Hey! My name is Melissa Ferrara and I’m a documentary lifestyle photographer specializing in portraits, weddings, and events. I currently live in Chicago with my Yorkie, Cocoa. When I’m not behind the camera, I enjoy making a fool of myself at karaoke, rooting for my beloved Chicago White Sox, eating donuts, and searching the internet for cute puppy videos. I love exploring new places make a point to travel somewhere new each year.
I was born and raised in Northwest Indiana with my parents and younger brother. Growing up I was always involved in sports and music, but never felt like I had truly found my creative outlet. I picked up photography as a hobby in college while working towards a degree in advertising. On top of the classes I took to gain the technical and compositional skills, I worked at a portrait studio and spent my free time taking photos of everything I could. I was also given the wonderful opportunity to work alongside some of Chicago’s most talented photographers. After graduation, I knew I wanted to pursue photography as a career.
I want to provide all my clients with a more personalized photography service experience while helping educate them on how to create the best images possible to showcase their brand or preserve their memories.
I fell in love with photographing weddings because I love being with people on the happiest day of their lives and capturing the unexpected. I think it’s important to create art from your wedding day that you’ll have to share with your families and cherish forever.
What’s the meaning behind Iron + Honey?
This is a question I’m asked all the time. I wanted the name to reflect my creativity as well as who I am. So to me, it was simple. Melissa is Greek for “honey bee” and Ferrara is a Latin derivative of ferrum meaning “iron.”
My blog consists of weddings, events, and portrait sessions I photograph as well as any tips I find to be helpful for photographers, small business owners, or anyone planning a portrait session or wedding. I also write about personal accomplishments, inspirations, travels, and everything in between. If you’d like to learn a little more about me and see what I’ve been up to recently, you can check out my blog, and subscribe to my newsletter. Or if you’re interested in working with me, send me a message and we can chat!