FILM DIRECTOR // PHOTOGRAPHER
A teammate since January 2005, Melissa has directed and shot a wide range projects for fig from documentaries, commercials and non-profits to large corporate brands and marketing campaigns. She earned her BFA in video and photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. Melissa delights in the idea that her work will live on for generations in the families that she serves. Her most prized possessions are her families photographs and films from the 1920s. She understands the challenges of both disciplines (film and photo) making her a valuable asset to your wedding team. Her elegant and non-obtrusive approach to making her work puts anyone in front of her lens at ease. Melissa grew up on the South side of Chicago attending a Chicago Public School for the arts and credits this as the source for her diverse view on the issues and causes she believes in. To Melissa, everyone is interesting and deserves to have their story told. She is a 4 time Telly Award winner for directing and cinematography and won best branded film in the original iphone film festival as Best Director. As well as being featured on Style Me Pretty and Be U Weddings.
The best way to get to know me, is to watch my wedding feature film. That's right, that smiling woman above is me and I am stupidly in love with that man. You will meet my family, friends, coworkers and even my dog. My husband Aaron is a songwriter, we performed the music in this film with his band. Oh, and I made my grandmothers my flower girls! I am a huge fan of honoring the generations that came before me. They stole the show by getting into a flower fight with each other as they went down the aisle. We were delighted to use fig weddings for Deejay, Photo and Film. After shooting side by side with my team for many years, it was even more special to have them celebrate and document us. I now understand the value of hiring the right people to capture a wedding on a deep level. This is priceless. I just wish I had something like this of my grandparents!