A great photograph will be cherished for generations to come. From holding hands as an engaged couple to your first kiss as husband and wife. From your newborn baby's first few days to their high school senior portraits and every milestone in between. We capture the moments of your life and tell a story through beautiful imagery.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design. While in college, I took a few courses in photography and fell in love. A few years later, I decided to follow my passion and founded Melanie Mahonen Photography. My background in graphic design gives me a better eye for composition and the ability to think of a bigger vision than just one photo at a time.
What I love most about photography is being able to capture a millisecond and preserve that memory in a beautiful image for years to come. I truly believe that a great photo is one that will be become an heirloom.
I bought my first "real" camera in 2004. I have a natural thirst for knowledge that allowed me to be a fully self-taught photographer. For months before I even owned my camera I was reading about lighting, exposure, and lenses. What drew me to photography is that I loved the idea of using technology to make something beautiful. When I shoot, I like to be a fly a on the wall; no one knows I'm there but I'm capturing the interactions between people and events as they unfold naturally.