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



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.


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
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.