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 Barlow

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.