We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Adame and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I grew up with parents who pushed me towards excellence throughout my life. When I was in school I gradually began to build my work ethic. I learned being on time was late, doing the bare minimum wasn’t enough, meeting deadlines was important, and respecting others is the key to form healthy relationships. My mom and dad have always been kind and giving people that prioritize the needs of those they care about. I have learned humility, generosity, and kindness from my parents. All these things have helped me evolve to the person I am today. Through this I have had the opportunity to work for some amazing people that have helped me grow in my profession. Ultimately, I have learned that even though I do have good habits there is always something I can work on; I am continually learning and building myself up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a food photographer who also enjoys shooting 35mm film. A lot of my inspiration comes from my Mexican culture and cuisine. I enjoy reminiscing on my childhood and photographing dishes that I grew up eating at my grandma’s house or in Mexico. I am currently working on a small zine based on Mexican street foods, the book will contain photos of food but also film photos that I took during my time Mexico. I am excited to finished this project, hopefully by this time next year it will be complete. The one thing that sets me apart from others is that I currently do all the styling on my photos, props and food. I am not a professional stylist by any means but I try my best to style my images. The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is within myself. I have dealt with severe depression and anxiety for a majority of my life and it’s been hard dealing with self doubt, fear of failure, and panic attacks. The biggest thing I have learned is to take life one day at a time, planning is good but worrying about how things are going to happen doesn’t help. Everything that has happened to me was at the perfect timing and I always stand by that. I want people to know that I am passionate about what I do, not matter what I am photographing I am going to put everything I have into it. At the end of the day, my goal is to give my clients a fun experience and overall make my viewers hungry (haha).
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I definitely would take them to K-town in Carrollton because I know they love Kpop and asian culture. This area in Carrollton is full of authentic Korean, Japanese, and Thai food. My favorite spots are Rice Chicken, Ddongggo Tx, Sushi Kaden, Hanabi Ramen, and Gen Korean BBQ. There are also cool spots to sit down and hang out like Snow City where they sell bingsu, SomiSomi they sell taiyaki with soft serve ice cream, KungFu tea, and tom-toms coffee. They also have kpop stores, Japanese shops, and karaoke bars. In Dallas, I would take them to bishop arts district that has cool shops, restaurants, and art. There’s a new place in downtown called the AT&T discovery district that showcases Digital art on a huge screen and has restaurants, food trucks, and a courtyard to sit and enjoy the art. DFW, is such an amazing place to live because there are so many exciting things to do and experience.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have had a part in my success. First and foremost, I want to give a shout out to my amazing family, specifically my parents. They have supported me unconditionally both emotionally and financially. Second, I want to shoutout Dick Patrick who is an amazing food photographer and mentor. He gave me the opportunity to have my internship at his studio and work for him straight out of college. He has helped me grow not only as an artist but as a business woman. With that said, I want to thank everyone I met at Dick Patrick Studios; Jesse Chacon who was my manager, helped me with my photoshop skills, and always gave me great advice. All the food stylists and my co-workers who I learned from. Even, Mo Patrick who helped me get through busy days and never failed to put a smile on my face. I want to also thank Twyla Nova and Gary McCoy my professors and mentors in college who believed in me and pushed me to pursue food photography. My friends in college who helped me during photoshoots and inspired me, Anissa Adame, Alexis Adame, Kyler Parker and Noah Winston. I could sit here and type out an entire essay but I will end with saying there are so many people who have touched my life and inspired me and I am grateful for all of them.
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