Visual Storytelling Academy

Advanced Projects ONLINE PRESENCE

with photographer and writing teacher Melisine Alegre

A Four Week Intensive Live Course

Starting May 25, 2020

Now that you are confident being your own photographer,  let's take your online presence to the next level. 

Think of this like you are getting a Masters in Soulful Photography and this class will help you create your "senior project" or Masters thesis.

In the professional photography world, we call this being your own creative or artistic director.

You have an unprecedented opportunity to present yourself, your voice, and your image in a way that feels more aligned and reflects your deep inner self.

It is an exciting time for creative self expression. Your words and your images can make a huge difference, and build a strong and beautiful online presence for years to come.

And I can help.

In the Visual Storytelling Academy,


Soulful Writing

Be inspired to write in our welcoming writing class focused on self exploration. We will have a soulful writing prompt, then write, and then share with the group and receive positive, encouraging feedback which will boost your confidence!

Photography and Visual Storytelling Techniques

You will learn how to take your own artistic photos (even using your phone!), plan photoshoots and visual stories. including  You will learn how to create images that honor your vision and true self. 

You can pick what photography projects you want to do, and I will help you bring your vision to life with process and craft skills. 

You can create photos of anything --yourself, nature, books, food, sports, hobbies, and beyond. 

Media Strategy and Planning

How to plan images for different purposes such as websites, social media, speaking.

Be your most vibrant self!

Meet Melisine

I am a pro photographer and Gateless writing teacher who helps clients creatively express their most soulful and genuine selves, acting as both coach and catalyst. I help clients feel seen first within themselves, then on the page, and in their images.

My passion is creating a transformational, empowered photo experience for clients who are beginning to build an online presence and have their photo taken to clients with very established brands who get their photo taken all the time.

My intention is for you to develop skills and tools to feel confident showing who you are and making memorable images.

Melisine is one of those rare finds, a photographer of extraordinary talent who infuses each image with a quality of light that allows for unprecedented beauty. Because she has worked for such high end brands, she knows how to both stage and position the coveted shots you have always wanted that can move your business and your brand to the next level.

She focuses on a different beauty than you are used to, finding your inner power and ethereal light in an extraordinary process of listening and reflection. She brings out the beauty and light in every single situation! And every person! 

Suzanne Kingsbury, founder of Gateless Writing, Inc.

What is Gateless Writing?

Are you looking to innovate and experience heightened creativity in your life? 

The Gateless Writing method creates a certain magic, a profound growth in your confidence and creative energy. The process works for writers and non-writers alike and provides incredible transformation in a short amount of time.

A “salon” is a two-hour writing experience that starts with soulful, guided meditation or question to activate your creativity and intuition before writing. 

We will write together for 25 minutes, and then have the option to read aloud and give positive feedback about each other’s writing. 

Receiving positive, loving feedback builds your confidence as a writer and communicator. You will see the power and energy of your work. We silence the part of your brain associated with criticism and focus on your strengths. This is a critique free zone and supportive, safe community.

Giving feedback with a positive lens helps you realize what you love about other people’s work, and what ideas, techniques, and craft can inspire your writing and communications. 

You will craft visual stories and images that honor what you uncovered through the Gateless Writing method.

With the Visual Storytelling Academy, you will experience:


4 Week Intimate Group Experience with Melisine as your mentor and guide.

  • 4 two-hour Gateless Writing Salons
    A soulful writing group experience. We will start with a prompt, then write, share, and receive positive encouragement. The Gateless process will uncover your singular genius, and find the soul and storytelling that can bring your work alive. Mondays starting May 18, 12-2pm EST.
  • 4 two-hour Photography Training
    Live group calls with Q&A. Get your questions answered on everything specific to your own photography, camera, lighting, visual storytelling, mindset and more. We will discuss photography prompts, exercises, techniques, and inspiration. I can help you work through challenges whether they be with photography techniques, or with your mindset, thoughts, and emotions around photos and visibility. Fridays starting May 22, 12-2pm EST.
  • 4 private coaching sessions
    One during each week of the course. The sessions are one-on-one with me, 15 minutes each. You get all of my expertise, personalized for you and your vision.



Self Portraiture Skills and Tools
Plus: lighting tricks, angles, hidden camera features on your phone,


Written Guides 
My Proven Step by Step Photography Process.


Private Facebook group.
Safe, positive community in which you can grow and share your creations.

Christie Chisholm


Melisine has this magical way of putting you at ease and energizing you in one seamless swoop. I’m usually shy in front of the camera (reinforced by 15 years as a journalist—always gazing in, not out), but Melisine made me feel like I could breathe, and breathe beautifully. She helped guide me when I wasn’t sure what to do with my hands, or myself; cheered me on when I was nailing it; and pretty much made me feel like I could do anything.

Of course, the real proof of her talent is in her photos. She gave me photos that actually look the way I imagined them: bright, beautiful, strong, and timeless. I’m proud to use them as the face of my business, and so grateful to Melisine for her energy, vision, and skill.

Claudia Wuttke


The photoshoot with Mel was the best and most amazing process I went through when it comes to photos. With her natural and softly guiding attitude, I did not even notice that I was in a shoot.
Mel made me feel super comfortable and secure – I was dancing, jumping, walking without any shyness.

It was really fun – and when I then saw the pictures, me without any big make-up, I nearly had to cry: they looked so pure and of an inner power that I did not see in myself even without a camera. 

I am very, very grateful that Mel had the patience and the clarity to do this with me. Thanks, Mel – you are the best!

What you can do with just you and your camera.

You can be your own best photographer.

The investment for Visual Storytelling Academy is $397.

Consider the lifetime value of learning how to take your own photos and being able to update your own website and social media.

This is much less than the price of ONE photoshoot session with me, and the skills and benefits you will gain will last far longer than one session.

If you have questions, inspirations, or anything you’d like to discuss about this course, please feel free to email or set up a free 20-minute call with me. I’d love to meet you and connect.