Imperfectly perfect maternity, newborn, and family photographer in Pittsburgh, PA

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Specializing in real and raw moments, you won't catch me asking for awkward poses or forcing "say cheese" smiles. As a family photographer in Pittsburgh, PA my goal is to create keepsakes that showcase all the unfiltered, beautiful moments that make your family, your family.

Where the heart of a mama meets the artistry of family photography 

These moments, no matter how seemingly small or ordinary, are worth capturing because they’re your family’s story.

Those new milestones in your life — the glow of pregnancy, that sweet newborn smell, the first (adorably) sassy comment from your toddler — all pass by in the blink of an eye.

The good news? We can freeze today's little moments in photographs, which become cherished memories you can keep close forever.

Can I let you in on a not-so-secret secret?

(And it’s better that way!)

In short, there’s no need to stress over perfection, because, let's face it, life doesn’t roll like that.

If being an adult is messy and unpredictable (which it is!), then parenthood (and motherhood) takes it to a whole new level. Yet, as much of a wild ride it is, it’s the most rewarding role life throws at us. 

That’s why my family photography style is centered on embracing the vibrant chaos of family life — because real moments are beautiful.

Family photographer for those who embrace the beautiful chaos of life.

I only like when Miss Melissa takes my pictures, not other people - Caed
- Jennine

This lady is magical, my friends. Not only is she talented with a lens but she is genuine, compassionate, and just "gets" kids. We couldn't have been more relaxed, had more fun, or asked for a better day. Thankful for her and the bond she has with our little fam!

“My son keeps asking when we can play with Miss Melissa again.”

Mama Said
it is kind of fun, I don’t know why though. The photos look really good at the end!  - Franklin

Capturing the dads, kiddos, and extended family is one of my biggest joys — but when it comes to moms, I feel an extra special connection. 

Moms endure so much yet they often feel like it's still not enough. Through my lens, I aim to celebrate the sacrifices they make to keep the heartbeat of a family going.

That's why as your family photographer in Pittsburgh, PA I celebrate all that you, mama, have achieved. My process, from inquiry to delivery and beyond, is thoughtfully designed with your hectic schedule in mind, so it adds no extra weight to your already full plate.

But it's always felt like my calling to redefine what it looks like to capture motherhood.

Yes, those Pinterest-worthy portraits of pregnant and new moms are gorgeous...

Say goodbye to unnatural and inauthentic photoshoots. I use a child-led approach to guarantee a fun, stress-free family photography session!

Maternity sessions, for me, are a celebration of your incredible journey, and the overflowing love you already feel for the little human you're about to meet.

The early days with your newborn are like nothing else. We’ll capture all the precious moments that make the sleepless nights and diaper changes all worth it.


Your family photographer in Pittsburgh, PA for the whole timeline of life.

What I can capture for you.


No added to-dos, just added memories to your life.

You’re busier than you ever thought you’d be. Between chasing toddlers around, work commitments, mastering the art of diaper changes, herding kids to practice, and trying to get some me time, it’s hard to imagine adding anything to your plate.

As a mama of two, I get it!

I'm here to simplify the photography process for you so you can keep focusing on what you need to.

If you want no-stress & natural maternity, newborn, and family photography — I'm your girl.

family photographer in pittsburgh, pa  who gets it

Hi, I'm Melissa!
my favorite part is wearing pajamas and getting photos with the dog. Also “pickle” photos. - Coleman
Mama Said
- Stephanie

She captures the best moments and every session feels like catching up with a friend. Getting family photos with unpredictable little ones can be stressful, but Melissa is patient and great with the whole family!

One of my favorite memories is when we tried to get our one-year-old to smile. “Drop that baby” became a motto for that session — and we got smiles! (Don’t worry, no toddler was harmed!)

I can’t recommend Melissa enough — you won’t be disappointed!

“I found Melissa for maternity photos… But we’ve been coming back for all our family photos!”

My mailing lists always get first dibs on my availability and offers. They receive updates and announcements before the rest of the world!

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It's my kind of vibe. If it’s yours too, I'd love to be the one capturing your family memories.

Connection > perfection