I’m so happy to be sitting down with Melissa of WALKUPtoME Photography. I discovered this artist and was just blown away by her work. I couldn’t stop smiling as I was scrolling through her feed, the photos of her family, and especially her kids, made me think of my boys. Her work is so relatable, and she does such a fantastic job of capturing the essence of childhood. Enough of my rambling, let’s jump into this interview.
1. Melissa, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am married to my best friend, and have been for almost 11 years. I am a mom, I have 3 very
rambunctious and overly dramatic kids… They are 4, 6, and 7. They are the absolute light of our lives.
They are starting to out smart me-I will need to up my game shortly. We adopted a rescue puppy last
October, who I’m pretty sure rescued me. I am a full-time working mama. Photography is a passion of
mine, a creative outlet, something that is just for me. I’ve always loved photography, but didn’t buy my
first camera until 4 years ago when my third child was born. I took my very first class on how to shoot
in manual 2 years ago and never looked back. My passion has just grown from there.
2. What sparked your interest in Photography?
My kiddos really sparked my interest. being a working mom, I knew I was missing out on some
important moments. Fortunately, whenever I picked up my camera and started shooting I found how
many precious moments were right in front of me. I started seeking out the beauty in my life; the
tantrums, the food drawn faces, the bees eating pollen from my cherry blossom trees. The moments that are all but forgotten I can relive through my lens. It was very therapeutic. My camera really got me
through some hard times.
3. If you could have one photographer photograph your family who would you choose and why?
Sara Cornish of My Four Hens Photography! She lives about 2 hours from me and Im dying to get on
her schedule. The way she captures the scenery and the emotion within her objects and brings them
together is amazing to me! I know how hard that is to do, and she does it flawlessly!
4. Is there any new piece of equipment you’ve been dying to get your hands on, or a new technique you’ve been wanting to try?
Free-lensing. It sounds fun, and I’ve seen some AMAZING shots, but seriously, dis-attaching your lens
from your camera and shooting scares me…
5. What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 5D Markiii, my trusty 24-70ii, Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, a lens pen always, an extra battery, and I
try and bring my Sigma 15mm fisheye-because you never know when that fun lens will come in handy!
6. If you could photograph one thing, that is out of the norm for you, what would it be and why?
Definitely my husband! We have been together since we were teenagers. He is my rock, I love
capturing him with our babies! I think he is the most handsome guy in the world, I wish he saw what I
see in him and I wish he wouldn’t roll his big blue-green eyes at me when I’m up in his face with my
7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years from now in your photography journey?
Still staying true to myself and shooting what my heart desires. I want to continually evolve as a
photographer. I want to still be capturing my kids just being kids, documenting our everyday life.
Preserving their childhood through my photos is my main ambition everyday.
8. Who are some of your more recent photographers to follow?
Oh I have so many recent faves I follow, and I love them for very different reasons. I love Rebecca
Wang Photography, April Burns Photography, Felicia Chang (Who I actually met last year when she
shot my family- she’s awesome!). The Megan Hassold Photography Co. is amazing. Maggie Sheffield, Clare Barker Wells, Mike Wade of Rural Life Photography, and I could go on and on…
9. I am just in love with the candidness and the sense of humor in your photos. How would you describe your work best?
Lifestyle, colorful, happy, hopeful, introspective, connective, I try and find a connection within my
subjects. Whatever that may be, I look for it. The little moments when my kids console each other,
when they are looking out for each other, fighting with each other, and just loving on each other. That is what makes me happy and I want my photos to make people smile.
10. If you could give one piece of advise to both new and seasoned photographers what would it be and why?
We are all at very different places in this journey, don’t ever compare yourself to other photographers
and always try and be encouraging and uplifting to each and every person. You don’t realize what one
nice comment could do for someone else’s day! For anyone on this path, I would suggest doing a 365
project. I did one last year with some amazingly talented photographers and that has by far been the
most profound thing I could have done for my growth. I was really challenged and I’m not sure I kept
up with them, but I saw a lot of improvement in my work. Stay true to yourself always. I love a good
moody black and white, but thats not my style, not something I’m proficient in. Don’t change your style
for anyone. Thats the awesome part of photography is that we all have different perspectives, and they
are all so unique.
Thank you so much Melissa, for sitting down with me to day, it was such a joy to get to know you more. To check out more of Melissa’s work, please click on her links below.
Rebecca Wang is a documentary and lifestyle photographer that lives on the beautiful central coast of California. She has 2 boys, ages 3 and 7, and an amazing supportive husband whom supports all of her ideas. Rebecca is a military spouse, so traveling and change is very common for their family and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Rebecca is inspired by her daily life and the adventures and traveling her family do. She has had many blog interviews and guest appearances, a spread and cover photo on beyond the wanderlust photography magazine, had an honorable mention and two nominee photos in the child photo competition, and is currently doing her first 365 photo project. She is so happy to be apart of the Light Inspired team, and can’t wait to find, meet, and showcase inspiring artists for you all to meet.