Melissa of Fresh In Love is one of our most recent additions to our list of Denver wedding photographers. We had a little Q&A with Melissa and she was kind enough to share some insight into her varied, interesting background and her photography style – not to mention a bunch of
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well I was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia (in a circus!). I moved to London when I was 18 and then I lived there and travelled Europe for eight years….which is where I bought my first film camera and experienced that buzz and passion of photography.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
It a passion of mine and when you have a strong enough passion it’s not something you choose to do…it’s simply something you HAVE to do.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been taking photos for about ten years now however only started pursuing it as a profession two years ago as I have always been worried about losing the specialness if it were to become a job.
How would you classify your style of photography?
Modern and timeless…but with a light, airy, vintage twist.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Life. Real Love. Art.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
My very first wedding I photographed was about two hours drive from my house. I got there and as i grabbed my camera bag I had this terrible realization of having plugged my camera battery in to recharge the night before….and left it plugged into the wall at home (this is obviously before I saw the wisdom in two batteries!) I actually went to an electronics store just down the road to see if they had another battery there…but they didn’t. In the end the young chap who worked in the camera department called his sister who had the same camera as me and she came down and gave me her battery! That was a valuable lesson learnt that day!!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
Professional Canon equipment.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Look for photographers whose style you LOVE. And then meet with them and pick the one you feel the most comfortable with. When you spend a whole day with someone (and it’s such a special and intimate day) then you really want to make sure that it’s someone you enjoy having around.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
I grew up in a circus (the profile photo on my blog is me as a baby holding a monkey). I might be the only person on earth that can’t eat chocolate…it actually makes me feel sick. I make up for this by drinking a lot of good coffee. I am a two time USA national down hill mountain bike champion which surprises a lot of people as I am 5.3 and girlie.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
I sometimes feel wedding photography has sadly become too much about money and less about caring deeply about people and how amazing it is to document real love. I think that liking your wedding photographer’s personality is as important as liking their work. I think wedding photos should remind you of not just how you looked but what you felt on the day…beautiful, loved and excited!
And lastly I am seriously thankful to everyone who lets me share such a special moment in their lives. Thank you for the amazing memories!