ny engagement :: kalyn + todd

Congratulations to Todd and Kalyn! I had a great time photographing this couple in their beautiful NYC apartment, and around their neighborhood. After shooting some images inside, we moved outside to this great location with the rusty blue background. One of my lead shooters, Judith Rae and I scouted around and found a fun old planter with a turquoise wall behind it...my signature color! This is why pre-scouting is key, because you can really get the best of what's around. This first location was great because it helped set the tone of the shoot, by really exploring the couples personality, even if it meant Kalyn being a little adventurous in her Jimmy Choo's!

After trekking around Chelsea, we ended the shoot with celebratory cocktails at one of their favorite spots, The Brandy Library, Cheers!!

Also, I find that many of my clients are creatives themselves, and keeping up with all the exciting things they are up to is also a job in itself...Kalyn Johnson is an amazing Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Blogger who somehow finds the time in between clients to keep up with two blogs:  Possess Your STYLE, which focuses on helping her readers enhance their personal style and Wedding STYLE by Kalyn Johnson where she shares some of the nuggets she gathered from family, friends, and some very talented professionals while stylishly navigating the path to I DO, 5 inch heels and all!

They had the most beautiful wedding in Mexico...can't wait to share those with you!

mel & co


day trip :: outhouse orchards + bluehill

Growing up in Indiana every May my family and I would obsessively hunt for Morel Mushrooms. With our lucky mushroom sticks in hand, we'd spend hours walking around the woods poking around at the ground, sounds fun right? Well, it was definitely a game, maybe we were competing in some sense which made it fun...I always remember I'd yell "FOUND ONE" and my dad would yell from across the woods, "DON'T MOVE MELIS!" as he'd scurry over. The mushrooms always nestled themselves in little communities, so if you find one, there are usually two or three stragglers nearby. If we were lucky we'd come home with several plastic bags full, soak them in salt water and then fry them up for days! Yesss FRY them up! I've been missing these days, my family and these tasty morels.
Recently, Kate, Stephan and I took a day away and headed outside the city for an early mushroom hunting trip (this was their first time)...hoping for a few early finds! So no morels yet, but we made some furry friends, got a few bug bites, had a few thorn bush accidents while trekking around in the woods, felt just like home! The day was still a little chilly and the photos feel a bit blue...but I assure you, my heart was definitely warm and fuzzy this day...only fuzzier when I actually find a Morel!

Our first stop was at Outhouse Orchards for some delicious cider donuts! These suckers are deliciousssss!! They practically have a petting zoo at this place, tons of roosters and ducks and little chickies and adorable baby goats running around. Also, apparently, Morels grow in abandoned orchards, so I was scouting out the property for any areas with older overgrown apple tree areas. We made a few pit stops along the way if we'd see a nice wooded area...then headed toward Blue Hill Stone Barns one of my favorite places!

A couple days ago, my brother texted me a pic and sure enough, he found one!! Said it took him 1.5 hrs to just find one...the game is on! See the pic he took holding the morel at the bottom. Now, to find time to walk around in the woods in May is definitely going to be a problem!

(pic of me by kate diago)