About

            Photo Credit: Ashton Kelley Photography

           Photo Credit: Ashton Kelley Photography

MY NAME IS MELISSA STILWELL.

I am from mud covered hands and porch swing love. I am from old gravel roads and Appalachian mountains above. Raised on the Ohio River and played under dog wood trees. Rooms filled with canned beans and laughter, unlocked with antique keys. Thorn pricked fingers and blackberry stained lips. Fiddle tune dancing, hippy hugs, and swaying hips.

I am a photographer based out of the Huntington, West Virginia area.  Specializing in storytelling and natural light photography,  producing beautiful images with true impact. Whether I photograph my surroundings in our neighborhood or the children, I always aimed to not only capture the moment but to tell the story.  

After high school, I pursued a degree in Parks and Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. I love to play….playing keeps us healthy. I most recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Walden University, however my greatest accomplishment so far is being the mother of my two little girls. Paisley and Irelyn.

In early 2011, I went professional with my photographic arts. Hoping to do for you, what I have done for family and friends for years. Gratefully, portrait photography lets me meet and spend time with so many wonderful people.  I have chosen to grow deeper and really personalize this business.  I want profound relationships with my clients and my community.

I love my kids. I love my country. I have a boot fetish. I love a good story. Almost as much as I love a good beer. And Music is my Aero-plane.

 Photo Credit: Ashton Kelley Photography

Photo Credit: Ashton Kelley Photography

Secrets about me:

  • I have a double jointed left thumb.
  • When I first started out I operated under the name FNG photography ☺ (If you don’t know what that means go ask a Veteran)
  • I believe Horses are God's apology for men.

Visit my other pages:

Veterans of Appalachia
The Pink Elephant


My Mission

My mission is to help you celebrate every stage of your life with beautiful photography that reflects and fits your style, your family and the way you live.  My style is honest and fun, celebrating life, love and family.

My Personal Goal

I want my images to tug at your heart.  I want to create timeless portraits that show your child's individuality in an honest and comforting way.  I want my pictures to warm your soul in difficult times.  I want to help you capture the wonderful moments that we all take for granted and have a difficulty remembering.  I want to write a storybook through photography, on a day in the life of your child