Chasing light, capturing life, telling stories

Hi ✨ My name is Mel and I’m a lifestyle photographer based in Richmond, Virginia — a city that courted me for years and that I now call home.

It’s here where I get to chase golden hour with fun families and love birds. My sessions are fun and relaxing, and the resulting photos casual and organic.

I’m a native of the Dominican Republican and was raised in South Florida (I’m not ashamed to say am still getting used to Virginia’s winters.) I enjoy writing, mothering my house plants, baking madeleines, sipping cold brew, reading the newspaper, and laughing heartily at my husband’s jokes.

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