Before photographing people professionally, Melissa Mermin was an in-house photographer for a design firm but longed for dynamic subjects over still lifes. In 1996, she was hired to shoot her first wedding, and since has had a passion for capturing perfect moments through a camera. She received her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art, and soon after studied photojournalism under Boston Globe photographer Janet Knott.
Melissa splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston, and continues to fly around the country for most of her events. “I can’t always meet with couples personally when they book, so I set up a phone interview as well as show up to their destination a few days before the wedding to meet with them, their planner and location scout. I often shoot the entire weekend as many destination weddings have special events happening for several days, from rehearsal soirees to day-after brunches. It really tells a complete story of the celebration.”
After shooting thousands of images, Melissa personally edits and color corrects the final images that will be the client’s proof images. “There is an art to editing just like the art of capturing a great picture. Editing is like a sculptor who chips away at a mass to form their vision, and what they take away is as important as what they leave.” Once the images are edited and created, several hundred images are posted online to a private website where the couple can share them with friends and family. They also pick their final images for their album, which is custom designed.
“Clients can show their images to people who couldn’t make the wedding, and they can feel as if they were there. This is what I really love about the digital age—being able to communicate quickly, wowing a large audience and distance doesn’t stand in the way.”
You probably have seen her weddings and imagery in Martha Stewart, Grace Ormonde and Inside Weddings. Her images and weddings have been published for over 10 years in Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde, The Knot, and her article Ask the Expert: How to Hire a Professional Photographer was featured in Inside Weddings summer 2010.