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About Me

Hello and thanks for visiting :)

 

I am a photographer living in Federal Way, WA. Photography has been my passion since 2008. This was during my junior year of college when I was exposed to photojournalism.  From there, my passion transitioned from a hobby to a part-time profession.

If I were to describe my photography style, I would say my photography is a mixture of photojournalistic, bright, and expressive. 

HELLO, MY NAME IS MELISSA, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME M.TAN! I AM A WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER IN FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON.

 

WITH MY PHOTOJOURNALISM BACKGROUND, MY PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MORE THAN A SNAPSHOT. I STRIVE TO TELL THE STORY BEHIND THE IMAGERY, EXPRESSING THE EMOTIONS FELT AT THAT MOMENT. 

 

IT IS MY GOAL TO PROVIDE TIMELESS, TANGIBLE MEMORIES FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES TO ENJOY.

MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY STARTED IN HIGH SCHOOL. I SPENT TWO YEARS WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL YEARBOOK. ONE YEAR AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE NEXT YEAR AS A CO-EDITOR FOR MY SENIOR YEARBOOK. 

I MOVED TO TUCSON, ARIZONA TO PURSUE A JOURNALISM DEGREE AT UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA. AS A REQUIREMENT FOR MY DEGREE, I HAD TO TAKE PHOTOJOURNALISM.

THIS COURSE TAUGHT ME THE BASICS OF COMPOSITION. FROM THERE, MY PHOTOGRAPHY REALLY TOOK OFF. I PHOTOGRAPHED EVERYTHING FROM NEWS, SPORTS, EVENTS, FASHION, NEWBORNS, FAMILY, PORTRAITS, YOU NAME IT. 

IN 2012 I MOVED BACK TO WASHINGTON TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY AND MY PHOTOGRAPHY WAS PUT ON HOLD FOR A FEW YEARS AS I TRIED TO FIGURE OUT MY NEXT CAREER PLAN.

I MET MY HUSBAND IN THE SUMMER OF 2017 VIA AN ONLINE DATING APP CALLED PLENTY OF FISH. TO OUR SURPRISE, WE CLICKED RIGHT OFF THE BAT AND AGREED TO GO ON A SECOND DATE A FEW DAYS AFTER MEETING. FROM THERE WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER SINCE. 

I BECAME AN INSTANT - MOM OF THREE LOVING, SWEET KIDS NAMED ISABELLA (11), JONATHAN JR. (9) AND OLIVIA (5).

WE JUST BOUGHT A HOME IN SEPTEMBER 2019 AND WE ARE LOVING OUR NEW COMMUNITY FEDERAL WAY. 

I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON!

In September 2018 I married my husband (Jon) and gained an instant-family of three wonderful children. Their names are Isabella (11), Jonathan Jr. (9) and Olivia (5). We enjoy going on adventures, trying new restaurants and movie nights.

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