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Check Out Melissa Altland’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Altland.

Melissa, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I became interested in photography back in 2013 when it seemed like everyone was getting a Canon Rebel. Once I got my hands on one, it opened my eyes up to a new world of creativity! I started just as a hobby until some friends and family asked if I could take their pictures.

Fast forward to 2017 when we hit a major financial medical need, everyone encouraged me to start a career and business with my camera. Little did I know it was the start of an amazing journey that would bring me to where I am today!

I met so many amazing people, learned so much more about myself, and even found my identity again. Moms would definitely understand what I mean. With each passing year, I learn more about my craft, myself, and most importantly I get to continue to build relationships with those I have the pleasure of meeting.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh goodness, it has been a rollercoaster ride!

Like anything else, we all start somewhere. I’ve had to add things to my contract due to unforeseen circumstances, made my own mistakes (ugh, cringe), and almost burned myself out due to not balancing my own life. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in what you love to do and keep putting off the boring business end.

However, I continue to have an open mind as I grow. We’ll all make mistakes, but learning from them is so important.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in Boudoir, but I absolutely love photographing life in general. It’s such an honor to help a small business grow, follow the story of a couple becoming one and starting a family, watch women embracing themselves regardless of what society defines as beautiful, and celebrate the milestones along the way.

What truly sets Woven by Legacies apart is we are bringing back the beauty of professional prints, keepsakes, wall art, and albums. How often do we get pictures taken, and they get lost on the internet never to be found again? Or even the ever-changing updates with technology. I’m a 90s baby and will say A LOT has changed in just my lifetime.

Clients still get digitals as well because they are important, but at least they’ll have something that will last a lifetime. I will add that weddings, events, and business services are digitally based with the option to purchase tangible items. Only because a small business won’t exactly have a need for a printed album.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I honestly believe in working hard and putting forth that positive energy to get to where you want to be. I don’t know if luck really had anything to do with it. We all have different connections, and I guess you’d be considered lucky if you already have a foot in the industry you wanted to be in because you’d have those connections right away.

That wasn’t my case. What I will say is that I feel fortunate for the connections I’ve worked hard to build over the years which have tremendously impacted my personal and business life. I’m always looking to meet new people because as you grow, they will grow too.

In regards to bad luck… it’s really just a learning experience. It’s so hard to not fall down that rabbit hole of depression, and self-doubt if things go as you wish. However, those moments have helped me find myself, my tribe, and opened my eyes to make the changes I needed to.

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