I first met Melissa at one of my in-person workshops. Since then, I have had the pleasure of teaching her Lightroom and composition skills.

With a business lifestyle and a young family, Melissa has shown that slow and steady does win the race. She kept to her goals and worked on her editing and styling skills.

And boy did it pay off! She’s now creating such beautiful images that shes landed some of the most insane client work.

Let’s celebrate Melissa’s results! ~ Rachel




Two Loves Studio Student Success Story - Melissa Darr

I felt like there was a missing puzzle piece in my editing skills in Lightroom. I just couldn't figure out what I was missing. I wasn't very proficient in how to use it as the most guidance I got was from a 30 min tutorial by a kind friend on how the program works.

I had to figure it out from there.

I felt my editing skills let my photography down and I just couldn't find the "magic sauce" to make my photos look WOW!

I was frustrated at how mediocre they turned out when I tried to edit them but I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I wondered if my photos would ever look like the ones I would see scrolling social media or flipping through a magazine.


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills



I definitely didn't have the confidence to feel like I could be called a proper "photographer" because I felt like I couldn't edit my photos correctly or to the standard, I felt like they needed to be at to charge money for them.


I was desperate to improve my Lightroom Editing Skills

I was desperate to get some editing skills so I would know how to correctly edit my photographs. I needed to learn how to use Lightroom properly, identify issues and find solutions when editing different types of foods, styles and feels of different images, etc



I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

Before taking Lightroom Magic


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

After taking Lightroom Magic


I have had an increase in photography clients and an increase in income

I have had an increase in photography clients which in turn has had an increase in income I shot an Australia wide campaign posters & food labels (FMCG) for a large food chain store (Lenard's Chicken) Ongoing clients have complimented me on my images and have requested more because of the quality of images they received.

I have had interest from online sites (such as SBS Food) to feature my recipes and images.

My images garnered interest enough that I was asked to help style a TV commercial in my local area I feel confident in myself now that I have the skills to be able to edit high standard images that large companies would be able to use.


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

Before taking Lightroom Magic


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

After taking Lightroom Magic


I was amazed that by utilizing a few key components could transform my images

My most favorite part was learning more about the Tone Curve, HSL Panel & Radial and Graduated Filters. They transformed my images. I was amazed at how utilizing these components and a few others that how much of a difference it can make.

I found Rachel's teaching to be extremely helpful, easy to understand and very in depth to explain the why's and how to's of each component of the course. I still rewatch some modules to refresh my memory on certain aspects of editing.

I am now photographing the campaign for Lenard's Chicken and getting to see my images hanging in the store (and knowing they were Australia wide! I may have squealed a little when I walked past the store)


This course offered everything this editing starved photographer needed to transform my images from mediocre to WOW!


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

Before taking Lightroom Magic


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

After taking Lightroom Magic


I liked how each module was not super long but was packed full of information, concise and informative. I love that it was self-paced because as a busy mum I struggle to find time to keep up so being able to watch a module when I had free time helped me.

This course offered everything this editing starved photographer needed to learn to be able to transform her images from mediocre to WOW.

I can't wait to see what the future holds and what clients might land in my lap because of the images they might see of mine floating around!

Lightroom Magic has changed my career literally and I found that the user-friendly and easy to watch nature of the course allowed for a busy schedule (and tired brain) and to be able to remember and utilize it in my editing process.


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

Before taking Lightroom Magic


I felt like there was a missing piece in my Lightroom editing skills

After taking Lightroom Magic


Where To Find Melissa Online

Hi, my name is Melissa and I am a self-confessed chocoholic and peanut butter addict, avid baker and cook. I'm a tired mum of three (sometimes) wonderful kids and when I can swap hats I am a passionate food photographer and stylist.

I love to be behind the lens making food look beautiful.

Website, Portfolio or Blog http://www.thewhimsicalwife.com

Pinterest https://pinterest/whimsicalwife01/

Other http://www.melissadarr.com

Instagram https://instagram.com/thewhimsicalwife/