My name is Melissa Lynn. I live in Westchester County of New York with the loves of my life: my husband Dave, Beasley the dog, and our wonderful toddler "Little D". I am a true New Yorker at heart, but I absolutely love having the chance to travel.
I am a photographer and a storyteller and always have been. When I was a little girl, I would invite my friends over for goofy photo shoots and portrait sessions, and for the longest time, I had a Polaroid camera tethered to my hip (okay, sometimes I still do).
Then I grew up, and in 2007, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Cinema + Photography and have since then had the coolest job ever. I get to tell and show stories by capturing human beings, their connections, and the happiest days of their lives through photographs.
I never just pick up my camera, point it and shoot. With a sweetly observing eye, I unobtrusively look for the magic in real-life moments all around me when I am photographing a wedding or event, and I use skill and patience to capture it. I strive to bring that genuine wonder of life to the foreground of all of my images.
I not only take pride in my photography, but I also take pride in telling your story. I will not skip a beat!
SEEING + BEING GREEN
I care about everyone and everything around me, which is why I make every effort I can to keep my photography business (as well as my life of course) as eco-friendly and “green” as possible. You may wonder what exactly it means to be a “green photographer”, so I want to share what I do out of love for the earth:
I live by reducing, reusing, and recycling, not only when it comes to office supplies but also my camera equipment. I round my professional photography gear out by reusing old manual lenses on my digital camera, and when I am upgrading my equipment, I will always sell or recycle. All batteries used are rechargeable ones.
I utilize electronic media and offer all of my clients preservation options that are solely online and not on paper. After a wedding, event or portrait session, my clients receive DVDs that are digitally light-scribed with their picture rather than a printed label on paper. Their photography disks are now placed in eco-friendly cases and shipped in recycled cardboard containers.
I invest in “green” technology and products, constantly putting “green” energy into the entire photography experience that I provide my clients with.
I employ local freelance artists to be my second shooters, assistants, or cinematographers, and I use public transportation in all situations when possible.
For my business cards and promotional material, I use MOO Recycled Paper, and I offer hand-made photographic albums.
My company is an approved vendor of the Green Bride Guide. The Green Bride Guide has everything you need to plan a green wedding! Here you can find pictures from real green weddings, articles and advice on eco-chic decor, and a wide range of green wedding gifts. They also have the largest green wedding directory in the country, to help you connect with local vendors.
I am one of the few photographers left that offers film photography in the way of 35mm, medium format, and even Polaroids.
Why do I still offer these film options you may ask? Because film photography was my first love and taking a digital picture and a film picture are two different experiences for me. I am very lucky that I was able to formally learn my craft when film and darkrooms were still a viable part of the photography world. In fact, at the beginning of my venture into following the passion of photographing, I was accepted into a black and white film photography program in Florence, Italy and it was there that I honed in on my interest in capturing people specifically. I was fascinated by the culture, the faces, the relationships I stumbled upon and the context of where the people lived or worked and when I developed my photographs in an old dilapidated Italian darkroom, I felt like I had found exactly what I needed to be doing. I loved the process from start to finish and while I may not be sipping on authentic macchiatos with a side of gelato while I develop now, there is still the process and I love to offer it to both my clients and myself.
MEET THE TEAM
While I work with many different photographers and videographers, I have two core artists that are by my side most weddings and I don't know where I would be today without their amazing talents adding to the beIMAGED identity. They are true gems and I feel lucky to have both of them as a part of my close-knit team!
Yasu is my videographer partner and he is simply put, amazing. I began offering wedding films as an extra service because my clients were continuously asking me if I could. Most of them were on the fence about having a videographer because their perception was that they were to obtrusive and lets face it, they usually are! I set out to find someone who was artistic, technically savvy and had the capacity to take the lead from me in being non-obtrusive. When I found Yasu, I knew I had found the perfect fit. Check out the video page to see examples of our collaborative work!
Natalie is my go to associate photographer and she specializes in candid portraiture. I am always amazed at the stunning portraits she captures of people at weddings and she always achieves the most beautiful and artistic images of everything she focuses on.