Hello, and welcome to In A Flash Images! I'm Melissa Mersereau Sánchez - and I'd love to share a little bit of life my life with you.
I'm very familiar with the complexities of family photos and little ones!
I grew up in Northern Vermont - think of cows, cheese, snow and real maple syrup, and spent time in Montreal, Canada with my extended family. At 18, I left beautiful Vermont and settled19 miles north of New York City to attend college in Nyack, NY. I spent much of my time in NYC and on a plane every 6 months or so to travel (Iceland, England, Scotland, Spain, France, Ecuador, Dominican Republic...) While in college I met Luis, and 3 years later, we were married on Sept. 11th in Long Island, NY. We joke about our wedding being one of the most memorable; hurricane-like weather for an outdoor wedding, squeezing everyone we love onto a 50's style paddlewheel boat, and being quarantined on our honeymoon to put it in a nutshell.
We spent the first few years of our marriage in Philadelphia. We had a wonderful community of friends and family around us, we had our three children while in PA - Noah (4), and the twins Noël and Jael (18 months). In 2015, we packed up for a new adventure and drove across the country to make our new home in Washington. We now live on beautiful Whidbey Island. We love to hike, kayak and explore the many gorgeous parks and islands this area has to offer.
We're big fans of adventure - loading up the car with kids and snacks and trying something new! (Pictured:Friday Harbor)
Above: Our road trip across America 2017, we hit 24 states during our month long road trip from WA to NY.
Some of my passions are (but are not limited to):
Travel (I bet you got that already though), baking, painting and drawing, hosting (we love parties!), taking naps (sleep when the baby sleeps...its a thing!), Christmas, eating, thrift stores (I'm a sucker for deals), and family time. I'm a big quality time person.
...And I love coffee - hot or cold, or somewhere in between (which is the usual way I drink it with 4 kids running around!)
My love of photography was born out of many trips around the world - not only capturing the beautiful sights, but the many people I encountered as well. I began shooting weddings and family photography in 2009 while in Philadelphia. My deepest desire is to give my clients photos they will cherish for years to come; a favorite photo of mama and baby snuggling during their first weeks together at home, the anticipated first kiss at a wedding, real, silly laughter between siblings.
My greatest joy in photography is to grow with my client's families as they grow - from engagement to generational family sessions and beyond.
And my style of photography is natural light, photojournalistic - not in a studio, but in your home or outdoors. I enjoy trying new things and new ideas; each family has a unique story to tell. My hope is that you are comfortable, you have fun, and enjoy a few hours with your loved ones as I capture those every day, important moments.
Meet the Family!
My husband, Luis (in his "football stance")
I invite you to take a look and meet some of the friends we've made along the way, and I look forward to adding you to our family here at In A Flash Images!
Thanks for stopping by!
- Melissa Mersereau Sánchez