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  • WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

    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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    So happy you stopped by for a visit. Look forward to hearing from you!

NICHOLAS: BABY

While I was in North Carolina a few weekends ago, I stopped at UNC-Chapel Hill (my Alma mater!) for a quick mini session of six-month-old Nicholas. He is ONE CUTE BABY. I seriously wanted to squish his cheeks the entire time. I loved his hair and his expressions cracked me up. See what I mean in my favorite photos!

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October 9, 2014 - 10:37 pm

Kathleen Caggiano - He is adorable. Your pictures are fantastic!

THE PENNINGTON FAMILY

Danielle + Steven are friends of mine from my hometown, and when I flew through NC a couple of weekends ago for a wedding, they requested a quick mini session. I was more than happy to oblige. Since their wedding that I shot in 2011, Dani and Steve-o made one impossibly cute baby, Rosalee, who is about eight months in these photos. I love her personality, and I was DYING over her precious fall outfit. Take a look at this adorable family!

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October 6, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Mary - love this! you are all ridiculously adorable. yay! beautiful job, melissa!

October 6, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Photo fan - Beautiful family, inside and out. And beautifully captured! (Heart successfully refueled, thank you.)

October 7, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Chris & Sue Nelson - Melissa, you did yet another phenomenal job! Thank you!

October 9, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Alexandria - Somehow I missed these!!!!!! Ahhh! So good! Love the photos, love this family!!!!

October 9, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Christine - So beautiful, Melissa! :)

KELLY + REED – Georgetown University Wedding

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Kelly and Reed were married on a pretty temperate (for mid-August!) day in Washington, DC at Dahlgren Chapel on Georgetown University’s campus (where they first met). It was my first time photographing on campus, and I’m hooked. There are SO many beautiful buildings and gorgeous landscaping for photo ops! Their reception was held not too far away at The Fairmont Washington D.C. It was classy and sophisticated — a perfect reflection of the couple. I loved the tablescapes, especially, because Reed’s sister drew landmarks special to their relationship as place settings. It was so unique!

Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander 8557
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Perry Warren
Florals: Yellow Door Floral Design
Reception music: DJ Beach
Invitations: Cheryl Van Beveren, mother of the groom
Rings: Blue Nile
Transportation: ING Limo

I have a funny story that I have to share about how I met Kelly (and Reed) and ended up becoming their wedding photographer. Kelly contacted me about a year ago, simply asking me where one of my brides found her wedding dress. I responded and gave her the information but then also added that I would be moving to the D.C. area for my husband’s job and asked if she’d found her photographer yet. They hadn’t, so we set up a Skype chat, and the rest is history. I love the Internet. : )

Thanks to Stefanie Harrington Photography for helping me shoot their wedding! Enjoy some favorites, y’all!

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They have a lot of friends that went to Georgetown. : )

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Groomsman snapping a selfie while I do bride and groom portraits. So glad Stefanie got this – hysterical!

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Between the ceremony and reception, we headed out to the Jefferson Memorial for some quick photos on the back lawn. So fun!

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I love this – so punny – their married name is Van Beveren. : )

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So many AMAZING-looking (and tasting, I’m sure!) hors’ d’oeuvres!

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SARA + CHRIS – Oxon Hill Manor Wedding

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I really enjoyed shooting this wedding in the nation’s capital. Sara + Chris were married in early August at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and the reception was held at Oxon Hill Manor. I have known Sara since freshman year in college (we lived across the hall from each other in the dorm!), and I was so, so happy when she asked me to shoot her wedding. I think she’s the sweetest, most kind person ever. And she’s really met her match in Chris. I am so happy they found each other!

I can remember so many lovely things about this day but the ones that stand out most in my mind are: the gorgeous colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers and reception centerpieces (mint green + peach + gold yessss!), the couple’s first dance (too many photos to choose just one to post!), toasting with “Silver Bullets” in memory of Sara’s Dad (his cocktail of choice) and Chris surprising Sara by serenading her with a Billy Joel song at the end of the reception.

Bride’s dress: Martina Liana
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ann Taylor
Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup: Amanda Carrera or Blend Event
Bride & MOB’s hair: Renee Ellison of Fringe Hair Studio
Bridesmaids’ hair: Blowout Bar
Florals: Growing Wild Floral Company
Coordinator: Kelley Cannon Events
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Band: The Bachelor Boys
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Invitations: The Golden Fold
Rings: Charleston Alexander
Transportation: Limousines, Inc.
Dance floor/lighting: Fabrication Events
Photo Booth: Hot Dog! Photo Booth
Tent: Select Events

Special shout out to my good friend Kate of Kate Lord Photography + Films for helping me shoot this wedding! Sara and Chris, thank you for being so in love. Makes our job easy. : )

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Chris is a musician and gave his groomsmen harmonicas as gifts. Love this shot that Kate grabbed before the ceremony.

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Sara pinned a locket in memory of her Dad on her bouquet.

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September 24, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Sara Lehnert - These photos make me so happy. Thank you again for beautifully capturing our joyful day!

ANNIE + MARK – The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wedding

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Annie + Mark were married in late July at The Hilton Oceanfront in Virgina Beach, Virginia. I really enjoyed shooting this wedding — all of the details in metallic, creams and neutrals were so elegant and modern. I especially loved Annie’s dress. The back detail lace was stunning and she wore it so beautifully. My favorite part of the day (like most any wedding) was our time spent on the beach for portraits. We went to a more-secluded, private area of Virginia Beach for the wedding party and Annie and Mark’s portraits. As we were driving to the area, the sky darkened JUST IN THAT AREA, and it looked like it was about to downpour. I was so nervous we weren’t going to fit it in! But the rain held off, and the dark sky was a stunning backdrop for photos.

Bride’s dress: BHLDN
Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids’ dresses: varies
Groom’s attire: J.Crew
Groomsmen attire: varies
Makeup: Leah Watson of BlushTones
Hair: Stephanie McDonald of Stephanie Rose & Co.
Florals: Flower Works
Coordinator: Michelle Amarillo Event Planning
Cake: Mary Ellen Sandbank of Small but Tall Desserts
Band: Soul Expressions
Invitations: Paper Source
Favors: donation made to Paws for the Cause in honor of guests and in memory of Charlene Sangenario Dumais

Annie & Mark, thank you so much for being so wonderful! Your love shines bright and I wish y’all the best. Special thanks to Beth Hamilton Photography for helping me shoot! And thanks to Michelle Amarillo for making everything run so smoothly. : )

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During portraits on the beach, Beth caught this shot of some curious bystanders and I love it!

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Mark’s grandmother warmed up the exit line with a huge smile and a beauty queen wave. It was adorable.

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September 10, 2014 - 11:56 am

Michelle Amarillo - Melissa, these are absolutely amazing! You captured every moment perfectly! Annie and Mark, you two are so wonderful! Wishing you so much love and happiness!

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