My family has lived in Abu Dhabi for 5 years and in that time I've watched 2 of my teens graduate High School and move away. This past Christmas, realizing how quickly our lives are changing, I finally committed to booking Melissa and getting the beautiful deserts shots I'd been following & wanting for years after seeing photos she did for a friend of ours. For me, wrangling my family of 6 wasn't easy but after seeing what Melissa created for us I'm SO glad I did. Thanks, Melissa for giving us the best Christmas present ever!

I could go on and on about what an awesome experience this was but here are just a few of the highlights:

Melissa is a complete professional. She quickly answered all my questions, was upfront about costs and expectations, and did exactly what she said she was going to do. SO EASY TO WORK WITH!

Melissa is a complete joy. From the moment we met her, she put all of us at ease. In fact, my 4 teens were so comfortable with her they let their 'true; personalities show (which led to some truly amazing photos!) Though Melissa and I had never met before, I let the photo shoot feeling I had just spent the afternoon with a friend.

Melissa is truly talented. Scroll through her FB page and you will see her artistry shine through. The way she was able to capture the beauty of the desert, the changing light and 6 crazy humans is still a bit baffling to me, but she did it while making it seem so effortless in the process. These are photos I will treasure for years to come.

Melissa is funny. She really is - and that is important with a photographer. Whether you're trying to get a toddler to smile, an uncomfortable husband to relax, or a teenage boy to stop being a goofball for more than 5 seconds, Melissa's fun-loving personality finds a way to make it happen. Seriously I would've pulled my hair out (especially when it came to the goofball teenage boy), but Melissa just keeps clicking, and seems to honestly be having a good time behind the lens which makes everyone else have a good time in front of it!

I think you should go for it!