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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site! My name is Melissa but I am "Missy" to just about everyone and Missy definitely suits me better. :) I am a wedding and portrait photographer and I absolutely love what I do. I think the most amazing thing is to be able to capture the true essence of people and I love doing that as my "job". I love to hear someone say "You totally captured their personality!"...that is the biggest compliment for me. I am a mom to two wonderful children who keep me young and inspired on a daily basis and a wife to a devoted husband who understands my passion for whipping out my camera constantly! Please feel free to look around at my work and I will keep posting on the blog all the new sessions I shoot. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. :) ~ Missy

Quinones/Pollack Family

Posted on September 8, 2011

I was fortunate enough to be asked to do a family portrait for Kim and her family…all 19 of them! 🙂

I arrived at her mom’s house and everyone there was so sweet and welcoming. Her dad even showed me his Coke bottle collection, which I have to say was pretty impressive! We were able to do the largest portrait in the back yard and I was excited to use the Black Eyed Susan garden for the kids.

Thanks so much Kim and family! It was wonderful meeting you all!

OpLove Homecoming at National

Posted on July 11, 2011

Annabelle contacted me just a couple days before her husband was to arrive from being deployed. It worked out perfectly that I was able to have a clearing in my schedule to be able to be there for their family. All three kids were so excited and happy to see daddy.

I love doing homecomings…thanks Annabelle and Adam for letting me be there for this magical time for you. 🙂


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Papa’s Hats

Posted on June 26, 2011

I’m not sure why but I haven’t done any personal posts. I think I want to change that. Sometimes I come up with ideas for shoots and want to try them out. So those are the personal posts I will share here because they almost always include my family somehow.

My daughter has grown up dealing with my photographic whims and she obliges me more so the older she gets. My son, on the other hand, argues with me about doing them. “Only 1 picture!” He tells me constantly. And anyone who knows me KNOWS I simply can not take just ONE picture!

So I had this idea that involved some personal items of my dad’s. My dad used to wear these cool hats. When my mom was going though his stuff (my dad is in a nursing home) she came across some of these hats…and so was born my idea. I ventured down to the waterfront of Annapolis with my son and nephew in tow along with 2 of Papa’s hats. They actually cooperated well when I bargained with the thought of an ice cream afterword…lol

I really love the results I got and am trying to think of a way to incorporate them into one thing…maybe a collage canvas…

I love you Dad…

These next three are my favorites…

This ones pretty funny…he wasn’t happy with me at this point.

The boat that docks there for rides out into the bay was blowing his horn at this point and the boys kept their ears covered…


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Khan Family portrait session

Posted on June 25, 2011

One of the coolest places to shoot in Bowie is Foxhill Park. The lake is visible from the main road but getting to it is a good walk so it’s never busy with lots of people. That’s where I met the Khan family. The wanted to get some family shots to send off to family that lives out of town.

I have a 4 year old boy of my own so I was prepared for the energy their boys had. They loved checking out the turtles from the bridge (we must have seen at least 10 of them!). Their little sis is one lucky girl to have 2 sweet older brothers to look out for her.

Thanks so much Khan family! I hope you enjoy your images! 🙂

Sanford Family ~ Meadowlark Gardens

Posted on June 17, 2011

Meadowlark Gardens is one of my favorite places to shoot. I’ve done a handful of weddings there but portrait sessions are fun because you have lots of time to take in everything there is to see there.

I had such a great time photographing the Sanford family. Their little ones are so sweet and funny.

I hope you enjoy your images! 🙂

Laura & Taylor ~ Mount Airy Mansion

Posted on June 17, 2011

It was a perfectly beautiful day when Laura and Taylor tied the knot. Mount Airy Mansion is such a beautiful venue.

Intrigue Design and Decor made the wedding amazing with their gorgeous touch.

I had such an amazing day with Laura and Taylor and their families. So much love felt all day.

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of it! 🙂


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Michel & Mike ~ Richmond, VA

Posted on May 17, 2011

I met Michel through my husband at his holiday party for work…they got engaged that night.  She was over the moon excited…

When Michel and I sat down about a month later to chat about her wedding, it was the first time we got to talk and she and I hit it off…really great person and I knew her and Mike’s wedding would be a lot of fun.

They had their ceremony at the Maymount Foundation…which is a big historical park. There were lots of people there on that beautiful Sunday morning…wandering the gardens and taking in a warm sunny day…one of the first of the spring.

The tulips were in bloom and the Italian Garden was alive with beautiful ivy and flowers everywhere…a perfect place for Michel and Mike’s union to one another.

Michel’s son, Cameron, walk her down the isle and she looked simply amazing…

They had their intimate reception at the Old City Bar which is a beautiful old historic building in downtown Richmond.

I could tell everyone had a wonderful time…they danced and laughed and helped Michel and Mike celebrate their perfect day…

Congrats guys! I’m so glad you let me be a part of it all!!!


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Beautiful Miss E

Posted on May 9, 2011

If you haven’t been to River Farm Park in Virginia, it is so beautiful and worth the trip. It sits just south of Alexandria along the water. That’s where we met to do portraits of Miss E. She reminded me of a young Alice in Wonderland in her adorable blue dress, the blue butterfly in her hair and her stunning blue eyes.

We had a great time playing in the children’s garden and exploring the grounds.

Thanks so much Beth, I hope you enjoy these!!!


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Summer – senior portrait session

Posted on April 15, 2011

Springtime has finally shown that she’s here to stay…yesterday could not have been prettier.

I met Summer and her mom up in Baker Park in Frederick, MD. The trees were flowering everything was bright green…it was awesome! She brought her german shepherd, Lucy, who is at cute as can be! (I LOVE german shepherds!)

Thanks so much Summer and Cissy for a fun afternoon….here’s some images from yesterday for you to enjoy until your gallery is up.

Yay for springtime!!! 🙂


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OpLove – Homecoming

Posted on March 25, 2011

I was contacted by Andrew while he was still in Iraq…he was coming home and he wanted to surprise his wife (of only 4 months before he was called for duty) with pictures of their reunion. Pictures mean a lot to them and this would make her so happy. Andrew and I emailed back and forth and it was all set…I would show up at BWI and sneak around snapping images trying not to be to obvious.

Andrew’s dad, Bob, came and found me while the rest of the family was upstairs having a drink to calm their anxiousness for Andrew’s arrival.

What a wonderful family!!! Bob told me that Andrew’s 3 friends from kindergarten (yes, I know!) flew in from all over the country to see him come home. Andrew had no idea. So there were surprises all around….I could feel the strength of the love they have for each other….

The tension was so thick as we stood there and waited for his flight…his friends kept asking people if they had been on the same flight number Andrew had as there were a bunch of flights that all came in at the same time…we were all so giddy with anticipation…

Then…there he was…and I could feel everyone’s breath come out in a big exhale as everyone was laughing and crying….I love being able to do this.

Thanks Andrew and Kelly….you can now go watch your wedding video that Kelly hasn’t been able to watch since you’ve been gone. And I hope you enjoy these….

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