Raw & Honest
Documentary-Style Imagery

Mel Hattie is a photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

With a background in English literature and travel, she is constantly drawn to a visual narrative that puts storytelling at the forefront. She is inspired by the intersection of local and global, modern and antique—the raw feel of a Polaroid in your hand, or the nostalgic feeling of digging through a dusty box of photos. Her style is modern techniques that convey classic emotion—a documentarian with an eye for the daily beautiful.

Mel is available for client work and commissions, in Halifax and beyond.



I feel most myself when deep in nature, or sipping a coffee in the window of a Tokyo cafe where nowhere knows my name, or when working in a quiet corner of my home while bundled in blankets and writing to myself.


By night, I write about tea and travel at Mel Had Tea.

Frequntly Asked Questions



Can I use your images for my brand or social media?

You can license images directly through me by reaching out. Rates start at just $15.


How long have you been shooting?

I've had my own camera since I was ten. At summer camp, I slept with it under my pillow. I love capturing life. It’s the most beautiful thing—meant to be celebrated. I got my professional start shooting for newspapers during my tender undergrad years in Quebec—sneaking backstage to shoot theatre productions, and covering breaking news.


Do you sell prints?

I do take print orders. You can reach out to me directly about any photo that catches your eye!


We want to shoot with you, but we don’t live in Halifax.

It’s your lucky day. I travel regularly for work and am delighted to hop on a plane for any projects - let’s chat!


Where do you want to travel this year?

Darjeeling and Kenya are high on my list, but I’d love to see more of the Western U.S. and Europe, too. Anywhere where I can road trip, hike, and drink good tea.