MELANIE FLANIGAN ROCKS THE HOUSE

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Today is all about Melanie Flanigan. Melanie has just launched a wicked n cool new website photographing children and families. As soon as I heard that she was going to start tearing it up on this scene my first thought was simply … ‘makes total sense to me’. Melanie is one of the most gentle, genuine and personable people I’ve met since I started out in photography. Her warmth is a gift and this new adventure she’s undertaking is nothing more or less than the stars aligning.  I first met Mel when her and her husband Sean came to facilitate their workshop some years ago in London. They then came back around 2 years later with their little boy David who was at the time fresh out the wrapping. 🙂 When you meet Mel’ it is palpable how family first and foremost is everything to her. I personally have had such special and unconditional support from both Melanie and Sean in my personal life in recent times when I was going thru a bit of a dodge period. I have to say this is something quite rare in an industry that is seemingly on fast forward rarely pausing to remember that we’re all human, all straying from the ‘having it sorted path’ from time to time, and all in it together. In short,  it’s a real honour to have her included in this interview collection.  

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How did you come to photography?

Completely by accident. It’s actually a funny story. When I first met Sean and we were just starting to get to know one another I asked him what he did for work. He sent me his website and I was so confused — I knew the pictures were pretty, but it wasn’t clear to me what his job was. So I asked him again and he said he was a wedding photographer and I didn’t know that was a real job people did. As our relationship progressed, he started bringing on some of his out of town jobs so we could hang out in new cool places. During one of these trips his second shooter didn’t show up for the wedding and he told me he needed me to go with him. I’m thinking “What?! How? …. He told to just take pictures of everything I saw & that’s exactly what i did.

I was shooting literally everything and I got right up in everyone’s personal space. I didn’t know any of the photography rules or what wedding photography was supposed to look like and that was a huge asset of mine at the time. Some of my photos from that first wedding were published in a prestigious southern bride magazine & the rest is history. I started shooting with Sean more and more and it was just an organic progression that we ended up starting a business as a team. We didn’t plan for it and I never anticipated that I’d show up in this industry but what a happy accident because it’s my biggest passion. 

What projects are you currently working on? And why are you passionate about this? 

I’ve just launched my own personal website / BOOM /  where I’m shooting completely separate from Sean and focusing on families. I’ve always loved shooting families but it wasn’t until I had a son of my own that I really understood the value of having those moments captured in time. I’m looking forward to see what happens when I put myself out there as an individual rather than as apart of a duo. 

What scares you?

The unknown.. and taxes! I’m so bad with money. 

What annoys you?

Traffic!

What inspires your work. (Family and friends can be included and what else?) 

Fashion photography – I love it. I also love looking at interior design although I don’t have much of an eye for it myself. I love and appreciate the art that goes into home design. 

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Are you getting any more tattoos? What is your fav tattoo?

I always want more tattoos. I remember being a kid and loving tattoos even though no one in my life had them. My brother passed in 2007 and I have his signature tattooed under my left arm (so it’s always close to my heart) and I would have to say that’s my favorite. I also have “I do” tattooed on my left finger which is really special. Sean proposed to me by getting the tattoo “marry me” on his ring finger so I said “yes” by having my finger tattoo’d as well. Right now I’m really into Mexican Catholic folk art and I would love to get an Our Lady of Guadalupe piece on my leg.

What’s your fav movie?

That’s hard because I don’t have much of an attention span for movies… Can I pick TV instead? If that’s okay then I choose FRIENDS. I can watch that non-stop on a loop forever and it still makes me laugh. 

Fav book?

I just finished I am Becoming by Michelle Obama and it was just an incredible experience. I am ready to start reading it again. I also loved the book A House in the Sky – written by a Canadian journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia. 

What 5 people dead or alive would you like to spend an evenings dinner with? 

My brother. Can I choose him 5 times? We lost him to a tragic car crash in 2007 and my heart is still broken. We were very close. My late grandfather, Charlie (he also went by Carlos so we merged the top and called him grandpa Charlos). I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him. He was Mexican and I would love to know more about my Mexican heritage and just know more about his life growing up. I have a lot of questions for him.  I’d also love to have lunch with Michelle Obama because I know she’s my best friend and if we could just have lunch together once I think I’d be hers too 

If you could take one thing with you on a desert island what would it be? No people allowed?

An iPhone that never loses charge.

Tell us something we wouldn’t guess about you?

I was a competitive gymnast. I was so involved in the sport that I left school early 2 hours early everyday to train in the gym. 

How is being a mum? 

Absolutely everything I dreamt it would be. Being a mom has given me so much purpose — and I love how my son challenges me everyday. There is nothing that I love more in this world. 

If you could Photography one person in history dead or alive who would it be?

Michelle Obama

MELANIE FLANIGAN ROCKS THE HOUSE

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Today is all about Melanie Flanigan. Melanie has just launched a wicked n cool new website photographing children and families. As soon as I heard that she was going to start tearing it up on this scene my first thought was simply … ‘makes total sense to me’. Melanie is one of the most gentle, genuine and personable people I’ve met since I started out in photography. Her warmth is a gift and this new adventure she’s undertaking is nothing more or less than the stars aligning.

I first met Mel when her and her husband Sean came to facilitate their workshop some years ago in London. They then came back around 2 years later with their little boy David who was at the time fresh out the wrapping. 🙂 When you meet Mel’ it is palpable how family first and foremost is everything to her.

I personally have had such special and unconditional support from both Melanie and Sean in my personal life in recent times when I was going thru a bit of a dodge period. I have to say this is something quite rare in an industry that is seemingly on fast forward rarely pausing to remember that we’re all human, all straying from the ‘having it sorted path’ from time to time, and all in it together. In short,  it’s a real honour to have her included in this interview collection.  

HOME INSPIRED

THE WORDS / 

How did you come to photography?

Completely by accident. It’s actually a funny story. When I first met Sean and we were just starting to get to know one another I asked him what he did for work. He sent me his website and I was so confused — I knew the pictures were pretty, but it wasn’t clear to me what his job was. So I asked him again and he said he was a wedding photographer and I didn’t know that was a real job people did. As our relationship progressed, he started bringing on some of his out of town jobs so we could hang out in new cool places.

During one of these trips his second shooter didn’t show up for the wedding and he told me he needed me to go with him. I’m thinking “What?! How? …. He told to just take pictures of everything I saw & that’s exactly what i did.

I was shooting literally everything and I got right up in everyone’s personal space. I didn’t know any of the photography rules or what wedding photography was supposed to look like and that was a huge asset of mine at the time. Some of my photos from that first wedding were published in a prestigious southern bride magazine & the rest is history. I started shooting with Sean more and more and it was just an organic progression that we ended up starting a business as a team. We didn’t plan for it and I never anticipated that I’d show up in this industry but what a happy accident because it’s my biggest passion. 

What projects are you currently working on? And why are you passionate about this? 

I’ve just launched my own personal website / BOOM /  where I’m shooting completely separate from Sean and focusing on families. I’ve always loved shooting families but it wasn’t until I had a son of my own that I really understood the value of having those moments captured in time. I’m looking forward to see what happens when I put myself out there as an individual rather than as apart of a duo. 

What scares you?

The unknown.. and taxes! I’m so bad with money. 

What annoys you?

Traffic!

What inspires your work. (Family and friends can be included and what else?) 

Fashion photography – I love it. I also love looking at interior design although I don’t have much of an eye for it myself. I love and appreciate the art that goes into home design. 

drag these babies’ <<<<

Are you getting any more tattoos? What is your fav tattoo?

I always want more tattoos. I remember being a kid and loving tattoos even though no one in my life had them. My brother passed in 2007 and I have his signature tattooed under my left arm (so it’s always close to my heart) and I would have to say that’s my favorite. I also have “I do” tattooed on my left finger which is really special. Sean proposed to me by getting the tattoo “marry me” on his ring finger so I said “yes” by having my finger tattoo’d as well. Right now I’m really into Mexican Catholic folk art and I would love to get an Our Lady of Guadalupe piece on my leg.

What’s your fav movie?

That’s hard because I don’t have much of an attention span for movies… Can I pick TV instead? If that’s okay then I choose FRIENDS. I can watch that non-stop on a loop forever and it still makes me laugh. 

Fav book?

I just finished I am Becoming by Michelle Obama and it was just an incredible experience. I am ready to start reading it again. I also loved the book A House in the Sky – written by a Canadian journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia. 

What 5 people dead or alive would you like to spend an evenings dinner with? 

My brother. Can I choose him 5 times? We lost him to a tragic car crash in 2007 and my heart is still broken. We were very close. My late grandfather, Charlie (he also went by Carlos so we merged the top and called him grandpa Charlos). I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him. He was Mexican and I would love to know more about my Mexican heritage and just know more about his life growing up. I have a lot of questions for him.  I’d also love to have lunch with Michelle Obama because I know she’s my best friend and if we could just have lunch together once I think I’d be hers too 

If you could take one thing with you on a desert island what would it be? No people allowed?

An iPhone that never loses charge.

Tell us something we wouldn’t guess about you?

I was a competitive gymnast. I was so involved in the sport that I left school early 2 hours early everyday to train in the gym. 

How is being a mum? 

Absolutely everything I dreamt it would be. Being a mom has given me so much purpose — and I love how my son challenges me everyday. There is nothing that I love more in this world. 

If you could Photography one person in history dead or alive who would it be?

Michelle Obama