Everything I know about photography started with my Nannie Ruth.
She was your typical Southern lady: she loved God, her grandchildren, and her 110 film Kodak camera.
Was she a fancy photographer? No. But I distinctly remember her saying, from when I was a kid up until she passed at the age of 93, “I’m not always going to be here so we need to take some pictures. That way y’all will remember this.”
As an adult, I look back at Nannie’s photos of my momma when she was growing up, and her photos of me growing up, and I’m so thankful for her photography. They aren’t the best photos in the world, but each one represents a memory — whether it be my brother’s first hunting trip, a happy family vacation, or our last Christmas with PawPaw.
Nannie Ruth inspired me to always have a camera in my hand, even though I didn’t start using mine professionally until 2008.
And all these decades later, having become a professional wedding photographer and senior portrait photographer, I still have her words in my ear every time I pull out my Canon:
“We need to take some pictures so y’all will remember this.”
What you see is what you get with me. It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress at the corner diner or the Governor of Georgia, I’m going to be the real me around you, and I hope you’ll reciprocate by being your real self around me.
It doesn’t matter how long we’ve known each other — I care deeply about each of my clients. That’s why I try to fill your MLM experience with heartfelt gestures like bringing a bridal emergency kit on wedding day or arriving to our sunrise senior portrait session with your favorite Starbucks order in my hand.
I compose and edit each photo to be a timeless heirloom you’ll love for generations. That means I don’t use trendy filters or color presets, photoshopping, or anything else. When you look at my pictures, you should see exactly what you remember from real life.
Typical Mel-Mel, but I want everyone I cross paths with to feel loved on and cared for. I don’t care what you look like, what church you go to (or don’t), or who you love. To me, you’re beautiful and you are worthy of being celebrated.