One of the best aspects of being a wedding planner is that I get a chance to collaborate with creative professionals. It is so rewarding to be a part of a team that is all working together to make a wedding or event fun, unique and run as smoothly as possible.

In today’s blog, I want to introduce you to a new member of our photography community who has strong family ties to South Carolina. Even though Melanie recently relocated to the Upstate, her family settled in Saluda in the 1700’s. A former resident of California, Melanie started shooting street photography in the late 1990’s, which has informed her editorial or photojournalistic style.


Image by Melanie Pearson

When asked to describe her shooting style, she said word “candid” would best describe how she views her approach to photography. “I like shooting weddings because everything changes from moment to moment. There are a lot of opportunities to capture candid moments,” she said. “Another great thing about weddings is that many times, people haven’t seen each other for long time and it is a good opportunity to capture emotions,” Melanie added.

Image by Melanie Pearson

Wedding vendors have to get creative and improvise when faced with a wedding day challenge. Melanie knows this first hand.

Just like South Carolina, many couples in California get married outside. Especially on the public beach. One wedding day, in true California fashion, a television show had erected their own elaborate wedding set at a favorite photography location. “My first thought was that I was really sad the the couple couldn’t get the pictures they wanted” but then she had a great idea. “What if we could use the fake set for the pictures of my couple?” The result… some pretty stunning wedding pictures.

Image by Melanie Pearson

Melanie photographs with two lenses and takes about 2000 shots per wedding. It can take about three weeks to edit that many photos. “Sometimes, when you have a public space, you have to edit out trash cans, people, or other unwanted background,” she told me when speaking about her editing process. “I look at each picture individually and make a decision about what to remove, what to enhance and how to adjust the overall tone.” This process also includes deciding on whether a picture would look better in black and white than in color.

Image by Melanie Pearson

Getting a little confused, I asked her how extensive editing fits into her editorial or candid style. “My style is capturing the moment and emotion a just the right time,” she explained. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t edit and improve the picture. “Sometimes editing is just about enhancing a color; making a green field look greener or a making a sky look more dramatic so that the whole image works together.”

Image by Melanie Pearson

Beginning with a consultation Melanie works closely with her couples so that she is prepared on event day. This can include visiting the venue beforehand to get an understanding of the light and layout. “I love working with couples who are open to being playful and want a creative and unique style of photography.”

Image by Melanie Pearson

In addition to weddings, Melanie also loves working with rescue dogs to help them get adopted or dog owners who want a professional portrait of their fur babies. “I love taking pictures of dogs, it is really a joy for me.”

Image by Melanie Pearson
Image by Melanie Pearson

Melanie is available for weddings, corporate events, portraiture, or canines!

Melanie Bradshaw Pearson
melanie.bradshaw777@gmail.com
www.mpearsonphotography.com
805-558-0600

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