Hello! I am Melissa. This might be a bit long but I have a few things I'd like to share about myself! I absolutely looove photographs. I can't help but take photos almost everywhere I go. I enjoy documenting all moments in life, big or small. There's so much joy in looking back on photographs and remembering times that might have been forgotten. I am usually shooting with my Canon 5D Mark IV, but if it's not with me I'll use whatever I've got to photograph something that has caught my eye, whether that be with my cell phone, polaroid, or film cameras. There's a whole lot of things I enjoy photographing, but my top 3 would be portraits, live music, and boudoir. Often when choosing to do a portrait session, I do them outdoors. I love the forest setting, I've photographed mostly at the Humber Arboretum. I went to the University of Guelph-Humber for Media Studies and specialized in Creative Photography. The arb is where we had quite a few class assignments. It's a great space! And over the years I've explored and found so many new forests to shoot in. I started doing live music photography a lot more within the last year or so. I spent most of my teenage years going to shows; the people, the music, the venues - always felt like a place I belonged. I've been shooting mostly local and new bands in the Mississauga and Toronto areas. I love it. Back when I was in University, I interned with a boudoir photographer, Marlen James. We still work together to this day, and I found my love for boudoir photography working with her. This type of photography pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have always been a shy person but eventually I became confident in posing and photographing the lovely women who chose to have a boudoir session done. It was a wonderful feeling to see the transformation in the women from when they walked into the studio, and when they left: confident and feeling beautiful! I highly recommend having a boudoir session at least once in your life, something nice to look back on one day. Photography is constantly teaching me something new, whether that be in the job itself, or about myself. There's so much to see, to explore, and always something to shoot!

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