Gilbert, Arizona Photographer, Mel’s twelve Reflection

Photographer, Mel’s twelve Reflection

One month down in the Mel’s 12-project challenge. I wanted to keep my take on January’s project “Reflection” to be different from what I shoot on a daily basis.  When I sit down and come up with what I am going to shoot for a project or a theme, I find that brainstorming really helps me find some deep ideas and emotions to bring out in my photographs.  When I first started attending Academy of the Arts, I was shooting projects for school on a weekly basis, with different themes or lighting scenario’s. I found that for me, the best way to come up with ideas for my theme of the week was to sit with my composition notebook and a pen alone in my office. I would think of the theme or assignment and randomly write down anything that came to mind when I thought of example: “reflection.”  Whether it was lighting, posing, costume, props, emotions, hand placement, a song, whatever randomness popped in my mind, I would write it down, whether it made sense at the time or not. By looking at my notes, it helped me bring to life the photograph that I wanted to make for my project, and it also helped keep me more organized in planning.

 

This month along with my photograph, I will be featuring a past client of mine Shannon Schiefer. Shannon had told me that she had taken a basic’s class this last year to learn how to better use her camera, but I had no idea that she had learned so much. Her photographs are beautiful. Thanks Shannon! As you are number one on Mel’s 12!

 

With my project I am hoping to that you all will dig deep and think of what each months theme means to you, literally or figuratively.

Regards and Love,

 

Mel

 

Mel's 12 Gilbert, AZ photographer, maternity, newborn, and family, fine art
Mel’s 12 Gilbert, AZ photographer, maternity, newborn, and family, fine art
Mel's 12 Gilbert, AZ photographer, maternity, newborn, and family, fine art
Mel’s 12 Gilbert, AZ photographer, maternity, newborn, and family, fine art
Mel's 12 Gilbert, AZ photographer, maternity, newborn, and family, fine art
Mel’s 12 Gilbert, AZ photographer, maternity, newborn, and family, fine art

 

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WELCOME

Hi there, I am Melissa. We moved to Arizona when I was five years old, so I consider myself a desert native. I am the mother of three wonderful children, a wife to an amazingly loving and extremely intelligent man, and a lover of animals. (We live on a small farm) I am the proud pet owner of a Chocolate Lab, miniature wiener dog, 26 chickens, 2 goats, a horse, and a miniature horse named Switch. Photography has always been a passion of mine, and 13 years ago I was able to form a successful small business doing what I love. I feel so blessed that God gave me this gift that I can pass along to others and bless them with.