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Melissa Van Horn

Professional Photographer

Hi! About me paragraphs are hard to write because I'm not sure how to tell you everything about me in a few short sentences, but I'll try. I have always been a creative soul and made it my mission in life to love my job. I'm proud of myself for making that dream a reality! When I'm not sipping a coffee, eating pastries or cuddling with my cat Bo, I'm usually at the dance studio teaching the teen/senior team ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. My bed is my safe haven from the world, so after a long wedding day, I spend a day to myself relaxing and watching my favorite crime shows. I graduated from Iowa State with a degree in criminal justice studies because the criminal justice system fascinates me. I wanted to be part of the justice system so that I could help people navigate a difficult system and be there on their worst days. While wearing pantsuits and working in the court ended up being the wrong path for me, wearing pantsuits to shoot weddings happens to be my thing. I pride myself in my fashion sense and love of styling. After years of experimenting in different kinds of photography, I've found that fashion/editorial photography is my absolute favorite thing to shoot! It combines my love of fashion and body movement/posing. I strive to give my clients a unique experience. Developing relationships with my clients that last a lifetime alongside the beautiful photos, will always be the goal. I can't wait to meet you!


much love,


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My first ever photograph at age 2


Christmas 2005 when I got my first camera


Started my own business in 2021


Working as a full time photographer in 2024

Fun Facts About Me!

  • My favorite color is red!

  • My favorite music artists are: Chris Brown, Beyonce, Russ, Harry Styles, Olivia Rodrigo, Khalid, Hozier, Lizzo, and James Bay

  • my favorite gift is a bouquet of roses​

  • I've been a dancer my entire life and I currently teach dance in Pecatonica, IL

  • I have always wanted to live in a big city like Chicago or New York

  • Fashion is very important to me

  • I have been published in 3 magazines!!

  • My favorite food is crab rangoons or anything with peanut butter

  • I love writing in my free time

  • My Starbucks order is a venti brown sugar shaken espresso with vanilla sweet cream cold foam

  • I love travel and have visited 16 of my bucket list places

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