I just love bringing joy to people by capturing all the moments of their most special day. I hunt with my camera for those loving in-between moments that might otherwise be forgotten. I am also comfortable posing you and capturing all the candid moments of the day. If you like my style please reach out. I would love to get to know you more and help tell your story!
Before working as a professional photographer, I was an adventurous white water rafting guide and ski insructor in Colorado. And before that, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Focusing on photojournalism and fine art documentary photography, I was mentored by some of the best photographers in the country, learning various techniques and skills, such as experimental techniques, advanced processing and printing, studio photography, skin retouching, and I even minored in environmental studies because I love the great outdoors.
I mainly provide wedding, family and portrait photography. For wedding coverage I offer all day and hourly coverage. I do engagement and bridal sessions and carefully edit digital files. You can also order photos in multiple formats such as canvas, flush mounts, matted prints, framed prints and just prints. Other services are:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Laura Caroselli · Married on 09/14/2019
Melena did an amazing job capturing our engagement shoot and our special day! Each photo had us smiling from ear to ear, and she's so great at what she does. Melena made us feel so comfortable and made the whole thing easy; it can feel weird posing for pictures if you're not used to it, but she made sure my husband and I were comfortable and confident in each picture! After receiving the engagement photos, I was excited to see the wedding photos, and they did not disappoint! Melena is great at what she does, and during the wedding she was discreet, so it was never obvious when she was taking pictures, which made for beautiful candid shots! I would highly recommend Melena to capture the magic of your day.Sent on 10/14/2019
Lacey · Married on 06/22/2019
Don't hesitate! Mel is amazing!
Mel is absolutely the BEST. I had to plan my wedding from out of state so I took a risk after seeing her reviews and her portfolio because I couldn't get recommendations from friends. I dont regret it for a second. Now my friends are seeing my pictures and asking who I used and I'm like "Well, yea, she's amazing but you'll have to fly her to Houston from Tulsa."Sent on 07/08/2019
She is on time, everytime. Our wedding happened shortly after some flooding that took place in the area so some of the roads were closed. Mel took that into account and was right on time. Which was great for me because I was a nervous wreck.
She was also great because I had intended on being able to give her more direction on what I wanted but I ended up being too nervous because my hairstylist was 45 minutes late due to road closures. She just wandered around the venue on her own without my direction and got spectacular photos. Don't micromanage her, just give her a basic idea of your style and let her do her own thing.
She is beyond professional and easy to work with. I just adore her!
Misty Turley · Married on 03/09/2019
Melena captures your day perfectly!
I am so glad we found Melena. She was with us all day from getting ready in a tiny hotel room through the reception. We had to go to Plan C for family photos when the Oklahoma wind kicked up and made taking pics outside impossible. However, Melena had scouted and found an outside plan B just in case we wanted it. She has a knack for getting the right photos without being intrusive. We are very pleased with our photos from the day. I highly recommend Melena.Sent on 03/18/2019