Easy Virtues: Humility Fades

They taught me to respect on a completely different level than I once knew lesson after lesson. I used words that made me feel good about myself. It became second nature to help others before I helped myself, each endowment bringing me ever so close to the brink of no return. Outcast was the word that they used when they drove me away from the clan, shunning me the entire ride out of the city. It was not entirely my fault, though, it was my hands around the neck of the innocent.

Once they reached the edge of the border I was booted from the vehicle, and given a chance to plead my innocence. I would be kidding you if I told you that I got on my knees and begged for forgiveness. That was never really my style, and I was sure to let them know that. Proud was the word that I used for myself as I walked away from a mental breakdown, wiping the crimson off my hands and onto my sweat drenched sleeveless shirt.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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