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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!

    I am passionate about telling people's stories fully and authentically from a unique perspective. I love what I do, and I'm excited to share my life and work.

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Featured: Borrowed & Blue — Erica + Patrick’s Wedding

Regretfully, I haven’t had much time to submit my clients’ beautiful weddings over the past six months (will get to that after my maternity leave!), but I found out today that Erica + Patrick’s LOVELY D.C. wedding at The Carnegie Institute of Science was featured on Borrowed & Blue today! This blog features all things gorgeous, and I’m honored that they chose to showcase Erica & Patrick’s deserving wedding! Go check out the full feature HERE. : )

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April 17, 2014 - 5:27 pm

janelle monaco - LOVE it and hope you’re well- feel free to submit your june 29th wedding <3 heart you- xo

37 WEEKS

Last weekend’s weather was glorious and happened to be the peak time to view the famous cherry blossoms in DC. I was DYING to visit them at the Tidal Basin, but to avoid the crowds and to be kind to my quickly swelling feet, the hubs and I visited Georgetown instead. : ) We were able to bring the pups and he grabbed a few photos of me and the bump. Not long now! Here’s to spring staying put and meeting our little lady (hopefully) soon. : )

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April 16, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Melissa Collazo - You look great! Your pups are PRECIOUS! Congrats on the soon to be little one!

April 17, 2014 - 5:28 pm

janelle monaco - so beautiful!! can’t wait for baby girl tuck

SUTTON: NEWBORN

I love love love this family. Back in 2011, I shot Kristin & Reed’s wedding and this week I got to photograph their new bundle of joy. They welcomed their son, Sutton Wells, on March 28th. I LOVE watching families grow and feel extremely privileged to capture special moments in time for them. This particular shoot was very emotional for me, because it’ll be a few short weeks until we meet our baby! From the very first snap of the session, I was able to recognize in Kristin & Reed the pride and love in their faces. It was so perfect. And y’all, I was smitten with Sutton. He’s such a sweet little man!

A little technical note: because Reed & Kristin’s house is full of dreamy neutrals, I mixed up my editing a bit and went for a more “film” look. I’m happy with the result! Enjoy Sutton at 12 days old (and don’t miss Gaddy, his protective older brother). : )

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Gaddy might have stolen a piece of my heart, too. ; )

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Isn’t his nursery absolutely adorable?

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One of my faves!

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Ohmygoodness… matching denim shirts. Twinsies!

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Gaddy tested out the set-up first. : )

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REFLECTION

Today, I woke up and was hit with a period of reflection. Time is a funny thing. When we first found out we were pregnant, time seemed to creeeeeep along as slow as molasses. The first trimester — the scary period when you’re worrying about miscarriage and you don’t feel comfortable sharing your big news — seemed to go on FOR.EV.ER. The second trimester flew by. Literally… I feel like I blinked and we were at 28 weeks. WHAT?!

Now? NOW I’m at 36 weeks. My body has changed dramatically, my hormones are FULLY ragin’ (case in point: tears are currently welling up in my eyes), and my love for my husband — who has been so wonderful throughout the pregnancy — has peaked to a new level. He’s been the best at keeping me comfortable and calm, and I know he’s going to be an incredible father.

It’ll only be a short month before she is here and I am in FULL nesting mode. I’m trying to take the time to relax now before our world is flipped upside down (in the best way possible, of course). I am anxious and excited to meet her. To hold her little hands and kiss her little feet. To experience one of the most wonderful things imaginable. I know things will be messy and imperfect, but that’s okay. I’m ready to embrace mama-hood fully and feel my capacity for love to grow exponentially.

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April 8, 2014 - 12:27 pm

MTP super fan #1 - Thank you for being you: that is, the best person I know. I can’t wait for the next few weeks–and for every tomorrow we have after that. Life with you is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

April 8, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Nicole H. - Glad you posted; I enjoyed reading your thoughts! Thinking about all that you guys have been through and can’t believe that Baby Girl Tuck will be here so SOON. So excited to meet her and see you and Ryan as parents! Praying for a couple weeks of calm anticipation as you’re in the final stretch! :)

April 8, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Anna - You all will be amazing parents and there’s nothing like it. Those emotional moments will continue (your post made me teary eyed lol) but once you meet her my wish is for you to take in every moment. It wont be perfect but it will be wonderful. Soak in all those first days of cuddling and getting to know this new little person. those quiet precious moments were my favorite. What a wonderful crazy journey you all have been on! Hard to believe she’s almost here! Lots of love and hugs from us :)

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