Who's this Melissa dame?
Hello new friend! I'm ECSTATIC you're here. I'm Melissa Luella Barzaga. I remind women how genuinely beautiful and fearless they are. My purpose in life is to inspire each woman who comes in front of my lens. I’m a mirror to their greatness and fabulous potential!
I’ve honed my craft to create my signature photographic style that features women’s natural beauty. That’s right girlfriend, I love how you look just the way you are. Women with all shapes and sizes commission my art to create their finest intimate portraiture.
I'm obsessed with discovering the secret to people's greatness aaaand dark chocolate, meditation, a good cup of joe, new adventures, wine, dancing my butt off, anything dainty, things with black and gold, and bikinis (what do you expect, I was born and raised in the Philippines where there are over 7 thousand islands - fun fact).
I've also heard I pack so much energy in my teeny tiny body. I have a secret, I'm older than I look and it's mainly because I'm 5'2 on a good day and can fit in your pocket. In my past life, I worked at an advertising agency doing media strategy for music labels. People with dry humor amuses me and optimists inspire me. I like a simple life... when I grow up I want to become a minimalist! Last but not the least, there is NOTHING more important to me than beautiful human connections.
Enough about me, I want to get to know YOU! Let's chat and tell me your story.
“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne
This Is How We Roll
Where are you located?
Our boudoir photography studio is located in greater Boston area (Somerville), but we also travel to our client's home for additional cost.
I'm excited, when can I see my photos?
It takes approximately a week or two to process your images. We appreciate your patience as we do our magic. Trust us, we're as excited as you are to see the final results! Once they're ready, you'll meet with Melissa for a viewing/ordering session. At your viewing/ordering session you choose what prints, products and/or digital images you'd like to take home with you.
What if I need to reschedule my session due to unforeseeable situations?
No sweat! We know life gets in the way sometimes. We're flexible, just let us know at least 5 days before the shoot and when you'd like to reschedule and we'll work with you. Note that the session fee is not refunded/applied to future shoots if you cancel your session instead of rescheduling.
How much do I need to pay when I book my session?
We require a non-refundable sitting fee of the session of your choice in order to reserve a spot in our calendar. Either $210 for a La Petite Session or $350 for the popular Classic Session. All products are purchased A La Carte or packages at your viewing/ordering session. We'll send you a complete product list when you contact us and say hello.
Will there be anyone else present besides the photographer at my session?
It will be just you and Melissa once you get your hair and make-up done. We want you to be completely comfortable so rest assured you'll have all the privacy you want.
Will you be editing the photos?
Yes ma'am, we'll retouch the images to look like your best self. We'll narrow the set of photographs for your viewing/ordering session. These are the images you'll choose from when you come back to place your order.
I want to keep my photos private and not to be seen by anyone online, will you put them on your site?
A big NO! Your privacy is very important to us. The only times we feature clients online are when they have given consent to share their images. Let us know if you're cool with sharing your beauty and we'll give you a discount for your courage and confidence.
I'm a wee bit nervous! What should I do?
Not to worry, you're going to rock this! A lot of women we photograph feel the same way in the first few minutes of the session. How awesome do you feel when you mastered a new skill, finished a daunting project or exceeded a goal you've been working towards? Ahhhhmazing I bet, the bigger the challenge the more fulfilling it is. Same reason we don't discourage nerves for your boudoir session. It makes the entire experience much more powerful. Just like bungee jumping or sky diving, it seems daunting but once you've done it you'll feel invincible!
When you arrive you'll be greeted by our professional hair and make-up artist and enjoy some beverage. This is the perfect time to relax and enjoy getting pampered. Once you're all glammed up, Melissa will coach you with posing and it will be a blast!
Ladies!!! We're beyond excited to welcome you to our boudoir studio in Somerville, MA. We are now a part of Joy Street Artist Studios a diverse group of artists, makers, designers and small businesses, located just outside of Union Square in the historic Brickbottom District of Somerville, MA.
Our studio is basking in natural light and has character like no other. We're in love with every piece that created this stunning intimate space. From the white airy curtains down to the floral scent makes you want to do a photo shoot every month. Book your session and join us for some fun gal time!