaurs and handmade crafts. Salvage denim, antique leather bags, and the first time we watched Moonrise Kingdom. 

The slow hum of traffic and the cool breeze that signify the joy of a new day.

our philosophy

Samantha Kuhlman

Melissa is the absolute BEST! She made my husband and I feel so comfortable in front of the camera and helped our wedding day go super smoothly. She did an amazing job capturing how genuinely happy we all were and we couldn't be any happier with how the photos turned out! She was super organized and was there to answer any questions I had along the way. I would highly recommend her to all of our friends and family! If you are looking for a photographer who makes you feel like you're hanging out with a friend, Melissa is totally your gal!

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I have 2 mini goldendoodles, named Koa and Finn, who are my real life children. 



If I had to pick one drink for the rest of my life, it would be a vanilla oat milk latte. I could drink a hundred cups a day if it didn’t make me jittery!


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I LOVE to travel. I’ve been all across the U.S., Columbia, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii, but my absolute favorite trip was when I spent a month volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

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