Meet Melissa.

(Portland, OR) A life-long creative, Melissa has been a graphic designer in New York City and Portland, OR for over 30 years. 12 years ago she decided to take that knowledge of productive creativity 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 into every photo she creates. She's a team player who understands creative briefs and is a strong advocate for collaboration. 

Melissa is active in her community. In addition to her photography business, she is the current President of the Cleveland High School PTA, 2021-2022.

 

She also holds memberships in:

  • the Professional Photographers of America

  • the Oregon Professional Photographers Association

  • Portland Public Safety Action Coalition (PSAC)

  • Mercatus PDX

Video promotion of the Toledo Images and Adelante Mujeres "Migration is Beautiful" Aztec Dancer photo session.

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. 

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.