Melissa Musgrove Photography

I'm married to my best friend Paul. We've raised two grown children, and few dogs along the way. My style of photography is classic and timeless. I enjoy giving direction in regard to posing, but I also enjoy capturing natural moments candidly. It gives me great pleasure knowing the  photographs I've created bring back joyful, and emotional memories for my couples and their families. I love new challenges and am always excited to travel and meet new people. On my website you'll be able to see beautiful images, but what I may not be able to demonstrate is the degree of dedication and principles that I hold dear. My intention is to exceed my client expectations. 


More about me... ( I rather know about you)

The handsome dog you see up top is my dog SHREK. I'm a volunteer at the Santa Barbara County Animal Services. I walk, train, photograph and blog about the dogs to try and find them homes. I didn’t intend to be crazy dog lady, but somehow… 

 There are a few things in life I find hard to resist and have decided, “why fight it”? Stray animals. Laughing out loud to tears. Coconut cake from Jane restaurant. Red wine from Paso Robles, and chocolate chip mint ice cream from McConnell’s. (Is a pint too much for one person?)

 I will indulge on musical theater tickets. An occasional spa day with a girl friend. Popcorn at the movies (with butter). A beach day with a historical novel is divine. Every summer I pay an exorbitant amount in shipping to have blue claw crabs shipped from Maryland. (I almost didn’t put the blue claws in the indulgent category because they really are a must.)


 I love to travel and can be spontaneous (ask me the story about moving to Santa Barbara) and adventurous. I’ve photographed wild gorillas in Rwanda. Twice. I was in Egypt a week after the revolution in March 2011. Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore is still my favorite beach destination. I live 5 minutes from the beach in Santa Barbara but will still fly across the country to vacation at the Surf City Hotel.


You might say I’m a Jersey girl living and loving life on the left coast. I love to be surrounded by beauty, nature, and fabulous weather. But I’ll always love the pulse and the grit of the city, and look forward to my trips to Philly and NYC every year.

 I’m delighted to have fabulous clients. I was recently told by one of my bride’s that she thought I was “The perfect combination of girlfriend and mother. Nurturing, engaging, inspirational, and funny.” I loved that!

My style of photography has been described as classic, contemporary, expressive, romantic, timeless, storytelling, fresh, and vibrant. I love that too!

Preferred Photographer: 

I’m honored and delighted to be listed as a preferred photographer at the following Santa Barbara Venues; San Ysidro Ranch, Four Seasons Biltmore, El Encanto, Montecito Country Club, Fess Parker Doubletree Resort Hotel, Firestone Winery, and the Channel Cat.