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northern virginia family photography

No matter the season of life you're in, and whether your loved ones are big, small, furry, or yet to arrive, this time deserves to be captured with more than just your phone. My passion for portrait sessions began with my desire to photograph my first daughter with something better than my cell phone. I offer sessions for couples, families, maternity, newborns, children, and military events.

I love creating photos that remind people that, despite life's challenges, your love and story are beautiful and worth documenting.

As you browse these photos, remember: none of the people here are models; they’re regular people, just like you. Your family is photo-worthy in every amazing way. Let’s choose a day, find a beautiful Virginia backdrop, and create images that will adorn your walls for years to come.

I promise it will be worth it!




Newborns & children



military events


The Skousen Family

Melissa was incredible to work with! She is professional, sweet, accommodating and talented. She was flexible with me and my kids as we took photos, which I appreciated so much. I love my photos and will cherish them forever!

"Melissa was incredible to work with!"

the watford family

We did a family session with Melissa and had an amazing time! She helped us find a perfect location and was easy to work with throughout the process. She was also great with our kids, especially helping them be comfortable and relaxed. We ended up with a lot of the best photos of our family we've ever had taken. We couldn't recommend her more highly!

"We ended up with the best photos of our family we've ever had."

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 are so happy we chose her to capture our special family moments and will treasure our photos that she took forever.

The motto family

"Melissa is a true artist!"



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I'd be honored to capture something beautiful for your family! Use the link below to view portrait collections. Hour long portrait sessions for couples and immediate families with access to digital files begin at $650.



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serving Northern Virgina, Washington, D.C., Alexandria, ARlington,  Springfield, Burke, Fairfax, & more