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Meet Melissa Madden of KEITH & MELISSA PHOTOGRAPHERS in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Madden.

Melissa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It is so hard to believe we moved from NYC to Phoenix 12 years ago! (WOW) and wouldn’t change a thing.

Keith graduated from photography school in 1995, so we have been doing this for quite awhile. After graduating from photo school he began assisting well known commercial photographers in NYC, learning everything he could. Simultaneously, he started assisting photographers on weddings. He really never enjoyed the posed old-school style of wedding photography and embraced a more documentary style of telling the story of a wedding day. A few years later he went out on his own photographing weddings with his own style and the rest is history.

About 10 years ago I started working with Keith. We make a really good team. I enjoy the business side of things and he excels at the creative side. I think this partnership is what has allowed us to grow. Keith having a diverse photography background coupled with our strong organizational skills has led to the success of our business.

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?
To run a business, any business, you must be consistent and always evolving. Photography is a luxury so when the economy hits a snag, clients begin to scale back. Fortunately though, people always need photographs. So having a diverse background in photography has allowed us to grow in spite of economic downturns.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with KEITH & MELISSA PHOTOGRAPHERS – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
With nearly 20 years experience photographing people, events, and commercial work, we feel we bring a unique combination of technical experience and an amiable yet unobtrusive working style to every engagement.

Keith uses his extensive background in commercial and lifestyle photography to bring a diverse blend of skills to be called upon to illustrate a story or an event. We have a team of professional photographers that work together to capture events from a complete perspective, documenting everything with an editorial feel, making sure to capture both the big picture and the details within, everything that makes an event or job meaningful. An enjoyable experience that puts our clients at ease. Skilled and experienced with an easy going, friendly yet assertive presence, our thoughtful approach will tell the story of an event or job in a creative, documentary style. Every time we are out their photographing we treat it is a unique story.

I would say we specialize in our documentary style – whether it is an event or a wedding. We want a client to look back at their photos and be taken right back to that moment and be able to relive the event as it unfolded. We love photography because we believe in its purpose. We believe in its legacy. We recognize that the tangible is slowly disappearing and we want you to have something to hold in your hand.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are always trying to challenge ourselves, evolve, come up with something new. Currently, we are developing a line of portraits specific to women. I like to think of these as “empowering” portraits. Showing women how strong they are inside and out. So many adjectives pop into my mind from restorative, empowering, inspired, positive, beautiful, glamorous…. During these sessions, we witness the incredible transformation of a woman when her inner + outer beauty show themselves. Women embracing who they really are, recognizing their beauty, strength + confidence. A beautiful journey.

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