Today we’d like to introduce you to Melody Paine.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Melody. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Over the past 7 months, I have been working like crazy to grow my photography business. I signed up for a coach who asked me to sit down and solidify my “why,” and I quickly realized I had never given it much thought. I just knew that I love being creative and I love taking pictures. But it was so much more than that.
Whenever I am faced with a tragic loss, I tend to grieve and heal through work with my hands. I have a vivid memory of when I first found out that I lost my best friend’s parents at the age of 12 in a horrific tragedy. I had just come home from a trip to Florida. When my Mom told me what had happened, I went into the bathroom to wash the sand off of every shell that I brought home. It was all I could think to do. My school work, crafts, and writing allowed me reflective space to grieve when I needed to, but there was a quick escape to focus on tasks when the pain was too much to bear.
From this experience, I became an intense student in both my academics and activities. I learned how to sew in high school by making Civil War ball gowns, from the corset to the seemingly endless yards of skirt ruffles. I was part of every music group, president of the class, salutatorian, and went on to college to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Biology. I was sure the next big thing in my life was medical school, but life had other plans.
A few months after getting married, I went on the trip of a lifetime with my new husband to the Galapagos Islands, a biology nerd’s heaven. I bought a Nikon D90 off of a friend for the trip, my first DSLR, and this trip was the first time I took my camera out of “auto.” Over the course of the week-long trip I saw a dramatic change in my photos. I was immediately hooked over the freedom and creativity offered by learning how to use my equipment. A week after arriving home, we suddenly lost my husband’s mother and a few months after that my brother was killed in a car crash when he made the choice to drink and drive. With a biology degree, it might make sense to pursue nature photography, but the handful of pictures that I have of my loved ones at our wedding became the most valuable possessions in my home. I started a portrait business to provide the gift of everlasting memories to others.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have two boys, ages 4 and 1, who keep me on my toes most of the day. There have been many times that I’ve been on the brink of giving up, and I am so thankful for my mentors and friends who have been there to carry me through the lows. The tears that flow from clients when they see their photos for the first time is the fuel that keeps me going. I owe everything to my clients because they are the reason that I stay up late, wake up early, and continue the precarious balancing act of being a stay-at-home mom and entrepreneur while my kids are little.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Melody Joy Photography & Design story. Tell us more about the business.
I am the owner & photographer at Melody Joy Photography & Design. My husband, David, works alongside me as a customer care associate. We specialize in on-location portraiture for families, including maternity and in-home newborn.
We believe your experience should be as unique as you are.
Our customized images are crafted to tell your family’s story. Every time you look at artwork of your family’s joy and genuine love, you will go back to the moment in time that you had an experience so comfortable and carefree that you become uplifted by that memory. When this happens, art becomes more than a decoration; it becomes a powerful reminder to slow down and enjoy the little moments in life that you only have a chance to experience once.
We offer a 100% happiness guarantee. If you’re not thrilled with your portrait art for any reason, we will retake them or refund your money…your choice.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Hmmm…luck. Is there really such a thing? I live life play-by-play. Everything I am doing right now is influenced by things that happened in my past. Luck does not magically change things for the good or bad.
- Custom art starts at $560
- Address: Brimfield, MA
- Website: www.melodyjoyphoto.com
- Phone: 413-752-7366
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melodyjoyphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melodyjoyphoto