Thank you for visiting my site!
My name is Melanie Haynes, and I am a photographer living in the St. Charles, MO area. I pretty much grew up around here, for all intents and purposes. To answer the standard question posed by anyone from the St. Louis area (“Where did you go to high school?”), I went to Francis Howell North (Go Knights!).
I first became interested in photography as a child. My dad had a darkroom in our basement, and I thought it was just absolutely amazing to watch him give those papers a chemical bath and see the images magically appear. Yes, even after learning the nuts and bolts of the process, it still seems like magic.
I spent an amazing 9 years as an elementary music teacher. My favorite part about teaching was interacting with the kids. I used to keep a little book in which I would write some of the funny/profound things my students would say throughout the years.
Highlights from Melanie’s Book of Funny Kid Quotes:
- “I only go out with 5th grade boys, because 4th grade boys are sooo immature.”- a 4th grader
- “When I grow up, I want to be a scientist. Or a troll.” – a 2nd grader
- “A girl parrot is called a parakeet.” – a kindergartener
- “I’ll never understand the female intellect.” – a 5th grader
- “Angels poop out snow.” – a preschooler
You’re welcome. 🙂
Besides getting to teach an awesome bunch of kids, I also met my wonderful husband at work! George has quite the eye for photography himself, and sometimes he comes along with me to events as a “second shooter.”
Let me tell you, this is one well-documented kid. It’s gotten to the point where my Favorite Little Subject must think that Mommy has a camera attached to her face. Or else he must think that he has a Borg for a mother (Sorry about the Star Trek reference. I am also a huge nerd)!
So that’s me. I love taking pictures, occasionally playing the pennywhistle, violin, and piano (not simultaneously), and sometimes painting. I’m easygoing, I have fun being around kids, and I’m a meticulous planner.
Most of all, I believe that everybody sees things in a slightly different way. If you send a group of ten people out to take pictures of the same flower, each picture will be slightly different. Part of the reason I love photography is because it allows me to show other people the world as I see it. And I see that the world and each person in it is beautiful and unique.