Meet Your Photographer
“The camera is the least important element in photography.” – Julius Shulman
Hello! My name is Melissa Gowen and photography is my passion! It’s one of those jobs that doesn’t feel like a job. You know, one where time just flies because you don’t realize you are actually working. One that gives you so much enjoyment that you even do it in your spare time, you dream about it in your sleep and you drive all your friends nuts by talking about it so much. Yep, that’s me!!!
It all started for me when my church asked if I would start taking pictures of their baptisms. I was flattered, of course, since I was a serious hobbyist but realized I didn’t know as much as I would have liked about photography. About the same time, my daughter was in need of professional pictures to join a talent agency. I hired a friend of mine who was a professional family photographer and asked her if she would take my daughter’s pictures. She was happy to do so, and during my daughter’s shoot, I was able to experience how an actual photo shoot took place. The combination of these two events lit a fire under underneath me! I had a thirst and a need to learn everything there was to know about photography. And so the journey began!
Today, I enjoy running my photography business while doing many volunteer photo projects for my church, community and my kid’s schools. I am dedicated to continued growth and learning which includes networking with many top photographers in my field, attending workshops, major photography conferences and many online webinars. I am a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and I am working toward my Masters of Photography Degree.
When I am not obsessively thinking or talking about photography, I enjoy a peaceful life with my husband, two kids, 4 dogs and a cat we named with the most original cat name “Kitty.”
Melissa Gowen, owner and photographer of MJ Gowen Photography provides both commercial and portrait photography to her customers in the Louisville, KY/Southern Indiana area.“My goal is to showcase your business, product or family in a meaningful way. A way that others can relate to . . . a way that captures their attention and draws them in.”Each client and each project is viewed with individual and personalized attention. Melissa will work with you to help you create your vision and make it come to fruition.