I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia with a camera in hand.  After high school, I majored in design at the University of Virginia and worked in Charlottesville for another four years after graduating.  After brief stints in Alexandria, VA and Harrisburg, PA while my hubby was pursuing his medical residency training, I am beyond thrilled to be back in central Virginia with our young family, settling down in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!

When I'm not behind the camera, I have my hands full raising two of the sweetest and silliest little kids with my sweet and silly husband.  We are all a little weird, in the best way. :)

I love nature, traveling, bright colors, and rereading childhood favorites like The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, and Harry Potter, and I almost never turn down homemade baked goods.  (Or unbaked goods - I have a complicated love-hate relationship with brownie batter.  Mmmmm.)  I feel most alive when I am discovering or creating beauty, and I'm so thankful for photography as a tool to do both. 

Because of my commitment to maintain a balanced family life, I only accept a limited number of photography commissions each year.  Please contact me to reserve your event date and to share your story with me!  I can't wait to get to know you!

~ Melinda Genda, Owner at Happy Finch Photography