dayton, ohio


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Filling your walls and reminding you of life's sweetest seasons

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Regardless of the season that you're in, and whether your babies are big, small, furry or yet to come, this time in your life deserves to be captured by something other than your iPhone. Portrait sessions were born out of my desire to capture my first daughter on something better than my cell phone too. I offer portrait sessions for couples, families, maternity, newborns, & children. 

I love creating photos to remind people that in spite of the fact that life is sometimes really hard, your love and your story are beautiful just as they are and are so worth documenting.

As you peek through these photos, remember: not a single one of the people represented here are models. They represent totally "normal" people, just like you. I promise your family is photo worthy in all the most amazing ways too. So let's pick a day, find a beautiful Ohio backdrop, and create a slew of images that will fill up the frames your walls for years to come. I promise it will be worth it! 


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- Jamie M.

Melissa is a very talented photographer! She is kind, personable, extremely professional and most of all very patient. She completely exceeded our expectations. With 2 under 2, she was still able to make it stress free and the photos turned out incredible!! Thank you for such a rewarding experience, Melissa! Highly recommend and we will definitely be repeat clients.

"Personable, professional & very patient"


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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.

- caila m.

"Melissa is a true artist!"


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- the W 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."


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Ready for more? Full portrait sessions begin at $450. See the link below for session packages for couples, families, & more.


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