Drawn to stories and connections, the warmth of late afternoon sun, organic forms, neutral tones, stylish and elegant details, Melissa Sung is driven by a desire to capture genuine and emotive imagery that will stand the test of time. Born in the Netherlands, Melissa Sung is a self-taught photographer currently based in Toronto, Canada. In her career, she has had the privilege to photograph celebrations across Canada, the US and Europe and accepts commissions worldwide.
Tell us about your business!
I'm all about people and their stories. So whether I'm photographing a couple on their wedding day, an individual portrait session, or a morning with a family, I work with you to create honest and sincere images in the most beautiful way I know how.
What motivates you to do what you do?
It's truly the people. Their connections and their stories and of course, being the one who is invited to capture all the beauty that I notice on their wedding, one of the most memorable days in a couple's journey. It's a real honour and gift.
What is a favourite service that you offer and why?
I really love offering in-person meet and greet sessions at my studio. I'm always so excited (and often a bit nervous) to meet new couples and begin the journey of getting to know who they are; learning about what they love, noticing how they interact with each other, seeing what topics light up their faces. Every interaction gives me a deeper appreciation for my couples and I believe this ultimately and helps me create more beautiful and meaningful captures for them.
How would you describe your style?
What has been echoed back to me through the years is that my work has a dream-like quality, lots of quiet moments of beauty with an editorial undertone to it all — and I'm happy to keep embracing that.
What is your ideal work destination?
Anywhere near nature — ideally close to water.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Calm, sensitive and thoughtful.
What is your favourite travel destination?
Anywhere with beautiful vast, isolated landscapes.
If you could describe your business in three words, what would they be?
Soft, timeless and emotive.
Who is your dream client?
Anyone that shares an appreciation for human connection and stories. Having a deep appreciation for art, beauty and culture is a lovely bonus.
What is your most memorable career moment?
I once photographed a couple who did humanitarian work in Central Asia and as a result of working with me for their wedding, invited me to join them on a trip to photograph remote communities in the Pamir Mountains. That was definitely a top memorable career moment for me.
How long have you been a photographer?
Almost 10 years!
What inspires you?
Finding beauty in ordinary and unexpected places.
What would you like couples to know about you?
I believe the success of any business relies heavily on the amount of trust and confidence from your clients, this is especially so when it comes to hiring an artist. When a photographer knows they have the trust of their clients, it inspires them and gives them the space to create their best work for you.
What is your advice to couples getting married?
When the big day finally arrives, decide to embrace everything about the day. If it rains, go running in the rain (ideally after the ceremony); if you forgot your vows, speak from the heart; if things don't go according to plan, try to laugh about it and remember what really matters — you're marrying the love of your life in the presence of the most important people in your lives.