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Oh hi!

I'm Mel

Thanks for stopping by. I’m a photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

My B.A. is in English culture and media from Bishop’s University, and I also studied journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax. I’m inspired by documenting daily life and got my start as a news photographer before moving more into portrait and documentary storytelling. I’m inspired by the feelings that can be stirred up by looking at an image or sifting through old photographs.

I’m an avid traveller and speak a few languages, and have lived, worked, and studied abroad in the U.K., Germany, and Japan. I make my home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Traces of inspiration from around the globe, cinema, and graphic art can be found in my work. My style is modern, minimalist, and authentic. I love drawing the poetry out of the everyday ordinary.

When I’m not taking photographs you can find me writing about tea on my award-nominated blog, Mel Had Tea.

I feel most myself when deep in nature, or sipping coffee in the window of a Tokyo café where nobody knows my name. Or when working in a quiet corner of my office, bundled in blankets and writing.

My secret life is that by night I’m a travelling tea sommelier, and write about tea and travel at Mel Had Tea.


As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life--and travel--leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks--on your body or on your heart--are beautiful. — ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Photographer Without Borders

In 2015 she travelled with Photographers Without Borders to Sarajevo to assist and document Project 1948’s photo-voice project to assist with youth reconciliation and policy change in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Project 1948

Bosnia & Herzegovina