I started my college life and career studying literature, thinking I would spend my life in a library reading stories about far-off places and people whose life seemed very far removed from my own. A turn in the economy and an impatience with only reading about and not experiencing life had me leaving a Ph.D. program and traveling alone through India. It was this trip where a love of photography sunk its teeth in and hasn't let go!
Even though I only had a cheap point-and-shoot camera, when I look back at those photos I am instantly transported back. This is what I love about photographs, how much they can viscerally bring you to a moment in time. After coming home, I saved all summer for a "real" camera, went BACK to school (I know, I'm a glutton for punishment) to learn my craft, and am now working in Madison, Wisconsin as a wedding and dog photographer. I also work part of the year for Burning Man, and do some photographing out there as well.
I don't have kids, but my dogs and cats keep me busy enough! My black and tan rez-dog, Marco, came to us as a puppy when I was working in an animal shelter in rural Montana. He won us over with his soulful eyes and sweet nature, despite us not wanting a puppy. He is a high strung cattle dog mix who keeps us on our toes. Cedar, the fuzzy tri-color, came to us from rural Tennessee, where he and 100 other members of his fur family were rescued from a hoarding situation. He's laid back and playful, and is the sweetest, most charming dog I've ever known. I love using these guys to hone my skills as a dog portrait photographer, and I'm grateful for all of their puppy patience as I make them sit during walks and pose for me.
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"Melanie did an engagement photo session for my husband and I, and we brought along our dog to be included in them. She did an incredible job capturing his lively spirit and goofy grin! We have several photos of the two of us with our dog in them, and she also took a few of just him, which we treasure. I love having high quality photos of our dog that showcase his personality so well!"
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"I sought out Melanie because I had seen her work and knew she'd be a great match for me and my dog. She ended up taking photos of me, my dog, and my boyfriend so I ended up getting dog shots, individual shots, couples shots, and "family" shots--like a 4 for 1 special! She did a wonderful job, was easy to work with, and we love our photos. We even gave some of the images to others as gifts."
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"Melanie is our go-to for family + dog photos. She's easy to work with and has a knack for capturing candid real moments. I'm not incredibly comfortable in front of the camera but she has always made us feel at ease. I'm so grateful to have such lovely photos of our lives as the years pass!"
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