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Timeless Love


“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” Sarah Dessen

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Timeless Love


“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” Sarah Dessen

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This is where it all begins. Right at "yes". The engagement session should be reflective of what makes the couple unique. Engagement sessions are designed to allow the couple to get to know their photographer, spend some time caught up in each other, and capture the pure joy of where the legacy begins.


*Melissa Durham Photography is available for photographing proposals. Please contact me for further details!

From the intricate details of the gown, to the soft, feminine smile that says "I'm in love", bridal portraits are designed to capture the stunning beauty of a bride-to-be. Bridal sessions allow the bride a chance to get dolled up and spend some time in front of the camera without the exciting, fleeting feeling of the wedding day timeline. Bridal portraits are the perfect opportunity to test out bouquet designs, hairstyles, and makeup.

There's something about seeing the start of a couple's life together blossom from behind the camera. From the moment I arrive at a venue, I'm photographing the details of your day. It's all about the details, details, details. The flowers, the heirloom jewelry, a momma's veil, the symbol of forever found in a set of wedding bands. I focus on the excitement as you step into your dress, the buttoning of the groom's tuxedo vest, and the moments shared between friends, sisters, brothers, parents, and their children as the two of you prepare for your I dos. I admit that I tear up watching the groom's reaction to his bride the moment he sees her, the moment the bride is kissed and her hand gently taken by her groom, and as they promise their future to each other. A wedding day is, as "fairytale" as it sounds, magical. It's the beginning of a legacy...a strengthening of bonds...and the growth of a family.

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New Beginnings


“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart

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New Beginnings


“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart

There's a magic in pregnancy that is absolutely lovely on camera, and maternity photos are the perfect way to capture the excitement and anticipation of welcoming a beautiful new life into this world. Whether maternity photos are meant to pamper a new, beautiful expecting mother or of a continually growing, excited family of four, these are the days counting down to the arrival of a new life. A new set of hands that will forever make an impact on your heart and our world.

The words we have for the welcoming of a new life into the world are often beyond our reach. Life is miraculous and it is beautiful. Every parent knows that the days are long, and the years are short. Lifestyle newborn photography - the style I focus on most - is meant to capture the first memories you have as parents. A "day in the life" of a new family. Typically taken between 7 and 10 days after birth, newborn photography is designed to capture the moments you will forever cherish as parents.

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Memories Captured


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Memories Captured


Meet Melissa


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Meet Melissa


ABOUT MELISSA: WEDDING & LIFESTYLE MATERNITY & NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

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For me, photography is never just about a simple photograph. Photography is story telling. The story of your life. As a photographer, I feel honored to admire the love, happiness, family, and joy in your memories. From the first days of a beautiful, new, miraculous life, to the milestones and little moments shared between family members, to the unfolding of a day where two families become one, as a photographer, my breath is taken away on a daily basis. My days are spent daydreaming, on the hunt for new inspiration, and finding the beauty in everything around us.

PERSONAL LIFE

I am the mother of two amazing little girls and happily married to the love of my life. I was born in the Florida Keys and spent my childhood exploring the East Coast while my father served in the Coast Guard. After attending the University of Connecticut, I found that it took 624 miles of relocation to find my true love and best friend. When I'm not taking on the craziness of my truly fulfilling role as photographer,  you will most likely find me making memories with my husband and our girls, wrangling two Great Danes, practicing calligraphy, or studying for my Masters in Nutrition.

WORKING WITH MELISSA

I work on location, which guarantees that your sessions are just as unique as you!  I dedicate myself to superior customer service, strive to create genuine friendships with my clients (because what's more personal than photography?), and assure you that I will work with you every step of the way. My job is to tell your story and incorporate elements that highlight what means the most to you. From props to family heirlooms, or simply you in your element, I love creating images that reflect who you are and what makes your life truly wonderful.

After your session is finished, I spend time choosing the best images, edit them, and provide you with an online gallery of your photos. Having your photos professionally printed and canvassed is truly important! Prints can be ordered through your gallery or directly through me for albums and more artistic prints. Because we live in such a digital world, photographs are often left unprinted, diminishing the physical evidence of our most precious memories.

A glimpse into my life through Instagram.