I'm Melissa, and I've always been a storyteller at heart. On my way to becoming a photographer, I earned two degrees in creative writing; I also have a background in documentary filmmaking. 

Academia wasn't right for my career, but I happily discovered a passion for photography while in grad school. Today, I'm a DC area-based portrait and wedding photographer on a mission to create unique images that inspire joy, no matter the occasion. 



My approach

  • The chance to work with people who are down-to-earth, fun-loving, and a little quirky is something I cherish.


  • My goal is to always deliver photographs that capture authentic moments both large and small. Portraits are wonderful, but so is what happens when you forget about the camera.


  • I'm grateful to live in a time where marriage equality is a reality in the country I call home. Working with people of all genders, orientations, and backgrounds is a privilege and a priority.

  • I love to shoot weddings, elopements, engagements, and family sessions that are creative and focused on what really matters; I value working with those who are open to a twist on the traditional. If you appreciate a fun and authentic take on photography, I'd love to hear from you—please feel free to get in touch!


Want to know more? 

  • A sample of my food photography can be found in the cookbook Sticky Fingers' Sweets, published by Penguin.

  • My work has twice been featured in the DCist Exposed Annual Photography Contest (2010 & 2012).

  • My husband, Adam, has a BFA in photography and is my associate photographer and assistant extraordinaire.

  • I'm allergic to gold.

  • I love a good Netflix binge.

  • I was pretty excited when scientists reinstated the Brontosauras.