Ciao Tutti ~ I'm Melanie Fiander - the face behind the lens of Fiander Foto! (Pronounced F-eye-and-ER) I’m not at your wedding to merely “take photographs” but to capture precious moments and deliver a collection of carefully selected and edited photos you’ll adore and enjoy for generations to come. With over fifteen years of photographic experience, I offer a professional, fun, and unobtrusive approach to destination wedding photography.
I'm originally from the Washington D. area and now work and reside in Bermuda with my husband, Jim, and our three-legged cat, affectionately named Tricycle. Along with working on the beautiful island of Bermuda, I also LOVE to travel the globe to photograph weddings and events.
Shot in the both photojournalist and traditional styles, I capture the special and unique moments of your big day, which will be looked at and enjoyed for generations to come! To help ensure that each client receives a fabulous “Fiander Foto” experience and product, I not only work as a lead photographer but I also handle the bookings, personally edit my own photos, design my clients' wedding albums and photo books, and offer consultations on any photo related query.
I'm not only available to hire for weddings but I also photograph events, proposals, engagements, maternity/babymoon, live birth, newborn, family, and vacation portrait sessions too! Beyond the camera, I also offer photo tours, mentorships, and am available for workshops.
My interest in photography started at the young age of 14, when I would borrow my mother’s camera. At 17, I purchased my first camera for $75: a classic Pentax K1000. I hold two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Lynchburg University; one in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography and one in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. My photo journalistic approach was learned at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine at the age of 22. After which, I earned my MFA in photography and video from Maine College of Art.
Since then, I have enjoyed every moment spent behind the camera and with my clients! My work has been featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Abroad, New York Weddings, The Vendor Report, Ländle Wedding's "Seasons of Yes", Whimsically Wed, Bermuda Weddings and Honeymoons, Bermudian Weddings, How He Asked by The Knot, The Gray Collective, Wedding Wire, United With Love, National Geographic, It Started With Yes, Glittery Bride, 100 Layer Cake, Lets Bee Together, The Newport Bride, and Wedding Chicks.
When I'm not photographing my "Fiander Foto Clients", you can find me teaching my students at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, where I'm a photography professor. Otherwise, I can be found under a large straw hat - milling about the garden with my husband and our cat.
I may be the face behind the camera, although Fiander Foto is very much a family run business. My photography business simply wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of my mom, dad, and husband - aka “the team”. Allow me to introduce you:
In the picture to the right, the gorgeous lady in blue is my mom, Joan Fiander - the “matriarch” of Fiander Foto. With 40+ years working her way up from a secretary to a regional manager at Social Security in the Human Resources Department, she knows a thing or two about administration. She does anything from processing payments to proof reading blog posts, articles, or promo items. As one of the kindest people on the planet, mom also helps to ensure that our business is run with good karma.
The gentleman in the tan suit is my dad, Joe Fiander. Dad’s family hails from Bocabec, New Brunswick and comes from a long line of fishermen. He has a good eye for art, color, and design. He inspects the wedding albums before they’re sent out to clients. From there, the albums are packed and shipped. Dad is an artist in his own right: a skilled painter and musician. He plays the guitar, mandolin, mandola, lute, and bouzouki. If the instrument has strings, he can play it.
Last but certainly not least, the striking young lad in the Bermuda Shorts is my husband, Jim. He is my “right hand man” and assists at weddings with lighting, carrying my gear (thank goodness), running the photo booth, and second shooting. Jim grew up in Bermuda and runs his own fishing business, Early Bird Charters!