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Hidden Talents: Melissa Cohoon-Neece

Melissa Cohoon-Neece

PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS

Having a 15-year career in real estate, including Home Building & Develop-ment, Residential Real Estate, Title Insurance and most recently Commercial Real Estate. Also, people know me through my love of The Salvation Army.

BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I HAVE

A passion for photography. I enjoy being able to capture the energy of an event, candid moments between people, laughter with friends and the beauty in the details of life… making art out of the ordinary.

I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN

After documenting company events for years, photography really began to morph from an appreciation into a passion when I began to capture the way my daughter sees the world through the eyes of Autism. Again, beauty in the details.

AND SOMEDAY I HOPE TO

Accomplish many things! With photography, publish a collection of photos that demonstrate just a sampling of the extraordinary and gifted way that those with Autism see life around them.

THE LAST BOOK I READ WAS

Actually, three! First, “Blue Ocean Strategy,” a fantastic book about how to cre-ate and uncontested market and brand following. Second, “Dogmas & Dreams: Modern Political Ideologies,” CSU Political Science required reading. Third, “The Thinking Mom’s Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum,” which fuels a life purpose-my daughter.

PEOPLE CAN SEE MY WORK AT

Many local fundraisers and events throughout Modesto with which I attend. Also, my work can be seen in the pages of Contentment Health, book publications as well as on my logo M&Co. Photogra-phy page www.logomco.com

I ALSO ENJOY

Playing and composing on the piano. After 25 years, just like golf or photography, it is a moment in time when I am able to tune out the world and focus solely on ONE task in front of me. While trained in the Suzuki method, I love to play everything from classical to jazz standards.

WANT TO GET STARTED IN

Photography? Training your photographer’s eye. Don’t invest in expensive equipment initially. Take your current camera, a single object like your vehicle and see how many ways you can turn the details of your car into art. And as a wise photographer (Bart Ah You) once told me, “Carry your camera everywhere!”

If you have a hidden talent, submit to [email protected].

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