Melissa

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One thing I've learned as a wedding professional and former bride is that your photographer is the vendor you will interact with the most on your wedding day. They will be with you throughout all the tears of joy, laughter, dancing, and countless shenanigans. They will not only be witness to all those heartfelt moments, they will be apart of them. I'm a firm believer in being the kind of photographer who doesn’t feel like just another vendor, but rather a friendly and familiar face that can be a source of guidance, strength, comfort, and humor on your wedding day.

So if you want a photographer that feels more like a bridesmaid with a camera rather than a vendor, who will laugh with you, probably cry with you (First Looks get me in all my feels), and will do everything in her power to give you the most personalized and memorable experience possible, then let's chat! I can't wait to meet you!





The Wedding

EXPERIENCE

When two people really love to be together, it shows. And I love it.

Practically radiate joy

MY DREAM CLIENTS:

First Looks get me in all my feels and it's a strong possibility that I've never NOT cried. 

The First Look

MY FAVORITE MOMENT IS:

I believe the smallest details carry as much weight as the biggest moments. Everything works together to tell your story. 

The pretty details

I'll never get tired of:

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"Finding Melissa as a photographer was such a blessing. I knew that if I ever got married I wanted her to be my photographer. Lucky me I got proposed to a few months after that. I don’t have words to describe how amazing all of our photos turn out. Melissa is just so talented, and a true professional, and my hubby and I loved having her as our wedding photographer. Thank you so much for everything Melissa."

Arlett & Jeff

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"My fiancé and I are blown away by how Melissa was able to capture our love story. The day of our shoot was the first time meeting her, and we immediately felt like we were working with an old friend. Both my fiancé and I felt so comfortable, allowing Melissa to capture intimate moments that felt natural and not at all posed. We can not wait for her to document our love story further with our wedding."

Caitlin & Nick

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"I met Melissa initially for my engagement photoshoot and to be honest I instantly fell in love with her personality! With that being said, I am a firm believer that I am NOT photogenic at the very least, so I was blown away with how much I loved EVERY ONE of my photos! Honestly, I love her work so much that I am flying her to shoot for my wedding in Texas!"

Trina & Dany

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“As the wedding got closer and closer, Melissa checks in on her bride and for me... she gave me so much more ease. She truly cares for each of her clients. Our wedding was a large event but that did not phase Melissa. We could count on Melissa to remember where everyone was supposed to be, what to do, and where to go, because she was on top of it all!"

Trisha & Blessen

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"Bibin and I had an incredible experience with Melissa. She went from being our photographer to a a quick friend in a matter of few minutes upon meeting her. She is so easy to be around, and for someone who isn't used to (or fond of) taking pictures, Melissa made it feel completely natural! Not to mention the pictures came out amazing. Hands down the best photographer I've come across!"

Bibin & Saira

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"I am so thankful to have found Melissa! We laughed, joked and the she made the experience super fun. I love that she gets to know you before the shoot, and is interested in the special must have pictures you’d like to capture. We knew we had to use her for our wedding! The pictures she took for our wedding brought the day alive again, and we were so thankful. I would recommend her to anyone."

Devri & Wilmer

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"I have always been drawn to her style and that gorgeous ethereal glow she always captures so well. My fiancé and I had never gotten professional photos taken of us in the past but she knew exactly how she wanted us to pose for each shot. It was honestly so much fun and she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Every photo I received was beautiful!"

Alex & Chris

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"It was one of the most fun experiences we have had as a couple! This experience was much more than just a photo shoot; it gave us a chance to really spend special time with each other as a couple and reflect on some of our happiest moments together (and the ones to come)! Melissa made the whole photo shoot a memorable and fun experience."

Claire & Charlie

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and more...

Houston, TX

Baltimore, MD

Richmond, VA

Albemarle, NC

Raleigh, NC

Ranger, GA

Charlottesville, VA

Nothing makes me happier than combining my two favorite things... Travel and documenting love stories! This is a year of adventures to be sure! Below are some of my destinations for weddings in 2019!

Where I'm headed this year...

I love meeting with my potential couples for coffee or a cocktail to chat and see if we are meant to be! I want to hear all the details! How did you meet? How did he propose? Where are you in the wedding planning process? Then, if we seem like a good match, I'll send you a custom proposal with your deposit and contract to make things officially official!

“We immediately felt like we were working with an old friend.”

Let's Chat

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This is my favorite part (aside from the wedding day of course)! Together we will work together to plan and prepare your dream engagement session. On the day of I will guide you through natural poses, allowing your personalities to shine through. This is such an important part of the process because you get to experience working with me and get comfortable in front of the camera before the big day!

“This experience was much more than just a photo shoot.”

Engagement Session

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Three months out from your wedding I will send you a Questionnaire to fill out that will give me all the details for the day. This helps me prepare your Day of Timeline. Once that's prepared we will have our final meeting to go over everything and make sure you are both 100% ready for the big day! 

“She gave me so much excitement with the day coming around the corner.”

Timeline Prep

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The day you've been dreaming of and planning for months is finally here! I will ensure that you have the most relaxed and stress-free day as possible. I will capture all those big moments and the little ones in between, leaving no detail unseen, so that you and your families have beautiful memories to cherish for years to come.

“You truly made key moments throughout our wedding journey special.”

Wedding Day

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I'm (almost) as excited as you are to receive your images and so I always include a sneak peek with 48 hours of your wedding day! Your full wedding gallery will be ready within six to eight weeks. You can then easily download, print, and share your fully retouched high resolution digital images with your family and friends! I also offer a collection of heirloom albums and products.

“I'm just so grateful. We cried going through the pictures”

Gallery Delivery

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My Signature Wedding Collection includes eight hours of wedding day coverage, a second shooter, online gallery, and a complimentary engagement session. My Collections begin at $3000. However, each couple is unique and I would love to get to know you both and customize a collection to suit your unique love story and wedding. 

Your Investment

Investment begins at 3,000

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"I met Melissa initially for my engagement photoshoot and to be honest I instantly fell in love with her personality! With that being said, I am a firm believer that I am NOT photogenic at the very least, so I was blown away with how much I loved EVERY ONE of my photos! Honestly, I love her work so much that I am flying her to shoot for my wedding in Texas!"

Trina & Dany

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“She does a stunning job at taking photos, but she's even better at being a true friend. As the wedding got closer and closer, Melissa checks in on her bride and for me... she gave me so much more ease. She truly cares for each of her clients... She gave me so much excitement with the day coming around the corner. Our wedding was a large event but that did not phase Melissa. We could count on Melissa to remember where everyone was supposed to be, what to do, and where to go, because she was on top of it all!"

Trisha & Blessen

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"Bibin and I had an incredible experience with Melissa. She went from being our photographer to a a quick friend in a matter of few minutes upon meeting her. She is so easy to be around, and for someone who isn't used to (or fond of) taking pictures, Melissa made it feel completely natural! Not to mention the pictures came out amazing. Hands down the best photographer I've come across!"

Bibin & Saira

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"I am so thankful to have found Melissa! We laughed, joked and the she made the experience super fun. I love that she gets to know you before the shoot, and is interested in the special must have pictures you’d like to capture. She captured every special shot we could have wanted. We knew we had to use her for our wedding! The pictures she took for our wedding brought the day alive again, and we were so thankful. I would recommend her to anyone."

Devri & Wilmer

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"I would highly recommend that you let Melissa work her fairytale magic and hire her. I have always been drawn to her style and that gorgeous ethereal glow she always captures so well. My fiancé and I had never gotten professional photos taken of us in the past but she knew exactly how she wanted us to pose for each shot. It was honestly so much fun and she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Every photo I received was beautiful and I am having the hardest time deciding which to use for our save the dates!"

Alex & Chris

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"Melissa did a phenomenal job with our engagement photo shoot. It was one of the most fun experiences we have had as a couple! She is so professional and made us feel very much at ease throughout the entire process. This experience was much more than just a photo shoot; it gave us a chance to really spend special time with each other as a couple and reflect on some of our happiest moments together (and the ones to come)! Melissa made the whole photo shoot a memorable and fun experience."


Claire & Charlie

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