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! 


Welome to the blog










Instagram-color Created with Sketch.
Facebook Copy-color Created with Sketch.

Sweet Quinceanera session for Marissa, organized by her big sister Arlett! Just look at that adorable smile! I got to know Marissa while doing her hair and makeup and she mentioned that her big sister is the girly girl in the family and she’s much more laid back and casual. Now, the typical Quince photos […]

Originally Anina wanted to do her senior session at the local carnival that comes around every March. On the day of her session, Anina and her mom arrived at my apartment for hair and makeup and it immediately started raining! Of course. I did her hair and makeup anyways (I mean, why not?) and we […]

This natural beauty is one of my class of 2017 Senior Spokesmodels! Natalia is a sporty girl who loves yoga, traveling, and spending time with friends. She plays volleyball, soccer, and waterpolo for her school. And just like the rest of the MAO squad, she’s a huge nature lover and wanted her session to reflect […]

Had such a fun time with these two young love birds, capturing some beautiful images to celebrate their engagement at the Parkland Country Club! Major props to Blessen who proposed in a hot air balloon! Congratulations you guys!