Rates + Collections
Portrait sessions are good for engagements, senior pictures, newborns, family pictures or in-home lifestyle sessions. They are 90 minutes long and are perfectly timed to capture things as they happen naturally. Guidance and direction will be given if needed, but it's really the best for me to be a fly on the wall. Sessions also include the edited, high-resolution images, which will be downloaded from an online viewing gallery.
What can be more of a treasure than having your baby's first year documented? This collection is "all inclusive" and includes the following: a full Newborn Session for 90 minutes, four mini sessions throughout the year (15 minutes each), ALL of the edited, high-resolution digital images, and a 4x4 custom designed photo album with 30 of your favorite images at the end of the year.
A 50% deposit is due at time of booking, and the remaining amount is due at the last session.
Now booking for 2021!
It's one of the most important days of your life, I get it. Every detail will work out perfectly, and I'm with you for most of the day, capturing moments you'll want to share with your grandchildren. I've photographed over 175 weddings and have been in business for over 10 years. I love every second. Contact me or e-mail me directly to learn about my wedding photography collections.
Available for travel within the U.S. and Internationally.
A hopeless romantic. An eternal optimist.
These things are me, but my foundation truly lies in the Lord Jesus. Through Him, I am blessed to be a Wife, Mama to 3 amazing Little Ones, a daughter, sister and friend. Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland I spent my days roaming along the shores of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay. I got married at 21 years old and moved down to Southern Maryland with my husband right after we got married. Now we roam along the shores of the Patuxent River with three crazy kids in tow, enjoying every adventure we can!
A former University of Maryland Terp, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Business Marketing. Shortly after getting hitched, I balanced working a full-time desk job and starting up a photography business. I quit my desk job right before my first baby was born. It's been about 12 years since I photographed my first wedding, and I'll never look back. I love meeting new people, starting up new projects, dabbling in other creative outlets, and I have a passion for marriages and families...and the occasional (read: FREQUENT!) cup of coffee!
Thanks for coming by, I can't wait to meet you.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Have Passport, Will Travel. I'm always up for an adventure, and if a fun and beautiful destination is part of your story, then I'm on board. I've been so blessed to be able to travel internationally to photograph weddings at some of the most beautiful places in the world! It is so inspiring to shoot somewhere completely new and get wrapped up into the culture of another place. Take me with you and we'll start writing your story.
Check out my travels on Instagram by searching the hashtag #sweetmelissatravels
where i've been
I take great pride in the fact that I have THE best clients ever. I love fostering new relationships with my clients - many of which have lasted several years since I first photographed them! I spent countless hours pouring over your images, editing each one and tying up the whole package together so it's something you'll always remember. You let me in on intimate details and moments of your life, and I'm so honored to take care of you.
"Melissa is an outstanding photographer who works so hard and pays attention to every detail. I fell in love with the soft, romantic, classic style of her photographs and the first time we met, I knew our personalities were a great match as well. It rained a lot on our wedding day, but the weather did not stop Melissa from doing everything she could to get the photographs that we wanted. She went above and beyond and was so flexible when the weather changed up our itinerary. My husband and I could not be happier with our beautiful wedding photos and they are a true testament to the fact that Melissa fully puts her heart and soul into her work. I am so thankful that Melissa was our wedding photographer. We will cherish our wedding photos forever!"
- Laura Bibby, 2016 #loveletterbride
"Melissa is, by far, my favorite photographer for any picture session I could want. She has my taken wedding photos, anniversary photos, and family photos. Not only in she professional and courteous in her correspondence but behind the camera she makes you feel at ease. When I look at pictures that she has taken I can feel the warmth and love in each shot, not only because of what she is shooting but because I know she takes the time and effort to get those shots - and with two wild little boys that's no easy feat. Love, love, love her and will continue to use her and recommend her to everyone I come in contact with!"
- Amanda Williams, #loveletterbride and Client
"Choosing Melissa as our photographer was the best decision we made for our wedding (besides choosing each other, of course). Doug and I had never had professional photos done, but that didn't matter. Throughout the day she made sure to not only get plenty of pictures of Doug and I as well as the wedding party, but also of our guests enjoying their time which I really appreciated. The day went by so fast; it is nice to look back on those pictures to see how much fun everyone had. She also captured the special and intimate moments between Doug and I, which are my favorite pictures from the day. We can't say enough good things about Melissa, and would recommend her to anyone for their photography needs."
- Shannon Buckalew, #loveletterbride and Client