Diary of a Creative Storyteller

Are you a storyteller who feels like you’ve lost your creativity? Do you long to tell stories that draw the viewer in and capture the imagination? We take photos to tell stories, but how do we infuse them with creativity and connection? And to take it one step further, how do we KEEP those creative juices flowing and avoid falling into a rut or burning out?

With a course packed full of imagery to help motivate and ignite your own creative process, Melissa is here to share all of her tips and tricks with you. She shares how she finds ways to bring that extra bit of “wow factor” to her images, how she manipulates dramatic light, and how she uses shadows to add impact. She walks you through not only her own creative process, but also breaks it down into easy steps for you to implement into your own stories as well. This course covers a myriad of topics including:

  • The Basics: Quick overview of shooting in manual mode.

  • Storytelling: How Melissa plans out her stories and brings them to life.

  • Power of Nostalgia: Connecting to the viewer.

  • Story Elements: Dramatic light, black-and-white photography, silhouettes, shadow play, and a whole list of different ways to shoot creatively!

  • Collaboration: Working WITH your children and using film and literature for inspiration.

  • Creative Gear: Getting creative with drones, phone photography (with editing tips!), and GoPros (which aren’t just for underwater shooting!).

  • Creative Subjects: Still life, self portraiture, and macro photography.

  • Breaking the Rules: Shooting with your heart instead of your head.

    What’s Included:

  • 100+ page downloadable PDF filled with beautiful imagery and practical tips;

  • 10 exercises to help get your creative juices flowing;

  • 11 editing videos walking you through Melissa’s style in PS and Camera Raw;

  • 2 behind-the-scenes videos and pullbacks;

  • 1 iMovie edit and 2 iMovie examples;

  • Audio version of course;

  • Membership in an exclusive Facebook Group led by Melissa (during Live Run only);

  • Assignments with feedback from Melissa (during Live Run only); and

  • BONUS: 3 sky overlays for you to keep!

Click here to purchase: Diary of a Creative Storyteller

The Holiday Collab




The collaboration is between 6 amazingly talented artists who poured out so much holiday festivities into their portions of the course. Robyn Marika Chubey @life_of_glow - Holiday Magic with Photoshop tips, Editing Videos, Location & Styling info, plus much more. Holly Nicole @hollynicoletimekeeper - Storytelling Traditions & Details with Presets, Editing Videos, Holiday Photo Bucket List, Assignments & much more. Meredith Mulvey Minor @this_chaotic_life - Bokeh & Lights with Bokeh Overlays, Editing Videos, Assignments & more. Libby Jenkins-Grohmann @blueeyes.and.bokeh - Capturing Holiday Essence with Snow Overlay, Editing Videos, Exercises and so much more. Melissa Richard @melissarichard4 - Eat, Drink & Be Merry with Holiday Drink Recipes, BTS, Editing Videos and more.Pamela Salai @pamelasalaiphoto - Holiday Mini Sessions​




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Let’s Cheers into the Holidays!!

The Holidays! Melissa’s favorite time of the year. The lights, the decorations, & the glistening falling snow puts Melissa in such a festive mood! And what goes great with a festive mood? Caffeine & elaborate alcoholic drinks (or for you nondrinkers out there, nonalcoholic, but similarly flavored to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of year).

In this chapter you’ll learn:

  • Learn the storytelling magic behind Melissa’s delicious still life beverage captures (with a ho ho holiday twist!)

  • Go behind the scenes with Melissa to see how she sets the scene for holiday magic

  • Follow Melissa as she captures still life imagery around her home

  • BONUS: Melissa is also providing her easy & delicious recipes to help you celebrate the holiday’s with her festive beverages

Click here to purchase: The Holiday Collab

Locals! (Fort McMurray)

I offer mentoring to locals as well.

What is included:

- 1 hour of shooting

- Follow up Q&A

- 2 editing videos from session

- I will edit 2 of your RAW images

Investment: $200

Click here for more information on: Online Mentoring 

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