about the artist

A look behind the lens

HI!

Hi there, I'm Melissa, a portrait artist based out of Dunlap, Illinois. I am proud to serve the Peoria metroplex and the surrounding communities. I was born in Central Illinois, grew up in Central Illinois and now I'm raising my own family in Central Illinois.

As a mom of two children under the age of 7, life can be crazy (Am I right?)... including a very busy schedule, dramatic tantrums, cleaning up just to turn around to another mess, and constant chaos... This is easily my every day!

Despite the chaos, I am surrounded by love and constant reminders of the momentous days in my life. Days full of love, joy, laughter, and the love of our closest friends and family.

Family... in the end, that is what it is all about and truly what matters most. Our home is full of pictures from our engagement, wedding day, and multiple life celebrations with our kids. They serve as proof that family and motherhood are worth every single minute (even in the chaos).

Those photos on the walls are more than just photos. I like to think of them as little windows showcasing a glimpse into those wonderful memories at every stage in our lives.

To be honest, it's not uncommon for me to get that same warm and fuzzy feeling I had on my wedding day while walking down the aisle or the day I became a mom for the first time and a repeat mom when baby two arrived.

Every single time I pass by my little windows captured in time I remember... no, I feel those same warm and fuzzy feelings.

I am also a proud member of the PPA  (Professional Photographers of America).

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Top Ten

01

Chocolate Cake

Black Forest... German Chocolate... pretty much anything chocolate

02

Worship Music

Disclaimer: Dancing may (or may not) be involved.

03

Chai Tea Lattes

The vanilla and spice combo... Just warms you up and puts a smile on your face!

04

Wine

Red... White... or something with bubbles. Bonus points for Sangria.

05

Grilled Cheese

This... on a bad day, this can chase your blues away.

06

Playing the Piano

Tickling the ivories... just saying it makes me smile.

07

Stand Up Comedy

I'm a girl who likes to laugh.

08

Love Notes

Whether leaving them or receiving them... they keep the spark alive.

09

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers just make me smile. Any kind will do...

10

Family Game Night

Uno, Monopoly... or in our house "Candyland!"

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