The Portrait & Wedding Photographers of Alaska (PWPA) have banded together to put on a fundraiser, this Saturday, February 6th, at the Crosspoint Church next to Burlington Coat Factory on Dimond. All proceeds go directly to the Red Cross in an effort to help out victims of the earthquake and devastation in Haiti.

Please pass this information on to your friends, family and co-workers to let them know of this easy way to donate. In return for your efforts we will be creating quick family portraits as a thank you for your time and donation. You will receive a digital file of your image within about two to three weeks after the event.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or check out the Red Cross website at

Feb 03, 2010
Written by Mel

It’s time! Our year down south is fast drawing to a close. We have one more week with my family and then the boys and I hop a plane for Idaho. We get to spend at least two weeks with Dave’s family and “the cousins” before striking out on our camping adventure up the Alcan (Alaska-Canadian Highway) back to Anchorage. We are going to be towing a pop-up camper and plan to spend a little over a week on the drive. Can’t wait!

Hank, the psycho barn kitten, will be joining us. I’m not too sure how well that will go over with all the campground dogs! It should make for some interesting evenings!

Anyway, all this travel means I may be more difficult to reach for the next month. I will still have my cellular phone and if you need to speak with me immediately that will be your best bet. If you can wait a day or two for an answer, feel free to send me an email. I will be checking it; I’m just not sure how often.

Here’s one more quick post before the movers come to pack away my computer. Again, another lovely southern wedding from last summer shot with Mark of Mark Lawley & Associates. Mark actually had the most beautiful bridal portrait gorgeously framed and displayed at the reception. It was a very traditional portrait in her family’s ornate garden. The piece was quite stunning! But then to mix things up she also did a “fearless bridal” style session out on a worksite with construction equipment and great industrial elements. Quite the dichotomy! She definately had the best of both worlds!

Here are a few favorite shots that I captured from her wedding.

photograph of bride getting ready by Anchorage Wedding photographer Melissa Shelby

Photograph of Bride & Groom by Anchorage Photographer Melissa Shelby


Wedding Toast photograph by Melissa Shelby

Image of Bride & Groom exiting in Bubbles by Anchorage Wedding Photographer

Photograph of Bride and Groom with Just Married Sign

May 18, 2009
Written by Mel

I am a photographer. I love what I do. I strive to capture vibrant photographs that are classic and clean with a touch of emotion to them. I prefer an uncluttered photo and a cluttered desk. I love the finished product and agonize over the process. I am an Alaskan who recently returned from a year long stint in Alabama. I have the good fortune of photographing people in the last frontier. I would love to photograph your experience.

First time here?

Start with the galleries under the “Portfolio” tab. It’s a faster way to get to know my style and browse specific categories. For more recent weddings and sessions select the “Weddings” or “Portraits” tabs from the absolute top of the screen located in the black bar. You can readily access pricing and package information as well by choosing the “Sessions & Packages” tab. Not sure what a gallery wrap canvas, image box or portrait book is? Check out the “Portrait Pricing” dropdown also under “Sessions & Packages” for more details.

Don’t forget to drop me a note or leave a comment! It makes my day. Thank you for stopping by!

Jan 01, 2009
Written by Mel