Authentic Moments in Beautiful Timeless Photographs

Melissa's work is inspired by mood, emotion, connection, movement and details. She is a lover of golden light, deep shadows and dramatic black and whites. She chooses to focus her lens on the beautiful connections we make in life – to our loved ones, to what stirs our souls, and to the world around us.

When she’s not behind the camera,  Melissa survives the chaos of her days with 4 kiddos, 3 great danes and one hardworking husband on her three favorite food groups: coffee, wine and chocolate. She believes 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 her way of sharing love and inspiration with the world.

Since 2011, Melissa has run a full time business specializing in documenting real moments in engagement and wedding photography, newborn & family lifestyle photography, and senior portraits. She is an active member of the photography community, regularly participating in forums, workshops and local groups. She is also a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

Melissa’s work has been featured on several industry sites including SnapKnot WeddingsBP4UChild Photo Competition, Soul FocusLOOKSLIKEFILM, and Beauty Revived. She has been named a Gold Member & Top 3 Spotlight Featured Event Photographer on Thumbtack, a 2017 & 2018 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 her work finished in the best 3% of 332,000 image submissions. In 2018 & 2019, she 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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