wedding & elopement photography in santa cruz, california

photo by Diane Villadsen

oh hey! I’m Melissa (she/her)

I'm an empath, an outgoing introvert, and a loyal friend. My husband and I live in a cozy forest cottage in the Santa Cruz mountains, where I do my favorite thing: bask in nature. I'm a fan of hiking, painting and spotting urban animals who've somehow found an entire slice of pizza. I am a shameless dork and I love fellow awkward people.

 

why i photograph weddings

The reason I am a wedding and elopement photographer is simple: honest, thoughtful documentation of our deepest moments adds meaning to our lives and memories. I love helping people add meaning to their lives. I have been joyfully photographing weddings and elopements full time since 2013.

 

But enough about me…

You found life-changing love! I am genuinely so happy for you! You're about to experience some beautiful moments and emotions that may be completely new to you as you enter the next chapter. Those moments should be documented with honest, un-staged photographs that let you return to that experience, don't you think? Staged and contrived photos will end up in the trash and steal from your ability to fully experience the present moment. I am not about to burden you with that! So instead of turning your day into a big photoshoot, let's bring the focus back to what truly matters on this significant day. That way, you will end up with meaningful photographs that let you return to emotions and important moments years later. Those are the photos that will be held dear and eventually framed by hospital beds and at funerals as years pass.

philosophy of whoosh

A *whoosh* is the tingly feeling you get when a moment is worth remembering. It’s when you feel something beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

But enough about me…

You found life-changing love! I am genuinely so happy for you! You're about to experience some beautiful moments and emotions that may be completely new to you. Those moments should be documented with honest, unstaged photographs that let you return to that experience, don't you think? Staged photos will end up in the trash and steal from your ability to fully experience the present moment. I am not about to burden you with that! So instead of turning your day into a big photoshoot, let's bring the focus back to what truly matters on this significant day. That way, you will end up with meaningful photographs that let you return to emotions and important moments years later. Those are the photos that will be held dear and framed by hospital beds and at funerals as years pass.

 

 

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.

About Melissa: Intimate Wedding and Elopement Photographer in Santa Cruz, Big Sur and Carmel

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