When I think about life, I see it all in photos.  It is my belief that you can find life and beauty in almost everything if you simply open your mind to it.  I have seen life in the way that a groom’s eyes sparkle with a fire so bright as he smiles at his new bride, and I have seen life in my great-grandfather's old, wrinkled hands that saw so many days of labor in their beautiful 96 years.  I have seen beauty in the pouring rain on a quiet, cold October wedding day,  and I have seen beauty in the setting sun peaking through a thick line of trees.  When I see life, I wish to photograph it...to capture it for others to relish.  
 
Focused on timelessly capturing one of the most monumental days of your life, I would describe my style as "artfully classic."  I am especially drawn to producing images that speak to my desire for minimalism, beautiful light and authentic moments.  I am not a fan of over-edited photos that look like you slapped an Instagram filter on them.  I thoughtfully process each and every one of my images to ensure that the scene is forever captured just as it was the day the photo was taken.  This custom process is very important to me, as my goal is to produce images that will be cherished for years and years to come.
Fully licensed and insured, I take exceptional care of my bride's engagement, bridal and wedding images - as if they were my very own - by shooting onto two separate professional grade Nikon cameras that each have dual slot memory cards and by backing up to three external hard drives, my iMac computer, as well as one off-site cloud service.  I use 128 GB ProMaster Velocity Memory Cards and rotate them out every four months, versus the inexpensive cards that are often used and are prone to failing.  I have spent years investing in the highest quality cameras and lenses as well as in continuing my education daily to produce work that can be printed at considerable sizes with no compromise in quality.  From start to finish, I pour my heart into my work and into your wedding experience.  If this is what you are looking for out of your wedding photographer, I would love to speak with you!
 
As far as a little bit about me:  I have dreamed of owning my own business for as long as I can remember.  Even though I thrive on creativity and music, I am kind of unusual in that I am also super obsessed with organization.  (Usually people are one crazy or the other!)  As far as photography goes, I learned just how much I love my craft while at The University of Alabama completing my degree in Telecommunication and Film.  (And as a former Capstone Woman of UA, I MUST insert a big “Roll Tide!” here.) 
If you know me well, you’ll also know that I wear the proud badge of “Coach’s Wife".  My husband, Matt, is a football coach, and it requires us to move – a lot.  God really smiled on me the day that he chose to lead us to each other.  We absolutely love Church of the Highlands, and we were so excited to be the closest we have ever been to a campus with our most recent move.  Matt is a Special Needs teacher and the Offensive Coordinator for football at Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama.  We have lived in six different cities in our seven years of marriage: Andalusia, AL; Thomaston, GA; Mobile, AL; Demopolis, AL; Prattville, AL; and now back to Andalusia again!  Andalusia is our hometown, and we are so happy to be back!  My photography business is so special to me in that it only takes a bit of extra paperwork and licensing to pick up and take it with me, and I love that it is one of my big constants in this crazy football coaching life we live.  Matt and I have a son, our sweet sweet Charlie, and two doghters (Bailey and Dora).  Charlie was born in March 2020 and is the love of our life!!  We are both originally from Andalusia, Alabama but we actually started dating during our time at The University of Alabama.  My love lies in anything behind the lens or computer monitor, so I dabble a bit in videography and website design whenever my schedule allows it!  In my spare time, I absolutely love playing guitar, piano and singing.  You'll rarely find me without music playing while I work, and - truthfully - I've even considered bringing it along to make my engagement sessions that much more fun.  As far as other things I love: indoor plants and essential oils are my jam.  I love white walls, and I love minimalism in my home...my in-laws make fun of me for constantly Marie Kondo'ing my home (before Marie Kondo'ing was even a thing).  My favorite time of the year is when Matt and I get to take what has become our annual "cross-country" trip.  We love to travel!!  This year, we went to Maine and enjoyed the 43 degree June weather and way too many lobster rolls!!
 
I look forward to meeting and working with you!  
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clara@claramellownphotography.com
251.289.1631
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
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Clara Mellown Photography  |  Based out of Alabama  |  251.289.1631

Available for wedding coverage throughout the Southeastern U.S.

 

 

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