PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH | Melanie Caskey Photography


CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce Melanie Caskey Photography as January Photographer of the Month.
Check out her blog and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Instagram @melaniecaskey!


What inspired you to use Forbeyon?

I decided to try Forbeyon because of the range of album options, custom covers, and variety of materials. I love being able to offer my clients choices so that they can create the perfect book for their special moments.


What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Forbeyon?

Quality. I have received nothing but quality product and customer service from Forbeyon.

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Share with us your favorite Forbeyon album and why. What materials/ options do you choose?

My current favorite is an album I just ordered for a bride. It is a flush mount album with the matte black leather and canvas print on the front cover. I love it because it is a simple, well made album that will showcase their wedding for years to come. The photo cover allows it to stand out in their decor.


What advice would you give to the first time buyers of Forbeyon albums?

Explore your options and definitely take advantage of the variety Forbeyon offers.


Any suggestions for Forbeyon?

It would be nice to be able to see photo examples of each cover option and material.


What inspired you to be a photographer?

I fell in love with photography so that I could preserve memories. Since becoming a mom, this is even more meaningful to me.


How long have you been a photographer?

I have been behind a camera for 12 years now.


Are you formally taught or self taught?

I studied fine art photography for several years, that is where I learned all of the technical side of shooting and editing.


How do you define your style?

My style is very photojournalistic. I try to capture what I see and preserve the emotion of the moment. My images can be very moody and heavy, but they can also be very airy and romantic.


What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

I always shoot with a Nikon D800. My go to lens is my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, I use it for most portraits. I also carry along a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, and Nikkor 85mm f/1.4.


Your favorite lens?

My favorite lens is the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, I take it to every shoot and sometimes it never leaves my camera.


Share with us your favorite image and why.

To me, this image represents what I want to feel from every session. This couple had their engagement photos taken at a family ranch, the spot they are standing is where they had their first kiss and where he proposed to her. It is such a special place for them and I feel like that shows in the photo. Plus there are few things more romantic than sharing a kiss in a beautiful field at sunset.


What is your most important objective when shooting?

The most important thing to me at a shoot is making sure I capture the energy and emotion of my client. It’s the little moments between the planned poses that really matter and usually end up being the best parts of our time together.


When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?

This probably comes out about 50/50. I always have a loose plan of the spots we will go to and poses that will work best with my client, but there are always things that catch my eye along the way.


Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?

Most of my inspiration comes from other photographers and my client. I love to get to know who I am working with and trying to bring out the best parts of them with my camera. Visually, I love following other photographers for ideas on locations, using light, and pushing myself.


What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?

The best advice I have received is that I should never stop learning. No one is ever so good that they can’t get better or that they shouldn’t try something new.


What’s the best part of being a photographer?

The best part of being a photographer is that I help people relive some of the more special moments in their lives. From wedding days to birth and new babies, we often forget the details in these moments or we are so caught up in the excitement that we miss things going on around us. I love being able to give that back to people.


If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?

My second passion is calligraphy. If I weren’t behind a camera most days, I would be a calligrapher.