HS Member Feature | Melissa Richard

We are so excited to launch a new monthly feature that will allow you to get to know some of our amazing Hello Storyteller Members! Each month we will choose one member to feature and share with the community. If you’re a member and would like your chance to be featured, please click here to fill out our application!

For our first feature, we are going to introduce you to the amazingly talented, Melissa Richard!


Melissa Richard

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Tell Us Your Photography Story

My journey into photography began after losing our home in a devastating wildfire in May 2016. After losing all of my precious memories, I started getting more family pictures done to try to replace the ones I had lost. My husband had an entry level DSLR, and suggested that I try to learn how to take the photographs I saw in my mind’s eye. In September of 2017 I finally decided I was going to learn how to use the camera. I brought it everywhere (and still do!). I devoted myself to learning the ins and outs of manual mode and enrolled in some online courses to assist my education, while developing my natural eye for composition and lighting. I now consider myself a light chaser, and a storyteller. I love capturing "real" moments, raw emotion and movement. I am passionate about capturing the magic and joy of childhood. I also enjoy encompassing nature. Photography has become my artistic outlet and food for the soul.

What course(s) have you taken, if any?

A year ago I was taking as many online lessons/courses as I could. I have taken a Photoshop course by Mickie Devries (learning PS was a game changer for me) I am still learning, there is so much to learn! I have taken a few breakouts from Click Photo School, and a few from the Unraveled Academy. After my vacation (that starts in 3 days!) I plan on diving into Holly Awwad's "Capturing the Magic of Childhood, "Dare to be Wild" by Megan Boggs and Kristen Ryan's "Authentically Creative" (just to name a few!)

What is your favorite thing about the HS Community?

I love the sense of community you get in the Hello Storyteller group. The acknowledgement and the encouragement that you get daily is so motivating. I love the bi-weekly features, and seeing all of the insane talent recognized. I have also signed up to me a Hello Storyteller member and love the monthly perks!

What is your favorite technique | style you have tried or mastered this year?

I have been trying to get in the frame more this year. I have been setting up the tripod and letting it capture myself with my family. They don't always turn out to be spectacular (or in focus at times ha!) but I am learning to love all of the beautiful "oops".

What are your 3 favorite images (or session series) you have shot this year and share the story about them?

It's no secret that am a little obsessed with silhouettes. There is just something so captivating about the storytelling, mystery, drama, mood, and emotion that comes with silhouette photography that really inspires me.

It's no secret that am a little obsessed with silhouettes. There is just something so captivating about the storytelling, mystery, drama, mood, and emotion that comes with silhouette photography that really inspires me.

This is a self portrait with my family. I set up the tripod and the timer, and we had a crazy paint fight! I love that I was able to be in the frame, because I was there too! I have been trying to do this more lately to ensure I have captured some moments with myself and my little family.

This is a self portrait with my family. I set up the tripod and the timer, and we had a crazy paint fight! I love that I was able to be in the frame, because I was there too! I have been trying to do this more lately to ensure I have captured some moments with myself and my little family.

We decided to go out and capture nature's beauty (myself and my kids). I love this moment I caught of my daughter smelling the daisies. I even added a light overlay from Susan Brooksby (free if you sign up to be a Hello Storyteller member!) it was one of June's perks :)

We decided to go out and capture nature's beauty (myself and my kids). I love this moment I caught of my daughter smelling the daisies. I even added a light overlay from Susan Brooksby (free if you sign up to be a Hello Storyteller member!) it was one of June's perks :)

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