Preferred Name: Melissa or Mel
Business Name: Melissa Claire Photography
Where are you based out of? Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?
I am a full time photographer but also have a part time job editing for another local photographer.
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
Canon 5D Mark IV/5D Mark III (with lots of backup gear!)
How would you define your style?
My style is artistic, genuine, and romantic, and I provide both traditional posing and candid moments.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
Photography found me when I was around 16 years old and enjoying a Jones soda. I noticed all of the different photos on the bottles, and for some reason, the idea struck me that people actually take photos for a living. I was on track to become a professional musician but did a complete 180 when this simple realization occurred; it was like a whole new dimension opened up to me. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in fine art photography.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I aim to capture people at their best. One of my sweet clients’ moms wrote this in her review, and I think it sums it up: “Her photographs capture the essence of her subjects and the spirit of the moment.”
How do you accomplish that?
My clients have said they enjoy my easy-going personality and ability to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I feel my strong empathetic nature helps me more than anything.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Yes! I have had a wide variety of fine art and wedding photographers who inspire me: Duane Michals because of his emotion, Philip-Lorca diCorcia for his lighting and ability to convey a powerful story in one image, and Cindy Sherman for her conceptual approach and rawness. Susan Stripling and Roberto Valenzuela are wedding photographers that inspire me, too. Their online classes are incredible, and their unique ability to see beautiful light in unexpected places has really influenced my work.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
My most memorable accomplishment is all of my happy clients I’ve been able to serve!
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
One thing I have learned is you have to be an advocate for your couple on their wedding day and more than anything, be flexible and QUICK. Wedding days are their own kind of special chaos, and you can’t buckle or show that you’re under pressure (even if you are). Smile, be cool, and do what you have to do to get the shot!
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I use the wooden flash drives with engraving. I’m very pleased with my purchase so far and am so happy to use a local company. The T-Rex in the packaging is a delightful bonus, too!
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Photographer Supply Co has helped my business by making it quick and easy to deliver files to my clients! They also provide top notch customer service. I’m looking forward to utilizing more of their products in the future!