About our Partnership
We are a team of photographers that have worked together exclusively since 2010 and have come to expect each others move during each session. A trusting partnership is just amazing. To have such a solid partnership has taken away all the potential stresses of each photography session, enabling us to focus on getting every little detail, every special moment and doing it fluidly and artistically. We both love capturing special moments locally in Arizona but also enjoy the adventure of working in a new place. The Tangled Lilac team is ready to go where ever you desire.
About our Style
We are sentimental romantics, so we aim to get those moments that are sweet, endearing and heartfelt. Whether it’s a wedding, engagement, family or pet session, it all comes down to capturing the essence and relationships of our clients.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a BS in Biology, I was pretty lost. I originally thought I wanted to go to Veterinary School, but after an intern with an animal clinic in rural Georgia, I quickly found out my heart just isn’t tough enough. So, looking to redefine myself, I packed up my bags and moved to Arizona with a friend. For the next few years, I made my living in the medical field, but found my love for photography. I took classes at our local college, went to every workshop I could afford, and buried my nose in every instructional and art book I could find. I also offered to take photos for all of my friends and family for the experience. It was this love that inspired me to start my photography business in 2007 and I have never looked back. Some people are regretful of their past careers, feeling like they’ve lost time, but not me. I am so blessed that I was fortunate enough to have been a wildlife biologist, which taught me appreciation for the landscape and the tiny details of the miracle of all life. I’m also lucky to have spent time as a financial analyst for medical practices, which fine tuned my business skills. Without either of those past careers, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Today I relish in the joy that my photography business brings me everyday. The love that I see through my lens fills me with so much hope and joy; I am truly a lucky woman.
I am a fun loving California girl that has gotten extremely lucky to be a part of Tangled Lilac Photography! When I was thinking about who I am and things I love, these were the first things that came spilling out: I love warm weather, the beach and monogrammed sheets & towels. I adore my camera and the excitement of traveling to a new or favorite places. I enjoy fun new scarves, art museums, coffee, trying new recipes, laughing with my girlfriends and watching football on Sundays with my husband. Art has always been involved in my life and is something I love and appreciate in all forms. Whether it was finger painting with my mom and sister when I was little, creating water color masterpieces in junior high, not so fantastic ceramics in high school, or studying & graduating with a BS in Photography from college. My camera has become my favorite art medium and allows me to create my art everywhere life takes me. My mantra is to always try to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment. With life moving so fast, capturing these moments and new experiences with my camera is the best part! A beautiful landscape, sentimental moments, and exciting celebrations that can be remembered forever are some of my favorite things. I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to do this very thing for others and call it my career! It is so exciting that I get to be involved in capturing your special moments and make your memories a piece of art!
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Stephanie · Married on 04/21/2018
Absolutely loved Melissa! My fiance and I had our engagement photos taken by Tangled Lilac and we love the pictures. The pictures are gorgeous and I'm so happy we decided to go with Tangled Lilac. Melissa is awesome and really made us feel at ease. We had our pictures taken during the fall in Flagstaff because I was dead set on getting the golden Aspens in our pictures and Melissa worked with me to find the perfect place. Thank you!Sent on 12/06/2016
Tangled Lilac Photography's reply:Stephanie, Thank you so much for the sweet review! I had so much fun with you both and loved that we were able to go to such a beautiful part of the mountain for your engagement session. Thank you!!
User4400529 · 2+ years ago
Melissa at Tangled Lilac was a dream to work with!! She made time to schedule phone calls with me and answer questions I had about a wedding day timeline. I booked the minimum time and she had suggestions on the schedule to ensure that everything I wanted documented was captured. Our families commented on how kind and helpful she was the day of. And most importantly, the final photos are truly breathtaking! She caught moments in our ceremony that we will look back on for a lifetime. I highly, highly recommend Tangled Lilac. True professionals that feel like friends! Thanks so much, Melissa!Sent on 09/29/2014
Caitlin · Married on 12/05/2013
We could not be happier with the way our photos turns out! This was such a special day and looking at the photos brings back all of those emotions'! Just what we were hoping for! We love how they captured our happiness as well as all of the details of our wedding! Thank you again Kristen and Melissa!Sent on 12/05/2013
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Melissa is awesome to work with, and her images are even more awesome. I love following her work on facebook and admire her skills very much.
Melissa Dunstan is an outstanding photographer with a fun personality and talent to match! I have worked with her on many weddings and she brings a fresh, creative eye and energy to every event she shoots. She always puts her heart and soul into everything she does and not only does that show in the final product but her clients just adore her for it! Melissa is a top professional and anyone who hires her to document their wedding day will not be dissapointed!!