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about me

My name is Natalie Melka. I am currently based in an old craftsman style home in the country west of Milwaukee. I love to travel and can't wait for my next adventure. I have degrees in architecture, art history and literature, all of which contribute to my never-ending thirst for knowledge. I have a love and affinity for the early morning light that peeks through my kitchen windows, Jane Austen, thoughtful design, sarcasm, rock climbing, hiking, making someone smile, dad jokes, ice cream, thunderstorms, dresses, harry potter, crafting, star gazing, breakfast for dinner, making sound effects, free shipping, family, singing while driving, elephants, airports, heated blankets, good company and fine conversation.


I truly love people and relationships. I see photography as a means of storytelling. Its a vessel through which we can capture a moment, preserve an emotion, and revisit a time over and over again. I named my business 3:17 photography after the verse of Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." When I read this, my heart interpreted it as, use the gifts you have to contribute to others' joy and prove yourself as grateful and true. I try to live this in my everyday life, and have founded my creative practice on this ideal. I am so thankful for all the gifts I have and am so blessed to be able to use them to help others celebrate love and joy in their lives. I see it as an honor to partake in each and every photo adventure and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the opportunity to share in your special life moments!

frequently asked questions

How would you describe your style?

I describe myself as a Natural Light Lifestyle Photographer. I like to capture genuine emotion and I seek out those in-between moments that truly tell the story of the day.

How long does it take for us to receive our photos? 

During the slow season, my turnaround time is 4-6 weeks and 6-8 weeks during the busy season, but I always send spoilers before hand and then let you know when the rest are good and ready.

Can I upload my wedding photos on Social Media?

Absolutely! You can use any of your photos as long as you promise not to alter them in any way. 

What's in your camera bag?

I use a couple of Canon 5D Mark iii’s with an array prime and telephoto lenses.

Can I have the raw files/the unedited photos?

No can do! I’m sorry, but you will only receive the edited images. I go through all the photos taken the day of and pick the very best. I then edit them with my styling and deliver them to you.

How many wedding photos will I get?

Typically, I deliver anywhere from 300-500 edited images depending on the amount of coverage.

Do you have any advice from a Photographer's perspective for our wedding day?

Think about the setting, the details and the subtleties. Go ahead and splurge on that awesome hotel room or unique location for your getting ready photos. Keep tidy. Try to keep lighting as natural as possible by choosing locations with ample widows or simply outdoors. Try to avoid colored laser lights from your DJ at the reception. But most importantly, remember to enjoy your day and not stress. If by the end of the day you both say ‘I do!’ the day was a complete success!

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