To empower you to effectively communicate your brand through consistent visuals and messaging.

Our Mission

Highlight your compelling brand story through cohesive photography, website design, social content, and brand strategy.  

What we do

Small businesses and entrepreneurs in the service, creative, hospitality, and lifestyle spaces.

Who we serve

Welcome to

Your creative partner for everything you need to market your business visually online

Our name speaks to the meaning of the Italian word bottega - a collaborative studio featuring a primary artist who is assisted by a group of other artists in order to execute a grand vision; that grand vision is crafting your compelling and cohesive online presence that tells your brand’s story. Building a brand requires a team effort, and we work with talented collaborators, each bringing with them the ability to hone in on a specific piece of visually telling your brand story. This process, managed entirely by your brand strategist, ensures your brand's mood and voice is showcased in all visual elements, from your website to your photography to your social media content to your digital and print marketing efforts. Our success is your success. We strive to create a unique and branded experience at every touchpoint, allowing your customer to become enveloped in your brand. 

bot·​te·​ga | \ bōˈtāgə, bəˈ- \

: the studio or workshop of a major artist in which other artists may participate in the execution of the projects or commissions of the major artist


What we do:

If you're in the process of starting your business, dreaming of a rebrand or a brand refresh, pivoting to offer new services, or growing into the future, we are here to help you build your brand online so that you can attract and retain your ideal clients.

We’re ready to help you clarify your message and connect to your ideal clients through consistent visuals and imagery.

We work best with brands who are serious about their commitment to their story and who understand the key role beautiful visual consistency plays in their marketing efforts. Our portfolio of clients ranges from artists, to realtors, to hotels, to product-based brands, and more. 

Work With

Clients we

Specialty Retail
Wedding Industry
Interior Designers
Specialty Products

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Strategy / Art Direction / Marketing

BRAND Consulting

Services Overview

Web Design / Business Graphics / Social Templates

Web Design + Social Content

Photography says what words cannot. Your visual assets show clients exactly who you are.

Custom brand images can tell your clients what you do, how you do it, and the why behind it all. Our team is skilled at honing in on the details that others might miss, allowing your images to speak for themselves, and allowing them to speak for you.

The most important business asset we photograph? It’s you. To tell your story, we have to know your story. And to know your story, we need to hear the authentic truth about who you are, and what you do. The process of getting visible starts long before hair and makeup arrives and your scene is perfected. It starts with questionnaires and mood boards, phone calls and video meetings, and deep conversations centered around digging deep to discover what, exactly, your brand images need to convey.

The best results happen when vulnerability meets preparation. The work we do before the shoot is critical to making recommendations for the perfect location, wardrobe, and styling, all of which will result in you being fully at ease, ready to step in front of the camera as your true authentic self.

Get Visible

We want to put your brand in front of your ideal clients - and put you in front of the camera

Your story is part of who you are, and it has the power to connect you with the type of clients you’ve been dreaming about. Let our team help you craft a compilation of images that beautifully shares yours.

Each chapter of your story, from the image capturing that behind-the-scenes glimpse to the beautiful editorial shot of your product or service in action, plays a pivotal role in bringing your clients on a journey as they connect deeper to your brand. As a small or mid-sized business, these are the intricacies that set you apart, and these are the details that turn your good story into a great one, with your ideal clients eager to keep engaged.

Strong imagery helps your clients to feel as though they are part of your process. Your images can take them along on your journey, from ideation with a beautiful mess of handwritten brainstorm notes, to creation with a collection of your favorite tools or supplies, to the fine-tuned details of delivering the final product.

Each of these points helps your client connect to your story, and your story helps connect them to you. That connection is what will drive your ideal client to make a purchase or sign that contract - the ultimate goal of your online marketing.

We Believe in

Telling Great Stories

"I was lucky enough to find Melissa through Instagram & instantly felt a connection to her imagery. As a new luxury lifestyle blogger, Melissa was a guiding hand during my first Branding Session in Los Angeles. Every aspect from location to props was carefully thought of & Melissa made me feel so at ease. Her knowledge of branding was so evident during the photoshoot and I couldn't be more ecstatic with the final products. The day after updating my blog with her photographs, I was contacted by a large company for my first sponsored post."

Gemma Hulbert, The Yacht Stew

"Melissa produced a stunning selection of timeless photos that beautifully showcase my cashmere scarves through a refreshingly relaxed experience. Melissa was brilliant at making me feel comfortable so that she could create beautiful images. Melissa is very generous with her time, and I think a lot of this was down to her careful preparation and planning. She scouted out the locations and she also took the time to research and understand my brand and listened to what I hoped to achieve on the day. I was very grateful to come away from the shoot with a set of photos that included close up detailed images of the textures of the scarves, portrait images, and breath-taking panoramic images. I cannot recommend her services highly enough. "

Jennie Hoag, Lois Avery

"Melissa took the time and effort to fully understand who were were as a brand and what image we wanted to portray to the world. She was able to identify what makes us unique and really captured those qualities in a beautiful way. Melissa's images really injected some soul and personality into our social media presence. Our dream clients are able to form strong connections to our brand before ever meeting us in person -- resulting in more bookings within our target demographic. Thank you, Melissa!"

Natalia Perkins, Tailor + Table

"Working with The Brand Bottega was an elevated experience from beginning to end. She prepared a detailed Photo Shoot Brief that really captured the essence of what I wanted to communicate with my new brand, and held me in a space of transformation throughout the entire process. Initially, I required more guidance to break through some awkwardness but very quickly I was at ease. Melissa is amazing! When I received the photos, they were beautiful. I feel amazing about my new brand and the photos are a very big part of the energetic shift I experienced putting my new website out into the world. I now have a solid foundation on which to stand!"

Francoise Everett, Feminine Leadership + Lifestyle Coach

"I came across Melissa’s work while searching for a brand photographer for my new business 211 to Waterloo. In addition to her amazing portfolio, I was drawn to Melissa’s approach to her work – taking the time to understand my goals, asking thought provoking questions and getting to know me. She really cared about getting to know the story behind my brand. Melissa took her time and focused on all the details. In doing so she did an amazing job of capturing the essence of my brand and creating beautiful photography that represents it. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Melissa!"

Lisa Odai, 211 to Waterloo

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If you're in the process of starting your business, dreaming of a rebrand or a brand refresh, pivoting to offer new services, or growing into the future, we are here to help you build your brand online so that you can attract and retain your ideal clients. Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation to get started. 



We are eager to welcome you to The Brand Bottega which will be launching in early 2021. If you're ready to take your brand to the next level, sign up below for exclusive pre-launch access to learn about our services. We will be opening up services to our VIP's on this list first. 

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