Melanie Chitty Photography
Hi! I’m Mel, a wedding, portrait and family photographer living in Bristol. I travel and work all over the UK and I have photographed over 100 weddings. I’m a creative, natural and contemporary photographer who documents without controlling the scene around me. I pride myself on the relationships I build with my clients and helping them document some of the most special periods of their lives.
My journey in photography started before I can remember. My mum and dad kept countless albums and videos documenting their lives, travels and my early years. Unfortunately my mum passed away when I was just two so the pictures became my obsession to try and figure out who she was, her life living in the Philippines then later meeting my dad and moving to the UK. It became apparent to me how important and priceless a picture can be. It tells a story. It documents a life. It connects us to people and to our past.
All throughout school I was a creative soul. I painted, I drew, I took pictures- you name it! I always knew I wanted a career in the arts but I wasn’t sure what. During college I won a scholarship to travel over to the Philippines in my parents footsteps and document the same journey they took, visiting the same places, visiting my family who I had not seen since I was two and seeing the world I had seen in albums. I took my first camera and documented everything. The pictures hold even more value now to when I first took them.
After college I ended up studying Art Practise at Goldsmiths, University of London. I adored painting and would spent hours using oils on canvas. I started develop an interest in other creative disciplines including animation and photography as looked to find
After university I came back to my home town of Gloucester and started my first job in a family studio. I picked it up quickly and realised I had a talent for working with people . I soon began freelancing at other studios across the Southwest and continuously honing my craft. I then started a business development course at the Princes Trust and started my own business and began my venture as Melanie Chitty Photography!
Skip 10 years on here I am as a full time photographer and loving every minute! I live in a little cottage on the outskirts of Bristol with Ashley (my wonderful partner), Jago and Esme (my two energetic, awesome kids!) and my gorgeous, fluffy lap cat, (Stan). If I am not shooting pictures you will find me on a long country walk, chasing Jago and Esme around a park or foraging fruit, cooking an epic meal or hunting for a charity shop or flea market bargain. I am a kooky soul and basically hate staying still! I am always up for a chat so please get in touch.