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My photography journey began during my childhood when I regularly enjoyed watching nature documentaries with my family, sparking dreams of experiencing the enchanting world of animals. I also think it was heavily influenced by seeing tigers in those shows, and my dad telling me to enjoy it because they would probably be gone by the time I grew up.

I got my first “high-quality” digital camera at the age of 14. After a few months of using it, I knew I wanted more. I saved up and, within a year, upgraded to my first DSLR.

A 2019 college trip to the Maasai Mara in Kenya changed my photography from a fun hobby to something I take seriously. After that trip, I became more committed to learning better techniques, seeking out local wildlife, sharing it on Instagram, and eventually getting published in some independent magazines.

In My Bag

  • Canon 90D
  • NEEWER 66″ Carbon Fiber Monopod Tripod
  • NEEWER GM101 Aluminum Alloy Gimbal Tripod Head
  • Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 C DG OS
  • Sigma 18-35mm 1:18 DC
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
  • Canon EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

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Get in Touch

melissa [at] melissa-alves.com

July 30, 2019