“We love because it’s the only true adventure.”

~ Nikki Giovanni

You are a light-hearted dreamer who feels inspired and invigorated by the world around you. You’re fiercely individual, independent and passionate. You know what you want in life and who you want to be. You’re always looking for the next adventure, no matter the size. You have an energetic, fiery, spunky, and dynamic personality. Your’e laughter is contagious and your optimism knows no boundaries.

And now you’re getting married. And just like when you discovered that one person to share your life with, you don’t want to work with just any photographer. You want to work with the one who will capture your day effortlessly and who is goofy enough to make you feel perfectly comfortable and epically beautiful.

You’re creative style led you to discover us, and we hope our styles click. We have journeyed down this path many times. And we are here to help guide you as you get ready to walk down the aisle and onto your next big adventure.

Hi, I’m Melissa, a Pacific Northwest wedding photographer who specializes in capturing honest and authentic love stories.  Love stories for brides who want un-traditional photography. And someone who can make them feel relaxed, upbeat, and naturally beautiful in every photograph. I have a degree in photography from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. As well as over ten years of photography experience. With my background and training in photography, I am well equipped to handle any unexpected wedding day surprises.

I know it can be difficult to find the ideal photographer who has just the right mix of style, spunk, and photographic experience.  I also know it’s challenging trying to figure out all of the million little details of creating your perfect day.

Adding the stress of planning a wedding to your everyday life can get pretty overwhelming. No fear, I’ve got your back. I’ll work with you closely to design the perfect photography timeline, and execute it naturally. I will also work with you throughout the entire wedding process, both before, during and, after your wedding. That’s how I roll, and I look forward to planning this next big adventure with you.



“She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”


Carl Sagan
All About



I feel most at home in the outdoors. I grew up in the Methow Valley and have yet to find a place I hold more dear to my heart.

For me the perfect vacation is backpacking under the stars with my furry-four-legged friend in tow. Or camping on the beach, or driving to no particular destination on distant dirt roads. Flip-flops are my footwear of choice.

I’m a self-proclaimed foodaholic. Pizza is my spirit animal, and I will never turn down the chance to try something new.

I still watch re-runs of Star Trek on BBC. Deep Space Nine is my jam.

Most of all, I feel like I have the best job in the world. I become a part of a couple’s family for one day to document and celebrate love. It’s the best feeling ever. And I get to eat cake. Lots and lots of cake.

 Methow Valley Wedding Photography

Ready to get started?

Let’s get together to discuss your wedding plans and see if we’re a good fit to work together. Please contact me and fill out the pearly white boxes. You can reach out to me at anytime.  And feel free to email directly at melissa@autumnpinesphotography.com. I look forward to hearing from you! High fives all around!

 Methow Valley Wedding Photography