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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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Most of y’all who know me and the hubs personally know that The Avett Brothers is our favorite band. Ever since I heard their song, “A Father’s First Spring,” I thought it was a perfect reflection of our pregnancy and impending journey of parenthood. The Bros are brilliant songwriters. Lyrics like “I have been homesick for you since we met” and “When I’m in the sweet daughter’s eye/My heart is now ruined for the rest of all time/There’s no part of it left to give” are why I fall in love with their music over and over again. It’s a beautiful song – listen to one of my favorite versions HERE.

I digress. I tried to get this post up yesterday to wish a very happy first Father’s Day to my main squeeze, but with an infant, you can’t really set your own schedule. ; ) Happy “Father’s First Spring” to my husband; seeing you care for our little girl with patience and grace lights up my world. We’re both so lucky.

This first photo is from the first night in the hospital, and it melts my heart.






And Happy Father’s Day to my dad, “Pappy,” and Ryan’s dad. We all love you very much and appreciate all you do for us!

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June 23, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Beth - Congratulations on your beautiful little girl!


“Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in our hearts.” — Winnie the Pooh

Today, our little girl is one month old. I’m still on maternity leave, but I wanted to take a second (literally that’s all I have these days, as she sleeps on my chest in her carrier) to post her birth announcement. I took this photo of her when she was seven days old. There will be many more photos and words to share at a later date when we discover our rhythm! Until then, here’s our little chunk babe. The hubs and I are SO proud and SO in love. : )

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June 12, 2014 - 11:26 am

Sally - Congratulations, Tuck family. She is gorgeous!

June 17, 2014 - 9:18 am

Claire Hovis - Just wanted to send another “congratulations” your way. Brooklyn is absolutely precious. When I got your birth announcement in the mail, I realized she was born on a very special day for me too! <3 May 12 – a perfect day you captured for me. I cannot wait to meet her in person. All the best to you and Ryan! I'm sure you're getting full of tips/advice as you navigate through this journey of motherhood!

Featured: Every Last Detail — Janelle + Tim’s Wedding

Taking a quick second from my maternity leave to announce that Janelle & Tim’s gorgeous summer wedding from last year is featured on the Every Last Detail blog today! I am so proud to have this wedding published because Janelle worked SO HARD on all the details and it was SUCH a beautiful event. Thanks for the feature, Lauren!

You can go see the full feature and see Janelle’s advice HERE. And don’t forget to leave some love in the comments section! : )

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As of today, I’m 39 weeks and ready to meet our lil’ lady. : )  And I am seriously LOVIN’ all of the blooms in and around our neighborhood recently. Everything is just so incredibly gorgeous.

On another note, this might well be my last blog update for a good while (!!!!!), as I’m officially going to be on maternity leave for ~6 weeks very soon (let’s hope!). So I just wanted to give y’all a heads up: if you contact me about your wedding or a session here on the blog or via my portfolio site, I’m not ignoring you!… I’ll most likely be snuggling or feeding or changing our newborn babe or trying to catch winks of sleep in the in-between time. Thanks for your patience, and I can’t wait to introduce y’all to the wee one! Get ready for some over-sharing. ; )

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April 29, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Stephanie - You are glowing!! Beautiful!! I can’t wait to see pictures of your beautiful babe :) Thinking of you! xo

May 6, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Natalie - Beautiful! Love the belly & the flowers. Such a lovely time of the year to welcome a little one into the world. Now if only she would just make her big debut! There are a lot of people anxious to meet her. :)