Testimonials - Melissa Holtz


I am so pleased to recommend Melissa, an incredible photographer.

Mel and I worked closely to shoot editorial work, and I was also able to hire her to work on projects for adidas Women and a piece for Samsung + VICE.

Mel has a unique eye for capturing women's performance in the urban setting and she was also someone that the women in our collective trusted to portray them in the highest manner of respect.

Because of this trust, women were able to be truly vulnerable around her, making the process feel authentic. I love Mel's work and I love Mel!

- Jessie Zapo, Adidas Global Ambassador and Adidas NYC Coach

Working with Melissa is such an incredible experience, she does an amazing job creating community, making you feel comfortable and creating the right environment for a shoot.

I love being able to be included in the collection of work that Melissa creates, highlighting women in the outdoors and specifically creating images that reflect the world I know and live in, but often don't see represented in mainstream media. She has a great eye and is able to assure personalities come through in the work, hope to collaborate again in the future!

- Faith Briggs, Columbia Sportwear Ambassador and Content Strategist Focusing on Diversity and Representation in the Outdoors

Melissa Holtz is one of those rare finds, a photographer of extraordinary talent who infuses each image with a quality of light that allows for unprecedented beauty. Because she has worked for such high end brands, she knows how to both stage and position the coveted shots you have always wanted that can move your business and your brand to the next level. She is a true miracle, who showed up during a time of big growth for our organization and gave us the imagistic wings we needed to fly to the zenith we had been hoping for.

- Suzanne Kingsbury, founder of Gateless Writing, Inc.

“Melissa has this magical way of putting you at ease and energizing you in one seamless swoop. I’m usually shy in front of the camera (reinforced by 15 years as a journalist—always gazing in, not out), but Melissa made me feel like I could breathe, and breathe beautifully. She helped guide me when I wasn’t sure what to do with my hands, or myself; cheered me on when I was nailing it; and pretty much made me feel like I could do anything. Of course, the real proof of her talent is in her photos. She gave me photos that actually look the way I imagined them: bright, beautiful, strong, and timeless. I’m proud to use them as the face of my business, and so grateful to Melissa for her energy, vision, and skill. (P.S. A quick shoutout to how QUICKLY she turned edits around too! I’m seriously impressed.)”

—Christie Chisholm, Owner of Christie Chisholm Creative

Melissa is an incredible photographer who knows exactly how to capture a mood and has a wonderful eye for detail. She has gone above and beyond in providing photos of our annual conference (the Women's Travel Fest) that stun, and we've used them online to great success. I would highly recommend working with her to capture beautiful, creative photos for your next project or idea. She has a way of making women feel relaxed and confident in photos, with a friendly energy that adds to the camaraderie of any event.

- Kelly Lewis, Founder of Women's Travel Fest Conference

“Melissa is amazing at her craft! I’ve been waiting YEARS for pictures this amazing (even thought I’ve had handfuls of shoots with others photographers). These are HANDS DOWN my favorite shots and I can finally feel good about the image I put forward to represent my business.”

- Kristen Boyer, Wellness Entrepreneur

"I loved my photo shoot with Mel. She made the whole process so simple. Mel really held my hand and helped every step of the way - from the style and content of the photos to scouting locations, selecting outfits, and even posing. Her guidance and expertise were so valuable. And the results speak for themselves! I couldn't be happier!"

- Courtney Rolls, Therapist and Coach

Melissa is a blast to work with as a photographer, and is unabashedly dedicated to capturing that perfect shot, whether it means tottering one-handed on her bike down 5th Ave, or lying down on the West River Bike Path to frame the shot just perfectly. She clearly enjoys her work and likes to get creative!

- Holly Gaskill, Event Producer and Experiential Marketing

Melissa is a delight to be around and has a talent for seeking out the right people to drive any project forward. She brings a patience and focus that allows for both creativity and resolve. I am always eager to be a part of any project that Melissa is pursuing.

- Erica Cottrell, Design & Product Lead at Topo Designs

Mel has helped me create portrait shoots  all over the world -- from remote islands like the Maldives to the Dubai desert to New York City's streets and photo studios.

Mel is an expert in art direction and production. From creative vision, to scouting locations, and understanding lighting, Mel knows exactly how to orchestrate amazing photoshoots.

She thrives in photographic challenges, exceeding her clients expectations no matter what the environment -- whether it’s the depths of the ocean, or high in the sky with her drone, and everywhere in between. Mel is a rare type of photographer who is equally skilled in remote adventure locations and luxury resorts. I can always count on her to creatively capture experiences, and dream up images that are timeless, vibrant, unique and inspiring.

- Adam Deif,  Google Inc.

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