“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind

Melissa Haugen

Welcome! I’m Melissa, a mom to three wonderfully crazy wild things and wife to my high school sweetheart. These are my people, my world and my muses. Most of my work here is dedicated to them, to us, and capturing our lives, just as they are, together. 

I’ve been taking photos since a camera was put in my hands as a young teenager. I spent countless hours in the darkroom, watching my images come to life right before me, and I was quickly hooked. Years later, I’ve transitioned from film to digital, darkrooms to Lightroom, but the passion has only grown.

I’m a lover of all things light, capturing artistic, yet genuine interactions and emotion. I love to find the beauty in the mundane and within even the tiniest details. I’m a naturally inclined rule follower but am learning how to bend and break them within my art. I never want to become stagnant, settling for “good enough.” I invest time to my craft, through classes, conventions and mentoring with other photographers, whom I admire. 

While most of my work is of a personal nature, I will very occasionally take on a commissioned project as our schedule allows. This site features both my personal and client work. I hope you enjoy!