Brand and Lifestyle Photography

Kelly Leonardini Blog

Kelly's ancestry goes back to the region of Liguria in Italy and many of her recipes highlight this region. We captured images of her along the coast sampling all of the traditional food and wine, along with lifestyle portraits and supplemental imagery of the landscape and terroir.

Kelly's new venture needed credibility and brand imagery in order to launch her food, wine and recipe blog that is focused on artisanal, Italian gastronomy and video content creation. There was no question the perfect location was Italy.

"Before my website & branding photos I was spending way too much time trying to design my website, taking away valuable time from my business. I was frustrated that I couldn't get my website and branding to look like my vision and my branding wasn't memorable or cohesive at all. Melissa understood the soul of my vision and was able to make my brand come to life better than I had imagined. Her attention to detail from selecting locations for my photos to the design details of my website all worked together to form a cohesive branded design.

I have photography and a website that I am proud of, and I have been able to start working with some of my ideal clients in the food & wine industry. I recommend Melissa's services to anyone who would like to have a beautiful branded design that they are proud to share. If you'd like to stay in your zone of business and save hours of frustration trying to learn website design, then Melissa's services are for you!"

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Kelly Leonardini, Blogger & video content Creator

We also worked with Kelly to custom design her new website and blog platform, creating an all-in-one package to get her business up and running.  We offer discounts and bundled packages for website design + brand photography.  You can find more information on our website design services including packages via the button below.

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"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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