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for all those who believe in wildly romantic, unabashed love

For me, photography is beyond creating beautiful images and sending you on your way. It's about friendship and trust. It's about emotion and story-telling. It's about laughter, tenderness, respect, and adventure. 

It's about joy.

I want my work to do for you what finding old, handwritten love letters do for the soul. Nostalgia. Soulful connection.
 Documenting your memories as they happen.
Being able to be unabashedly in love. 
Getting completely and utterly wrapped up in the moment.

It's about the heart of time.

My couples value photography beyond a price and prefer to have a connection with their photographer. It's more than just an item checked off on their list of wedding to-dos. It's more than getting yearly portraits done. It's taking the time to go dancing in a field, embracing the wind and the moment, and adventuring together. My couples are ready to jump on the bed, cuddle up by a fire, dance in the kitchen, and run down the halls. 

It's about trust.

Creating a foundation of trust and friendship with my couples is so crucial to me, because what’s more personal than photography? 
The most important part of my job is you and creating and keeping a trusting relationship with you. My goal is to tell your story and incorporate elements that highlight what means the most to you. 
From the tiniest of details to family heirlooms, or simply you in your element, I love creating images that reflect who you are and what makes your story truly amazing. 

Your relationships are unique, and your story is meant to be told.
 My work is part fine art and part candid. All true color. I adore those fleeting moments. Those unplanned, in between, real moments. And when it comes to portraits? I'm here to encourage a pose to evolve into something more. To show off your chemistry. To evoke what makes your love big. To me, a pose is just an opportunity to create a quiet moment to pause, connect, and let everything else dissolve into the background. To breathe and soak in every last second you can of a moment that passes at the blink of an eye. 

I'm here to tell a story. To tell your story. 
The real stuff.
Together.

The truth is, you live your days amongst millions of other lovers. Millions of other stories. But this story? This story is yours.

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What To Expect

If you're looking for a photographer who...

...will make a fool of herself for laughter...
...will celebrate with the two of you...
...who blends right in with the family...
...wants to guide you through the planning...
...is a sappy soul who just wants to show off your story...
...who makes her work about you and makes you feel loved...

...then you're in the right place.

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Jon + Samantha

The Reviews

"She creates such a relaxed environment that you forget that she has a camera. She also really got to know us as a couple and what was important to us. The amount of detail she would remember from one conversation to the next was unreal." - Jon

Josh + Susannah

The Reviews

"Melissa is radiant. Pure, kind, and inspiring, she embodies genuine happiness. Her photography is what it looks like when God given talent meets passion." - Susannah

Mladen + Rebecca

The Reviews

"She wasn't afraid to jump in and help when I was stressed with the wedding timeline and took care of the details as if it were her own special day. Her calming presence and caring personality allowed me to fully enjoy each moment of our wedding. " - Rebecca

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AS SEEN IN

Style Me Pretty, A Northwoods Wedding, The Knot, Burnett's Boards, Wedding Wire, The Southeastern Bride, Modern Wedding, The Coordinated Bride, Maggie Sottero Designs, Borrowed & Blue, Artfully Wed, Hill City Bride, Engagements 101, and Two Bright Lights.

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