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A week from last Monday I was scheduled to photograph Archer’s newborn session.  But Sunday I got an email from his mom that they were in the NICU, they weren’t sure what was happening, he was having a little breathing issue, so to be safe and sure he was being watched at the hospital.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to not know exactly what was happening with a brand new little, and I asked if I could come up for a newborn session part one, when he’s older and his mom and dad tell him the story about how he came to the world and how they sat with him the week of his life and how loved and special he is, I wanted there to be some pictures for him to see how much his mom and dad adored him the moment they met him.  He is home now, and all is well thank goodness. Tomorrow I photograph him with his brother and sisters.  I’m so looking forward to it.  Still it was so beautiful to see the nurses taking such good care of him and his mom and dad, steadfastly there by his side, telling him it was all going to be okay.   I’m really proud to share these few frames.


  • Nicole Haley - brilliant idea, Melissa. I’m sure they will be so happy to have these. Beautiful.May 22, 2015 – 7:45 pm

2015-05-12_0003Dawn told me they were not super comfortable in front of the camera, “Awkward” she said :) I know  they say a client is always right, but sorry, Dawn you are wrong :)  Both Dawn and Spencer were wonderful to photograph.  We chose to meet at a metropark near their house, and just wandered the paths.  Spencer goes here to think and they can even canoe up if they wanted too.   A tree is a tree, unless it’s your tree :) shooting at places that mean something to you make everything so much more meaningful and comfortable I think!  Their wedding is Saturday and I am so so so looking forward to it.



One of the most beautiful inside and out people I know, Kait has taught me so much and has helped me to reach heights I never thought I’d go.  Getting to photograph her and David at this, one of the most special times in their lives has been something I’ve been hoping and looking forward to for a very long time.   So congratulations Kait and David, thank you so much for letting me contribute just a little bit to celebrating you maternity and your love!



Small wedding is an oxymoron.. That sums up what I said in my last post and is shown here in Tessa and Darin’s wedding photos.  I “narrowed” down their story as best I could to “only” 55 images!  I love every image I took at their wedding and it was hard to not share everything.  Their first look was after Tessa got into her dress in their suite.  Their wedding took place at Zingermans on Fourth, they signed their marriage certificate and toasted with their besties at The Lunch Room right next door.  We photographed nearby, enjoying the light and the love and the friends and family.  So simple and so full and rich of love and moments and joy. Thank you for letting me be part of your beautiful day!



You know what I’ve heard a lot of recently.  I’ve heard some people talking about wanting smaller weddings, and there has been a buzz around this because over the years weddings have gotten to be these behemoth things, there are thousands of pages about design, planning, photography and well then there is the pinterest boards.  Sometimes I get emails from brides and grooms and they actually will apologize about looking for a photographer for their “small” wedding.  I always say the same thing, it’s YOUR wedding, 20 guests, 300 guests it’s still a moment, a day, a marriage, a wedding, a gathering that will happen only once in your lifetime and it still is deserving of beautiful photographs. Large or small a wedding is more then the sum of it’s parts, it’s the experience of celebrating this new union and it’s awesome.

It’s about two people in love, promising to be with each other, support each other and love each other through thick and thin.  The people at the wedding, be it just the witness’s or the entire extended family and friends are there to celebrate and there is no right or wrong amount.

Addie and Payton’s wedding was intimate, but that made it no less meaningful, beautiful or special.  Here are a few images from their wedding day.