A selection of beautiful families during their Northern VA family photography sessions

Northern Virginia Family Photographer

When you hire me for your NOVA family photo session, I want you to know that I will do my very best to make this as quick and painless as possible for everyone involved! I know how stressful it can be to get the whole family to cooperate at the same time, but try to relax and let me get the family looking great for you! I like to get a good mix of posed and natural photos during every session because I think it's important to have that mix for you to choose from in your final gallery. You would be surprised at how many moms go into a session wanting the posed and looking photo and end up falling in love with the more natural photos of the family interacting with one another. Let's have some fun during the session playing games and having tickle fights or just walking together and laughing at each other! Let your kids tell me their favorite jokes and make their silliest faces at me! Some of the best laughs and smiles come with the craziest things I might ask you to do or say!

So let's do this together. My welcome guide will walk you through all the things that your family needs to know going into your Northern VA family photo session, and I am here to help you style the whole family if you'd like. I have my favorite locations around Northern Virginia that I love to use for photo sessions so I can even pick the location for you or give you a few suggestions to choose from. I want to make the process of working with me for your family photo session in Northern VA as easy as possible. That's why I've taken such care to streamline and enhance my client experience. It's simplified yet personalized every time. I hope that you will take the time to reach out and see if we're a great fit for your own personal Northern Virginia family photo session!

Springfield, Virginia

Lake Accotink Park

Burke, Virginia

Burke Lake Park

Haymarket, Virginia

Leopold’s Preserve

Every session starts with a conversation. Reach out and let's start talking about what you're looking for in your family session. We'll find a good date and location for your session, and we will get you officially scheduled on my calendar.

Say Hello

Step 1 of 5

After you've officially scheduled your session, we will start the planning process. We will go over your outfit choices for the entire family and the location for your session if we haven't already picked a place.

Do you want to include your furry family member? Now is the perfect time to talk about it! Your family session is customizeable to meet your own family's needs and desires for your photos!

Planning Your Session

Step 2 of 5

When you hire me as your family photographer, I am at your disposal. Ask me anything. I want your session to go as smoothly as possible when the time comes. But I also want to be supportive in any way that I can be. Honestly, no topic is off limits! I am here to support you and to help you.

Keeping In Touch

Step 3 of 5

A few days prior to our session, I'll reach out to confirm our time and location. This is a great time to ask any last minute questions or discuss any ideas you may have for your session. We will meet at the location where I will be ready to capture your family's now!

We will go through your session at your pace. I schedule sessions with enough wiggle room to allow for breaks, so don't be afraid to speak up if you or the kids need one. I don't want you to worry about a thing! You are going to knock this out of the park!

Your Family Session

Step 4 of 5

We made it through your session, and you can check your yearly family photos off your "to do" list. You can expect to receive your session gallery within four weeks of your session, but I always try my best to get them back to you sooner. I know how anxious you are to see the photos. Once you've marveled at how fabulous your family looks, you will have the opportunity to select your included digital images as well as purchase any additional digitals and print products through your private online viewing gallery.

Your Photographs

Step 5 of 5

Let's do this. Together.

The Process

let's chat! >

Time goes by way too fast! If you're looking to make some memories of your family in this season of life, you're in the right place. After all, memories and pictures are all we have of times gone by!

With this type of session, you'll get up to 1 hour of my time at a location that we will choose together. Your package includes 15 digital images and an 8x10 float wrap w/ stand to proudly display in your home.

You'll receive guidance leading up to your session on what to wear, how to prepare, and what to expect. I'll be available every step of the way to assist you in any way I can to make sure you're prepared for your big day!

Investment Details


"Melissa is absolutely AMAZING at what she does! Well worth the price. My styled maternity shoot went very smoothly. She knew how to make sure I got the photos and poses I didn't even know I wanted. Very easy to communicate with and everything was a breeze from start to finish, could not recommend her enough!"

Chantilly Maternity Photography


"I have been doing mini photo shoots for several years with random photographers, but we have finally found a home with Melissa. I love her communication, assistance with picking outfits, colors, poses, etc. Everything came out beautifully and it wouldn't have been so if it weren't for her!"

Alexandria Newborn Photography


"Melissa is wonderful. The quality of her work is worth the price. The experience of taking the photos with our kids was fun and easy and she had great ideas for candid shots, which I said I prefer. Our kids loved her and even wanted to pose for a picture with her at the end of the shoot. She was so patient and kind about scheduling and rescheduling. And the photos speak for themselves. It was an unforgettable day and the memories are permanent now in these gorgeous photos."

Burke Family photography


"Melissa is the absolute best!! From the start of this process, she has been so communicative and helpful on everything that I needed to do and was so supportive. The shoot was SO much fun and being able to include my dog and sister made it even more amazing- Melissa is extremely personable and has such great instruction on posing, etc! When I got my pictures, I was stunned at how beautiful they are- I can’t wait for my newborn photoshoot! You can’t go wrong with Melissa, she is amazing and very talented!"

Chantilly Maternity Photography


"Attention to detail, thoughtful, creative and caring are a few words that come to mind when I think about my newborn session with Melissa! She made everything so easy from start to finish! Her booking process is seamless, user friendly and SO informative. She covers all the bases when you’re her client and she treats you like a long time friend. You will NOT regret your session with Melissa!"

Manassas Newborn Photography


"Choosing Melissa Driggers Photography was the BEST decision our family could have made. She was flexible, professional, incredibly prompt, friendly, and great with our kids. Our pictures are stunning-hands down the best family photos we’ve ever had. I am blown away! I can’t wait to share them with friends and family and hang them in our home. I can’t recommend her enough!"

Fairfax Family photography


"It was an amazing experience working with Melissa! She had everything ready for me and was so flexible for when I needed a break. She was also so encouraging which is important to someone like me who is going through a lot of changes. I will absolutely be booking with her again!"

Burke Maternity Photography


"Melissa was great! She fit me in for both a maternity and a newborn session on fairly short notice. She had a ton of perks in her business package - she provided beautiful dresses and a try-on session of those dresses for the maternity shoot, hair and makeup professionals (this was extra, but not having to research/book people for this was worth it), and a beautiful photobook. Her photos were fantastic!"

Haymarket Newborn Photography


"Melissa was a dream to work with. She was organized, efficient, and flexible from booking through receipt of the gallery. The images she manage to capture of my family were beautiful (and I have two very active young children). I would absolutely work with her again."

Chantilly Family Photography


lovely words from Happy NOVA Photography Clients

Join my Facebook group

As a Northern Virginia photographer and fellow mom, I felt there was a need for a safe, supportive, and drama free space for moms and moms-to-be to come together and support one another through the crazy lives we live as moms. Come join us and chat all things motherhood, pregnancy, and more!

NOVA Moms:
Supportive Parenting & Pregnancy in Fairfax County & Beyond

A family of four snuggling up together in the woods, featured on a blog about Fairfax County gymnastics.

Kids have a lot of energy. A lot. Some more than others. As parents, we do everything we can to keep our kids happy and entertained. But it doesn’t hurt if we find them an activity that also lets them burn off some of that extraordinary energy. Gymnastics is one of those opportunities that lets […]

Read more >

A pregnant woman in a lavender gown posing in studio, featured on a blog about Washington DC OBGYN.

Read more >

We already know that, as women, we can do anything. But we can’t take on the world if we’re not feeling up to the challenge! This is where having the right team of healthcare professionals is critically important to help us take care of ourselves physically and mentally. Our women’s wellness journey begins with the […]

A brother and sister standing side by side in front of a beautiful red bush at sunset, featured on a blog about One Two Kangaroo Toys.

We live in a world where convenience is paramount, and shopping is much more efficiently done on a screen than in a store – and where’s the fun in that?! Sure, having groceries delivered straight to your door is great in a pinch, and when you need something delivered fast and don’t have time in […]

Read more >

A beautiful mom posing in a periwinkle dress and hugging her pregnant belly, featured on a blog about baby shower venues in DC.

Few things in life are more worth celebrating than a new baby. Baby showers are a great way to get excited about an impending arrival and shower moms-to-be (and dads-to-be!) with love and perhaps set them up with some of the baby must-haves they’ll need to navigate the first year of parenthood. From a quaint […]

Read more >

A ballerina posing in front of a field and castle, featured on a blog post about Buffa's Dance Studio.

Read more >

Dance classes are so much more than flashy outfits and holiday recitals; they are opportunities for kids to stay active, make friendships, and learn important life skills! From teamwork and cooperation to creative expression and confidence, dance classes are a great way to get your kid moving and grooving! In Burke, VA, Buffa’s Dance Studio […]

A close-up of a letter board announcing a pregnancy held by mom and dad, featured on a blog about Sunflowers Healing and Wellness.

Life can be complicated, but you never have to navigate it alone! Organizations like Sunflowers Healing and Wellness stay dedicated to helping couples and individuals find clarity in their journeys. From life and relationship coaching to birth doula services and hypnobirthing, Sunflowers is an amazing resource – and with primarily virtual services, you can take […]

Read more >

Sessions starting at $550 plus tax.
Reach out and let's see if we're a good fit! I can't wait to chat! 

Say Hello & Let's Connect!

SEND it over »

Melissa Driggers is an award winning Northern Virginia photographer. Her work has been featured in various magazines. She offers styled maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her true to color, timeless style.
Melissa serves Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Manassas, Woodbridge and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia & Washington DC