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Because life is too beautiful not to capture. Melanie Rissi | Natural Light Photographer | Cedar Rapids & Marion, Iowa


Hi! My name is Melanie Rissi and I am a natural light photographer out of small town Marion, Iowa. When I was first asked to be featured for this blog, I was like, “What?!? Me?” What I do is so simple and natural. I don’t do anything wild and crazy. I believe our lives are beautiful, sometimes we just need to look at things from the right angle to see that. I just capture little moments and display snapshots of life as beautiful as they are.


Why do I do what I do?

Becoming a photographer was never in my plans. I earned a business degree, landed a desk job at a manufacturing company, and then I had children. Naturally my life started to revolve around my kiddos. I loved every moment I could spend with them even the little day to day things. It didn’t take me long to realize that those days, weeks, and years would go so fast. Those were the moments that needed to be savored and the memories that needed to be kept. So, I started taking pictures. I got my hands on a camera and instantly fell in love.


It is impossible for me to pinpoint a favorite session. There are so many things that make sessions my favorite. I am passionate about working with young children. They’re pure. They’re innocent. They’re funny. And they do what they want! I love just capturing them as they are. To me that’s what a photo is all about- capturing a memory, preserving a moment, and telling a story.


My milestone sessions are my favorites because the kids really do all of the work. I show up with my camera but I let them play, explore, and laugh. I get to capture babies as they’re  learning to sit. I capture them when they find their toes and realize how amazing those little piggies are. I capture them when they’re learning to stand. I capture them when they push their Tonka trucks through the mud. I capture them when they dance to their favorite Mickey Mouse song, ride their favorite bike, throw snow at their siblings, or toss rocks into a creek. What I do is not anything crazy or glamorous. It’s those little kiddos that have taught me to appreciate the simple things and love every little moment. The best thing about my photos is they serve as a memory to look back and realize that it was those simple little moments that made the biggest impact. To me that is beautiful.


Because life is too beautiful not to capture.

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