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2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Melody Joy Paine, Imperfect Joy Films & Photos, Brimfield, Mass

Melody captures sparks of joy through photography and filmmaking at her company, Imperfect Joy Films & Photos, in Brimfield, MA. She started her business to capture everyday family moments so families can relive memories again and again.

Melody came to CWE for help navigating COVID grant and loan applications. She launched her business in February 2016 and plans to book film and portrait sessions to expand her clientele. Melody would like to be a published author by 2025 and coach other photographers. She was significantly impacted by COVID, as she is the primary provider for her family, but the lockdown prevented her from working with folks outside of her quarantine bubble. With CWE’s help, she was able to secure a $25,000 grant through the state.