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What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

You’ve probably seen lifestyle newborn photography before but you just didn’t know that it had a name. It’s very popular with celebrities showing off their gorgeous nurseries as they ooh and aah over their brand new babies. The images are always very casual and relaxed, the couple usually wearing jeans and dressy tops with bare...

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Amazing Wedding Cakes Fredericksburg Va

One of the most important details on your wedding day is the cake! I’ve become a cake and cupcake connoisseur over my years as a wedding photographer so trust me when I say I know good cake :). Beyond cake, a lot of weddings nowadays will have a whole dessert table, with a variety of choices...

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Cherry Blossom Minis | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

As a Northern Virginia Family Photographer I LOVE cherry blossom trees! Like love them so much we’ve been planting 2 trees a year along our driveway. They are combination birthday and Mother’s Day presents for me! Of course they are tiny little trees right now but hopefully, by the time the boys graduate high school, they...

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6 Trends for Ceremony Aisle Décor in 2018

There are many different trends in ceremony aisle décor. Whether you are having a classically elegant or romantic rustic wedding, there are many ways for you to decorate.  Between the color and the theme, this will help you narrow down your options and help you decide what will look good. The important part of decorating...

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Mark & Amanda | DC Cherry Blossom Engagement

It has been one heck of a transition from Winter to Spring and for us here in Virginia, we are still wondering where our “Spring” weather is! For instance last week on Monday it was flurrying outside my office and by Friday it was mid 80’s and we were wearing shorts. I think everyone is...

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I'm a Virginia born and raised photographer, DIYer, and educator sharing life, love and all my latest projects with you! Ready to chat about your photography needs - just click here!

xoxo, Melissa Arlena

diyer, sailor, mother, dog lover, military wife

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