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    Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a visual storyteller who specializes in documentary wedding photography and fresh, stylized portraiture. I'm based in the Washington, DC area, but I love to travel!

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Featured: United With Love – Chris + Sara’s Wedding

So delighted to share that Chris + Sara’s gorgeous summer wedding at Oxon Hill Manor has been featured on the awesome blog United With Love! You can see photos and words from Sara on the ceremony HERE and the reception HERE. Thanks for highlighting this D.C. wedding, UWL!

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March 16, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Ryan Ibrahim - Such a pleasure working with you, Melissa! What a beautiful representation of Chris and Sara’s day!

MARGOT: NEWBORN

I got to meet and photograph this scrumptious little sweetheart at eight days old. Margot (LOVE her name!) was born early — just THREE days after I took her parent’s maternity photos! Crazy timing, I’m telling ya. She was perfectly sleepy during the session — a dream to photograph. I am so incredibly happy for her awesome parents! Enjoy some of my favorites of this precious little lady. : )

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I am in LOVE with her little nose. And I have to give major props to Matt, Margot’s dad, for helping me hold the blanket during these solo shots. Sometimes the space in city apartments can be tricky but with willing parents…!

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How adorable and stylish is her nursery?!

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Margot’s grandmother (Kat’s mom) was in town helping them out after her birth, so we grabbed some shots!

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Matt’s mom sent these sweaters all the way from Ireland. It’ll take a bit for Margot to grow into her’s, but I loved that they wanted to get some shots in them!

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February 4, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Photo fan - If “ecstatic parent” were a dictionary term, we’d have the photos to include with it! Beautiful. In every way.

February 15, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Catherine Downs - I was there when these were taken. You do such a beautiful job. Thank you again fir some winderful memories ( mellisa did the wedding and maternity pictures too)

Featured: WeddingWire Winterbook 2015 – Janelle + Tim’s Wedding

WeddingWire recently picked up a photo from Janelle & Tim’s wedding, which was filled with so many unique ideas, for their 2015 Winterbook. The couple’s “fun fact” cocktail napkin photo was #5 in the “50 Fresh Ideas for 2015″ section on page 10! Go Janelle & Tim! And while I’m bragging on their wedding, I need to brag on Janelle — she’s got a great lifestyle blog! Go check it out HERE!

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KAT + MATT EXPECTING!

Well, I should say that Kat & Matt’s little one is actually already here! I took these maternity photos in Washington, DC a little over a week ago, and THREE DAYS LATER Kat gave birth early to Margot (what an adorable name!). Everyone is happy and healthy, and I’m so glad we got these photos done when we did! I love having these two (three!) in front of my lens. I photographed Kat & Matt’s wedding two summers ago, and it was an absolute pleasure to do their maternity session. Kat is a rockstar model and Matt is seriously the nicest, most sincere guy ever. When I would take solo shots of Kat, he’d be off to my side saying things of encouragement like, “Oh Kat, you are so beautiful.” Made me tear up!

I loved the places the couple picked out for their session: a quaint little street near where they live and the sculpture garden outside the National Gallery of Art. The rink was so beautiful with the twinkle lights — made for awesome winter photos! And we finished with a few shots inside their apartment. Congrats to the happy parents. Newborn photos to come in a couple weeks…! : )

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So, so beautiful!

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January 20, 2015 - 9:51 pm

RT - Beautiful!!! Reminds me of ours… Such special moments!

2014: A Personal Reflection

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There she is — all seven pounds, 13 ounces of her. On her first day of life. Let’s be completely transparent for a minute: this post will pretty much be ENTIRELY about the life of our sweet daughter, Brooklyn, who was born last May. In my opinion, pregnancy, birth & raising a child is the most rewarding and most difficult/time-consuming thing there is. All mamas probably would agree. So the hubs and I didn’t “do” as much as we normally would in any other given year, but we “did” something pretty important. ; ) Life with Brooklyn has been a beautifully chaotic, imperfect journey. Before she was born, I received so much thoughtful advice from all the moms in my life (and I’m so thankful for it and them), but no one can ever really prepare you for motherhood. It is messy at times and leaves you in awe most of the time. There is no instruction manual and you’re really just forced to embrace it all at once. And it’s a lot easier if you do so with humility and grace (hindsight is a beautiful thing, am I right?). I read a quote this morning by Kristin Armstrong about transitions. Modifying it a little bit, I think it portrays the transition into motherhood pretty perfectly: “Times of transitions are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity … to rethink priorities and be intentional … We can make our new normal any way we want.” I’m so happy and thankful that our darling girl makes our new normal. Now, before I launch into the multitude of photos of our firecracker that I’ve yet to share, I do want to point out some of our other pre-Brooklyn highlights of 2014…

Three amazing groups of people threw baby showers for us in North Carolina and Maryland and their generosity and love will NEVER be forgotten:

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(My friend Anne-Laure snapped this of me at my baby shower in my hometown and I think my face is hysterical. Thanks AL!)

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WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOME!!! (excuse the quality – iPhone pic!)

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I got to see some of my most favorite people all in one place in early January (let’s keep those reunions going, ladies!):

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We saw our favorite band, The Avett Brothers, in concert, I learned how to knit and did a couple DIY projects for baby girl and we got snowed in a few times (all iPhone – I got lazy during my last months of pregnancy!):

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Ryan got sworn in to the D.C. Bar (again with the iPhone, haha); SO PROUD OF HIM!

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We went on our babymoon to NYC (where we fell in love) and had our maternity photos taken at 28 weeks by my talented friend, Kate Lord:

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And leading up to Brooklyn’s due date, the hubs and I took LOTS of walks and he snapped a few photos of me at 37 weeks

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…and 39 weeks:

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And then two weeks later, our lives changed forever!

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My parents surprised me IN THE HOSPITAL by driving up for B’s birth. I was so touched!

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I took some newborn photos of B at seven days old:

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This one is my absolute favorite:

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She spent a lot of the first couple months sleeping like this:

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Grandpa and Nanny (Ryan’s parents) live nearby and we’re so glad for that!

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We celebrated our third wedding anniversary by going out to lunch. This photo was taken right before we left her for the first time!

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We’re fortunate to have really good friends nearby. This is Eleanor!

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And more good friends — this is John!

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Happy 30th Birthday, DaDa!

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We went on a mini-vacation with my parents, uncles and brother’s family to Virginia Beach in mid-July when B got to meet her cousins for the first time!

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More play dates with Eleanor! : )

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And more! :)))

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Aunt Karson visiting before heading back to Florida. *tear*

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Starting to get good at rolling over…

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Apple pickin’!

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First baseball game (Braves vs. Nationals)!

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FAVORITE.

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Meeting Noah for the first time when Anne-Laure and Dallas were in the US for a visit. Brooklyn LOVED Noah.

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These photos at the Old Well make my heart melt.

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Meeting Uncle Alden for the first time…!

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Meeting Mary for the first time!

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Catching up with her good pal Harrison. : )

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Hanging with her bestie, Ava.

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We went to Sunset Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina in mid-October. Such a special first vacation.

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Halloween! Shepherd and little lamb. : )

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We started the high chair and she loves being a big girl.

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Thanksgiving!

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Mimi and Pappy’s house!

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Our little lady turned eight months old yesterday. These photos bring her up to about 6.5 months. “The days are long but the months are short” — TRUTH. My heart is so full.

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January 13, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Ryan - The best thing I can say about you and our fam is: 2014, and all of that …, felt like a lifetime’s worth of cool stuff, but it also felt like a dream from which you awake too abruptly–one that is way too short. Can’t wait to keep on dreaming with my eyes open and see where we go (and Brooklyn’s and my hair grows …) next.

January 13, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Cheyenne Schultz - awww…just love this..you guys are just precious. :)

January 13, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Beth - Such a special post!! I love it. Need to meet this sweet pea soon and introduce her to her second cousin (once removed? I’ve never understood how that works) Max!!

January 13, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Sarah - Keep those pics coming. Absolutely love them all!

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Kelly Gardner - Beautiful pics, and so fun to see how Brooklyn has grown up! She’s beautiful and so happy!

Can’t wait for you to capture our new little one on the way, thanks to Nikki and my mom’s generosity! Yay!!

January 14, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Katie Kilch - Makes me happy to see the amazing year you had. She is absolutely precious!

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