Happy New Year

This year started off in a completely different place that I am now and I as look back at the past 365 days I can't believe the wonderful journey that has been 2014! After almost 10 years in film and TV production and a lot of encouragement and support from my fellow artists and friends at Pixar (ahem- Daniel Lopez Muñoz.. Tia Kratter.. to name a few) I decided that the time I had been looking forward to while simultaneously dreading my whole twenties had come; time to go it on my own and pursue my creative passions independently full time.


Honestly, I can say that the biggest challenge was making the decision to take the leap and leave behind a career in TV and film. A career that had inspired me, fed me, made me a community of inspired friends, and brought me to some of the most fantastic (and not so fantastic) places I know I may not have seen otherwise. Seems like ages ago I was flying out from New York to film my first episode as a PA on Wife Swap. Yikes! Ahhh yes yes people I have some funny credits on my IMDB including "Britney Spears Most Bizarre Moments" (shame on me). 
 
I was refreshed once on the other side of the decision that I felt no need to look back in a nostalgic way, much like the good ol' Bob Dylan film implied. Forward was my only direction; I have since only felt like I made the right decision to feed my soul. I feel more focused than I have in a long time. How does the quote go? "Lean in the right direction and you will find the way," something like that. I truly feel that listening to this feeling has brought me the success of this year and my already booked up calendar next year.  
 
There have been so many cherished times this year I feel truly lucky. To all of my clients, you make my job what it is. Thank you for continuing to take me on all of your adventures, for continuing to feed me to most amazing meals, introduce me to your families and friends. It's for you that I feel the most lucky! 
 
xo, 
Melissa


A Perfect Day for Rain

There's something to the day after the rain that is extra freeing: how the ground smells, how everything is more bright and vibrant, how the air is crisp and clean. Anastasia and Eric were married at Nestledown in Santa Cruz, a super unique Northern California venue with everything from a mini cottage to enormous redwood groves. It was storming the day before the wedding, the kind of rain that always makes me cross my fingers and hope that there is a "backup plan" yet again and as I drove up 101 I somehow knew that it would just work out because.. well.. it always just does. The morning of the weddings the sky was filled with perfect rain clouds and fog, a wonderful blanket weaving through the tops of the trees and mountains. It was spectacular.  
My favorite part about this wedding was Eric and Anastasia's pup-presence. These two own a rad yoga apparel company LVR with a seriously fantastic mission to aid in animal rescue. So it was no surprise to see their doggies a part of the festivities. I hope you enjoy a few images of this wonderful day!


























































Lands End Engagement Session

If you have been following my instagram feed you would see I have been super busy these days zooming around and photographing non-stop. It's great because I have been getting my feed of beautiful Fall Bay Area weather. The air around this time of year is so awesome so I was really happy to meet Brynn and Patrick at one of my favorite engagement session locations, the Lands End trail, in San Francisco. Check them out.






































Fall Family Sessions

Geez Louise the Holidays sure are coming fast. I can't believe it. Stopping today to post a few of my favorite images from my family session with Rennie, Craig and their super cute mini man Zach. I loved meeting this couple. They had a lot of character, you can tell in the images I was able to get of them. Early fall is my favorite time to shoot in the Bay Area, I was in San Francisco for a few shoots a couple weeks ago and was really enjoying the air. I'll be in the Bay again November 2nd through the 9th shooting events. If you are interested in a session for the Holidays let me know, I do have one or two spots left available while I am there! Also GO GIANTS!
















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