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Hey, I'm Melissa

It's just me! A+E Photography sounds like there are more people behind the scenes helping me edit or respond to emails but I actually named my business after my twin daughters. I was always cautioned when picking a career that being a wedding photographer would be too stressful or I wouldn't make enough money to support myself. After my first career as an ER Tech, and becoming a mom to two babies at once, I realized I'm actually pretty scrappy and can handle a lot of stress. Especially other people's emotions. 

The Story

When I was in High School, my bedroom walls were covered in prints I had taken of absolutely anything I thought the light looked pretty on. I'm serious, you can ask my parents who helped me peel all the scotch tape off the walls when I moved out (sorry mom). I'd drag my friends or my brother into snowy fields at sunsets and show them how I wanted them to pose. 

I shied away from wedding photography after school because it had a reputation of being too stressful. After becoming a mom, and 5 years of working in an ER, I learned a lot about the way I handle pressure. Sometimes people forget when they're picking a wedding photographer, that their picking someone who will be following them around on the most intimate day of their life. Someone who will capture their interactions with their closest friends and relatives, but also have a front row seat to every emotion that it brings. That person needs to be able to take a little pressure, blend in with your bridesmaids, handle a rowdy bunch of groomsmen, and still capture all the candid moments. If that sounds like exactly like what you're looking for, I'd love to hear from you.

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