Melissa McArdle Photography

Melissa McArdle

When she’s taking a portrait, Melissa McArdle’s uncanny ability to spot the decisive gesture or angle that captures the sensibility of a whole person is on full display. “Ease and humor and lots of breathing are what I bring to it—that’s when you find someone’s soul,” explains the Bay Area photographer. For more than a decade, she has mined the elusive nexus of people’s outward appearances and their essences within. McArdle’s intelligent eye extends to her celebrated lifestyle photography—of cuisine, design objects, interiors—for high-profile clients such as C magazine, 7×7, Real Simple, and Vogue.com and has helped define our notion of West Coast style.

Melissa McArdle

"Witnessing a piece of someone’s story through imagery feels like a gift."

— Melissa McArdle