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Mel Legarda illumelation Filipino British UK Travel Blogger at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in Iceland
Melissa Legarda

Creative Storyteller & Photographer in the UK, working worldwide

I help destinations and brands in travel, tourism, and lifestyle capture the hearts of customers through strategic creative storytelling.

With stunning visuals, engaging social media content, and immersive travel writing, I find authentic ways to connect your goals with my audience’s needs and deliver real value.

How can we work together?
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Brand Ambassadorship
  • Social Media Management
  • Creative Workshops
  • Social Marketing
  • Branding Consultation
  • Brand Strategy
  • Destination Coverage
  • Press & PR Writing

Global brands I've worked with:

My Stats at a Glance


million blog impressions in 2023


in my digital community


monthly blog readers


of my audience are women


aged between 25-35


audience in the UK & US

Successful projects and collaborations.

Services include:

UGC content creation, photography, social media coverage, brand ambassadorship, travel writing & more


Content writing and travel roundups

Adobe CC

Creative editing tutorials

Marriott International

Photography and videography package

St Regis SF

Content creation and strategy

Vitabiotics Wellness

Social media content creation

Osprey Europe

UGC content creation

Philip Stein

UGC content creation

Salt Suites Milos

Photography and social media content

Rituals UK

Social media content creation

Lagoon Cars Iceland

Photography and blog content


Social media content creation

DOT Philippines

Photography and blog content

Converse x Schuh

UGC content and brand model


Social media content creation

Rosetta Stone

Social media content creation

Telegraph Travel

Social media content creation


Social media content creation

Jet2 Travel

Daily destination coverage

Lovely words from collaborators

The images and video you captured during your visit was spectacular, and the social team is sharing this precious content sparingly over the next few months.

Director of Sales & MarketingThe St. Regis San Francisco

Melissa has an excellent eye for making compelling visuals and knows how to execute them. She consistently impresses us with the high level of creative energy she brings to projects, whether that’s writing articles about a destination or producing a bespoke visual content package for a hotel.

Senior Travel EditorRefinery29 (Vice Media)

We are very pleased with your work! Come back to Copenhagen and we will be happy to welcome you back with us!

P.A. to General ManagerHotel Alexandra CPH

Mel, we appreciate you so much. Your work is absolutely stunning.

Social Media ManagerMichael Coleman (Marriott Group)

Publications I've written for:

Let's work together!

Direct Message - @illumelation