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For me, photography is beyond picking up a camera, snapping away, and sending you on your way. It's about emotion and trust. It's about romance and affection. 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. Emotion. Connection.
 Capturing your memories as they happen.
Being shamelessy in love. 
Being overwhelmed and completely wrapped up in the moment.

My couples and families value photography and prefer to have a connection to their photographer. To them, it's more than just an item checked off on their list of wedding to-dos. It's more than getting yearly portraits done. The people with whom I connect are the people who love dancing in a field, who embrace the wind and the moment, and who are down for a hike, my cheesy squeals when everything is just perfect, and stolen kisses. They're ready to jump on the bed, cuddle up by a fire, dance in the kitchen, and run down the halls.

The truth is, I don't take this job of mine lightly. my heart goes into every ounce of this work of mine.

Experience

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The elopements. The weddings. The celebrations.
My couples.

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The anniversaries. The parents-to-be. The just-becauses.
My people.

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...in shameless, cheesy, unabashed love and adventurous marriages. 

I believe in big, crazy, out-of-this world love...

I believe in great adventures and grand gestures...

...in capturing you in your element. Windblown hair, mountain views, sandy toes and salty, crazy kisses. 

i believe in the power of being at home...

...in making breakfast, cuddling on the couch, and playing under the covers. Home is food for the soul. 

I believe in the little details...

...and just how important they are in life. From the invitations to your wedding to the cozy duvet you curl up in every day. They're just as much a part of your story as you are. 

Connection.
Creating a foundation of trust and friendship with my couples and families 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 life truly amazing. 

Your relationships are unique, and your story is meant to be told.
 My work is part fine art and part candid. 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 evoke pure, authentic emotion. 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 REVIEWS

...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!"

“Melissa is just the person you want in the room through it all...

from cody & sara

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THE REVIEWS

...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. Melissa is a master in her craft and her personality and professionalism are miles above other vendors I've met and worked with."

"I'm located in Massachusetts. Not once did I second guess my decision...

from joe & kim

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THE REVIEWS

Melissa is amazing.....simply. 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.

"Besides marrying my husband, she was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding day."

from matt & Lauren

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

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