PERSONAL BIO:

I grew up in Indiana and as a kid, if you could find me, I was probably out trekking in the woods, adventuring. The same holds true today as I try to take every opportunity I can to explore.

I came across photography by accident in college and I fell in love with the medium. After living in the Midwest and California, I now call Brooklyn my home. I shoot locally and travel all over the world on assignments, documenting events, people, stories and places.

My eye has been drawn to seek the magical in the mundane -the stuff that makes our lives worth every breath- and to capture the fleeting light that fills us with awe, wonder, love and inspiration.  Thanks for taking a look! -Mel

 

PROFESSIONAL BIO:

With 15 years experience, Mel Barlow is an internationally recognized photographer who has been commissioned for commercial, lifestyle, editorial and high profile events worldwide. 

She is drawn to environmental and lifestyle portraiture and still life photography incorporating common threads of texture, airy spaces and clean lines. Conscious of even the subtlest shifts in environments, attitudes, and light, her photographic sensibility creates raw, personal images that evoke a range of emotions. 

Mel's natural attention to detail, along with the ebb and flow of her process, leads to the effortless capturing of a subject's true essence. Her ability to intuitively anticipate and read a person's sentiment is apparent while she's shooting and is reflected beautifully in her photos.

 

OMG!!! These are STUNNING, GORGEOUS, INSANE, AMAZING!!! I showed my sister, Mom and Ben some photos and they were all dying. Like dying....so ridiculously flawless! The lighting, backdrop, coloring, and any other artsy thing you do...you are such a gem. I can’t wait to sit here every day and look through every photo again with a fine tooth comb. We all couldn’t be more impressed!!! So happy, I started tearing up looking at the couple portraits. The veil photos-everyone is going crazy-so good! Thank you, so special.

The dancing, cake cutting (btw the black/white cake cutting photo is awesome, love!) My Mom and I LOVE these photos because they capture the moment perfect and are so FUN.
I know my mother-in-law, my Mom and I all want to buy pictures (engagement & wedding). I will let you know when we are ready! Miss you and hope all is well xx
— Jenna (& Ben) Sept 26,2018
I love the way Mel makes you feel like a real model – beautiful, comfortable, and confident. Her images are just pure beauty. Plus, her personality wipes away any nerves you might have so you truly enjoy the experience.” - CECI JOHNSON
— http://www.cecinewyork.com/
Saturday night was a dream come true and I just felt like I didn’t quite express to you and Kate enough of just how much you made this whole wedding experience a perfect one. Your images captured what we were really feeling and experiencing, thank you with all of my heart. I will never forget both of you!
— LySandra and Eric
Mel, I am speechless. These are so beautiful. You captured my whole heart in these photos. I can’t thank you enough. I have looked through the album about 10 times and couldn’t possibly choose favorites yet. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
— Kimberly O.
Mel - These look amazing, thank you!!! I can’t tell you how much we love them!!! and there are sooooo many! I love looking through them! Thanks again for everything.
Just wanted to see what to do about an album? How do we get started on that? Let me know! I love having albums and am anxious to see these pictures in print!
— oxo Audrey
OMG!! Obsessed with all of these!! We love you thank you ssoooooo much!!
After the wedding lets find a time to hang again 💓
— Adam + Sari (response to engagement photos)
The photos are so, so beautiful!!! We are working on selecting the ones we’d order, the cake cutting ones are absolutely hilarious - and dead on. We are almost sure our cake got switched with one intended for a baby shower (must have been a hell of a shower) hence my surprise at seeing the cake!
Anyway, the whole family loved it, thank you so much!! Is there a way I can send them to my mom, dad, and sisters to view as well?
Thanks again, belated happy holidays and happy new year!!
— Halley & Stephen & family