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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About a year and a half ago I met a very awesome lady, Renee Marie, and she and I have had the opportunity to create some pretty amazing shoots together. If you don’t follow her on Instagram you must, she is a simply phenomenal hair stylist and human! She creates pure magic; I’ve seen her […]

On a beautiful rainy day back in April I had the honor of photographing Lyndsey and Holden’s wedding at King Family Vineyards in Virginia. These adorable lovebirds love nature and the beautiful mountains that surround the Vineyard served at the perfect backdrop to their low key and rustic wedding. Before the storm rolled in we […]

It’s not everyday that you get to be the Maid of Honor and one of the photographers are your own cousins wedding. I’ve been photographing Chrissy since she and I were teenagers, probably about 15 or 16 years old. She was one of my very first “models” and I still remember all our crazy adventures […]