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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I love getting to work with couples over the years and see them go through the different stages of their lives together. From fiances, to husband and wife, and eventually parents. I first met Kaitlin and Gabe at this very same park for their engagement session back in 2015. After that, Kaitlin became my hair […]

I met Melissa for the first time about 3 years ago for her cousin Anely’s engagement session and wedding. It was one of my very first weddings and so that family has always remained very special to me. When Anely text me earlier this year that her cousin Melissa wanted to do a quinceanera session with […]

It’s always such an honor when a good friend and fellow creative asks you to not only photograph her engagement session, but to be her wedding photographer too. Renee and I met about 2 in a half years ago when a model friend of mine  hired her to do her hair for a photo shoot. […]

So Sybille rocked her senior session and I think it might be one of my all time favorite sessions ever. I say this often, but I think that’s only because I love my job so much and the amazing people it allows me to meet and connect with. When I feel like I’ve truly got […]

Happy Sunday! Here is another one of our group sessions from this Summer featuring three of my lovely Class of 2019 Spokesmodels, Alejandra, Nicole, and Chloe. We took a little road trip up to Jupiter for this session to a park I knew would have sprawling fields, gorgeous filtered lights, and a little swimming hole […]