I love dreamy light, real laughs, an abundance of flowers, and firmly believe that blush is a neutral. If you're into photos that feel like you're in a modern day fairytale, you want a photographer than feels more like a bridesmaid with a camera than a vendor, and you love to live in the moment and never take life for granted, then keep on scrolling because I think you and I might become friends!



Florida & Beyond

est. 2015


Bright lipstick,  flowy dresses, my unabashed obsession with flowers, Anthropologie, and tacos! If I ever meet a sloth I might cry out of pure joy. Oh and I can quote most scenes from Pride and Prejudice word for word. Nerdy, I know.

what I'm known for:

From the time I was a little girl I've been obsessed with fairytales and love stories. I was sixteen when I first picked up a camera and I knew even then that I was meant to document the special and immeasurable moments in peoples lives. Whether it's your journey to High School graduation and beyond, your wedding day, or your first baby, I want to capture those precious moments for you in a timeless way that's filled with light, color, love, and a dash of whimsy! 

I'm a Florida girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, is obsessed with flowers, Jane Austen, and Anthropologie. And I haven't gone a day since 2005 without red lipstick!


photo by Kati Rosado

I LOVE and anything having to do with romance. I believe chivalry is still very much alive, that you should always smile at strangers, hold the door open for people, and never take life for granted. And 

what I'm known for:

I'm a South Florida native with an old soul, clumsy feet, and can usually be found at my computer editing and listening to Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, or jazz and blues from the 30's. I currently reside in Coconut Creek with my handsome hubby Tyler in our cute little apartment. Tyler brings out the best in me and reignited my love of travel and cooking so we try and go on new adventures whenever we can! We love to go out and try new breweries and eateries but we're also homebodies who love watching HGTV and the Food Network together, making home cooked meals, and planning our next overseas adventure!

Morning person, breakfast enthusiast, aspiring globe trotter, tree hugger, and hopeless romantic. 


“She loves fiercely, dares greatly, and captures beauty in all moments along the way.”

The Senior Spokesmodel Program is for a select group of 16 girls from various High Schools in South Florida. It is a fun and unique way to celebrate your senior year and take your senior portrait experience to a new level! You'll meet new friends, participate in fully styled group sessions, seasonal mini sessions, and you'll of course have your very own full blown senior session!


Each year we do a series of themed Group Sessions and every year I try to mix it up and create something different than the year before! Last year was all about unique destinations/locations. This years Group Sessions are going to be all about props and installations! There will be FOUR main group sessions and each girl will participate in 1/4. 


Design your very own Senior Session around your awesome style and personality! Sessions include planning, hair and makeup, complimentary wardrobe, a full blown Two Hour Session at two unique locations, 80 final retouched images delivered via an Online Gallery. Prints and Products are purchased a la carte directly through your Gallery or during your complimentary Ordering Session.


In addition to the main Styled Group Sessions, we'll have a series of fun seasonal "Mini Sessions" throughout the school year that are open to the whole team. There will be an Introductory Holi Powder Session, a NYE Studio Session, a TBD Spring Session, and an end of the year Graduation Session with your caps and gowns!


To Apply you simply must be a class of 2020 girl in South Florida. No prior modeling experience is required. You simply must have fun, share your experiences, and come out with beautiful photographs for you and your family! The Program Fee is $400 and includes your own Senior Session, participation in all Mini Sessions, and select Styled Group Sessions. Click the arrow below to request your Application today!




Weddings begin at $2600
Senior & Portrait Sessions begin at $350

To me, everyone has a unique and captivating story to tell, whether it's their love story or their journey to High School graduation​ and beyond​. I approach each session or wedding with the same thought in mind- to deliver an unforgettable and personalized experience that you will treasure and cherish for years to come.

So where ever you are on this crazy journey, I'd love the chance to tell your story! And you can count on one or two wilderness adventures along the way!

If you're still reading this, you might be my kinda person...

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I am so thankful to have found Melissa! She first did our engagement shoot. We laughed, joked, and she made the experience super fun. I love that she gets to know you before the shoot, and is interested in the special "must have" pictures you’d like to capture. When we got our pictures back we were so impressed by her style and how she uses natural lighting. We knew we had to use her for our wedding because we loved our engagement photos so much! The pictures she took for our wedding brought the day alive again, and we were so thankful. I would recommend her to anyone.

You truly made key moments through our wedding journey special. 

Devri & Wilmer

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Melissa is not only an amazing photographer but an amazing person. Honestly words can not describe how WONDERFUL she is, truly one of a kind. Working with her has been an excellent experience from start to finish, she was very personal and catered all your wants and needs. Her photography is not only a work of art but the preparation before the shoot, taking care every detail gets her a gold medal, she converts a shoot into incredible moments, rather than a simple photo package. 

Truly words cannot describe how WONDERFUL she is, truly one of a kind. 

Anina & Nancy Diaz

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Melissa did a phenomenal job with our engagement shoot. It was one of the most fun experiences we have had as a couple! She is so professional and made us feel very much at ease throughout the entire process. I was very nervous at first (we had never had professional photos taken of us). This experience was much more than just a photo shoot; it gave us a chance to really spend special time with each other as a couple and reflect on some of our happiest moments together (and the ones to come)! Melissa made the whole photo shoot a memorable and fun experience. 

Don’t think twice about booking-you will be so happy with your experience!

Claire & Charlie

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My experience with MAO was 11/10. I had an absolute blast from the moment I met Melissa. I was completely pampered, everything from hair and makeup to my wardrobe. My shoot was fun and stress-free (even with the rain)! My pictures turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I would highly recommend MAO if you are looking to feel like a fairy princess and look like on in your pictures!

I would highly recommend Melissa if you are looking to feel like a fairy princess and look like one in your pictures!

Carli Moyle

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I had the best time with Melissa. Getting ready for a shoot was just as exhilarating as location hopping, taking handfuls of snaps in each, and then getting to go through the camera roll on the drive back to Melissa’s house. This was truly an experience I’ll always take with me; the confidence and positivity I received from the other MAO girls and Melissa was extremely sweet and all I wish is for the next MAO team to have them same!

This was truly an experience I'll always take with me; the confidence and positivity I received...

Tulsi Patel

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There are no words
to describe
MAO Photography.
If you're looking
for dreamy pictures,
this is the place!
I highly recommend Melissa. It was the
best experience 
someone could ask for.

Sophie Gonzalez

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Melissa, I cannot begin to tell you what you have given Alana. The gift of confidence and determination. You are truly awesome and very much appreciated. Thank you for giving Alana the ability to succeed with determination and building her self-esteem. We feel blessed that you came into our lives.
- Sandra Goodman

The pictures from the session are truly amazing! I just needed to say we are extremely pleased with each and every one of them! I cannot say enough about how professional and amazing the experience was. We really appreciate the high level of service, her professionalism, and most of all her exceptional artistic talent. We could not have asked for anything more.
- Michelle Armas

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