Melanie Swerdan is an experienced photographer, with a career spanning 10+ years. She started out in music photography with album covers for Billy Ray Cyrus (x2), Jay Malinowski and Armistice, a campaign for Martin Guitars with musician Elle King and completed shoots for an array of artists including: Portugal The Man, Wayne Newton, The Kooks, LP, Hot Hot Heat, Elle King, The Heavy, Big Sugar, Jimmy Gnecco, City and Colour, Lindi Ortega, Matt Mays, Shawn Hook and Coeur De Pirate.
She also loves to shoot food photography, landscape, fashion and weddings.
I love the variety of shooting different styles of photography. Working to make things and people look gritty and cool vs polished and beautiful - it's all great!! I love to manipulate the images in post to create very unique looks and allow colours to pop. It's a joy to look through a lens and really get caught up in the art.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
Everything from shooting Wayne Newton in a recording studio at the Palms hotel in Las Vegas, to capturing Billy Ray Cyrus' Album Cover on his ranch in Nashville, to weddings in beautiful mountain settings to Mexican restaurant patio sessions...
I put my whole heart and soul into every job I do, and I hope that effort and passion comes through in my images.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Been nominated for the Top 40 Under 40 in Edmonton. Shot Billy Ray Cyrus' last two album covers, 5 years apart.
A fun fact about this photographer
I have created a tech start up with two close mommy friends called Birdie Break that provides on-demand, screened, trusted childcare to families. We are launching the app Sumer 2019.