Melanie has been a student of photography for 8 years and a professional for 4 years. After experimenting with different genres- portraiture, food, and lifestyle photography, Melanie found a real love of macro photography.  The use of macro photography allows for the perfect medium for the feelings of art she creates- the small triumphant but often overlooked.

Melanie has been a student of photography for 8 years and a professional for 4 years. After experimenting with different genres- portraiture, food, and lifestyle photography, Melanie found a real love of macro photography. The use of macro photography allows for the perfect medium for the feelings of art she creates- the small triumphant but often overlooked.

 

I’m a nature girl who has sat in the middle of the woods for hours enjoying the sparkle of the sun tickling the back of a leaf, a shadow dancing across a vine as the day moves forward, or an ant that parades along a stem.
Do you see shapes in the clouds? How about faces in wood grain? I see the human-ness in all the most insignificant plants around us. Take a stroll into your backyard and you can find so many wild plants that have never been coddled or cared for. They exude a strength that no fancy rose could ever inhabit. They have been bent, poisoned, trampled on and yet they still grow. They show us the resilience in the nature around us and remind me that I can survive despite the circumstances I grew up in as a child. I have used my photography of these survivors to help me heal from childhood abuse and would love to take others on a journey of healing with me through my photos. I hope they are a lifeline to others as they are to me.

I discovered my love of macro photography several years ago and left it briefly to shoot portrait photography but my heart is where the smallest things are. The little things that are forgotten about and overlooked much like children are. We often say that they grow like weeds…which is a good thing. What if we turn the story around in our thoughts and think of all the good things weeds do and are? They prevent erosion, provide food and homes for all the little living things. And let’s face it. Little things ARE important and have value.
Ultimately, I would like to see my photos add warmth, hope and healing to those who are hurting by gracing the halls of hospitals, clinics and offices across the nation.