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athlete turned artist

It all started when I decided I wanted to follow a family legacy, become a full-time student, join a sorority and pursue a degree in photography, at Texas Tech, 
instead of play college basketball. 




JOY-FILLED MOMENTS • cultivated relationships • globe-trotting ADVENTURES

Even though I left behind my childhood dream of being a collegiate basketball player to pursue photography, my passion truly began on the campus of Texas Tech. My Theta sisters began hiring me for their graduation portraits igniting this love for photographing people and documenting milestones.

Over the last 10 years, the Lord has been so faithful as I'v seen seasons change and celebrated friends as they enter a new chapters of their life. 

I remember praying, at the beginning of my journey, asking, "Lord, please bring me kind and gracious clients" and He has done that every single time. My couples are out-of-this-world kind. I wouldn't be where I am today without His faithfulness and the incredible support of my clients, family and friends. I am truly humbled that I get to document life's most joyous moments for a living!

the beginning

how i got started

My husband, Wes, and I met  when he recruited me to be his co-ed quarterback for his college flag football team, the fall semester of my senior year.  Our first date involved running routes and cooking pasta together. It's been love + learning to call the right plays ever since!

love + football

If given the choice between a night out on the town or stay in to watch movies,
nine times out of ten it will be the later. This is especially true when the movie stars
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and homemade cookie dough.

homebody

Through the years, I have become quite the collector of half filled-in paper calendars. The first 3 months in my shiny new calendar always look so pretty before I forget about it & revert back to my iPhone calendar while on the go. 

calender collector

This job given me a serious case of the travel bug.  It's been *the best* 
Clients have taken me to Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma,, Utah, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington State,Washington D.C.
and allllllll the way to Malaysia. I really want to hit up the north-central states this year!

travel bug

The crisp summer breeze on a long hike in July, in the Colorado mountains.
Yep, that's my happy place. 

the mountains, baby

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athlete turned artist

It all started when I decided I wanted to follow a family legacy, become a full-time student, join a sorority and pursue a degree in photography, at Texas Tech,
instead of play college basketball. 




Even though I left behind my childhood dream of being a collegiate basketball player to pursue photography, my passion truly began on the campus of Texas Tech. My Theta sisters began hiring me for their graduation portraits igniting this love for photographing people and documenting milestones.

Over the last 10 years, the Lord has been so faithful as I'v seen seasons change and celebrated friends as they enter a new chapters of their life.

I remember praying, at the beginning of my journey, asking, "Lord, please bring me kind and gracious clients" and He has done that every single time.  My couples are out-of-this-world  kind.  I wouldn't be where I am today without His faithfulness and the incredible support of my clients, family and friends. I am truly humbled that I get to document life's most joyous moments for a living!

the beginning

how i got started

Whether you are reflecting on your last months as a student, celebrating your engagement, marrying the love of your life, or gathering with your growing family, you can trust me to capture these events as beautifully as you see them in your memory!

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bucket list STATES: kentucky • Montana • oregon • Wyoming 

Melanie is amazing! From the second you have your first meeting until far after your wedding is over she will be your number one fan, cheering you on throughout the entire planning process. She takes the most beautiful photos!! She will make you laugh, cry happy tears and help you get to your big day with ease. You will not go wrong if you choose Melanie as your photographer.

- maddie + colton

"Melanie is absolutely amazing and so very talented!
I can’t put into words how wonderful she is - She puts her heart into everything she does and we feel so blessed to have met this sweet lady, that we now call our friend!"

- stephanie + jarrett

"I can't brag about Melanie enough! Her pictures are amazing, and she was so much fun to be around. Her vibe is great, which really helps when you're not super comfortable in front of a camera. She has a great eye, and you'll be obsessed with her shots."

- kelly h.

I seriously cannot say enough amazing things about Melanie! She's gorgeous inside and out, the sweetest soul, and incredibly talented! Her eye for capturing stunning and timeless images is impeccable. She makes everyone feel so at ease in her presence which is crucial on your wedding day. I recommend Melanie so highly! Do not think twice about choosing her to be your photographer!!

- elizabeth ise