Hello and welcome! I'm Melissa, resident photographer and flower crown maker. MAO Photography was born​ three years ago out of my love for portraiture, nature, fairytales, and adventure! Here is where you'll find my most recent sessions, behind the scenes, a little look into my life and travel, and more! 


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This was my first official shoot after coming home from our honeymoon!!! And I gotta say, it got HOT over the last few weeks! These two lovebirds were troupers in the heat though and this was truly such a lovely shoot to kick off the Summer season with! Luisa and Spencer are very active and […]

I was first introduced to Trina after I did her sister’s engagement session last Fall! She reached out to me about doing her own and I knew that she and I, just like her awesome sister, would get along famously! As we messaged back and forth trying to work around my crazy post-wedding schedule it […]

You know it’s going to be a good shoot when your clients are also huge Game of Thrones fan! Not only that but we had the most GORGEOUS light! Now, this may be the sunshine state, but more often than not I find myself shooting in overcast weather most of the year. ALL I ever […]

Caitlin and Nick live in Kansas City and were planning a weekend trip to Jupiter to tour wedding venues when they contacted me about doing an engagement session. From the first few emails we exchanged I knew these two were special. Not only are they the sweetest couple, they are so madly in love that […]

Alex and Chris met through mutual friends in college and have been together for 8 beautiful years. They are the definition of cool and easy going; a genuinely kind and laid back couple who love going to the beach, trying new breweries and eateries, and being outdoors. I actually met Alex while working part-time at […]