Meet Melissa.

(Portland, OR) For over 30 years, Melissa Toledo has been a professional creative in New York City and Portland, OR. 12 years ago, she decided to take her intimate knowledge of the corporate creative process and apply it to her passion for photography. And now, she provides her photography services throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  

Melissa applies her deep understanding of the final product to every photo she creates. She’s a team player who understands creative briefs and is a strong advocate for collaboration. 

 

Melissa holds memberships in:

Toledo Images visits Adelante Mujeres, August 2022

"Migration is Beautiful - La Migracion es Bella".

Through photography, sculpture, history, and stories, this cultural exhibit takes you inside the Latina immigrant experience.

Toledo Images was commissioned to create inspiring photographs for the installation.

Photographer Melissa Toledo and her Partner Brian Votaw, visit Adelante Mujeres to view all her photographs on display for the first time.

Credits:
Photography by Toledo Images
•Melissa Toledo, Photographer
•Brian Votaw, Partner
•Celia Leitch, Assistant
•Kali Lorenzo, Makeup Artist
www.toledoimages.com

Photos Commissioned by Adelante Mujeres
•Bridget Cooke, Co-Founder and Executive Director
•Evelyn Cantoral, Director of Development
•Anna Yeager, Marketing Manager
www.adelantemujeres.org

This exhibit was made possible with funding from Metro and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and created and hosted by Adelante Mujeres.

The full series of portraits and stories can be visited in person at the Adelante Mujeres building at 2030 Main St, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Behind-the-Scenes: Migration is Beautiful photoshoot, July 2020

In July of 2020, Toledo Images photographed an Aztec Dancer and 8 inspirational Latinas as part of Adelante Mujeres's new art exhibit, Migration is Beautiful. 

Upcoming:

Oregon Latino Oral History Project Interview.

Through Mercatus PDX, Milagro Theatre recognized Melissa Toledo as an Oregon Latino Artist and Creative Thinker. In concert with Oregon Humanities and Oregon Heritage Grants, the interview will be stored in the Oregon State University Multicultural Archives. September 2022

 

Public Service:

Cleveland High School PTA President, 2021-2022

Public Speaking:

On several occasions, Melissa has been invited to speak with students. Feel free to reach out to Melissa if you'd like her to come and speak with your organization.

• STUDENT CRITIQUES, January 2020

Passion Project Critiques for Digital Media. 

Invited by Cleveland High School. Portland, OR.

 

• CAREER DAY, October 2019

Melissa Toledo answered the question, "what's it like to be a Freelance Photographer?"

Invited by Cleveland High School. Portland, OR. 

 

• PORTLAND MEDIA DAY LECTURE, March 2019

"Taking Better Pictures with Event Photographer Melissa Toledo."

Invited by the University of Oregon. Portland, OR. 

 

• PORTLAND MEDIA DAY LECTURE, 2018

"Taking Better Pictures with Event Photographer Melissa Toledo."

Invited by the University of Oregon. Portland, OR.

 

• PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE March 2018

Photographer Melissa Toledo spoke with student activists about the importance of making every shot count and gave pointers.  

Invited by Social Activist Teressa Raiford. Portland, OR. 

 

• PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS 2017

"Career Exploration and Creative Insights with Photographer Melissa Toledo." Also led a masterclass focusing on improvising using one light.

Invited by Benson Polytechnic H.S. / LÁMP:ARA. Portland, OR. 

 

• LATINO SERIES FESTIVAL 2016 

"Career Exploration Workshop with Newyorican Photographer Melissa Toledo." In this session, Melissa chatted with students about her own life and journey to becoming a Freelance Photographer.

Invited by Benson Polytechnic H.S. / LÁMP:ARA. Portland, OR.