I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, the oldest of three kids.  I've been crazy about photography since childhood, snapping photos of everything and everyone and perfecting my style since elementary school.  After high school, I majored in design at the University of Virginia and worked in Charlottesville for another four years after graduating.  During that time, I met and married my best friend.  After brief stints in Alexandria, VA and Harrisburg, PA, I am beyond thrilled to be back in central Virginia with our young family, settled down in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!  

When I'm not behind the camera, you'll find me reading adventure stories to my kids, canning fruits and veggies from our garden, assembling vibrant bouquets of wildflowers, snuggling our pets, or planning campouts and travels for our family.  I have my hands full, and I wouldn't change our wonderful, crazy life!

I'm a sociable introvert who recharges by spending time outside, reading, and (luckily!) editing photos, usually with a cup of hot tea.  I love nature, traveling, bright colors, and homemade baked goods.  I feel most alive when I am discovering or creating beauty, and I'm so thankful for photography as a tool to do both. 

I am thrilled and honored to be capturing priceless memories for you, my clients, as you celebrate the beautiful milestones of your lives.  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