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Human connection. Creating a foundation of trust, connection, and friendship with my couples is so important 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 life truly amazing. 

Your relationship is unique, and your story is meant to be told. I am a lifestyle photographer that strives to capture the fleeting moments but also to encourage a pose to evolve into something more. To evoke authentic emotion. A pose is 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 on a day that passes at the blink of an eye. 

I will laugh, I will cry, and your momma will giggle at me for it. Your day is very real to me.

INVESTMENT

I believe in shameless, cheesy, unabashed love and in adventurous marriages. Play in the water, let me follow you on a hike, steal a kiss near a waterfall.  I'm all ears!

I believe in unabashed love and romantic adventures.

Every wedding collection includes a complimentary engagement session. Once we've booked your wedding date, we'll schedule your engagement session! This is where the fun begins and where we get the chance to establish trust and get you comfortable in front of the camera!

I believe in establishing trust and friendship.

What can you expect on your wedding day? I'm a photographer who believes in allowing you to be present in your memories. I believe in the importance of faith in a marriage and being inconspicuous and respectful.

I believe in being present and in the sanctity of marriage.

Tell me how you got to this point. Share your vision with me. From there on, it's my honor and mission to tell your story in the most authentic way imaginable.

I believe in life's great love stories.

I believe in photographs that capture you, your loved ones, and your memories just how they were that day. Authenticity. Real love stories.

I believe in timeless classics.

Whether it's your grandma's necklace, your sister's veil, or your momma's heels she wore dancing with your father 30 years ago at their own wedding, your details are an important part of your story. 

I believe the details can bring you back.

Moments IN THE MOUNTAINS? Destination Wedding? Waterfalls?
Let's adventure.

I adore my family and my couples, which is why I choose to photograph 20 weddings a year. This opens up my calendar for their sessions, our coffee dates, and our planning, and it keeps me from missing the special moments that take place in my own family. 

FIRST LOOKS

weddings photographed
 per year

ask me why i love them.

the wedding experience

20

wedding collections
Begin at $3000

I currently offer five wedding collections of various coverage, one of which can be tailored to your needs! Every wedding collection includes a complimentary engagement session, online gallery of all edited, high resolution images, a USB of your wedding images, an heirloom linen box, and lots of surprises along the way!

Complimentary engagement sessions

All wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session, because it's so important to me that you get to know me and get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day!

Currently booking 2018 weddings! 

Portrait sessions begin at $500

sara + cody

"Melissa is just the person you want in the room through it all because she cares about your story and her passion is capturing it for you to look back on and savor- the tears, the laughs, and even the silly things that showcase the personality of each of your guests! She is organized yet flexible, professional, warm, quick, and deeply talented!"

shannon + jim

"Choosing Melissa Durham as my wedding photographer was the best decision I could have ever made (second to marrying my husband of course!). Melissa’s skill set, talent, and passion are so easily seen in her pictures, and you can tell she genuinely loves what she does. Melissa closely listened to what I was envisioning during the whole process and put me at ease.  I could not be more impressed with her quality of her work, and could not be more grateful for the person she is."

emma + trent

"There seriously are not enough words to express how awesome Melissa is to work with! When I was looking for a photographer I was looking to find not only someone who could fit my needs but someone who could make my husband not dread pictures. Melissa did just that, during our 2 hour engagement session and all through the wedding pictures my husband who HATES pictures, did not complain once!"

lauren + matt

"Melissa is amazing.....simply. Besides marrying my husband, she was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding day.  She pours her heart and soul into her work & we will forever be grateful for her and the gift of keeping our wedding day alive and treasured for the rest of our lives."

kim + joe

"I'm located Massachusetts. Not once did I second guess my decision to hire a photographer from out of state. Melissa spent the day helping me carry my bags, bouquet, veil, and her camera equipment from location to location in the wind and rain. She really put my needs first, all while capturing my wedding day, she really is some kind of super woman. Now that I look back on the moments she captured I'm blown away. Her work is absolutely stunning, my husband even mentioned that he though she made us look like two models in a magazine. Melissa is a master in her craft and her personality and professionalism are miles above other vendors I've met and worked with."

So incredibly honored to have been published on the following publications

press

THE KNOT
THE COORDINATED BRIDE
THE SOUTHEASTERN BRIDE
MODERN WEDDINGS
MAGGIE SOTTERO DESIGNS
A NORTHWOODS WEDDING

STYLE ME PRETTY
BURNETT'S BOARDS
ARTFULLY WED
BORROWED & BLUE
ENGAGEMENTS 101
TWO BRIGHT LIGHTS
WEDDING WIRE
HILL CITY BRIDE

Southeastern Bride

Chelsea + Daniel

03

The Knot

Lauren + Chad

02

STYLE ME PRETTY

Katie + Troy

01

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