My name is Melanie (she/her/hers) and I am a photographer and owner of Melanie Renee Photography. When I started my journey as a photographer, I knew that I wanted dogs to be one of the pillars of my business. While working at an animal shelter in rural Montana, I learned all about how dogs can change your life. I adopted (or was adopted by) a geriatric border collie/ chow mix who challenged me in ways I had never imagined, but she added so much to my life. Soon thereafter, my husband and I added a rez dog puppy to our family and we have never been the same. Working with dogs and their families within the context of the shelter meant that I saw second chances, and true love. I carry those experiences in my heart and into the soul of my work.

I’d love for you to join me in my celebration of dogs and people. Thanks!

"She did an incredible job capturing his lively spirit and goofy grin!"

—Gabby M

"Melanie is our go-to for family + dog photos. She's easy to work with and has a knack for capturing candid real moments."

—Amanda F.