“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did. But they will never forget how they made you feel.”

Let’s document what your life feels like.

 

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BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY

I know there are people out there who do not understand why someone would want to have some of their most raw and intimates moments photographed. I get it. I thought that once too and I have a lot of regret because of it. The moments of bringing my children into the world are now just distant, blurry memories and I would give anything to be able to go back and relive those moments with the click of a button.

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LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lifestyle photography is about freezing moments in time. Being able to FEEL connection, SEE the details, and HOLD on to the time that is moving too fast. I want you to be able to relive the moments of your life tomorrow and a hundred years from now. Nothing lasts forever except the memories you make. This is your story. and this is your life. You only get one shot at it and I want to make sure that you have proof that you lived well.

Lifestyle photography is about freezing moments in time.  Being able to FEEL connection, SEE the details, and HOLD on to the time that is moving too fast.  I want you to be able to relive the moments of your life tomorrow and a hundred years from now. This is your story.  Let’s tell it.



 
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Hello, I am Melissa!

 

I am a mother, wife, photographer, lover of Earth and free spirit. I am a Wisconsin native but I have lovingly called Phoenix, Arizona my home for over a decade. I am an autism advocate and a proud co-founder of Spectrum Inspired. I live to travel, laugh until my belly aches, and always spread the love.

My art is a direct reflection of what I feel is the most valuable, fleeting, breathtaking moments that this life has to offer. My heart is truly in documenting birth and parenthood. When I create photographs I love freezing genuine, true life moments. Capturing life's little details, the human connection and raw emotions are what I dig the most. I want my work to make you see the intense beauty that is the story of your life and for you to always remember not just the moments, but to ignite the feelings you felt in these moments. Today, tomorrow and 100 years from now.

Let's make magic together!

 

 
 

Testimonials

 

“Melissa was able to freeze a very special moment in time for my family and the images that she captured are priceless. We didn’t need to sit perfectly posed in front of her camera, we didn’t need to worry about where our hands were or how we should smile... instead we simply loved and laughed together in a beautiful setting and did what we do best as a family - just be “us” The emotions that I felt while viewing our gallery were raw, real and so deeply needed... I went back and forth whether to invest in a pregnancy session and I am so very grateful that I did! Thank you Melissa for capturing what my heart feels every day, you truly have a special gift!!!” –– Tiffany Qualizza


“My experience with Melissa from the beginning was amazing. I had an instant connection with her and knew that she would take, not only the pictures I was wanting, but also incorporate her incredible style and creativity as an artist. I had complete trust in her and she allowed me to be myself and really capture the moments that reflected the the joy I felt being with my first child, bringing her into the world and those precious first meetings with our family. She is truly a beautiful person and its reflected in her work and dedication to her clients. I am forever grateful to her for making our experience so special and unforgettable. Thank you Melissa again for every moment you captured and truly going above and beyond.” –– Jill Pedley


 

 

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