I first picked up a camera in 2007 while living and working in The Dominican Republic. Photography helped me overcome the language barrier and connect with people on a soul level. It gave me a lens through which to share my stories with the world and to process my own experiences abroad. 

I eventually shifted from photojournalism to Elopement & Wedding photography, but I’ve never lost my obsession with storytelling. In fact, it informs everything I do as a photographer and as a business owner. With over 10 years of experience in photography and event coordination, I’m able to provide both excellent work and an excellent client experience. Your needs, wishes, and vision come first as my client, and I prioritize communication and trustworthiness throughout the entire process. My personal faith is also important to me, and it compels me to treat all my clients with respect, kindness, and fairness. 

From the moment you send me an email, I’m all about cultivating a relationship with you so that by the time shoot day rolls around, you’ll think of me as more of a friend than a photographer!

I'm Melanie, your future BFF & third wheel! Most days you will find me with the same cup of coffee throughout the day working on my computer or adventuring to beautiful locations photography rad couples! I live in Orange County, California right near Laguna Beach! If I'm not photographing you can bet I am either at the beach by 3pm, at a local farmers market or rearranging my house! I am married to my amazing husband Sean who works construction & also second shoots with me at times! He's literally my best friend and favorite person in the world.... 

I'm Melanie, your #1 hype girl & THRIVE off of creating an experience for YOU! 


I need a hype girl! 

Most days you can find me...

Every Photo has a story... Here is mine...

Fun facts about Me

- wife, elopement photographer & storyteller 
- sushi addict! 
- game nights > bars  
- True crime junkie  
- I prefer local airbnbs + local exploring vs. resorts  
- you will always find me barefoot when at all possible! 

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2024 Travel schedule 

February: Hawaii 
june: glacier national park & Europe
july: Oahu, Hawaii 

Exciting Adventures Await! Here's a glimpse of my upcoming travel schedule for elopements and destination weddings. I'll be photographing love stories in some of the most enchanting places on Earth. From majestic mountains to pristine beaches , my lens will be ready to frame your elopement or destination wedding in these extraordinary locations. If you're planning your special day in any of these destinations, let's connect and turn your dream wedding into a breathtaking reality. If you want to ADD to this amazing list, lets make it happen!!
When I am not traveling you can find in me in Laguna Beach, California.







"We felt so comfortable and we will cherish the photos she captured for us forever."

Melanie captured our day so perfectly and working with her was a joy. We had a sunrise elopement at tunnel view and she was there waiting for us at 5:30am! I loved how she just brought herself and her two cameras, that is ALL she needed. She knows the best spots and even would pull over on the road if she saw a good photo opportunity. She knew the national park very well which helped so much the day of (especially since it was our first time in the park!) We love the pictures and so do our families. I would recommend melanie for any elopement or even just a quick photoshoot! We look forward to working with her again in the future. Thank you Melanie!

Molly + Mike

"She made us feel so comfortable and made the whole experience fun and exciting."

"I’ve never had professional photos done before but I think we were truly spoiled with Melanie. She made us feel so comfortable and made the whole experience fun and exciting. I highly recommend her for your special moments!"

Marie + bradley


"The final pictures exceeded our expectations. We are beyond thrilled with how they turned out."

We absolutely loved our elopement photos! 

Hope + Drew

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Why choose me? Well, with a background in both photography and event coordination, I've got the skills to make your day seamless and your memories vibrant. And hey, if you’re looking for someone who values communication, trustworthiness, and a whole lotta respect and kindness, you’ve come to the right lens.