Santa Fe portrait and wedding photos by Melanie West

Greetings and happiness to you all! This has been a full and creative year.

In a world of many images and chatter I so appreciate the opportunity to slow down and create work of joy, distinction and stillness. Happily, the beauty and celebration of weddings is increasingly a more inclusive and legal option for all couples. It was a banner year for all kinds of gatherings and spirited family portraits. The year also included food related work with Edible magazine and Delicious, plus architecture and design events with ShowHouse SF and the Old Santa Fe Association. From doctors to yoga instructors, modern dancers to orchestra conductors, new babies to graduating high school seniors I enjoy the photo sessions and diversity of my work. It's always a pleasure to end the year documenting the lively holiday party at Salon Del Mar.

It is a delight to see the creativity and commitment and to help tell the stories. The invitation to see and share with others is an honor and I thank you for your friendship and support.

Here's to more artistry, fun and times of peace in 2015!