We are so excited to launch a new monthly feature that will allow you to get to know some of our amazing Hello Storyteller Members! Each month we will choose one member to feature and share with the community. If you’re a member and would like your chance to be featured, please click here to fill out our application!
For our first feature, we are going to introduce you to the amazingly talented, Melissa Richard!
My journey into photography began after losing our home in a devastating wildfire in May 2016. After losing all of my precious memories, I started getting more family pictures done to try to replace the ones I had lost. My husband had an entry level DSLR, and suggested that I try to learn how to take the photographs I saw in my mind’s eye. In September of 2017 I finally decided I was going to learn how to use the camera. I brought it everywhere (and still do!). I devoted myself to learning the ins and outs of manual mode and enrolled in some online courses to assist my education, while developing my natural eye for composition and lighting. I now consider myself a light chaser, and a storyteller. I love capturing “real” moments, raw emotion and movement. I am passionate about capturing the magic and joy of childhood. I also enjoy encompassing nature. Photography has become my artistic outlet and food for the soul.
A year ago I was taking as many online lessons/courses as I could. I have taken a Photoshop course by Mickie Devries (learning PS was a game changer for me) I am still learning, there is so much to learn! I have taken a few breakouts from Click Photo School, and a few from the Unraveled Academy. After my vacation (that starts in 3 days!) I plan on diving into Holly Awwad’s “Capturing the Magic of Childhood, “Dare to be Wild” by Megan Boggs and Kristen Ryan’s “Authentically Creative” (just to name a few!)
I love the sense of community you get in the Hello Storyteller group. The acknowledgement and the encouragement that you get daily is so motivating. I love the bi-weekly features, and seeing all of the insane talent recognized. I have also signed up to me a Hello Storyteller member and love the monthly perks!
I have been trying to get in the frame more this year. I have been setting up the tripod and letting it capture myself with my family. They don’t always turn out to be spectacular (or in focus at times ha!) but I am learning to love all of the beautiful “oops”.