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Melissa Maillett

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Spring has “sprung” in the DC area, but this spring is different than any of the past ones. It is the “Coronavirus spring” and instead of mobs of tourists photographing Cherry Blossoms and picknicking at the tidal basin, we are all hunckered down in our own homes, taking selfies and gardening in our back yards. […]

Socially Distancing While Photographing

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For portrait photographers, it’s hard to wrap up the year before the year is over. I was taking family portraits right up until the new year! But January is my time to breathe. To reflect and to plan for the next year. Every year I say I need to niche and to specialize in one […]

My 2018 in Review


Wouldn’t you rather be running through those fountains than getting your picture taken? Situation: an extended family portrait with grandparents from out of town that had to take place on that day. Four little kids in their formal finery posing as the rain dripped around them. Despite the weather, we managed to get some cute […]

When it Rains on Family Picture Day!


I love it when my client has a specific vision and idea for their session; part of my passion in photography is helping that vision come to life. This extended family portrait was part of a very special weekend that was booked as a “Dad and Daughters” weekend at the absolutely majestic Air BnB, out in Virginia’s wine […]