visual storytelling Retreat day

See Yourself with Inspired Writing, Photography, and Self Portraiture 
with Gateless Teacher and Photographer Melisine

10:30am - 3:30pm
Melisine's Family Home

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Do you want to feel more confident creating photos
and self portraits to illuminate your writing?

Learn how to do
visual storytelling
& beautiful photography,
with ease -- FOREVER.

You can be your own best photographer!

The retreat day will have two parts: 

Gateless Writing Salon & Photography Foundations Class.

 In our Gateless Salon, you will experience an introduction to thinking about the self visually, starting to imagine -- using your writing --
how you can express yourself with more meaningful and creative images.

This class will be a "creative direction" / "art direction" workshop-- where you will explore your visual style via your writing,
to create a foundation for you to later create photos that you love. 

Then you will experience an introductory “nuts and bolts” photo skill workshop, focused on how to take beautiful self portraits with your phone.

We will be writing and sharing using the familiar Gateless salon format!


See your inner light
and vibrance

Clarify your unique vision and aesthetic

See your true self shine

  • Use Gateless to create writing & photos that work together
  • Visualize new photo ideas that feel like you! Get inspired with new creative ways to tell visual stories.
Photo Foundations Class

Beautiful Photos
& Portrait Workshop


Master fundamentals - using a phone + tripod first.

  • Learn to think like a photographer: Lighting, Locations, Portrait Techniques, planning portraits & beautiful selfies!
  • Learn life-changing photo skills easily with your phone camera, which you can later apply to any additional cameras. 

Meet Melisine

I am a Gateless Writing teacher and pro photographer for some of the most coveted brands in the world, with a specialty in wellness and travel.

My mission is to help you express your most authentic self and make memorable images.

I help clients of all ages to learn photo skills quickly so they can take amazing photos with ease, and have fun! My portfolio website is

We will go beyond typical photography classes, utilizing my extensive experience with coaching, art therapy, and personal growth work.

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Melisine's Writing & Photography Process:
Easy, Stress-free, and Fun!

My specialty is helping you feel relaxed and confident while learning visual storytelling and how to take beautiful photos.

No special preparation is required!
You can just be yourself!

We will explore images that inspire and come up with a plan together.

Clients say Melisine's process
feels inspiring and joyful.

Client Love

So simple!

"Mel made the whole process so simple. 

Mel really held my hand and helped every step of the way - from the style and content of the photos to locations, selecting outfits, and even posing. 

Her guidance and expertise were so valuable. And the results speak for themselves! I couldn't be happier!"

- Courtney Rolls
Director of Coach Certification and Alumni
The Life Coach School

Uplevel your photography!

Melisine completely uplevels your images and shows your life to be gorgeous.

Because Mel has worked for such high-end brands, she knows how to stage the coveted shots you have always wanted that can move you to the next level.

Mel's greatest gift is her ability to let her lens be intimate with the essence of who you are.
She uses the camera as a mirror to reflect a person's essential spirit.

She brings out the beauty and light in every single situation! 
And every person!"

- Suzanne Kingsbury 
Master Writing and Publishing Coach
Founder of Gateless Writing Inc.

Felt so safe and relaxed!

"When we met for the shoot, I didn’t really know how to pose, to smile, to look … But as soon as Melisine told me that I could move just naturally, within seconds I felt so safe and relaxed, that I totally forgot about the camera and actually had … fun!

I thought there might be three or four pictures I would like and could use for professional purposes, but oh, was I wrong.

Within 10 minutes she managed to take 200 pictures of me that I liked. That is more than all the photos I like of me of my whole life combined.

This experience wasn’t just a photo shoot. It was a transformation, as it helped me to see my inner and outer beauty, to feel wonderful within my body and with my face. It gave me a lot of confidence. "

- Ivonne Senn 
Gateless Teacher & Author

Far exceeds my expectations!

"I have so much respect and appreciation Melisine's work which is visual art that literally speaks for itself.

My advice to anyone considering taking their dream to the next level is to allow Mel capture the heart and soul of you and your business -- she will not disappoint!"

- Ange Arbuckle 
Retreat Leader and Owner of Retreat in Hawaii

Trust Melisine to portray women in the highest manner of respect

"I am so pleased to recommend Mel, an incredible photographer with a unique eye.

Women in our collective trusted to her to portray them in the highest manner of respect.
Because of this trust, women were able to be truly vulnerable around her, making the process feel authentic.

Mel and I worked closely to shoot editorial work  for Adidas Women, Samsung, and VICE over two years.

I love Mel's work and I love Mel!"

- Jessie Zapo 
Adidas Global Ambassador and Adidas NYC Coach

Known as The "First Lady" of Running

Join the Retreat day!

I would absolutely love to spend time together in person!

Saturday, October 15, 2022
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch and snacks included.
Westport, Connecticut

Option 1:

Come for the day $195

Option 2: 
Come for the day
+ private photo coaching session with Melisine
within a month of the workshop  


Email Mel 
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