Innamorata Photography is a carefully chosen group of photographers. Each photographer has specialties that they have finely tuned and continue to study, learn about, and excel at. While each photographer is skilled in many areas they are the best in the area at their specialties. We strive to give each client an incredible experience and amazing images. Innamorata Photography is owned and was founded by Melody Hood.
I began studying photography from one of my professional photographer uncles 28 years ago. I learned the real art of photography with film long before digital photography came about. I’ve been a professional photographer for 20 years. I photographed my first wedding 17 years ago and I’ve photographed more than 700 weddings since then. Every wedding is a unique and incredible experience for me.
I have a picture framed on my desk. My grandmother and grandfather, 62 years ago, right after they were married. I look at it every day. What I wouldn’t give to see their wedding day, to transport myself back there and see the love, the light in their eyes – the same light I could still see when they were together, before my grandfather passed away. Unfortunately there wasn’t anyone there to capture their day. I’ll never see her dress, her nervous excitement, their hands clasped together, or the look on his face when he caught his first glimpse of her.
62 years from now I want your grandchildren, your great grandchildren to be able to relive your wedding day. I want them to be able to sit in your lap and look at the history of your love and to *feel* it, experience it as though they were there. I want you to be able to look at your album when you’re old and gray and be able to feel what you were feeling the very moment that each photograph was taken.
I’ve been a photographer for years. Now I want to be your storyteller.
Melody Hood is an internationally award winning photographer whose images have appeared in magazines, print ads, and various national ad campaigns. She shoots for Aéropostale and for several magazines on a regular basis. She has photographed engagements, weddings, commercial jobs, births and family milestones all over the United States and Internationally. Melody has taught and mentored hundreds of photographers worldwide. She has spoken at WPPI, the worlds largest photography convention. She is a founding member of Modern Photographers, an organization of professional photographers where membership is based on reputation, skill, and artistic ability. She has been sponsored by, has spoken and taught for companies such as Elinchrom, Pocket Wizard, ProFoto, Pixel2Canvas, Vision Art, MeFoto and more. She’s taught workshops with Meg Bitton, Marc Eric, and other well known wedding and portrait photographers. She has created educational materials and Breakout Sessions for ClickinMom’s and has taught photographic lighting for many companies across the world. She is a member, in good standing, of the Professional Photographers Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. She also volunteers for the American Child Photographers Charity Guild, Help-Portrait, Emily’s Power for a Cure, the Austin Hatcher Foundation, and photographs adoptable foster children for the Heart Gallery.
I am Shannon. As a small child, I used to flip through my grandparents many photo albums and just get taken back into a timeframe I never experienced. I loved seeing my grandparents as young adults, my aunt and uncles as children, slowly growing through each new album, and enjoying family vacations and outings, and one by one, becoming parents themselves. They photographed every major event, milestone, and although I was one of the youngest of all the grandchildren, I still felt like I was able to experience some small part of it. Getting my hands on my mother and fathers albums and seeing their life before me or my brother, I loved seeing how silly and fun loving they were, as well as how in love they were before I had ever laid my young eyes on them. I could just spend hours with these piles of albums and loose prints and not even realize how much time had passed. And now, I love being able to provide those types of memories for others to enjoy for the rest of their lives, and hopefully their children and grandchildren as beyond.
Shannon grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and Shelbyville, Indiana. She currently resides in Cleveland, Tennessee along with her husband, two children, and three cats. She joined Innamorata Photography during her fourth year of business. She has spent much of her time volunteering for the Domestic Abuse charters and charities.
I am Rachel. I am an artist at heart and to me photography is an art form. Photography has been a passion of mine from a very young age. I remember setting up barbie dolls like fashion models and sneaking into my grandmother’s drawer to “borrow” her old film camera to have photoshoots with them.
Throughout high school, fine art and graphic design became my focus. I then attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City to complete my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a broke college student, I could’t afford to purchase stock photos for my projects so I would borrow the Photo department’s equipment to take my own. Gradually I realized my passion lay more in photography than graphic design so in 2010 I bought my first professional grade camera. When I relocated to TN, I began working as the newborn photographer for a local hospital. This job not only strengthened my photography skills but also made me fall in love with capturing the first moments of human life. My absolute favorite thing to photograph is a couple madly in love. I enjoy capturing those tiny intimate moments that truly show the affection between two people whether they are newly engaged or have been married for 50 years!
I grew up in New Jersey and relocated to Chattanooga, TN in 2011. I am married and the mommy of a beautiful baby girl who is my favorite subject! In my free time I enjoy horse back riding, Zumba, drawing and crocheting.
Jason studied photography in high school and college and has been a wedding photographer for Innamorata a little over two years now. He started his photography journey in high school after being told he couldn’t hang out in the dark room unless he was actually taking the class. He eventually caved and took the class as well as many more in his college and professional career.
Jason loves “chasing the light” to find that perfect spot where light and shadows meet to create just the right conditions for a portrait. He enjoys the fast paced, high energy, technical challenges that a wedding ceremony produces and is a hopeless romantic who has been married for 25 years.
When he is not talking about himself in third person, he enjoys most things tech, sitting on tiny couches, and riding his mountain bike, just not in the mountains.
Craig Pieper studied photography from a young age. He has photographed several weddings with the Innamorata Team. He loves capturing moments, being creative with light, and people – he loves people.
He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Science along with a minor in Aviation Weather from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001. Craig is also a Captain for a regional airline with a type rating in the Embraer 145 and has logged over 8,000 hours of flying time since his introductory flight on November 14th, 1992.
Craig lives in Bethlehem, PA and is part of our Northern team that serves LeHigh Valley, Philadelphia, Allentown, and many other cities in Pennsylvania, all over New York, and New Jersey.
After spending many years in front of the camera, Curtis Cecil has found his truest calling behind it. With over six years of experience, Cecil has an excellent vision of what each project should become and a strong background in many fields that enables him to ensure that each venture remains unique. As the Creative Director of his own successful videography firm and studio, he has worked with many photography groups over the years, but is especially excited to join forces with Innamorata Photography and share his outstanding experience, skills, and vision.
Born and raised on a farm in Trenton, Ohio, Cecil still enjoys farming and gardening at his home in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.
Kelly Flemings is thrilled to bring his experience as Enhancement Coordinator of his own successful videography firm and studio to this partnership with Innamorata Photography. For six years, Flemings has worked alongside Curtis Cecil on hundreds of videography projects for a wide range of clients. From weddings to OEM training to theatrical and music videos and everything in between, he has brought his distinctive style to help produce video that is seen locally, nationally and worldwide.
Kelly enjoys a variety of hobbies when not behind the camera, including reading, gardening and cooking. Cleaning is not one of his passions.
Ashley is the person responsible for everything financial. She’s the amazing accountant who keeps our books straight, pays taxes, renews licenses, sends invoices, and makes sure everything that keeps the business running is done.
Melody met Ashley when she photographed her wedding at Tennessee Riverplace 12 years ago.
Ashley resides in Chattanooga, TN with her husband, Michael, and their sons, Atticus & Arthur.