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Five for Friday: Melody Adams of Melody Joy Photography

Five for Friday: Melody Adams of Melody Joy Photography

Five questions with destination and wedding photographer Melody Joy Adams of Melody Joy Photography, whose images are the sort that stick to one's soul. Best known for her work in weddings, we at A+T are also very into her architecture and travel photography. She's even taken portraits of A+T store owner + resident babe Viviana (check out Instagram- they're gorgeous!). We sat down with her for a few questions.

1. Where do you find design inspiration?
MJA: I love looking for inspiration in architecture and natural textures, or moody films or TV shows. Recently I've been really into Joker and Servant.

2. How would you describe your style?
MJA: My style for life is a minimal, neutral toned palette. This extends from my image editing style to my clothing style; simple, focused, with clean lines is best. 

3.What is some professional advice you received that helped you navigate your career? 
MJA: I was a business major with a focus in marketing, but honestly, I think my Dad gave me the best advice. It was actually more of a proclamation: you can be whatever you want to be, and if you work hard you can accomplish your goals.

Now I know societally and technically, I do realize there are hurdles for many out of their control, but in general, I do feel as though that strong-willed determination and confidence has really impacted my work ethic and drive. If I want something, I figure out how to make that happen and make no excuses.

4. What is your personal motto?
MJA: No prisoners. Sounds a bit too harsh? I do say that a lot because I play a ton of board games, video games with my brother, and even when racing to finish an indoor climb with my fiancé. But I also do love this quote on kindness

"When you have reached your own room, be kind to those Who
have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall."
― C.S. Lewis

Life is too short to judge others or hold grudges. Everyone is going through something, it's okay to think differently than those around you, and it's not only okay, but a must, to be kind to those who are not the same as you. You're not better than anyone.  

5. What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago? 
MJA: I love Big Star for tacos, I eat there weekly, since I live on the same block. I love Wormhole for coffee, specifically the Honey Bear. I love spending time with my cousins, over at Good Manner Coffee, I love being a member at The Art Institute, I love indoor rock climbing at First Ascent. All this is second, of course, to roaming around the city with my fiancé and shooting film of people and architecture!

All images above by Melody Joy Photography.

Many thanks Melody for finding the time to chat with us! If you'd like to learn more, check her out on her latest podcast.

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