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PhotosTM: Capturing Weddings and Life's Most Important Events Through a Unique Lens 

By Kelly Church

PhotosTM is a Dallas, TX-area photography business operated by one recently relocated man, Tsafrir Melamed. The father of two has been received the Award of Excellence after being one of the finalists in the 26th Annual College Photography Contest held by Photographer's Forum Magazine. Melamed received his first camera at the age of 13 for his Bar-Mitzvah. 

"I fell in love with photography and started documenting all the field trips at school, and experimenting with film photography," Melamed says. "My unique style of creative lighting and angles separates me from the competition, in addition to the high quality Italian albums I personally design. I love taking the non-traditional images [with] unique angles and special lighting setups that make the images pop out of the page." 

At the age of 21, he received his first DSLR camera, which he calls a total game changer for his photography and the biggest turning point in his career. Suddenly, he was able to see an image immediately after taking it.

He no longer had to fuss with exposure settings, writing them down on a piece of paper and having to compare results after developing film. He was introduced to the digital world of photography and never looked back. It was then he started taking professional photos at a salsa dancing night club. 

"It was awesome since I loved dancing salsa and taking photos, so getting in for free to dance and take [a] few photos for the clubs was a perfect combination," Melamed says. 

Melamed transitioned into photographing larger events and then weddings later. He says he loves working with a bride and groom, capturing their relationship on camera. He offers what he calls Photo Magic, retouching and editing services where he can do everything from removing a blemish to brightening and creating a black and white version of a color photo. He also photographs Bar- and Bat-Mitzvahs, public events, modeling shots, portraits and more. 

"I can sum up my love [of] being a photographer with one simple line: I love capturing people at their best moments, and the best compliment I get is when someone says, "I love that photo," Melamed says. 

For more information please visit their website at www.photostm.com.

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