dianey & max

“graceful and kind”

"Melissa was an incredible photographer at my wedding. She was able to capture every precious moment ... She worked really well with my friends and family and their last minute picture ideas. Melissa was graceful and kind and it really showed on her pictures. She has a true talent of keeping photographs pure and genuine without reinventing the moment. I truly appreciated her hard work and am so glad I picked her for my special day. I would definitely recommend her!"

stephanie & markus

“incredibly attentive”

“Melissa is wonderful…She is gracious and patient and good humored, and her pictures are outstanding. She was incredibly attentive to what we wanted leading up to our wedding day and on the day itself, was always prompt with communication, and is really ready and willing to go the extra mile. It was such a pleasure working with this lady!”


isolde & john

“dream come true”

"Melissa was a dream come true, and everything you could ask for. She went out of her way to research the area for beautiful places to shoot, took gorgeous shots of my wedding, was extremely responsive throughout the entire process, was sweet and as patient as could be and although she could easily charge 10 times more, she was extremely reasonably priced given her level of talent. I will use her for every major life event possible and would recommend her to any bride to be."

kristina & dean

“amazing experience”

"We just had our engagement session with Melissa and I can’t praise her enough! My fiance and I pitched the idea of taking photos where we first met, and Melissa was totally on board. The weather took a turn and ended up being very cold and snowy, but she was up for the adventure with us. Melissa’s vision, and ours, was to capture “moments” as opposed to posed pictures, so she had us sharing stories, laughing, and moving. She is such a creative and talented person and that truly comes out in her photographs. I was worried about how things (and I) would look, but Melissa was able to calm all those worries and created an environment that was fun. Receiving our photographs (sneak peeks the next day, all the photos in about a week) affirmed how amazing the experience was: we looked through them together, picked our favorites, and laughed about how cold the day turned and what an amazing experience we had! If you need a photographer, hands down, Melissa is the best!"



I am so honored to have been featured in several different publications, both online and in print. But, the most meaningul and rewarding response to my work is always the heartfelt and grateful note or phonecall from my clients. I love what I do because beautiful photos of your important moments and lifestages have a meaningful impact on your life and legacy. 


Wedding and Elopement Photography in Santa Cruz, Carmel and Big Sur