wedding & elopement photography in santa cruz, california

photo by Diane Villadsen

oh hey! I’m Melissa.

I'm that empath who cares a LOT about others. 

I’m a fanatic of hiking, camping, the idea of being up at sunrise (it usually remains an idea) and listening to nerdy podcasts. I’m constantly doing mental facepalms because of something dorky I said. You will probably catch me awkwardly dancing in the corner at your wedding!

But enough about me…

You found life-changing love! I am genuinely so happy for you. Your wedding day matters because it will be filled with countless meaningful moments, dear people, and a whole spectrum of emotion. It deserves to be documented with honest photographs that let you return to those emotions years later. Those are the photos that really matter-- the kind that will still be held dear in hospital rooms and funerals as years pass. That’s where I come in.


I help couples document meaningful moments in an honest way on their wedding day, the kind of moments that give you a tingly feeling even years later. I don't make people pose in weird, fake ways or turn weddings into photo shoots. Photographs should carry true stories of emotion, not awkward memories of your photographer directing you all day long.


So what are you waiting for? Let’s talk about how we can tell your beautiful story and craft a meaningful wedding day.


Want to know more?

Want to know more? Send me a message today to receive my wedding collection guide and to see if I'm available on your date! I offer various photography collections for elopements and weddings. 

Please note I am FULLY BOOKED for 2019 weddings and elopements. 

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