April 8, 2011 -
Recently a finalist for BC Photographer of the Year, Melissa Welsh has combined her specialties and created a new portrait niche. The Adventure Portrait Session.

“The idea started with a lot of my wedding clients. During their engagement sessions I would incorporate their lifestyle into the imagery we were creating. It just so happened that many of them spent their free time in the mountains, so that’s where I often found myself shooting,” she says.

Which is to Melissa’s delight. Being an outdoor enthusiast herself, hiking, climbing and skiing with her clients comes naturally.

“Creating photographs while people are doing what they love is much more rewarding then shooting them in matching outfits on the couch,” Melissa says. “I believe in the long term, this type of imagery will hold more meaning to people and their families, because it incorporates an important dimension of their life.”

The adventure portrait session includes a pre-adventure consultation and then an hour or two of hiking, biking, climbing, skiing or whatever activity her clients enjoy doing with their partner, dog or family. The resulting collection of images are often laid out in a coffee table album or printed onto fine-art canvas.

Melissa Welsh has been photographing weddings, families and outdoor pursuits for 16 years and her work can be found in private collections around the world as well as in regional, national and international publications including BC Business, Westworld, Climbing and Explore Magazine.  You can see more of Melissa’s work at or reach her at 604.354.6046

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