Chattanooga, Tennessee

that's me up there

• since. 2011•

I am fierce in all aspects of my life.  I burn with intense passion and put that into everything I do - from raising my 4 incredible kids to the art and experience of photography, I aspire always to rise above simply "doing" and elevate to "slaying". 


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Humans are good. Life is beautiful. The world needs a lot of work. We need connection. We need joy. These are the facts on which I build my life, and by extension, my craft. I approach every session as an opportunity to delve into the goodness of humans and focus on the beautiful. (That's one of the benefits of looking at life through a viewfinder - you get to see only what draws you and everything else is out of frame. I think sometimes we need that - to not look at the whole picture, but rather, let something lovely fill our vision.) We connect long before the session - I want to know what makes you laugh and cry, what your story is, what your vulnerabilities and triumphs are. I want to bring those to life. I'm not just photographing the way you look - I want to see who you {a r e}. We will laugh. We will be surprised by what we have in common. We will share in the mutual joy of discovering ourselves and a new (or old!) friendship. Here - in this intersection of goodness, beauty, joy, and connection - the art of photography does something magical: it makes the world a little bit better. Art is like that - leaving indelible imprints on our human experience. That's it. That's the whole of it - the human experience. That's what photography is to me. Photography is simply the joy and art of the human experience.   

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Every session booked with Melissa Marie Photography is a custom experience with styling, design, and an effortless workflow so that you feel you are in the best hands from start to finish. No detail is too small: whether you are trusting me with your family and children or yourself at your most vulnerable, I deliver a level of service that leaves you feeling pampered, valued, and relaxed. It all begins with a plan for your wardrobe and location, then work with trusted hair and makeup artists, followed by a seamless, fun session that leaves even the most reluctant of subjects smiling comfortably and naturally.  Professional retouching and signature editing elevate your images to the truly stunning works of art you deserve.  Go ahead - set that bar high.

The experience-

Attention to detail and intimate personal service

strictly by the numbers



years of 
professional work


cups of coffee per day


“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”.— Annie Leibovitz

intimately boudoir 

children & family


studio & head shots

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Empowerment.  Self-care.  Rejuvenation.  Let me photograph you the way I see you in an intimate, glamours experience complete with hair and makeup.  Pamper yourself from head-to-toe and be prepared to see yourself like never before. Your transformation goes beyond your fabulous day-of makeover; unlock the magic you might have forgotten is already there... that I never stopped believing.  Get ready to fall in love - with you! 

Intimately boudoir & glamour

For a long time, I photographed newborn babies, weddings, and births. From the very beginning of my professional journey, my clients were trusting me with their most precious life-changing events. I have never stopped being humbled by the vulnerability in those times and I will forever be inspired by the beauty in those raw and profound experiences. What I realized was that womxn are the most incredible creatures I could ever imagine. Time and again, I was shaken to my core by the capacity for womxn to overcome huge hurdles. I am in awe of each one of us. And our children and families are natural extensions of that. I have devoted my professional life to portraying that in the art I create for you.

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Melissa Marie Photography is a luxury photographer serving the greater Chattanooga, Tennessee area, including: Hixson, Soddy Daisy, Ooltewah, Cleveland, Ringgold, Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Marysville, Spring City, Athens, Dalton, Dayton, Cartersville, Red Bank, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, St. Elmo, Dunlap, McDonald, Collegedale, Rossville, Ft. Oglethorpe, as well as travel destinations

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