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cows (duh!)

a few of my favorite things

I’m a fifth-generation farmer and a first-generation Hereford cattlewoman. My family’s Maryland farm planted in me a love of agriculture and gave me wings to chase after my creativity.

Growing up, I was always discovering ways to document our farm life through drawing, painting and eventually photography and graphic design. It was the perfect way to combine my passion for this industry and art.

Now, I’m a full-time creative helping other farmers and ranchers promote their businesses. I also capture special moments as a family, senior and couples portrait photographer. I love helping others. I love learning from others. I love seeing others succeed, and capturing the important occasions along the way. It’s my heart for people, cattle and rural life that led to Melissa Photography & Design. This business is my love language and I truly believe that serving others in this way is my calling in life.

Today home is God’s Country — the Kansas Flint Hills where my husband, Shane and I raise Simmental and Hereford cattle. It’s rare you’ll find me far from cows or my camera, but if you do, I’m probably behind the wheel of Gwen (my Jeep), playing with my Australian Shepherds Sage and Skye, or munching on chips and queso!

As much as I am an artist, I am a cattlewoman. The farm that inspired my creative heart stems from a legacy long before me. It’s an honor to help other families carry on their own heritage and build successful businesses of their own.

My suitcase is always packed, and my camera and computer are ready to work. If there’s anything I can do for you, please reach out! Let's chat and make some magic!

i'm Melissa


k-state wildcats

kind words

"Melissa is an amazing photographer and person! I would recommend her for anything you have! We are so blessed we were able to get her to Colorado to get pictures of our cattle and family pictures! She is awesome!”

pratt show cattle

"Melissa knows livestock and how to read cattle. She has the natural talent of capturing their best angles and works hard to get the most out of every single one that enters the picture pen. To put the icing on the cake, she's very easy to work with and to be around."

t/r cattle company

"Her process of creating a print advertisement is thorough, well planned and so seamless. It's more challenging for me to iron a shirt than to provide details and instructions for an ad, but she nails it every time. Such a gifted individual!

harker simmentals

- Ashley Pratt

- Trent Ray

- Jill Harker

"Melissa gets it right everytime. She has good cow sense and makes my job easier. She does not doctor pictures — they are the real deal!”

jcl red angus

"Melissa handles all of the photography and advertising needs for our operation. She is so calm, patient and professional in the picture pen, making a stressful day run smoothly. When it comes to ad design, Melissa really nails it. With very little guidance, her first proof is spot on. Her attention to detail and trendy designs capture the attention of prospective customers!

mid-am genetics

We loved Melissa! Her pictures came out just as I had dreamed they would! Memories to keep forever!

webster family

- Jimmy Linthicum

- Ryan & Kayla Bodenhausen

- Jodee Webster

Your business is your livelihood, you need someone who ‘gets it’ and can get it done. Honest photos, stress-free picture days and innovative designs are what you can expect from Melissa Photography & Design.

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