This morning I welcome the fabulous Melissa, of Melissa Alagich Photography to the blog! Her work is dreamy and swoon worthy, I adore it! Enjoy getting know her better, and the lovely eye candy!
Tell us about yourself!
Melissa Alagich Photography. I’m a photographer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I’m a mum to three energy packed young boys (Ethan 9, Lachlan 6, and Kalan 2) and wife to a wonderful husband, Richie, who I have been with for 17 years (eek makes me sound old 🙂 ), married for 11. We spend lots of time at soccer training, watching soccer, playing soccer and talking about soccer (yes it’s a soccer house here).
Tell us something most people don’t know about you!
Hmmm something people don’t know about me? That’s hard – I don’t have any crazy secrets but I guess if I did I’d probably keep them secret 😉 Oooh actually funny/embarrassing…..I have on occasion done the nudie run in the house with the boys – they think it’s hilarious (you know the nudie run the kids do before getting in the bath – mind do it yelling, screaming, giggling etc…). I’m not really sure it’s a good idea I’ve told you this.
What are your favorite movies or books?
In my past life my husband and I went to the movies a lot. These days we’re lucky if it’s once a year, except for taking the children. The last one I saw was Wreck it Ralph. I would have to say one of my all time favourites is The Shawshank Redemption, but I do also love Romantic Comedies. Books – I don’t read anything much these days that don’t relate to photography or the like. However, The Power of One is still one of my favourites.
What are your favorite foods or drinks?
Fav food – hmmm I love all sorts really can’t pick. Fav drink would be a coffee in the morning and evening a nice red wine or caprioska (vodka, fresh lime, crushed ice and a bit of brown sugar.
What does your typical day look like?
- 6-630am wake cuddles in bed with the kids. Get ready for the day and 8.20am oldest two out the door to school.
- If I have a shoot I tidy up the home (home studio). Set up the studio (usually a newborn session). My youngest gets picked up by my mum (so lucky).
- Around 10.30 client arrives – The shoot can go anywhere from 2-3 hours (or even 4 if need be).
- Once finished, tidy up the studio, place blankets/wraps in the washing, review the session in camera – delete some images
- Download the images, make some lunch
- If I have time I start to review and rate the images in LR (most times I don’t have time) and back up to disc
- 3pm school pick up – home by 3.30 or 4pm
- Start the afternoon/night routine – feed children, homework, housework, dinner, training, bath/showers
- 7pm start the bedtime procession – bedtimes are staggered
- 7.30-8pm finish tidying the kitchen, eldest child to bed (hubby home around now)
- 8.30pm – start my “work” again…..editing
Tell us about your business!
Melissa Alagich Photography website http://www.melissaalagich.com.au Blog http://www.melissaalagich.com.au/blog/ Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Alagich-Photography/244140932863 I have a twitter account but haven’t got on to that yet but here it is anyway https://twitter.com/MelissaAlagich
I’m a natural light photographer specialising in newborns, babies, children, maternity and families. I did my first newborn shoot about 3.5 years ago and loved it and have been working with them ever since. It was really a hobby to start with and when I had my third child (now 2.5) I spent time while on maternity leave focussing on my love of photography. And now it’s my business …and love it!
What do you love most about having a small business?
What I love about having a small business other than editing in my PJ’s, is that I can make it what I want, take the direction I want and I have the freedom to be flexible for my family. Plus I get to do something I love and I provide people with something they love and treasure.
What is the hardest part about having a small business?
The hardest part about having a small business is switching off and not thinking about what needs to be done. It’s also challenging to wear all the hats in the business – photography, emails, editing, accounting, bookwork, insurance, filing, deliveries, design work, back up, computer work, blogs, galleries, orders etc…….(of course I would love to have someone do some of this for me….) – Sometimes not having to go out to work can also be a disadvantage from a social point of view.
What or who are your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspiration is not necessarily a photographer per se but to inspire myself to achieve the best I can, and to draw the emotion and love from all families in their own special way. Of course there are ample photographers who certainly inspire me for example Barb Uil (JinkyArt), Tamara Lackey, Kelley Ryden, Milk and Honey Photography (Canada), Jesh de Rox – just to name a few.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Five years from now I hope to be running a successful little business. Taking more sessions per month as all my babies will be at school (nooooo 🙁 ). AND I want to ensure that I have the all important work life balance.