Melanie Acevedo is a lifestyle and portrait photographer whose images are stylish, yet accessible and always distinctly happy. “In artful pursuits (or in art), it is a rare thing to be able to achieve a sense of both sophistication and fun,” notes Dara Caponigro, creative director at F. Schumacher & Co. “Melanie Acevedo’s photography does just that. She imbues her photographs with joie de vivre but also achieves a depth that makes them captivating.”
Melanie has worked all over the globe for editorial and advertising clients ranging from InStyle, Elle, Lonny, Shape, More, Vogue Bambini, Us Weekly, and Condé Nast Traveler to Target, Cottonelle, vitaminwater, Kohl’s, Edy’s, Charming Charlie, Ann Taylor, and Jonathan Adler, as well as shooting pro bono projects for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and others. Each shoot brings its own challenges, but on set Melanie is known for keeping the mood light while keeping the production on track.
“Yes, her work is beautiful, and yes, she brings great ideas and enthusiasm to your concept, but one thing you may not realize is that when you book Melanie, you will have a fabulous partner in achieving the best shoot possible,” notes Karen Meenaghan, senior art producer at Digitas. “She manages her crew and her set with leadership and humor and helps you navigate your client through the best options for your execution. And she does all of it with intelligence, fabulous taste, and much laughter. A total pleasure.” That sentiment is echoed by Kevin Davis, chief creative officer at DDB Canada, for whom Melanie shot a KitchenAid campaign. “She was incredibly professional and on day one had a deep understanding of what we were trying to accomplish,” says. “And it was the most fun I've had on a print shoot in many years.”
Excellent taste, a sharp eye for design, and a passion for connecting with her subjects are at the heart of Melanie’s work. In 2011, Melanie won a D&D Design award, and that same year Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design, her collaboration with DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemieux. The Los Angeles Times called the book “inspiring” and declared Melanie’s photos “wonderful.” She has also photographed many of the most fashionable tastemakers in the world—from J. Crew’s president and creative director, Jenna Lyons, to Diane von Furstenberg, Simon Doonan, and Christian Louboutin—and while they always look fabulous, they also look completely comfortable and at ease.
Melanie lives in the beach town of Sea Cliff, New York, with her family: husband Richard, daughter Violet, son Rockwell, and their dog, Squirrel. In 2010 she embarked on a personal project to photograph her children every week for a year. Though the year has long since passed, the project, “Another 52 Weeks,” is still going strong. “Since memories fade, my images will be a part of their memories—my gift to them,” she says.