Ciao Tutti ~ I'm Melanie - the face behind the lens of Fiander Foto! 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.C. 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 both the photojournalistic 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 College; 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! Melanie’s work has been featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Abroad, 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, 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.