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Photography & Design go together like sugar and spice.

Or peanut butter and jam.

Or coffee and a really large mug.

Nervous in front of the camera?

I’ve been there! I spent years of my life avoiding photos of myself because I was afraid, and now wish I had more photographs from those years.

I want you to enjoy the process! Want a sneak peek of what it’s like? Click here!

Visual art is my jam.

I'm Mel

After years of giving my all as a front-line employee for large companies, I realized it was time to stand up and shine.

I’ve always loved photography, but I knew I needed more than just camera skills if I was going to pay the bills.

So I put myself through school (with the help of my husband) and started learning about design and business. Now I’m a photographer and graphic designer helping myself and others live their dream.

Want to work with someone as excited about your project as you are?

  • I love a sweet family session, especially at sunset. I am SO excited to meet the new little one in a few short months! .
And check out Chelsy's hand-knit jacket! 😍 Amazing work.
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  • Mid-session leaf throwing breaks are absolutely necessary, haven't you heard? .
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  • Happy Saturday everyone!
 Today was haircut day, so of course I had to  take a few photos. 😄 And you know, I'm beginning to really love my no makeup self portraits!
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Tomorrow I'll be taking "dressed up" portraits, but today I'm finding strength in documenting me as I am in this moment. .
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  • One of the best parts of visiting Kamloops is the traditional Photo Day with Dad ❤
Ft. Autumn leaves and snowy trees (!?)
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  • I am VERY into the weather change, because it means it's time for crunchy leaves and gorgeous autumn portraits. 👌
(And Knit City in Vancouver at the end of the month 😊)
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The colours don't last forever, but that only makes them more beautiful. Have you planned your autumn session yet? .
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  • Colour + texture inspo for an autumn invite design 💞 .
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  • This weekend I'm capturing memories of a much loved home for extended family. It's hard to leave somewhere like this, a home rather than just a house. So in tribute we had breakfast on the good dishes and it was delicious. .
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  • Don't get me wrong, I love this summer warmth, but the morning's overcast skies have me dreaming about moody autumn portraits 😍
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But for now I'll keep looking for that golden light on everything around me. .
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  • Here's to imperfection.
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To the scars and marks and lines that make us who we are. It's been trained into us, -to me - to hide the breakouts, the darkness smudged under my eyes, the reality. .
And hey! Sometimes my makeup is my armor and it gives me power. ⚡
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But there is also power in showing up as me. 🤘
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  • This week's motto. 🙌 .
What scary thing are you going to do this week? .
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