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I was so honored to capture the M family, previous neighbors and family friends of mine. Caila wanted this photo shoot as an early birthday present and to document their first official/professional family photo as a family of four.

We met at Ivy Creek Natural Area in late September, so it had finally cooled down but was still summery looking. The lighting was great and no one was around! This is one of my favorite easy-access and versatile locations for photo sessions from back when I lived in the Charlottesville area. I’m now based in Dayton, Ohio near Wright-Patterson AFB. 

M Family | Family Photographers Dayton Ohio

man holding baby boy
little girl standing in grass
Family Photographers Dayton Ohio
Family Photographers Dayton Ohio
Family Photographers Dayton Ohio
Family Photographers Dayton Ohio
Family of four standing in grass in sunlight | Dayton Family Photos
Family of four sitting in sunlight in the grass | Dayton Family Photos
black and white photo of family sitting in grass | Dayton Family Photographer
little girl holding camera up to her face | Charlottesville Family Photos
Family of four sitting on grass in front of white barn | Dayton Family Photographer
Family sitting together on bench with white barn | Family Photographers Dayton Ohio

Of course, working for friends sometimes has me nervous. I want everyone to love their photos, but I really want friends to! Caila said she actually cried happy tears upon seeing these – so that’s the best compliment I could ask for! She also said my camera must have “some kind of magic” because there’s “no way she looks that good.” Nah, girl. Trust me, you just look that good!

See what Caila had to say

“Melissa is a true artist! She is amazing at taking an seemingly ordinary looking location and making it look spectacular in photos. Her attention to detail in posing, lighting and everything in between is incredible. She is also extremely communicative, easy to talk to and down to earth. Photo sessions can be nerve wracking but she has a way of making everything feel easy. We have two small children and capturing photos of them can be a challenge, but with her patience and expertise she pulled it off perfectly and made the session completely stress free for us. She is everything you could ask for when looking to work with a professional photographer and delivers beautiful, natural looking photos. We are so happy we chose her to capture our special family moments and will treasure our photos that she took forever.”

I think as moms it’s so easy to not see ourselves as we really are, because, well, we never really do, right? Getting done up for a session can be such a confidence booster, not just in how you look physically, but how your connection with your children is captured. Caila – you’re a great mama and I feel so honored to have gotten to document this for y’all!

Family Photographers Dayton Ohio

Ready to book a family session with me? See my family session collections here. Contact me today to schedule your session! 

xo Melissa

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