wedding & elopement photography in santa cruz, california

photo by Diane Villadsen

oh hey! I’m Melissa.

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! Not everyone finds that kind of love. Now your story is entering into a beautiful new chapter that deserves to be honored and celebrated. You deserve to have a wedding day that is just as meaningful and memorable as your relationship. And you deserve to have photographs that are much more meaningful than simple documentation. That’s where I come in.


I help couples create more meaningful moments on their wedding day--the kind of moments that give you a tingly feeling even years later. I call those “whoosh moments”. I’m not the kind of photographer who makes people pose in weird, fake ways. I’m all about creating and capturing real emotion. With the photographs in your hands, you’ll be able to relive those tingly emotions and experience the fulfillment all over again.


You may be thinking “but Melissa, I’m awkward AF!”... I know.  Trust me-- almost everyone feels that way! The couples you see in my portfolio are just like you. They needed help being their authentic selves in front of the camera. And guess what? I’ve got a special love for working with people who feel awkward and vulnerable in front of the camera. Why? Because I am the same way!


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


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My main wedding photography collections begin at $5000.  Elopement adventures start at $2,900. Get in touch for more detailed information! I'm excited to hear from you!

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