Melissa Clayton Photography LLC
Welcome! Thank you so much for taking the time to view my work. I am so excited that you are here! I am a natural light, lifestyle photographer based out of Central Lake, Michigan.
If you are interested in high quality artwork that captures emotion and helps tell a story of who you are, you have come to the right place.
I am a wife, mama, farmer, and photographer and love what I do and where I live. Photography has been a hobby of mine for many, many years and I am passionate about producing quality work that captures the days and stages of our lives.
One of the things that I love about photography is how it freezes a moment in time, when life rushes by so quickly. These moments, collectively, make up the story of our lives. A great photographer can capture the emotions of a moment. I love to capture those moments and preserve some of those memories.
A lot of my work is unposed and full of action. I strive to capture the authentic personality of my subjects. My photoshoots are light, fun and centered around my client(s). I am also obsessed with photographing details, especially hands. Capturing images that just make you stop for a moment to stare, images that make you feel something, that is why I do what I do.
I grew up just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. My love for photography began while I was in high school when I got my first camera, a Canon Rebel XT. I took some classes in photography and won many awards through 4-H. I later started using my grandpa’s old 35 mm camera and fell in love with the grainy, black and white photos I was shooting. I personally believe that black and white photographs create stunning pieces of art that can more effectively capture emotions.
I met my now husband a few days after I graduated high school, at a summer camp where we were both working. Over the next five years, I worked at summer camps, got a degree in Elementary Education from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, spent a year in Kenya, and got married. We spent two years in Maine, where I taught middle school, before moving back to Northern Michigan where we own a small farm, Hillside Harvest Farm, that specializes in garlic and herbs.
I am currently staying at home with my two little boys, and that is an experience that I would not trade for anything! My boys provide endless opportunities to practice capturing authentic personalities and real life moments. I am an adventure loving, but hopelessly practical person. I enjoy being outdoors, being active, and going on trips. The smell of horses, spring, rain, and good food cooking are some of my favorite things.
It was after I began staying home with my two boys that I decided to turn my photography hobby into a business. What an exciting adventure that has been! I could not be more thrilled to have this opportunity to help people capture moments that they want to cherish forever.
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Listing Title: Melissa Clayton Photography LLC