Category Archives: Portraits

My Family : Portraits

So you’ve heard the saying about the cobblers children having holes in their shoes well photographers families are usually missing family portraits.  I’m not sure why, you figure we have the equipment but sometimes we don’t have the time or the patience for our own family like we do for others ;).  Growing up we...

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Linda : Portraits

I love when clients want photos as a surprise for their spouse!  What a fun idea!  (I did double check that I could blog these because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise and I was told not to worry.)  Meet Linda the mother of my “adorable assistant”/BFF Rebecca!  Linda was kind enough to let...

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Kelli & Andy : Portraits

I’ve come to realize that some people just look amazing in black and white.  I could say it is the lighting, location or the colors they are wearing except that I’ve photographed Kelli and Andy twice now in very different circumstances and they still look amazing in black and white!  Last time I had a...

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Williams Family : Portraits

I love this family!  I have been honored to photograph them for the last couple years.  The last time I saw these guys was for holiday photos last year and they told me they were expecting!!!  Fast forward and here is their newest little guy, Liam!!  I spent a couple hours in their home capturing...

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Woof : Charlie, Molly & Princess

Meet Molly, Princess and Charlie!  Their gorgeous mommy Alison contacted me for a pet session and I was happy to meet some new puppies! Any dog lover knows that every dog has their own quirks and personality traits! Molly was the typical puppy with tons of energy but once tired out she collapsed into a...

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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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