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 […]

I absolutely love it when seniors come to me with specific themes or ideas for their sessions. Maria’s idea was a little more difficult simply because she wanted a Star Wars themed session, which could easily have turned super cheesy. Instead of having her dress up in costume (with the exception of some plastic lightsabers), […]

It’s always sad having to say goodbye to my Spokesmodel Teams when graduation time rolls around. For the past three years I’ve had the honor of meeting and working with such amazing and talented young women that elect to represent my business during their senior year of High School. It’s been a privilege getting to […]

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 […]