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Meet Melissa Ollison

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Ollison.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My first introduction to photography was through a dark room, a 35mm film camera, and a class on the history of photography. Many over and underexposed rolls of film later, I was hooked. Throughout high school and college, I shot black and white, color and 4×5 slide film mostly capturing portraits. However, this never felt like the right fit for me.

After college, I was introduced to an extremely talented mentor of mine who drew me into the world of digital wedding and couples photography. Her work blew me away and showed me the power photography has to capture such passion and document enormous moments in individual’s lives. She showed me documentary-style storytelling and capturing powerful emotion in imagery. I’ve strived to continue to make images that invoke emotion and make you feel, and I haven’t looked back since.

Please tell us about your art.
My medium is photography, and I mainly shoot in a lifestyle or documentary style. I help clients capture a variety of emotional and loving moments in their lives, from the birth of their child to a small wedding, celebrating an anniversary, or just because a couple wants some loving images of themselves.

I aim to create images that help tell a story and make my clients engage with and take away something in what I’ve created for them.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think the role of an artist, to me, is entirely subjective. Each artist and the work they create is unique, making the role they believe they play to be varied. My work, for example, is entirely client dependent. Local, national, and international events affect my clients, which makes them sometimes affect my work. I don’t often create images with particular issues or events in mind, but in photographing human beings, these issues are an inevitable part of helping capture their lives.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Send me a message!

I love chatting with clients about what they would like to create with me so feel free to reach out on my website, email, or through social media.

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Image Credit:
The Photobrief

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