I'm a freelance female photographer based in the North West.
I have been involved in the music industry for 11 years (to date). I have experience of photoshoots with bands, artists, models, newborn, plus various live events, festivals, theatre and ballet.
I'm more than happy to tailor what you need, and design a package. People say I am very easy to work with, make them feel at ease, and have a good sense of humour. Check out some of my testimonials below.
Please contact me if you are interested in:
A) Buying a print from me (be aware some of the photographs are governed by copyright photo contracts)
B) You are interested in a photoshoot, (band, artists, actors, or model, or 1-1 shoot)
C) A shoot of your band in a live situation
D) Looking for some documentary photography, an event, festival coverage, a recording session, backstage?
E) Engagement/ newborn/ sibling portraits/ family/ wedding.
F) You would like to use a photo for commercial usage.
firstname.lastname@example.org with full details of what you require and I will get back to you as soon as I can to discuss.
Please note: I will require a small deposit for any shoot booked, payable either by paypal or bank transfer.I will require the full payment before the day of the shoot.
“I love your photos" - Brix Smith-Start
‘Your talent is never ending” Jordan Mooney (Punk Icon)
"Mel worked on two photoshoots for us and produced striking original images, a pleasure to work with!" - Joe Murphy - Blang Records
"What she delivered was beyond anything I ever dared hope for. Absolutely brilliant!" - Heath Common
"I really love your photos of Carina Round. They're beautiful, my favourites that I've seen from her tour. I worked on her projections.” - Alisa Akay
"Mel is amazing at capturing spirit, combining atmosphere, passion, and person into a single shot" - Florentine Sidery (designer)
"You took some amazing photos of my costume at the Vogue Ball last year. They are such FAB photos!!" - Liz Sheard (costume designer)
"What a very talented lady you are - always love seeing your work" - Ed Fielding (professional music photographer)
"Great stuff Melanie, as were your Roses shots. Well done." Brian Cannon (Microdot Design Company)
"Your live shots are some of the best we've ever had" - Avec Sans
“Mel’s photography is truly in a league of its own" - Mike Green, Kings Place, London
“Her instincts for what makes a great shot, attention to detail, eye for a great setting, patience and sensitivity are second to none.” - Zoe Howe (Rock & roll Author)
"You rock, your pix are brill, over and out" Ray Burmiston (professional photographer)
“Mel is without a doubt the best photographer I have ever worked with.” Keith Levene
"Everyone thinks they are a "photographer", but obviously not. The difference being you need the eye, which you have proved time and time again." Howard Toshman - Manager of The Courtesans.
“We were amazed by the shots.” Nancy Doll (The Sex Pissed Dolls)
"Mel is more than a photographer; through the lens she captures the essence of her subjects, their hopes, dreams and substance" Nina Antonia (published writer & author)
"Melanie's live photography is excellent!' - Toyah
"Mel brought out the best in me, no plastic surgery, how good she must be, at pho-tog-graphy" - Viv Albertine
"Mel never fails to bring out the attitude, style and class with the artist she photographs." - Sam Woods (The Hyperjax)
“Mel is alive in the music and sees things that other photographers would miss.” Becky Sowray (Manager of the band Stipe)
"You did an amazing job capturing the true essence of the House of Suarez Sugar Ball 2015." Darren Suarez - House of Suarez
"Every photo you take is magical" - John Robb
"Mel is an easy going, creative photographer with a perfect eye for a classic shot.!" - Carol Hodge
“A very talented photographer!” – Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Simply Red)
“Ur pics are incredible, very talented” - Trash Mcsweeney (Red Paintings)
"I would recommend her to anyone wanting a unique and very personal rock photography service" - Kyle King (owner of Vinyl King Records, Leeds)
"Melanie captured the atmosphere of our show perfectly" - Betty D'Light, Production Manager, The Burlesque Ball UK
“An absolute pleasure to work with, her photography truly peaks Louder Than Words... I can’t recommend her highly enough”...Dr Jill Adam (Louder Than Words Festival Director)
"Melanie Smith’s work is up there with the very best of them" Jay Taylor (The Ruby Lounge, Manchester)
"You've so quickly become my favourite live photographer" - Helen Donlon, (writer and publisher - Omnibus Publishing )
"If you're looking for those superstar portraits look no further - Melanie Smith is the coolest photographer in the UK" - Keith Levene [PIL/The Clash]
"Amazing, very suggestive, gorgeous photography, you have it Melanie Smith! " Joe Stevens (legendary photographer)
"Mel is held in high regard as one of the best photographers on the North West music scene." - Andy Von Pip [Von Pip Musical Express]
"Anyone can take a photo but only a handful can capture a moment....thank you for doing just that... " - Martin Finnegan [The Rainband]
"Armed with a camera and steeped in music lore Mel has been turning rock n roll into art and musicians into paintings."- John Robb
"I recommend Mudkiss Photography if they wish to achieve some beautiful images" - Bink (Pearls & Swine)
"These are amazing! I love them, thank you so much. I'm so happy with them." - Louise Distras
"You are one of the best photographers I have met in ages, impressive!." - Jordan Reyne
"Mel has such a talent for capturing a magnificent setting and making it her own. I was blown away by the result!" - Heidi Jo Hines: (Earth Prayer)
"Mel was fantastic, brimming with ideas, creating some stunning photos.” Shell Zenner
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