Melissa McArdle is a dreamer. She loves the beauty of life and the special moments strung together through visual storytelling. With an intuitive sense for capturing the essence of her clients, delectable culinary moments, intimate details of objects, and the design aesthetic of creative souls and spaces, Melissa offers a diverse approach to her photography. She believes the capturing of a moment in time is a gift, a piece of someone’s story being witnessed and honored while awake, aware, and present. 

Finding inspiration around her and gathering clients visions of how they wish for their story to unfold or be shared has opened another door to Melissa’s ongoing artistic love affair with imagery, words and design. Through creative consulting, she continues to build brand narratives through visual media, website design layout, copywriting, and social media marketing.

The world is her playground -



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Melissa McArdle’s photos transcend quality and draw on the spirit of every subject she captures.  Having her photograph many of our events that were social or corporate, she has documented the sincere enjoyment of our guests, the culinary talent and the beauty of our space.  Melissa’s ability to quietly but effectively see a moment worth remembering and shoot it makes for an effortless feeling of our guests.  Her ability to photograph detail without requiring a ton of staging helps keep your event flow and chefs happy!
— Austin Johnson, Yountville, CA
Having Melissa McArdle take photographs of me for my cookbook and for my business was one of my best decisions. She is professional, relaxed and fun. She immediately put me at ease and made the shoot so enjoyable. She really got what I was trying to accomplish and had excellent suggestions about everything, including colors and settings. The end result was such high quality, and she got the images to me quickly. I was very happy and will not hesitate to call on Melissa again when the need arises.
— Sherry Page, Culinary Getaways, Sausalito, CA
I love the creativity and attention to detail in every photograph!
— Heidi, Founder of Belicious Food, San Jose, CA
Melissa has a unique way of making me feel as if I were not in front of a camera lens. She brings a calm, peaceful presence to every photo shoot, and the results are always exactly what I was hoping for.
— Sara T., Tuscany, Italy
I’ve had the exquisite pleasure and privilege to work with Melissa Mcardle as the photographer on 4 of my commissions as an interior designer and look forward to working with her again in the future.

 She’s my photographer of choice to relate in photography the world that I create with my interiors as a pure reflection of my clients. Her photography captures the tone I want to set with the interiors so you feel that you’re there walking into the room in the glimpse of a photograph. Her photography shows her insightful vision that is all her own. She sees the nuances and the details and nothing evades her photographer’s eye. 

In addition, she’s easy to work with and has a beautiful presence that you just want to experience again and again.
— Kirsten Pike, Marin County, CA
Working with Melissa as a photographer is a seamless and enjoyable experience. Her keen eye for finding the beauty in small moments and attention to detail is truly special.
— Hillary G., San Francisco, CA
I would recommend Melissa McArdle’s photography services for anyone from corporate to private without a drop of hesitation! I had the pleasure of working with Melissa for both a health/food start-up and a private event for my own company. In both occasions, Melissa provided her own creative insight, artistic flair and professional expertise. Everyone was beyond thrilled with the results. Plus, she is one of the kindest and most generous souls you will ever meet!
— Shari, Social Media Manager, Florence, Italy
I was introduced to Melissa a year ago when I was in the beginning stages of branding + design + website for our newly opened boutique inn in Italy. What started with her doing just the photography grew into her completely taking over the writing, design & copywriting for our website and all because she was head & shoulders above anyone else I working with…and these were some top branding companies. She worked tirelessly, seemingly effortlessly and always with a positiveness that is simply, Melissa. 

Not only is she a delight to work with and someone you want to become best friends with, you only have to view the result of her work i.e. VILLA VALENTINA to see what she is capable of creating. She continues to manage our social media, Instagram & Facebook postings of which we have a daily number of new followers as well as new clients that tell us this is the reason they are reserving with us—we have just had our most successful season and I don’t think this would have been possible without Melissa’s incredible work. 

I wish I were a better writer so I could capture all her talents in a sentence or two….if you are fortunate enough to work with Melissa you will have the creative, professional, intuitive + caring person that Melissa brings to her work on all levels.
— Paula Falconer-Benvenuto, Cinque Terre, Italy