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Did you know that love warms everything!! Well in this case our polar vortex of cold gave us a day off and Jenna and Maxwell’s engagement session was shot in a above freezing Ann Arbor full of light and laughter.  We started out at The Arcadian which is where Maxwell purchased Jenna’s engagement ring! Then we explored the city and enjoyed the sun! Popping into places where they dated in college!  It was a GREAT day!


  • P. Costa - Awesome shooting Mel! Love their coats! Love love love! <3February 24, 2015 – 12:18 am

  • Jackie - I loved how you captured there time spent at college together and where he purchased the ring to unite this couple. What a fun session!February 24, 2015 – 7:04 pm


Krissy and Scott wanted some cute slightly posed photos of their new baby twins, but they mostly  wanted some photo journalistic images to tell the story of their new family.  I was so happy to photograph Krissy’s wedding and her sisters wedding and I was thrilled to come to them and capture this new foursome! The babies were precious of course! Mom and dad are some of the coolest new parents I’ve ever seen they were taking it all in tired, but happy stride.  Sharing a few from Chicago right here.



Jessica and Jason’s day was just as beautiful, fun and light hearted as they are.  The groom and his best man being twins I was thankful for the different boutonnieres because without Jessica next to him I had trouble figuring out which was Jason :) The event was beautiful and planned by Luna Soirée Events and the sun came out and shone behind the couple as they were saying their “I do’s” and hung about gloriously until dinner started.



This last year when I look back at it, I can see my focus was on people, their interactions, their emotions… catching the thought as it flickers across a face, a laugh before it’s stifled, the tear before it’s wiped away.  People when their guard is down and they forget I’m there, or for a moment just don’t care anymore, boom, that’s when I want to click, and looking back at 2014 I can see my heart was shooting for me and I love it for that.  I also photographed more portrait sessions in 2014 then I have in any past year (even when I was JUST doing portrait sessions my first couple years) and I learned a lot from it, what I want to pursue and how to communicate it better.  I also tried remembering to have my camera in hand at home.  Not worrying about getting the “perfect” photo of my son and husband but capturing them in the “wild” so to speak, not caring if my cushions weren’t tidy or Ares room is obviously so messy in the background.  He’s going to be eleven tomorrow and I have to say every image, every portrait, every iPhone snap are going to get more precious as he grows older.  I’m thankful to have them.  In September I traveled to London and Paris, dreams of mine since I was 9 years old and the trip was brilliant; places I’d read about for years became physical and paintings I’d only seen in books were there in real life and they spoke to me.   choosing for this post was tricky, so many things I’m proud of, so many people I love. I’ve photographed some people all year long (Mabel) and some I only got to meet once, but each human contributes to who I am as a person and artist and I thank each of them for that!   Some of these I’ve not shared before.  Thanks for looking and here’s to what 2015 will bring!

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  • Smalldogs - Wonderful look at your year, Melissa. How crazy is this that Ares is 11?!! You’re always an inspiration; I’m so glad I know you. xoJanuary 28, 2015 – 8:34 pm

  • mintasfotos - Beautiful reflection of the happiness captured thru the year Melissa :) U ROCK Chica !January 29, 2015 – 9:18 am

  • Jake - Beautiful images…sat here this morning listening to some music and just slowly scrolling through this collection with some coffee. Absolutely inspiring and touching throughout.

    Thank youJanuary 29, 2015 – 10:49 am

  • Kiran - Beautiful as always! I recognize a few of these :)January 29, 2015 – 2:38 pm


We didn’t start out at Marvins Marvelous Museum we stopped on the way at the lake and explored a bit.  It was chilly but not cold (well 45 maybe, balmy for December in Michigan) and it felt so nice to be able to go outside for a bit.  Then we headed over to the Museum and explored, met Marvin who was himself marvelous, rode the carousel and I loved every moment!  It wasn’t just because the place was cool that it was chosen for photos, it’s wherethey hung out in high school.  laughs and romance, nothing better!!  Happy engagement Sally and Sandy, I can not WAIT for the wedding!!!!