I’m Melissa

Virginia wedding & Portrait Photographer

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I’m Melissa, founder and main photographer for Melissa Diane Photography. I fell in love with photography after I shot and processed my first roll of film in my high school darkroom.  I started to see the world through my viewfinder, noticing the subtle beauty of light and creating compositions in my head.  After my first year of art school at VCU, I knew I wanted to study photography and make it my profession. After graduating from VCU in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography, I founded Melissa Diane Photography and began this incredible journey.

I believe that:

Love is powerful, laughter is the best medicine, and music feeds the soul.

I'm not about:

Awkward poses, poor communication, a world without margaritas.

You can find me:

Hiking and exploring with my camera, playing golf with my husband, and cuddling on the couch with my kitty.

I find so much inspiration in the beauty of nature and I love to use it to highlight the beauty within my clients. I am always looking for the best light coming through the trees or the perfect leaf to highlight a beautiful engagement ring.  During shoots, you’ll probably see me crouching in the bushes or trees to get that perfect shot where my subjects are surrounded by nature. 

I feel very blessed to be based in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where there is no shortage of stunning scenery to explore with my clients. From the incredible vistas of the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the historic columns at UVA, to the vines of Virginia’s wine country, I’m ready to turn the love you feel into a beautiful photograph that you can enjoy for years to come.



These are a few of my favorite things!



Places I've traveled

Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Chile


Andrew Bird, Mandolin Orange, Led Zeppelin, Steel Drivers

TV Show

The Office


The Handmaid's Tale

Non-Photography Activities

Camping, Hiking, Visiting Vineyards and Breweries, Golfing, Ceramics

Check out some of the beautiful venues where I've photographed

UVA Chapel,

Charlottesville, VA

Castle Hill Cider,

Charlottesville, VA

Oak Ridge Estate,

Arrington, VA

The Seclusion,

Lexington, VA

The Barn at Turkey Ridge,

Charlottesville, VA

Barren Ridge Vineyards,

Fishersville, VA

Brix and Columns Vineyards,

McGaheysville, VA

Blue Stone Vineyards,

Harrisonburg, VA

Irvine Estate,

Lexington, VA

The Barn at Edgewood,

Standardsville, VA

Meet my amazing animals


She has 26 toes and is always sporting a tux


Red Fox Labrador

Hey there!

I’m Chuck, the second photographer and videographer for Melissa Diane Photography and an educator based out of Richmond, VA. It is rare you will find me without a camera in my hands- documenting everyday life, from family and friends to epic adventures.  I love the chase of capturing a great photo.

My focus is travel, documentary, abstract and weddings. Making a photo, processing, printing and seeing the final product and the joy it can bring people adds fuel to my creative fire. I also enjoy sharing my technical knowledge and have been educating people in photography for the past 10 years. 

Photographing weddings combines my love for photography and my enthusiasm for documenting life. Spending time with a bride and groom on their wedding day is a rush. Knowing that they will cherish the memories that I capture for years to come.