I'm Melissa. I'm a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend and photographer; and I absolutely LOVE what I do. For me, no two weddings are alike and I just love getting to know my couples so that on the big day, you feel comfortable and relaxed. My photography style is a mix between lifestyle, artistic and documentary- the photos will tell your love story through authentic moments I've captured between the two of you. While I obviously want you to share your photos on social media and tell your family and friends how amazing I am, my real goal is for my photographs to be meaningful art you will want displayed in your home and shared with family and friends for years to come. I want you to look at your photos and remember exactly how you felt in that moment. Above all, I want them to be a representation of you and your love story.I’m thankful to have found something I am passionate about and that I get to serve the world by doing it. This is my story and my hope is now that I’ve shared some of it with you , you feel compelled to have me capture a chapter in yours.
Hey, I'm Melissa!
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Most of my friends and family call me Mel. Feel free to call me Mel too because let’s be honest, if you’ve read this far, I’d say it’s getting pretty serious between us.
I am mostly known for being a die hard football fan, Apple Inc. fan-girl and for having seen every episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S at least 5x.
When I’m not busy, you can find me adventuring outdoors or at home cuddling with our pups, Bear & Tucker.
I could survive solely on chips, queso and margaritas and I don’t see a problem with that.
Whether it's a weekend trip to somewhere in state or a 2 week trip to Italy (peep that photo of the hubs and I at the Amalfi Coast) we absolutely love to travel.
If overseas, we love the experience of being in a new environment, exploring the culture and living the the locals. Though, we are just as happy to get in my Jeep and road trip out to one of the 58 National parks and spend some time hiking.
My Favorite Things
To me, perfection is a solid cup of coffee in a local coffee shop. I don't only love it because of 90's nostalgia from one of my favorite TV shows (FRIENDS) but getting a good cup of coffee in a cool spot is a great place to relax, read, catch up on some work and even meet with clients. And yes, I'm totally down to meet you for a cup of coffee and talk about your wedding day!
LOCAL coffee shops
My Favorite Things
I've always had some sort of obsession with stars, planets and the night sky. In fact, when I was five years old, I thought I was going to be an astronaut. As I grew up, my plans changed but my love for everything space did not. It was on a 2018 trip to rural Wisconsin where my passion for the night sky was awakened again when I had a chance to photograph the Milky Way for the 1st time. I love the feeling of belonging to something larger than myself and for me, the night sky reminds me of that.
The night sky
My Favorite Things
Melissa has outdone herself again! My husband and I could not be happier with our wedding pictures. I had to admit we usually do not look natural in pictures but she has some tricks up her sleeve that allowed us to feel comfortable. She managed to show our love through the lens. She allowed us to be ourselves and captured every sweet moment!
PHILIPPE PARK | SAFETY HARBOR, Florida
Amber & Tyler
Melissa has an amazing eye for photography and her editing is beautiful. I did an anniversary couple’s shoot with her and the pictures came out amazing! My S.O. isn’t fond of taking pictures, but Melissa’s prompts and guidance during the shoot helped ensure our pictures were perfect and natural-looking. I would definitely shoot with her again!
YBOR CITY | TAMPA, FLORIDA
Trace & Ryan
Melissa was such a kind soul and her work is amazing. I really love how my couple photos came out. My boyfriend and I rarely have our photos taken together because we can be quite camera shy but Melissa made us feel comfortable and less awkward. Her guidance was very helpful and were are both so happy with the photos. Thanks so much Melissa.
TAMPA THEATRE | TAMPA, FLORIDA
LORA & JOE