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Real Weddings


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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Real Weddings


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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This is where it all begins. Right at "yes". The engagement session should be reflective of what makes the couple unique. Engagement sessions are designed to allow the couple to get to know their photographer, spend some time caught up in each other, and capture the pure joy of where the legacy begins.


*Melissa Durham Photography is available for photographing proposals. Please contact me for further details!

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From the intricate details of the gown, to the soft, feminine smile that says "I'm in love", bridal portraits are designed to capture the stunning beauty of a bride-to-be. Bridal sessions allow the bride a chance to get dolled up and spend some time in front of the camera without the exciting, fleeting feeling of the wedding day timeline. Bridal portraits are the perfect opportunity to test out bouquet designs, hairstyles, and makeup.

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Real Love Stories


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Smith Mountain Lake Wedding Photographer

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Real Love Stories


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Smith Mountain Lake Wedding Photographer

There's something about seeing the start of a couple's life together unfold and blossom from behind the camera. From the moment I arrive at a venue, I'm photographing the details of your day. Your flowers, your heirloom jewelry, your veil handed down from your mother, the symbol of forever found in your wedding bands. It is the focus on the excitement as your step into your dress, the nervous beauty seen in your hands, and the moments shared between friends, sisters, brothers, and parents as the two of you prepare for your I dos. I believe in the touching, authentic moments of real weddings. I admit that I tear up watching the groom's reaction to his bride the moment he sees her, the moment the bride is kissed and her hand gently taken by her groom, and as they promise their future to each other. A wedding day is, as "fairytale" as it sounds, magical. It is the beginning of a legacy...a strengthening of bonds...and the growth of a family. I believe in true love and in the moments in between that make up your life together. I believe in legacies preserved in images built on extraordinary little moments.

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Real Legacies


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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Real Legacies


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Meet Melissa


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Meet Melissa


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ABOUT MELISSA: ROANOKE & SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VIRGINIA WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER

For me, wedding photography is never just about a simple photograph. Photography is about story telling. The story of your life. As your photographer, I feel honored to admire and capture the love, happiness, family, and joy in your memories. From the little glances shared between two people to the unfolding of a day when two families become one, as a photographer, my breath is taken away on a daily basis. My days are spent on the hunt for new inspiration and finding the beauty in everything around us, in every extraordinary little moment.

ABOUT ME

I'm Melissa. I'm a momma to two beautiful, bright little ladies and the wife and sidekick to a man I absolutely adore. My family is my world. One of the reasons I love my job so much is because I believe in true love. In two people madly in love living an amazing adventure. I'm a transplanted city girl in love with country life. My roots are now firmly planted here in the Blue Ridge Mountains but were sprouted in the Florida Keys and spread out all over the Eastern shoreline. I'm a military brat with ocean water in her blood, city lights in her eyes, and the mountain skyline in her soul. I'm an '04 UCONN Husky. I'm a wee obsessed with calligraphy and anything that keeps my creative mind going strong. My heart beats for the arts...and for science. I'm a former zookeeper with scars-of-love from big cats. I am a '15 Master of Nutrition in the making, runner, and yogi-hopeful. And thanks to this wonderful life that's been handed to me by Him, I'm a hopelessly romantic sap who cries over every little joy in life...including yours.

WORKING WITH MELISSA

I work on location, which guarantees that your sessions are just as unique as you!  I dedicate myself to superior customer service, strive to create genuine friendships with my clients (because what's more personal than photography?), and assure you that I will work with you every step of the way. My job is to tell your story and incorporate elements that highlight what means the most to you. From props to family heirlooms, or simply you in your element, I love creating images that reflect who you are and what makes your life truly wonderful.

After your session is finished, I spend time choosing the best images, edit them, and provide you with an online gallery of your photos. Having your photos professionally printed and canvassed is truly important! Prints can be ordered through your gallery or directly through me for albums and more artistic prints. Because we live in such a digital world, photographs are often left unprinted, diminishing the physical evidence of our most precious memories.

A glimpse into my life through Instagram.