About Melissa Toledo
Creativity has always been there for me. Be it through music or art, my road to becoming a photographer included playing the cello, learning how to fence, working on an aircraft carrier, becoming a licensed scuba diver, being in an electronica band, working in a kennel, and becoming a karaoke singer.
My professional career began in the Bronx, NY, in the small office of my college newspaper where I learned desktop publishing and later became the Editor-in-Chief. Since then I’ve been an Art Director, Production Artist and Studio Manager and have worked at award-winning agencies like DDB, Razorfish and Liquid Agency.
Through it all, I always had a camera and have considered myself to be a documentarian. And so, when it came time to put on another hat, I knew I wanted to become a Photographer and have been doing so professionally for the past 9 years.
I bring over 20 years of in-depth creative knowledge to the table. I intimately know how images are selected, processed and used in campaigns. I focus on the task at hand and deliver quality professional imagery to my clients.
I’m a third generation New Yorker, now based out of Portland since 2005. I share my home with my family, two kitties, and some cool hummingbirds.
Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in shooting with me.
- Melissa Toledo, Photographer
Giving back is a humbling experience. On several occasions I've been invited to speak about my photography experience with students at the University of Oregon, Benson High School and Black Lives Matter.
• PORTLAND MEDIA DAY LECTURE, March 2019 - "Taking Better Photos".
As an event photographer, it’s my job to know how to read a scene quickly and take imagery my clients will want to share with the world. In this session, I’ll discuss the steps I take to ensure a high success rate of useable and professional imagery. I’ll show my methods for getting around as quietly as I can while at the same time getting into positions to shoot what I need. And I’ll share how I tackle the daunting task of image selection and talk about post-processing.
Presented by the University of Oregon. Portland, OR.
• PORTLAND MEDIA DAY LECTURE, 2018 - "Taking Better Pictures with Event Photographer Melissa Toledo."
Presented by the University of Oregon. Portland, OR.
• PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE March 2018 (below images) - Photographer Melissa Toledo speaks with student activists about the importance of making every shot count and gives pointers on how to help make that happen. Portland, OR. Invited by Social Activist Teressa Raiford.
• PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS 2017 - "Career Exploration and Creative Insights with Photographer Melissa Toledo." Benson Polytechnic H.S. / LÁMP:ARA. Portland, OR.
• PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW. "Photographer Melissa Toledo by Caroline Soria." Portland, OR. 2017
• 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
• Professional Photographers of America
• Hispanic Pros
Toledo Images features photographer Melissa Toledo. She creates imagery for stories, marketing, advertising, websites, social media and special projects.
Photography Services Include:
• Event Photography: Conferences, Trade Shows, Job Fairs, Fundraisers, Parties, Step and Repeat
• On Location Photography: Lifestyle, Social Media, Business, Special Projects
• Portrait Photography: Portraits and Headshots for Event Attendees / Step and Repeat, Employees, Personal Profiles, Social Media, Website, Portfolio, Models, Marketing, Advertising
• Product Photography: Social Media, Merchandise, Retail, Lifestyle
• On Stage Photography: Performances, Concerts, Dance, Theater
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