Melissa Durham Photography_WW_03.jpg
McClung-Conner Engagement 2015_26.jpg
Maxey_Wedding_2014_38.jpg
Melissa Durham Photography_WW_03.jpg

Real Weddings


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

SCROLL DOWN

Real Weddings


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

roanoke-smith-mountain-lake-engagement-photographer-melissa-durham.png

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!

roanoke-bridal-portraits-melissa-durham-photography

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.

Thomasson Wedding_2014_221.jpg
roanoke-smith-mountain-lake-wedding-photographer-melissa-durham

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.

McClung-Conner Engagement 2015_26.jpg

Real Love Stories


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Smith Mountain Lake Wedding Photographer

SCROLL DOWN

Real Love Stories


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Smith Mountain Lake Wedding Photographer

roanoke-smith-mountain-lake-maternity-photographer-melissa-durham

There's a magic in pregnancy that is absolutely lovely on camera, and maternity photos are the perfect way to capture the excitement and anticipation of welcoming a beautiful new life into this world. Whether maternity photos are meant to pamper a new, beautiful expecting mother or of a continually growing, excited family of four, these are the days counting down to the arrival of a new life. A new set of hands that will forever make an impact on your heart and our world.

roanoke-smith-mountain-lake-newborn-photographer-melissa-durham

The words we have for the welcoming of a new life into the world are often beyond our reach. Life is miraculous and it is beautiful. Every parent knows that the days are long, and the years are short. Lifestyle newborn photography - the style I focus on most - is meant to capture the first memories you have as parents. A "day in the life" of a new family. Typically taken between 7 and 10 days after birth, newborn photography is designed to capture the moments you will forever cherish as parents.

roanoke-newborn-photographer-melissa-durham-photography-03.jpg
Maxey_Wedding_2014_38.jpg

Real Legacies


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

SCROLL DOWN

Real Legacies


Roanoke Wedding Photographer | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Meet Melissa


SCROLL DOWN

Meet Melissa


melissa-durham-photography-about-melissa

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

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

ABOUT ME

I'm Melissa. I'm a momma to two beautiful, bright little ladies and the wife and sidekick to an insanely awesome man. My family is my world. 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 slightly 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-wannabe. And thanks to this wonderful life that's been handed to me by the good Lord above, I'm a hopelessly romantic sap who cries over every little joy in life.

PS: Don't mind me - I cry behind the camera. ;)

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.