I’m a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend and photographer; and I absolutely LOVE what I do. 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 working, you can likely find me:
- Adventuring outdoors with my family
- On a date with the hubs at our favorite Mexican place (I could survive solely on chips, queso and margaritas)
- Cuddling on the couch with our pups
- Re-watching episodes of Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family or Grey's Anatomy
- Jamming out to the latest Taylor Swift album
- Going into Target for one thing and walking out with twenty
I chose to pursue wedding photography after receiving my very own wedding photos and realizing how much photography had the power to take me right back to the moments of my wedding while also telling my husband and I's love story. I always enjoyed storytelling and when I realized I could join my passion for storytelling with my passion for photography, I was sold!
I would describe my photography style as authentic, modern and romantic. I’m not interested in cheesy wedding poses, I want your photos to tell your love story through real, authentic moments that I've captured between the two of you. I want you to look at your wedding photos and remember exactly how you felt in the moment it was taken. I know most people aren't experts in getting their photos taken and that's why I enjoy creating real relationships with my couples so when your wedding day arrives, it feels more like we're just hanging out and having a good time, not awkwardly posing while someone points a camera in your face. I’m thankful to have found something I am passionate about and that I get to serve the world by doing it. This is some of my story and I hope you feel compelled to have me capture a chapter in yours. If so, drop me a line, I can’t wait to hear from you!
Hey, I'm Melissa!
Here's a snapshot into my world.
A Little Behind The Scenes Of My Life
When I'm not working you can most likely find me spending time with my family! From hiking to neighborhood walks to family trips, we make sure to capitalize on our time together. We even make it a point to have dinner as a family together every night as a time to disconnect from our phones and connect with each other.
Mike, Skyla, Lily and me!
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.
honeymoon in italy
I love every kind of dog out there but labs are my absolute favorite. They are the quintessential family dog and in our home, dogs are not just pets but truly part of the family. From our neighborhood walks, cuddle sessions on the couch or summer drives up to Jeremiah's Italian Ice, we include our dogs in everything we can.
our yellow lab, tucker
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!
me at black crow coffee co. in st. petersburg, fl
local coffee shops
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 milky way, shot by me in waupaca, wisconsin
the night sky
My Favorite Things
PHILIPPE PARK | SAFETY HARBOR, Florida
AMBER & TYLER
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!
safety harbor marina & park | SAFETY HARBOR, Florida
Courtney & matt
I’ve looked at the photos 100 times each and they are seriously incredible. You are so talented and we absolutely made the right choice. We can not wait for you to capture our day. Thank you again!
Straub Park | st. Petersburg, fl
Carolina & Nick
Melissa was such a pleasure to work with! She made fiancée and I feel so comfortable and walked us through poses to make our (surprise) engagement feel so warm and authentic! I highly recommend her to capture any special event!
tampa yacht & country club | tampa, fl
Katie & Anthony
Melissa is not only a fantastic photographer, she’s an amazing person. She doesn’t take on a project without getting to know YOU. For Mel it’s not about the scenery, it’s about the life that’s being captured. You will not be disappointed!
ybor city | tampa, fl
Trace & ryan
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!
downtown | tampa, fl
Lora & joe
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.
eureka springs Park | tampa, fl
Melissa did such an incredible job with our family photos! .She exceeded all our expectations from initial planning, day of, and delivery of our photos. I would recommend 100 times over! We'll be using Melissa again!