Creative Women: Melinda… Always loving, always loved

melinda_diehl_photographyI read about and meet so many amazing, creative women that I decided to start a series featuring different types of creative girls and women! It’s important to affirm the gifts others around you have, especially when our culture’s norms are to compete against one another.

Introducing our first Creative Woman, Melinda Sanchez Diehl all the way from Talcahuano, Chile by way of central Iowa. Melinda is an incredible woman who loves giving out free hugs and is primarily known about town as being the “bubbly blonde” who puts a few exclamation points after your name out of the overflow of her heart.


Melinda’s photography point of view has always been intriguing to me. Her background is fine art and design from Iowa State, preparing her for her current role in doing headshots, bridal, and landscape photography. “Growing up, I was always very detailed oriented and very particular. My family definitely knew this about me, but I don’t know if they ever saw it as creative potential. It wasn’t until high school that my family saw my creativity when I was taking an art course.”

Living in a new country means finding her favorite comfort foods in her own kitchen, “Living in Chile, it is hard to find pre-made items like pizza dough and pie crust. I make a lot of things from scratch.”


Get inspired by Melinda:

What was your favorite thing about growing up? 

Having an older sister.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Reading lifestyle blogs, cooking/baking, shopping, hanging out with my hubby

What are your main passions?

…I think because I love Jesus he has made passions stronger in me like living in community and loving people . Finding community has been hard here and we don’t really have it, but it is a passion of mine. I think i am still figuring out my passions too. Some other passions of mine are my husband, design, and being resourceful (even though I am not very good at it!!  I want to be though and that is why I like reading lifestyle blogs about diy, cooking, saving money, ect.)

What is the glammest thing you do?

Working out, drinking water, and my nightly skin routine.

Brett Hatten

This may be a cliche question but what do you want your epitaph to read? 


“Always loving, Always loved”

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

What is one of your favorite creative or blog or other websites that you like to frequent?

Modern Hepburn

What are some tips for those of us who want to develop a keen photography eye? How did you develop yours?

Pay attention to composition and lighting. Is the composition symmetrical, a-symmetrical, ect. What is your focus? Perspective is important. Everyone can take a picture, but how you position that camera is what makes a photo interesting. Thats why to get good shots sometimes you have to get on the ground or climb on things to get the most interesting perspective. I had a really good photography professor in college who helped me train my eye to see good composition and how to pay attention to lighting. Sometimes, shadows create a powerful composition.  I am still learning and I wouldn’t even say I am that good at it! Practice makes perfect…shooting all the time will help develop your skills and sharpen your eye.

Brett Hatten


What photographers are you inspired by?

I love Vivian Maier. She is a street photographer and her photos tell stories. They are raw and full of reality and that is why I like them. i am not really into photos that distort reality or are fabricated, but I love images that show reality. I like photos that are powerful and thought provoking. I would say my style is more photojournalistic. A few other photographers that I like are Dorthea Lange, Ernesto Bazan and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Get inspired by Melinda’s artistic eye at

China -Melinda Sanchez
China -Melinda Sanchez
China -Melinda Sanchez
Headshots by Melinda Sanchez
Family photos Melinda Sanchez




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