HI there!


My name is Melanie McGaughey, and I originally started The Velvet Trunk back in 2005. After spending the last six years in Texas, it's back to the beautiful hills of Tennessee. 

The images you'll see above are some of my favorite behind-the-scenes moments. They may not be portfolio worthy, but they capture my favorite part of The Velvet Trunk—my incredible clients. In the end, it's all about that relationship and I've been blessed with the best ones a gal could ask for, I really have.

A little about me.... Thanks to some adorable baby bunny picture on Pinterest, instead of getting the dog I wanted, I'm now a mom to two bunnies. (A dog would have been cheaper.) In addition to doing natural light photography, I'm also a Texan, a twin, and a writer with two or three books always in the works. Now if I could just finish one of them....

Jesus is everything to me.  He ran after me when I was a long way off and, thankfully, He's faster than me. ;) Time and time again He continues to turn the dusty ashes of this life into something beautiful.

In a way, that beauty is why I've always loved to shoot. With the camera in hand...my goal is to capture the smallest glimpse of those moments in life that make a forever impression on our hearts.

It's truly an honor to be a part of your lives.

"And I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide & long and high & deep is the love of Christ, & to know this love that surpasses knowledge..."

-Ephesians 3:17-19