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Spotlight Photographer: Captured Moments by Melissa


1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?  

I really got into photography after the passing of my brother, realizing we never really had any professional images of him especially when he was just a baby. I made it my life’s work to capture the moments we all sometimes forget, so families can cherish each and every moment! I officially started business in 2014!


2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?

I'm located in the North Liberty/Kansas City Missouri area! I currently have an in home studio that I just love!


3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?


I shoot with a Nikon D700 and my go to lens is my Sigma 35 Art!


4. What drew you to newborn photography? Do you photograph anything else?


I love babies! Everything about them is a miracle, so being able to capture them when they're brand new is really something special. Some things as parents we don't always remember, like the flaky skin, the little baby rolls, and those tiny features. I also love Maternity - pregnant mommas make for some beautiful images!!!


5. How would you describe your style? Where do you find inspiration?


I would describe my style as natural, organic and sometimes fun!!!


6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?


Tons!!! My very first workshop was online and it was with The Milky Way I took their lighting class, posing, class and their newborn editing class! I then went on to mentor with the fabulous Nicole Smith Photography!! I would not have grown to where I am today without these ladies, they are all amazing!!!


7. Where do you like to shop for props? Do you have favorite vendors?


I absolutely love going to local antique stores, I've scored quite a few props in doing so! I also love JD Vintage Props! Mia Joy Studio is a big favorite of mine as well!


8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?

Definitely that it's not as easy as you may think!!! Shoot for myself! I think it's always good to shoot something for yourself whatever it is that makes your heart sing!! Don't work for pennies and to value yourself as an artist!!!


and work very hard. I'm confident success will come if you're all in  

9. What are your favorite things about How long have you been a member?


I love being able to hop on and gain inspiration from others in my industry! I especially love when in my eyes Famous well known Photographers get on and help out with critique or give their advice!! The support from the community is amazing! I've been a member for a little over a year I believe!!



10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?

These five are some of my most recent and I love them because they show the growth of myself as an artist. I've come quite along way since I started in 2014! These were all after my mentoring with Nicole Smith Photography and I feel like she really helped me to look at myself and find my style!


11. What is your photography site and url?


Website  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile 



12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?


I'm a wife to a wonderful man and the mother of 2 beauties, Aaden and Kennedy! I love making every moment in life count! I love seeing the beauty in all things in life. I'm a crazy DIY person and I love creating anything and everything I can!! I love to read, it's my happy place. My life is pretty hectic, so whenever I can sit down and read or make something I really thrive!

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