I've been a professional creative for over 27 years in both New York City and Portland, OR. Positions I've held include Photographer, Art Director, Studio Production Manager, Production Artist and Photo-retoucher. Agencies I've had the pleasure to work for include DDB Worldwide, Modus Operandi, Liquid Agency, Razorfish, Grey Advertising and Sony/Columbia House. For the past six years, I've brought my passion for asset creation with me and have been snapping my camera for individuals and businesses alike. My intimate knowledge of how images are used translates into every photo I take.
I believe that growing up in New York City taught me, amongst other things, how to people watch and observe the details in the ever changing landscapes. I enjoy focusing on individuality and finding beauty in unique features. Shooting with me has been described as “fun”, “great”, “professional” and “creative”.
Today I’m based out of Portland, OR. In addition to shooting Portraiture and Product Photography, I am an experienced Event Photographer and have been booked to shoot at venues ranging from the Oregon Convention Center and the Roseland Theater to the Monaco and Hilton Executive Tower Hotels.
Shooting with me can be done on location or in my personal studio. I will gladly travel to you and if necessary, travel, hotel and meal expenses will be agreed upon and paid for in full before the event. If you’d like to book your photography project, or would like to set a time to chat, please feel free to send a message with the "Contact Melissa" button.
Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in choosing me for your photo project.
Rates for most photography services are $300 and up. Final rate varies depending on shooting time, services requested, image usage and amount of images included in package. Clients may also purchase special items like framed prints, canvases, large format prints and customized photo books with their photo shoots.
Recent Clients include: Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. • Portland International Auto Show • James Beard Foundation Taste America • Portland Golf Show • Bollywood Dreams Entertainment • Lane Powell PC • Academy of Health and Medicine • RAW natural born artists • New Partners for Smart Growth • Modus Operandi: Nike • Digital Commotion: Mission Skates • Author Nora Gedgaudas: Primal Fat Burner • Women In The Pet Industry • Celebrate Your Sexy • Evisions • Modo Inc. • Whaleheart Productions • Empirical Wealth Management • Clark County Realty • Totem Forest Products • NY Times Best Selling Author Kelly Williams Brown • Center for Arts • Speed Pro Imaging of Portland • Color Technology Inc • Street Roots.
COMPANIES I CONTRACT WITH
• "RAW: natural born artists", Lead Event Photographer for Portland
• "Celebrate Your Sexy" Boudoir Photographer
• "Eversnap" Event Photographer
• "A Beautiful Body Project" Portrait Photographer
• "An American Family" Portrait Photographer
• PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS 2017 - "Career Exploration and Creative Insights with Photographer Melissa Toledo." Benson Polytechnic H.S. / LÁMP:ARA. Portland, OR.
• LATINO SERIES FESTIVAL 2016 - "Career Exploration Workshop with Newyorican Photographer Melissa Toledo." Benson Polytechnic H.S. / LÁMP:ARA. Portland, OR.
EXHIBITIONS / MENTIONS
• BEST OF 2015: Toledo Images. Awarded by Thumbtack.
• The Chocolate & Art Show. Melissa Toledo Photography - "Noir Portraiture Collection." Portland, OR. 2015
• The St. Helens. Melissa Toledo Photography - "NW Fine Art Collection." Portland, OR. 2015
• Pancakes & Booze Art Show. Melissa Toledo Photography - "Portraits." Portland, OR. 2015
• TOP 3 PDX PHOTOGRAPHERS for 2013. Nominated by RAW: natural born artists.
• TRANSLATIONS. RAW, natural born artists. Melissa Toledo Photography - "Portraits." Portland, OR. 2013
• VisionMix Photographer Showcase. Melissa Toledo Photography - "Portraits." Portland, OR. 2013
• Ampersand Literary. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Grand Canyon Collection" Nov 2016
• American Writers Journal. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Grand Canyon Collection" 2016
• Dream Fever Magazine. New Americana Issue. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Photo Story: Honor Guard Ceremonies" Fall 2015
• IMIRAGE Magazine. Passion and Fire Issue. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Urban/Street Photography" Oct 2015
• Dream Fever Magazine. Body Confidence Issue. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Portraits" Summer 2015
• Twisted Vine Arts Journal. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Gone but not forgotten" Spring 2015
• Carrot Bean Magazine. Melissa Toledo Photographer; Black and White Landscape, "Enchanted" & "Solitude" Mar 2015
• NW Creative Arts Magazine. Melissa Toledo Photographer; Black and White Portraiture, "Portraits" Nov 2014
• Origami Journal. Melissa Toledo Photographer; "Fine Art" Winter 2014
• National Association of Professional Women
• Professional Photographers of America
• Hispanic Pros