Investing in myself, my business!

· July 11, 2014 · 3:10 pm · Uncategorized

As a photographer, I don’t usually think twice about investing in fun and unique props, the newest camera body or fancy new lens.  What I have always struggled to invest in, is myself as an artist.  I pride myself on being self-taught; I have watched countless videos, read numerous books, networked with amazing photographers and taken my camera almost everywhere possible to refine my skills.  But I know I am capable of more, my clients deserve the best images possible and I want to be the best photographer I can be.

When the opportunity came along to take a newborn workshop, I researched all of them that I could find.  There were some that were cheaper and many that were closer, but ultimately, I chose the Jaci Fortshay Newborn workshop.  There was something about her style that spoke to me, something as an artist and something as a mother.  I loved every one of her newborn images, they were organic, warm…perfection.

I paid for the workshop and counted down the days.  I had never left my children (8 months and 4 years old) for more than one night, the thought of two nights apart was almost unbearable.  But this was something I wanted, no, needed to do for myself, so I grabbed my gear and hopped in the car for the drive from Michigan to Indiana.

The workshop was nothing short of incredible!  Jaci has perfected every aspect of her newborn sessions and having the opportunity to learn from her was nothing short of amazing!  There were many “so that is how she does that” moments.  I can’t share the details on what went on in the workshop, but what I can tell you is that it was, without a doubt, the best investment I have EVER made for my business…Better than any prop, camera body or lens.

Enjoy a few of the images I captured at the workshop…

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A Little About Me...

After years of taking pictures of my family and my friends' children, I decided to take the plunge and launch Melissa Bruno Photography. Photography has always been a great passion for me and I appreciate all the wonderful friends and family that have prompted me to take this leap. I am having so much fun developing this wonderful gift that God has given me; it fills my heart when I bring true joy to my clients and capture their special moments.

So I'm the mom in the background taking all the pictures - the one that always has her camera. It's something I truly love to do - to capture even the smallest moments. When others may put their cameras down, I will keep clicking. Sometimes the best pictures are those when people don't know they're being photographed. I love the genuine picture; the picture that captures personality and that moment in time.

I have a studio in Ann Arbor but I also love to shoot outdoors and on location. Sometimes it's as easy as going out to play and getting some fun shots. We can go to a park, or I can come to your home. My goal in each session is to capture those special expressions, candid moments, a playful spirit and then maybe a few traditional shots thrown in! I try to combine fun poses along with truly original moments that reflect personality during your session.

Portraits are precious and freeze those fleeting memories. Our children grow so fast, let's capture them in every stage, every milestone. I thank God for the talent that He has given me to really "see" a picture. And I am blessed to have a loving husband and a beautiful daughter at home that afford me lots of practice and offer their limitless support. I hope that you will let me capture you, your children, your family. A good photo is priceless and will touch your heart forever.