For

Hearts

Wandering

& Wild

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Philosophy

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This is a place for the people who travel, Mothers, Young fathers, Photographer enthusiasts, Women who move, Sun-seekers, Backpackers, Road-trippers, Foodies, People who prefer to have no roof over their heads, People who bring the outside in to their homes, Dreamers. California lifestyle seekers.

Talking about yourself is a childish way of getting attention. But it works. So here goes. I’ve had a wandering heart since I can remember and have always had a backpack full art supplies in every car ride I’ve ever been on. A firm believer that having a roof over ones head is overrated, I am an ambassador  for female explorers who believe that rising before dawn is the good stuff in life.  I can be spotted  traversing California  North to South along Hwy1, Westward towards the ocean, or East bound for the Sierras. Any three consecutive days at home leave me feeling restless. In the early 2000’s  I began my  career in film production  which sent on taking  photographs and making films for a diverse clientele including MTV, Pixar Animation Studios, GAIAM, VH1 and ABC.  And thence day I woke up, decided that the cooperate world was not for me. The true meat of my calling is to vary my clients and follow my own path.

About Melissa Gayle

About

Philosophy

Clients

Melissa provides an incredible lens to a client’s project with content stories that might’ve otherwise been missed. Her instinct and taste level draws moments ranging from a lifestyle still-life moment to guest candids, directed portraits and lifestyle shots that capture an event with a seemingly effortless approach to achieving an editorial aesthetic. Her calm nature allows her to flow through an event where she’s able to engage with guests in a warm manner that creates a natural dynamic between subject and shooter. Often if not mostly—-Melissa can capture an event with little to no direction including prop-styling moments without assistance. Its extremely rare for a photographer to have a magazine editorial eye and its a huge value for client whose goals include providing well-composed visual stories to media as well as high level brand building content for social media. 

Why We Do What We Do

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WEddings and elopements

Wedding photography for adventurous souls. Oh that is so my jam! I’m currently taking clients who let their hair down, prefer to go barefoot on the dance floor, and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty and sweaty in the most expensive dress they have ever bought. I capture weddings to document you and your people not just your beautiful details. Let’s celebrate the good stuff in life together, love first and always.. we can make some beautiful photographs in the process. I’m there! Destination and elopements get bonus points. I love to travel!

Let's make something cool

— No. 1

Services

Lifestyle Photography

From editorial and entertaining stories to creating your next campaign let’s work together to create imagery. Let’s take your product or brand into a a dynamic scene and create authentic moments that will leave your clients and customers will swooning. I’ll help style, art direct and work with your team to capture photographs that come to life. 

Let's make something cool

— No. 2

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Branded Content Creation

Offering tailored social media and and content creation for your brand. Ranging from product imagery to flat lays, social content shoots and design. Send your products or holler about your next idea and we can start making inspiring imagery to tell your story.

Let's make something cool

— No. 3

A Short

Film

for the lovers & Dreamers
let's make something special for your brand

Definition of NEST:  (1)a person’s snug or secluded retreat or shelter Like the good mama bird I am, I went out into the world, scouting for elements of comfort, aesthetics, and stability to weave into the perfect combination for Winter’s nook of a nursery. Through this process of collecting, I realized that the value of nesting […]

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Geez guys. This one was beyond. I feel like I barely need words to describe the photos you see below.  The food, the floral, the beautiful textures colors.. people!! Ahhh I could shoot a million photos and never grow tired.  This wedding was a true work of art.  I was so honored to be asked […]

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May and I pulled off of Highway 88 and made the right and turn that would take us two miles towards Shauna and John’s wedding. The magic that we would find on the other end of the roadwas like no other. But first things first.. gunning my 02 Eurovan up a massive hill so freaking […]

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Nice Things
      People Said

Her work tells a
    rich, tactile story.

It captures an intimacy and energy between people, nature and environment in a way I haven't seen other photographers do. There were a lot of unknowns for us in planning a destination wedding, but we knew for sure Melissa was our photographer before we had even contacted her.

this never gets old for me. this work

is like a bolt of lightening.

Her work told our unique story

 in an effortless way.

Working with Melissa was fun, easy and felt completely organic

you can see it in our photos. I think a lot of that has to do with her natural talent, but I also think a lot of it has to do with her spirit and who she is as a person. She put everyone at ease, went with the flow and was truly with us through the joyful, quirky and emotional moments. 

take trips and travel more deeply.

take trips and travel
                    more deeply.

I can actually feel the memories in my body.

Not only is Melissa crazy talented, and her photography / perspective incredibly beautiful but her bubbly and positive energy is seriously contagious! You can’t help but want to be around her (making her so easy to bring along on any projects)! She makes you feel completely yourself and at ease in front of the camera

 focus on fresh, wild, and adventurous

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