Hi I'm Melissa, a Virginia based wedding and portrait photographer. Photography has always been a  great joy in my life since childhood. The memories that a photograph can take you to, that is my motivation. Preserving memories..

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.... well, those are my comfort zones! 

  I cherish all that we are blessed with on this earth. Enjoying the raw beauty that country life offers. 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 into 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!