Melissa van Ruiten Photography


Believe it, or not, photography wasn't my first passion in life. I was a child of the theatre. My love of taking photos was born when I moved away from home for the first time. 3,000 miles away from home, to be exact. I went from Massachusetts to New Mexico, and everything was just. so. different. that I wanted to make sure I remembered all of it. That was in 2001, and from there I traveled the country pretty extensively, photographing people, places, and things like my life depended on it.
Now, I reside in California's San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, 3 kiddos, 2 buns, and 1 doggo. I drink too much coffee, listen to my music a little too loud, and I'm always up for an long as I can bring my camera. It all keeps me pretty hopping, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I am happy to celebrate every union and family, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, body type, and ability.

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