We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Victor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melanie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my own business, because it gives me the freedom to work at my own pace, on my own schedule. I never really thrived in a 9 to 5 environment, so running my own business gives me the freedom to work around other life events that come along.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
With my photography business, I’d like to think I set myself apart from others by relating to my clients and their specific needs/requests. I’m always thinking of ideas to make the experience more personable. I enjoy bringing in an aspect of creativity to everything I capture. At times, this has been difficult. Doing headshots is not something that’s very easy to be creative with, so I really have to think outside the box to make these look original. In my photography journey, I’ve learned to go with the flow, as well as be prepared for any situation that might arise. I’d like the world to know that I’m in this for the long haul and I would love to capture your moments.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For anyone visiting the Denver area, a few of the must-see places would be Red Rocks, paired with Dinosaur Ridge and the Morrison Natural History Museum and a nice dinner in downtown Morrison; The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, paired with City Park and a nice picnic lunch; a trip to Littleton’s Southwest Plaza with lunch at the food court, then a visit to the amazing SeaQuest to pet the rays and sharks, as well as other animals, then dinner at Grande Station, a social bistro in downtown Littleton, where they have a $15 bottomless bar; and during the summer months, the chalk art festivals can be found all around the Denver Metro area. I happen to be one of those amazing chalk artists as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The success of my business is truly dependent on my clients. I’d love to give a shoutout to a few of my regulars: Shirley Clark/Princess Parties of the Rockies, Phillip DeMarlowe, and Rose Pesca. Shirley and I have been working together since 2014, when I first began my professional photography venture. I love capturing the princesses and the parties they are hired for! Phillip DeMarlowe reached out to me around October of 2019, and has been a monthly client ever since. I love capturing his ideas for the visual representations to accompany his musical ventures! Rose Pesca is a local masseuse, and also a dear friend of mine. Her business is Rose’s Healing Arts, LLC, located in Denver, CO. She has been hiring me to capture images for her promotional materials. If you ever need a massage, please check her out! She’s fantastic. I’d also love to give a shoutout to my husband, Marcus. Without his support and patience, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.