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About Melissa


Who is Melissa Sandy?

Melissa Sandy is also known as Melissa Vela-Williamson. Melissa’s middle name is Sandy; a homage to her mother going into labor with her on South Padre Island, Texas.

What’s her experience?

Melissa’s interest in photography began in 7th grade when she realized she took better photos of her friends if she waited a few moments before clicking the shutter. Since then, she’s studied photojournalism at John Jay High School and St. Mary’s University. She also worked as a photographer at SeaWorld San Antonio (Freeze Frame), JcPenney and Sears Portrait studios. From babies to beluga whales, she’s loved it all.

Melissa is also a public relations and communications professional with experience spanning agency, nonprofit and corporate settings. Her background has taught her what images companies want and need. She knows what it’s like to be a client, and strives to provide the type of quality images and customer service she values herself.

Melissa is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of San Antonio. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communication Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has won numerous professional awards and constantly strives to produce her best.

Melissa is based in San Antonio, TX but is available to travel for sessions or events.

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