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.