Hello and welcome to Apini Photography. I am excited to share my work and art with you. My name is Melissa (Greek for Honey Bee hence Apini: Latin for Honey Bee). Art has always played a major role in my life and I have enjoyed exploring painting, sculpture, sketching and pottery since childhood. At the age of 15 I was given a camera as a gift and there was no going back for me. That was it! Photography! I started in the days of film and a dark room. I was fascinated how a plain ‘canvas’ with a few swishes of a clear fluid could transform into a representation of something I found interesting. As technology progressed and photography moved into the digital era I was able to express myself artistically more and more through photography. As an artists’ medium, to me, photography is the ultimate tool.
A little about me, I spend my non-photography time acting as a taxi-Mum, reading, spending time with coffee and friends, cooking for the family and studiously ignoring the ironing pile. I have an incredibly supportive husband who enjoys (tolerates) my hobby (obsession). Since meeting 12 years ago we have travelled and lived in many countries. I have thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the local culture, people, meeting other adventurous expats and using my camera to document the journey.
We have two gorgeous sons who have been trained at lens-point to be them selves at all times and not just give me ‘the cheese’.
They are often my models and have taught me endless lessons in patience and creativity whilst working with moving objects. We recently adopted a Labrador puppy and he's been photographed more than the children!
Two years ago we decided to put away the passports and move back to Scotland for good. One of the many advantages to the move is that I get to pursue my passion full time now. Please enjoy my website and you can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Linkdin. I will also be updating my blog as much as possible.
Thank you and have a lovely day.