it's time to celebrate

I'm Mel, nice to meet you.

I'm Melanie Moore! I am based in Michigan, but I love to visit new places! The name "Paperchild" came from my art class days of high school. It is a nickname that had such a fun ring to it and has stuck with me ever since. I love all things weird and fun. From my obsession with David Bowie (yes I cried like a baby when I heard he had passed) to the artistic view of Hayao Miyazaki and his work with Studio Ghibli. From Bob Ross to Jim Henson and the fantastic worlds they created. I have two kids and a shepherd/husky mix. When I’m not behind my camera, I enjoy breathtaking mountain views, hiking, road tripping, warm blankets fresh from the dryer, quality time with family, decorating, and cuddling with my spoiled dog, Anubis! 

I genuinely love what I do and feel so passionate to share the enthusiasm and joy with others! My favorite part of photographing any occasion are the unscripted, authentic, in between moments. I believe in making you feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. That starts with getting to know you throughout our time together and guiding you through flattering poses. 

I like to approach photography a little differently than most photographers.
I focus on the small, seemingly insignificant moments during any session/wedding. The wind blowing through a bride’s hair. Grandparents holding hands during the vows. The sun peeking through the trees at sunset. A flirty glance from a bridesmaid to her date. I’ll get the big ones too, but I believe capturing all those small moments and details are just as important as the big moments. Most of my inspiration is from nature, human emotion, and the perfectly imperfect photographs from the film days.

and I am all about the butterflies.

this is your day