Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to get to know a little more about me. My work is inspired by mood, emotion, connection, movement and details. I am a lover of golden light, deep shadows, and dramatic black and whites. I love to focus my lens on the connections we make in life – to our loved ones, to what stirs our souls, and to the world around us.

When I am not behind my camera,  you’ll likely find me navigating the chaos of my days with 4 kiddos, 2 great danes, and one self-proclaimed data nerd (my devoted husband), on my three favorite food groups: coffee, wine and chocolate.

Since 2011, I have run a full time business documenting real moments in engagement and wedding photography, newborn & family lifestyle photography, and senior portraits. I believe that life is a beautiful mess, and each day is full of tiny miracles which make it all worth while. Collecting those memories in beautiful photographs is my way of sharing love and inspiration with the world.

I am an active member of the photography community, regularly participating in forums, workshops and local groups. I am also a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

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My work has been featured on several industry sites & in print publications including SnapKnot WeddingsCoastal Virginia Bride Magazine, BP4UChild Photo Competition, Soul FocusLOOKSLIKEFILM, and Beauty Revived.

 I have been named a Gold Member & Top 3 Spotlight Featured Event Photographer on Thumbtack, 2017 & 2018, a Top 20 Virginia Beach Photographer by Expertise, and a Top 100 finalist in the world wide Shoot and Share 2015, 2016 & 2017 photo competitions where my work finished in the best 3% of 332,000 image submissions. In 2018 & 2019, I had multiple images place in the Top 100 out of 583,150 photos, with one image placing 11th and one placing 17th. 


Destination Wedding & Elopement Photographer and Hampton Roads Newborn & Family Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Sandbridge and Williamsburg, VA. 

Available for travel destinations worldwide. 

A peek at my crazy crew.

A peek at my crazy crew.

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All photos on this site are copyright protected by Melissa Rich.