Heidi Dean, Founder of www.marketing4actors.com
Melss Photography is AMAZING! We shot pictures for my website and social media and they turned out better than I ever could have imagined. Every time I post a photo from our shoot I get comments asking me who took the awesome photo. And it's all because of Melss talent and her process - the preparation work she does with you before the shoot is unlike any other photographer I've worked with. I would definitely recommend her to anyone. #MelssRocks!
Lynn Gilmartin, TV host
I LOVED working with Melss! She goes well beyond just a "show up and take some photos" kind of shoot. We had a consultation the week prior to ensure she knew exactly what I wanted and gave really helpful advice on preparation and wardrobe. During the shoot she made me feel super comfortable and knew how to open me up to create the exact shots I wanted -- and beyond. I'm ecstatic with my shots! She's a must to work with. <3
Philip Hernandez, NY actor and coach
I got more great shots with Melss than at any photo shoot I've ever had. Because she was so great to work with, I was relaxed and able to just be myself. It was actually fun! If you need headshots, you won't find a better person to take them than Melss!
Nelson Estevez, Actor (Tyler Perry’s Too close to home...)
Working with Melissa was a fun, professional, and innovative experience. She has a great eye and really knows how to bring the best out of every capture. She is very diverse and can shoot any type of genre; from portraits, commercial, theatrical headshots, editorial, etc..she does it all with an efficient turn around time. I highly recommend Melss photography. You will book with her photos!!
Tara George, Singer-Songwriter and Actress (The Shooter...)
@melssphoto such beautiful headshots! hey fellow #Actors if u need #headshots hit her up!! She’s awesome! #actorslife
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Matt Cannon, Actor and Comedian (Groundlings...)
I cannot recommend Melss enough! Melss was so thorough and engaged from our initial consultation all the way through to the final retouches. The 'homework' that she had me do before the shoot really allowed me to understand more about the process I needed to go through to get a great headshot. (I won't go into specifics because you'll get your homework assignment when you shoot with Melss!):) She created a very safe space where you can be vulnerable and shine at the same time and it really shows in her work. The shots that we went with are all very straight-forward, sincere, authentic and really captured my truth at that moment. I can honestly say that they are the best shots I've ever had and I'll definitely be going back for more! I highly recommend Melss Photography to anyone looking for the perfect headshot!
Melss is absolutely fantastic, start to finish. Not only did my shots look great, but she made the atmosphere incredibly welcoming and comfortable. She communicated wonderfully during the shoot, checked in about how I was liking the shots as we went along, and took all the time necessary to make sure that my new look told a story rather than just being a picture of a person. I would recommend her to anyone looking for new shots.
Melss took a lot of time with me before the shoot to properly prepare. After each look Melss would go over the shots in a patient manner, I never felt rushed or pushed along. Melss shined the most when the shoot was over. She helped me narrow down the final looks as there were so many great shots to choose from. She sent all proofs and retouched final shots in a timely manner. Her personality is fun, warm and professional which helped me to relax. Please ask her to play her music during the shoot as she is a talented singer as well. I would recommend her services to a friend or family member. Vive La France! :)
Melss is an awesome photographer. She gives you exercises and homework to help you dig deep and discover your essence and really takes her time to make sure she gets the shots that were discussed while going over what you came up with. The end results are shots that REALLY look like different versions of YOU. I’ve been getting lots of comments on my photos and have gotten called in for a major costar role on a popular show already. Shoot with her while you can still afford her! Lol.
I had a session with Melissa yesterday and In all my years of being in front of the camera I have never felt more satisfied and beautiful... being guided by her unique prep work the night before. She is truly an actors photographer! I will even go as far as saying she's a great DIRECTOR! I'm so happy and beyond pleased!
Melss is the most amazing headshot photographer who puts a lot of work and energy into your preparation for the shoot. Helping you with every step along the way with her expertise!! You finally feel like someone not only cares and listens to you but actually has a clear vision and solution to your worries and questions.
She is the best most supportive photographer I've ever worked with on headshots and the pictures speak for themselves.. oh.. and she is a wonderful, lovely person to be and work with..and all that at a more than competitive price...!!
In my years of getting headshots taken it's up to me to bring wardrobe to get different looks and the photographer simply takes the pics. My experience with Melss was COMPLETELY different. We had a Skype call about a week before to get and share ideas of looks and preparation for the session.
Melss treated the session like an audition and I was completely impressed with her approach which I had never experienced before. The day of the shoot we collaborated on my wardrobe and ideas to get the looks I wanted. The session was unlike anything I have experienced before with the creative energy and ideas freely flowing. I have to say that we got several great shots of the different looks and the additional benefit is that my agent agreed. Not only will I collaborate with Melss again in the future, I highly recommend her and her work!
Taking my first headshot session ever with Melss was an amazing experience. I was a little bit nervous but all the prep we did before the shooting was an excellent preparation and helped me feel more confident. She helped me to find three different looks and the result is just amazing. Melss shared her knowledge and experience with me, and gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself. If you need a headshoot, ask her, I can only recomend Melss Photography. I hope to work with her again in the future.
I usually hate headshot sessions but Melss made it so easygoing. She had me create a playlist, which actually really helped me stay focused and have fun during the session! She was so generous with her time, both during the session and after with the retouches she did for me. The retouching, by the way, was also awesome. The whole experience from start to finish was so professional and friendly. I loved working with Melss!
To be upfront, I can be a little stubborn as a creative and knowing how I want things to look, but Melss gave me new insight through our work together and her direction on my market and where I need to be with not only my headshots but also my reel footage. I have got nothing but great feedback from our work together and I am happy to have her as my new LA photographer. Like she says the prep is 70% of the work, and then the shoot is easy and as fun as cake ! She kills it at each shoot with all her prep and help on targeting what I do a little bit better. Check her out, something you have never done and worth the effort.
It was delightful working with Melss. She asked which roles I was often called in for and planned her photo session accordingly. The retouches were subtle. I appreciate the natural look she gives to her pictures. Many other "Hollywood" photographers retouch you too much, which ends up annoying casting directors because you look too different in "real life". She is a great director too, knowing how to get the best out of you. I definitely recommend Melss for your headshots!
It was such a great shoot. The whole process was, really. Melss puts so much thought into what goes on before she snaps a single photo. She asks you to really think about who you are with incisive questions and homework and you choose your own playlist. That work went into the shoot. She is able to help you to get in touch with yourself during the shoot and I think she truly captures who you are. An amazing experience. Thank you so much, Melss.
Shooting with Melss was the most productive and most enjoyable headshot experience I’ve ever had. She really takes her time to get it right. Her attention to detail when it comes to wardrobe, background, lighting, etc is unbelievable. She’ll talk with you ahead of time to understand the tone you’re looking for and what your target market is. She also touches up your top picks and makes sure you are fully satisfied. My manager had asked me for some very specific looks and she definitely nailed it! Plus, she’s a pleasure to work with. She makes the shoot fun and not at all rushed. You’ll get way more than your money’s worth with Melss Photography. She could charge a lot more and it would still be worth it. I will definitely shoot with her again!
This was such a great experience! I recommend that all actors such take this workshop to truly discover their brand. Thanks Melss!
Melss is invested in her clients getting their best shots. She encourages homework to make sure you get the best. GREAT to work with! Xo
Taking Melss intensive [workshop] was AMAZING and I am 100% satisfied with the level of service and quality of work, not to mention that it was well worth the price! I loved how she took her time with every actor in getting their brand. She really cares and she's a beautiful spirit. She prepared all of us prior to our actual shoot date. The things I learned from the class are tools that I will always carry in my actors tool kit. She's a beautiful and caring spirit and I appreciated her professionalism.
Aaron “Quick” Nelson
I had a pleasure of getting my actor's reel edited by Melss Photography. I have worked with a few companies in the past that did a good job, but Melss did an amazing job. From the creativity, to timeline to the excellence of her customer service, to her product, everything was A+. If you have any doubts, check out her work for yourself and you will be glad you did. Thank you Melss Photography. I am definitely a customer for life!