PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELINDA IS PROUD TO BE CELEBRATING 28 YEARS OF AWARD WINNING SERVICE AND ARTISTRY!
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website! You are invited to scroll through some of my favorite portraits featuring my wonderful client’s families, their darling children and grandchildren, as well as, the many other types of sessions I've had the pleasure of capturing! I am located just south of downtown Indianapolis.
Everyone and everything you love could, and should, be the art on your walls!
Personal art work makes a house a home and lets those special to you feel love.
You might be single needing an updated head shot or in a relationship. Getting engaged or expecting and starting a family. Maybe just adopted a child or got your first pet. You might have a tween who needs some encouragement. Perhaps your amazing mom just turned 90 or you are a first time grand mother. You lost or gained 20 pounds and are so proud you want to capture the new you.
Now it is time to hire the special photographer to document these and the next occasions. You don't want to work with just any photographer; you want the right one! Your life is so important you need beautiful photography that is timeless. You can take them yourself and perhaps regret it, or choose from hundreds of Indianapolis and Greenwood photographers. How do you decide? Easy! Skill and experience are a must, but what you're really looking for is that plus something more!
Your love for each other, the happiness and special relationships, can all be documented and brought to life in the most important art work you display in your home. Fine quality portraits will tell your story always.
Life's journey is so exciting and full of surprises. I capture the quick second when something special is happening. These moments will always make you smile, laugh or touch your heart. Why not decorate your walls with each stage of your life?
Photographer, Melinda Davis Secord, graduated with honors Art Institute of Atlanta, GA;
Winona School of Professional Photography, Chicago, IL;
ABOUT MELINDA......Mel, Melin, Mona, MOM
I was born in Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Indiana. I was a beautiful baby, my head full of thick hair. When you meet me you will see I still have it.....it is part of my personality. But, there were hardly any pictures of me! Four kids and I am the third in line so that is how it was.
I went to Art/Photog. school in Atlanta. Loved Atlanta! It taught me so much! I loved the diversity of so many cultures. Thus began my enlightened journey of loving a variety of "flowers"....and amazing people! All people. My inner child was always aware of the wonders of life.
You ask but why am I a photographer? Great question. I grew up part of a large family...many were born with artistic talents. From grade school on I snapped a lot of pictures. My first camera was a little Brownie! I had always planned to be in the medical field as I was attracted to those who needed help. Before I went to Atlanta my dad grew very ill and needed surgery. After that surgery and the traumatic turn of events I realized I was not meant to be a nurse. I had more to give of myself and offer the world by me sharing my gift and becoming a photographer. At the time I did not realize it will be my legacy. I am able to record people at all stages of their life......the beauty and normality..... the happiest and saddest of times...birth to death, and the struggles inbetween. My dad told me I could do anything I wanted. After he passed, those words remained dearer to me and they echo from me to my two kids.
I was raised with a deep respect and appreciation for life and nature. Adoring people and most animals. Sense of humor is a must! I absolutely love traveling and exploring new places and am really drawn to water and textures. I like to keep beautiful things beautiful, but it is never simple. I am very motivated, but can be easily distracted, just ask my two kids.....my favorite distractions. My workroom is generally messy. They say that is a sign of a creative person? After a bike ride you can usually find me in my workroom editing until late at night.
Everyone today is obsessed with taking pictures. Pictures of everything! Every moment, every meal, every clothing change, every, everything. It is all wonderful and fun, but when was the last time you had a beautiful family portrait taken? One you would want to last for generations. A truly special portrait capturing the love and admiration you feel for your beautiful family and your relationships. Taking meaningful images is not just about how many shots you can take or the camera you are using It really is something felt inside you, I think maybe it is an emotion. Just like the great movies, you do remember a great photograph. Pictures can move you to smiles and tears. These images take you back to when they happened. These emotions, and love, are what I live for...what motivates me and keeps me driven. My compassionate heart and open mind allow me the opportunity to relate to all types of people and I realize time is so very precious to each one. My husband says I am "emotion in motion". This is the perfect career for me. I have never gotten bored with it......I am often over worked....but I am never bored! I really thrive creating heartfelt, beautifully timeless, images that will always bring joy. My sweet Uncle gave me the cheerished title "family memory keeper". What an honor and responsibility!
I love foreign films for their soft dreamy look. I am not big on high def. I love gentle lighting. Yes, it is important to keep up with styles, colors and design but I tend to recommend not too trendy. Not too matchy, simple blending is best. Who can enjoy a portrait on their wall that you do not know what to look at as everyone is in a different pattern? I absolutely love photographing people from all over the world and believe everyone deserves beautiful portraits. Clients often say, "your work is so different, it is like art work.” I definitely am driven by my classic art education, lighting is key and my subjects’ faces, eyes and expressions are the most powerful part of my portraits. My work is appealing not only to people who prefer a more traditional style of photography but also those who enjoy the fun/playful/contemporary lifestyle portraits. I would have to say my style is classic/traditional with a modern twist. I often begin sessions with a gently guided pose and deeper mood. I love serious faces as they tend to make eyes so beautiful. Then, I look at what is going on.....the charm, the hugs, the gentle smiles, leading to laughter. It is a must with me to ask kids for a funny face! They love it and look forward to that part of our session.
As a photographer I truly capture life... as art. I reach to see people as they are, what is deep inside. Yes, don't worry....I retouch but try not to over retouch....unless asked. Gently soften any harshness,.... while enhancing each person’s natural beauty! You will look great but not fake.. just partial facelifting.
Life's journey is so exciting! My legacy is creating and saving memories for the future. It is the best gift I can give. It is such a pleasure helping my clients decorate their walls with the celebrations of their life. They put the smile on my face........ daily!
Looking forward to our sessions! Call me today! 317-780-7955
My best, Melinda