Original Photographs by Melissa O'Connor-Arena

Patchogue, New York · 4 Sales


Original Photographs by Melissa O'Connor-Arena

Patchogue, New York 4 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Anonymous on Dec 20, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Quick shipping, beautiful photo- thank you!

Anonymous on Sep 18, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for customizing a different size for me. I really appreciate it. The prints are sooo cool. They are going to look great in the house. Thank you for great customer service :) I will definitely shop with you again!

Anonymous on Aug 7, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful print. Delivered quickly!


Seeing the World Through a Lens is Like Seeing for the First Time

Welcome to Gray Star Photography, where you will find all my original photographs. I opened my other Etsy shop, Gray Star Design, in 2009 and decided to split my work into 2 shops.

When I was a little girl I was always in front of the camera. My mother and father took pictures of me all the time so it was something I was used to. I adore all of these photos. Once I got older, I was more comfortable behind the camera. I felt like there was just so much to see. How could I not capture it all and share it with the world?

I have been taking photographs since I was 14. I always felt that looking through a lens was like unlocking a secret.
Experimenting with black and white prints led to digital work in my twenties. Although I didn't major in this medium, I took a fair share of classes throughout my 7 years of art school. Among them were illustration, philosophy and painting. Graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design allowed me to explore all aspects of art which is where I always feel at home.

Most of my work has a vintage feel which I feel is a huge inspiration to me, along with nature. I adore the antique flair of the good old days and feel it should never die. Showcasing this style is how I show my appreciation and love for the past. I feel lucky to find beauty in things that most people don't notice. To put them on a pedestal for all to see makes me really happy. I am truly inspired everyday to look around and take in all I see, every detail. To capture what my eyes witness with such an amazing tool like the camera is a gift I will always be thankful for.

I have hundreds of photos in my collections so if there is something you are looking for please don't hesitate to ask. I can also do custom work if you are interested in my style. Just contact me!

I live and work as a freelance designer in Long Island with my husband Dan and dog Olive.

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  • Melissa O'Connor-Arena


    I love photography and capturing unique moments in time. My other loves are design, art, cooking & baking, music, animals and the Earth.

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Last updated on July 3, 2012
Welcome to Gray Star Photography! Taking photos has always been a love of mine. I feel my view on the world is unique and to share that through my work makes me one very lucky girl :) Thanks for stopping by my shop. I look forward to doing business with you!

If there is a certain size that is not listed just convo me and I will create a special listing for you.

Check out my other shop Gray Star Design for handmade items, stationary & decor:

Accepted payment methods

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At this time I accept Paypal only. All items ship within 2 days of purchase.
I offer First Class Mail and 2 Day Priority.

I am very fair with my shipping rates. I do not over charge! The rates are close to exact as they are gonna get :)
Refunds and Exchanges
Nothing is refundable or can be exchanged unless it is damaged when you receive it. In that case, please let me know, send item back and I will resend you a new one.
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Please don't forget to leave me feedback! Its important to me that I know you are happy and satisfied with the product.

I also offer custom book design! Check out my website:
If you contact me through Etsy you get 10% off your book order!