Hello! I’m Melissa Arlena and I’m a dog person. I like cats too but my heart belongs to dogs. There is just something about that wagging tail, soft ears and wet kisses that I can’t live without. My girl Maxie was my first furry child, she spent almost 11 years by my side. She was there through joy and laughter and gave me a shoulder to cry on in times of heartbreak. She watched me mature from a young twenty something to a wife and a mother. When it was time to let her go I was and still am heartbroken. I am so thankful for the photos I have and the memories behind those photos. Maxie was the inspiration to finally push myself to branch out into photographing pets more.
I have two loves when it comes to photography, weddings and pets! I love to spend my weekdays photographing furry babies and my weekends photographing couples in love. When the two combine I’m even happier! I love that my couples who don’t have dogs before their wedding seem to become dog parents soon after. I guess I just attract other dog people!
Our brood consists of an 8 year old yellow lab named Sadie Mae and a new golden retriever puppy named Sammy J! Plus our cat who thinks she is a dog Chloe ;). When I’m not off at a wedding we spend our weekends on our sailboat. Maxie and Sadie loved being on the boat so we are excited to introduce Sammy to it this year. Before I had our son, Will last year all my photos were of our dogs and now they are of Will and the dogs. I love looking around our house and seeing all the beautiful photos of my four legged children.
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Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia but I frequently travel to Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia and Southern Virginia.
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