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

Northern Virginia Family Photographer

Lake Accotink Park

Springfield, Virginia

Burke Lake Park

Burke, Virginia

Leopold’s Preserve

Haymarket, Virginia

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

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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 Family Photography Process

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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!

The Family Investment Details


"Melissa worked with us and our pittie and I can say I was more than impressed. The photos came out STUNNING and I still use them to this day. Since then, I have recommend Melissa to anyone and everyone. She has been used quite a bit in my family because her work in impeccable and she’s reliable and fun to work with. Anyone in search of a photographer, go with Melissa - she has everything you need and more."

Springfield, Virginia Family photography


"Melissa was more than accommodating during our scheduling processes (and again when we had to reschedule because of the rain). During our photo shoot, she made sure to ask what specific shots we wanted and was able to keep track and make sure we got everything we wanted! She answered all of my questions with rapid response and was extremely knowledgeable about her work. I highly recommend her to anyone in the NOVA area!!!!"

Manassas, Virginia Family Photography


"Melissa completely surpassed all expectations with our photos session and with the photos. Melissa did our families Christmas photos and we went back to her again for our son’s first birthday photos. All of which were incredible. She made the sessions comfortable and easy and not forced. Our kids all felt relaxed and enjoyed the session. We will definitely go back to Melissa in the future and highly recommend her."

Alexandria, Virginia Family photography


"Melissa is an extremely talented photographer, easy to work with and helps capture your vision and natural essence of your family. She’s extremely patient with the Littles, which takes the stress away from parenting during a photoshoot. I highly recommend Melissa for your future photography needs, you won’t be disappointed!"

Manassas, Virginia Family photography


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