Empowering women to take their branding into their own hands

to create a visual brand that is beautiful and uniquely them.

It was then that I realized I wanted to cultivate collaborativity in the same way I learned how to serve in the military in order to empower other women to take their branding into their own hands. Now, I get to create images and help take brands to the next level and show the world how strong and fierce women entrepreneurs are.

I was finally attracting other fun, kickass ladies who were ready to focus on their branding.

Yep, you read that right — you can find me flying between San Antonio, Texas and Panama City, Florida to achieve my dream of assisting women achieve their dreams when it comes to their self-started businesses.

I started this business in 2015 after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years. During that time, I met my husband and had a daughter — and so naturally, my priorities started changing. I’ve always loved being creative and had a desire to create a fun working environment, which led me down the path of photography. I would say it’s turned out to be the perfect gig for me!

I’m proud to have a Veteran-owned business where I can use my passion to help women from all walks of life.

But starting this business was far from a walk in the park. I’ve made so many mistakes and learned so many lessons through those mistakes. One of the important lessons I learned, though, was the power of visuals. I made the mistake of always hiding behind my work, but I noticed I started attracting my ideal clients once I mustered up the courage to show myself.

Hi! I’m a San Antonio and Panama City portrait photographer and branding expert who is dedicated to helping kickass female entrepreneurs with their businesses through smart branding and professional photos

Meet Melissa

CLICk if you're ready for the next step!

But guess what? Every woman who comes through my door has the same reservations, including the women featured on this site.

Let me tell you, girlfriend: it’s not your job to be “photogenic” or believe you have no good reason to come out of hiding behind your work. It's my job to help you through the entire photo and branding process. Even though it’s a complicated feeling, my mission is actually quite simple: to take the most professional, fun, and beautiful photos that you’ll be proud to display throughout your business. I’m here for you and your business.

I’m going to run with full force by your side to ignite and maintain the passion you have for your brand to take it to the next level through visuals.

“I’m not photogenic.”
“No one needs to see me — they can just focus on my work.”
"I'm awkward in front of the camera"

I’m a firm believer in showcasing the creative, talented, intelligent individual behind businesses, which is why I focus on professional portraits and branding visuals for business owners.

You’re probably thinking now, “whoa whoa whoa, Melissa. Are you talking about me being in front of the camera?”

I know, I know, it can be a daunting thought. For someone who has risked a lot to start a business and who is brave enough to put their ideas out there, you would think it’s a bit easier to show the brains behind it all, right? In fact, throughout my years as a professional portrait photographer, I’ve heard these phrases too many times:

Believe in yourself, work hard, and the rest will fall into place.

My Process



Melissa raelynn photography | 1333 Buena Vista St. Studio 206 san antonio, texas 78207