Hey girl hey! My name is Melissa Kilner (middle name Mae). My short story? I’m a photographer, mom of 3 (with two pups), and I’m on a quest to help men and women everywhere feel confident, brazen, and empowered in their own skin. Want the long version (including all of my deepest darkest secrets)?

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HELLO MY FRIENDS!!!  I’m so excited to welcome you to what I think will become, a world-changing, life-altering, mind-blowing, nobel-prize winning (too far?)  piece of fine fashion literature. Because I’ve been so excited about finally letting the cat out of the bag, I’ve been agonizing over what to say in this post. It’s a lot of pressure. So far, my ideas are landing somewhere between just coming to your house and throwing a handful of glitter in your face or uploading a video of me tap dancing with over-excited jazz hands (which I think could potentially go viral). The options are endless.

For those of you who are meeting me for the first time, my name is Melissa (middle name Mae) Kilner. You can call me Mel, MK, MK Ultra, Melissa, Melissa Mae if I’m in trouble (that was my mom’s favorite), or various chosen nicknames. I’ve been a lover of fashion my whole life and am still surprised that I got away with half the outfits I remember wearing to school (and by “getting away”, I mean my parents let me leave the house).

I spent the past 9 years as a portrait photographer, focusing on bringing a “fashion feel” to wedding photography. I have traveled the world capturing love stories across continents, and it has filled my soul with a sense of adventure and commitment to make the world a better place. Hence, the birth of Brazen Mae.

I’m excited for us to be on the journey together, you and me, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.





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