Hi I'm Melissa, a Virginia based wedding and portrait photographer.

Photography has always been a great joy in my life since childhood. My first camera , a 110 Mickey Mouse head, I was 9! A christmas during a Virginia blizzard. I've not been without a camera since. The memories that a photograph can take you to, that is my motivation. Preserving memories..at some point in your life that is all you have left to share your memories with others. Your phone and digital images can never preserve those like a photograph in an album , on your desk or hanging on your wall. 

I'm a down to earth, no filter kind of country girl. I love getting my hands dirty in my garden. It's good for my mind and soul. It's said that one is closer to God in the garden. I'm a true believer. I call it garden therapy! Also a huge DIYer, there is always a project going on at the Collier Homestead, where we call home. Our home is older and full of imperfections ( just like us) it is a great challenge!  Blue jeans, bare feet, watching the birds and the sun set while sipping coffee on my screen porch with my furbabies.... well, that is my comfort zones! 

  I cherish all that we are blessed with on this earth. Enjoying the raw beauty that God gave us. I'm lucky enough to be able to soak it up everyday. I love to share it with others! The Collier Homestead is also home to Honeysuckle Rose Studio!

 After a lifetime of capturing my own memories, I wanted to do the same for others. I invested in formal education from some of the top educators in the wedding and portrait photography industry to perfect my skill. I am a published photographer , yet, I still attend conferences, workshops, anything and everything photography. As there is always something new to learn and keep up with this ever evolving business.

I know I can serve my clients well and capture your most tender life changing moments to look back on for a lifetime! 
  Photography is a means of storytelling. Each and every story is unique. I would love to tell yours.

  I can't wait to hear from you!