For me, photography and filmmaking reach their zenith when used to find those small brilliant hidden moments within the larger picture.
My journey started with skateboard photography in the late 80s covering the punk rock scene and then guerilla marketing in college. I started a band and was a touring artist for almost a decade while also working as a digital audio engineer for a startup dot.com (remember those) I was a partner in a promotion & production company when I lived in Cleveland, we'd bring in DJ's and out of state acts for club gigs and special events. This is where I honed many of the experiential branding techniques I use now for Maryland Connoisseur, which is in many ways like a band, sans the music where the patients are the fans. I am still working in music production and expect to release some new material in 2021, including an album and video.
I originally started Maryland Connoisseur as a thought experiment to see if I could use my branding, marketing and photo/video/music skills to create a premium cannabis brand. It took off as the states' legal cannabis program began to grow and I saw the vast potential to build a local media company focused on cannabis lifestyle branding and deep connections to the Maryland cannabis community.
Culta Cannabis Co | Evermore Cannabis Co
Liberty Cannabis | Grassroots Cannabis
District Cannabis | Takoma Wellness
SunMed Growers | Nature's Care & Wellness
Melissa brings a ton of great experience and a wealth of knowledge working in brand management & art direction, graphic & web design, illustration and logo from concept to finished product.
Melissa produces award-winning work and she has been recognized and published by the industry’s most well-respected design organizations.
Lily Trotters | Maryland Sip & Savor
Lucretia Hommel Design | Her Mind Magazine
Business / Product Naming
Interior Branding & Design
Visual Identity Systems