{Feature Friday ~ Melissa Morrissey Photography}

{Interview with Melissa Morrissey}

I am so very excited about this interview.  Melissa and I have been working together since I opened my shop and we just fell in love with each other’s style.  Melissa is located near Canada’s capital city of Ottawa is by far one of the most talented photographer’s I know.

When you see an image by Melissa, it takes your breathe away.  Her classic style has a modern edge and sophistication that really captures your eye.  Every detail is highlighted and each moment in life is celebrated.

Melissa and I are celebrating an exciting new launch in honor of her new look.   I am so honored to create the signature collection Your Life as Art for Melissa Morrissey Photography.  This collection will reflect the delicate details of life, capturing Your Life as Art.  It will soon be available for purchase and here is your exclusive sneak peak!

{photos by Melissa Morrissey Photography}

I am so proud of this collection and so blessed to work with such a talented artist.  Thank you Melissa.  Now, on to the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself!

I don’t carry a purse, I carry a camera. I’m not that creative, but I love to create. I’m a perfectionist, which is often not a good thing because I sometimes shy away from doing or trying things because I feel the result will not be perfect the first time.

How did you get your start in photography?

I have always been the one in my family with the camera. When I was pregnant with my son, I was very sure that I would be back at work after my maternity leave ended. However, when I had him, I was immediately determined to find a way to work from home. I sold my motorcycle, purchased my photography equipment and never looked back.

Is this a full time job or a part time gig?

This is a full time job for me. Of course I try to cram 40 hours of work into 20 hours of childcare time.

What three words describe your style?

Modern, Timeless, and Real

How would you describe your approach to photography with your clients?

I think one of the hardest things about photographing people is getting them to relax in front of your camera. If I’m not getting a genuine smile I will keep going until I do. I use little tricks to do this. I will often say, “Ok, I’m just going to take a few shots to test my lighting”.  When I am culling my images from a shoot, I will often see that the best shot is that first one when the client thought I was ‘just testing’. I try very hard to be myself and my clients seem to response to that lack of pretense. I do a lot of nude maternity shoots and often will receive an email directly after, from my clients, thanking me for making them feel so at ease and comfortable. That always makes my day!

Do you always know when you get that perfect shot?  Any surprises during the editing process?

Yes, I do know. And it’s usually followed by a really loud squeal from behind my camera. I think the only surprise is that sometimes I like the photos more than I think I will.

What are you inspired by?

My son. Lighting. The determination to keep improving.

Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

For the most part I am self-taught. I have never attended a workshop. I have spent a lot of time on photography forums where there are a good many people willing to critique and pass on their knowledge. I try very hard to give back by helping others whenever I can by sharing what I have learned over the years.

Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?

Bloopers and newborns….no way, lol!  The Dads always get peed on.  See exhibit A!

Do you have any special rituals that are apart of your editing process, music you like to listen to, etc?

Rituals….does wine count? I don’t really have any rituals. I like to park myself near my husband in the evenings and watch tv with my laptop. Yes, I edit on a laptop 😉

Do you have a “glass” addiction?  What is your favorite lens?

I haven’t found my favorite lens yet. I have a feeling it might be the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 though. Or the 85mm 1.4.

What advice would you to give to aspiring photographer’s just starting out in the industry?

Keep holding your work up to the highest standards. Measure yourself against successful people you admire. Put your work out there for professional critique. Family and friends are not enough. That is how I continue to learn and improve. I keep true to my style but I look at the photographer’s work that I admire and think….what makes this good, what makes me want to keep looking at it. And then I try to bring those well-done technical aspects into my own work.

Where can we find you?

Blog:  www.melissamorrisseyphotography.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MelissaMorrisseyPhotography

Wow!  Such an amazing lady!  Thank you Melissa…I really enjoyed this and I know we are all inspired to keep improving no matter what our craft.  Thanks!

Your Life as Art Collection…Coming Soon!

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