Meaningful Wedding and Elopement PHOTOGRAPHY


Hi! I’m an unconventional wedding photographer in Northern California.

My name is Melissa. I photograph weddings and elopements for rad, adventurous couples!

I love to give folks a MEANINGFUL and FUN experience that is centered around real moments and emotion. I specialize in working with people who aren't super comfortable being photographed.

Let's ditch the awkward posing and create something worth remembering.


Meaningful and honest

Eventually all of our memories are replaced by the photographs taken in those moments. Let that sink in...What will be important to you years from now as loved ones pass and life hands you difficult times? What photos will matter?


I work with couples who care about creating meaningful memories with their loved ones more than anything else on their wedding day. I capture honest, unstaged moments of people along with natural, easy portraits.


When I photograph a wedding, I show up wholeheartedly for YOU -- not for photo awards to boost my ego. I won't ask you to fake laugh or stage anything for a photo. I won't turn your day into a big photoshoot that keeps you too long from the party. Let's make photos that are meaningful, honest, and simple. Let's make photos that will help you feel something, even years later.


Friend, I'll be 100% honest with you... If you care about magazine style photos of the decor, the shoes, and your dress hanging from a tree, then we will not be a good fit. If you want your wedding photos to resemble every other wedding album you've seen, we will not be a good fit.


Pinterest and the wedding industry have sadly trained couples to expect cookie-cutter wedding albums along with elaborate editorial photos of every decoration and detail, but I'll let you in on the important truth: focusing on those photos steals a surprising amount of time from the real and emotional moments inevitably happening somewhere between you and people you care about. One day you will be digging for photos of a loved one who has passed, and it would be devastating if all you could find were photos of pretty objects.


I prioritize candid photos of you and your guests in an effort to best serve your memories. These are the photos that matter most. These are the photos that will be framed and clung to as time and loved ones pass.

Let’s talk!

My approach to wedding photography is not going to resonate with everyone, and I'm ok with that. I'm here to challenge the status quo of cookie-cutter wedding photography. I offer a simple, honest perspective with photographs that tell a true story about moments that matter.


If you want your wedding reflected honestly by a photographer who won't take over your day, then please reach out today . If I'm available on your date I'll send you my client guide and answer any of your questions. I'm looking forward to hearing your story, friend!


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.


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