Winnipeg · Okanagan Valley
Newborns · Maternity · Weddings
Owner | Photographer
Hey! That’s me, Melanie!
Family photos as a mom rank pretty high for important things near and dear to me, there’s something to be said about documenting your life as a family that your kids can look back on. I give way more photos than I promise only because I really truly love taking photos, interactions of you and your kids, or for your wedding of you and your new spouse are so important. I strive to be natural, unforced and the way you really really were… just good old snuggling on your kids or loving on your other half. In your gallery you’ll find a mix of posed and smiling at the camera as well as many of just smiling, laughing and full on belly giggles. I love working with kids, I have 3 of my own aged 5 and under, I know kids aren’t always the most reliable for good moods and listening.
My favorites: Little Bones Wings, peonies, summer dresses, navy blue and I have a new love for house plants… lets see if I can keep those alive unlike our past goldfish! I love to spend my non wedding weekends at our cottage with my family at the lake. I love the 1930’s era…. and The Notebook, or just anything Ryan Gosling, fortunately I found my own sweet romantic Noah… beard and all! I hate cold, but love snow and the holiday season. I’ve been to 7 countries, and I’m also a volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, this is an organization that provides remembrance photography for grieving families.
I spend every Sunday with family and attending church, my last name is Mennonite but I’m not… at alllll. I used to be a nurses aid at Seven Oaks ER before I got married….. pregnant and while a new baby can keep you pretty busy, it wasn’t enough for me. I started in about 2013, by 2015 I had self taught myself while dragging 1, then 2 and now 3 kids along for the ride. My business has taken over my basement in the form of a newborn studio… we decided to move to be closer to my kids’ school, and hunted out a house that would accommodate my studio needs. You’re now welcome to our new house with your little babies for newborn photos in my home studio! (All my family photos credit to Honey Deer Photography) I visit my family in Vernon BC often, I don’t mind seeing them 😉 and because of this I also do weddings in the Okanagan Valley and other Canadian destinations. Travel is so important to our family!
That’s me, all of me. I’m a heart on sleeve person, I’m extremely personable and not an introvert at all. Now that you know me and my story… let’s start documenting yours.
I’m like a lot of you reading this bio—mobile and not always sure where I belong. I was born in Kenya and have lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the USA and Canada. I’ve met lots of fantastic people and made great friends who are scattered across the globe. I love Manitoba canola fields in summer and tea plantations in the Kenyan highlands, but neither feels like home. Perhaps this is why I’ve become a photographer—not only to remember people and places, but to remind myself who I am.
Quality photos weren’t valued in my home. If you were to look at photos from my life, you might think the most important events were when I would blow out the candles on my birthday cake each year. I’ve often wished I had good photos of my childhood to show new friends where I’ve been, what I’ve done, the life I’ve lived—who I am. I’m more than just a girl who fills my house with plants, likes watching chick flicks, and considers popcorn a decent supper.
I’m passionate about giving you the kind of pictures I wish my family had given me. Beautiful, creative images that will remind you of who you are, where you come from, and the relationships and events that have defined and shaped you.
Whether I’m photographing your wedding, engagement, or family, I look for genuine emotion and the raw, candid moments that can’t be forced. The images I take are more than just pretty pictures; they will give a glimpse into what is wonderful and inspiring about you.