Melanie Gordon Family Photographer TorontoWhen I was five years old I got my first camera.

It was one of those 110 style point and shoot’s and many of my first photographs were of people’s legs before I figured out where to point the camera. I knew even at age five that it was important to document my life.

I’m happy to say that since then I’ve traded up many times for better cameras and I learned where the best place is to point my lens to tell the most meaningful story. I’ve made hundreds of thousands of photographs that tell life stories and move people.

I am grateful to have parents who encouraged my creativity when I was young and continued to support me as I studied fine art, photography and filmmaking and set out as a creative entrepreneur. I was an artist as a child and I still am. Many children grow up and consider themselves not artists. Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about encouraging creativity and believe strongly in the power of art (I could write an essay here but I’ll save it for a blog post). All to say, my photographs come from an artist’s heart.

When I photograph people I am playful and have a keen sense of humour, but I take the responsibility very seriously. My goal as a photographer is to tell the true story of who you are and how you feel, and to illuminate your beauty so that you fall in love over and over again when you look at the photographs.

 

FOR FAMILIES

I capture your children as they really are – as YOU see themwith extraordinary love.

Instead of looking for “perfect”, I capture real moments through a lens of creativity and imagination. I know this means the world to families who have kids who are have fiery souls and love to run and move because our photo session will be fun and result in photographs that really capture their spirit. I am equally able to see and capture the gentle strength that emerges from a child who wonders quietly.

I melted when one mom told me, “It’s as if you have reached into my heart and captured exactly how I feel about my children. I can’t stop looking at the photographs.”

I would be honoured to be the artist that you choose to photograph your child’s radiant heart and fiery soul.
Please contact me to book a session to capture how truly amazing, curious, wild and wonderful your children are!

 

FOR CHANGEMAKERS

As a visual storyteller, I have helped many artists, entrepreneurs and organizations tell their stories through photography. Documentary photography can tell stories that have the power to connect and communicate with beauty and emotion. I love working with creative people and non-profit organizations to help them share with the world the good things they are doing.

I am proud to include as some of my clients Roots of Empathy, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Toronto Artscape, Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, Blue Ceiling Dance, The College of Nurses of Ontario, Central Toronto Community Health Centre, Regent Park Community Food Centre, and Rethink Breast Cancer.

If you are looking to make your story come alive, please contact me for an estimate. I would love to work with you.

 

MY OWN STORIES

I am a collector of unscripted moments. For the past 20 years, I have been inquiring into the nature of time, the meaning of home, and the shifts in my own identity as a woman, mother and artist. My current photographic practice involves exploring the space between reality and imagination while connecting with the magic of the natural world with my daughter. My photographs have been described as intimate and magical tellers of stories. My work has been exhibited in galleries and published in magazines and books in Canada and internationally.

I am currently working on a project called Making a Maker, which is an autobiographical conceptual and documentary photography project about what is gained and lost by becoming a mother and how my breast cancer diagnosis caused me to consider my own disappearance.

I live in Toronto with my husband and 6 year old daughter.