Melissa Waller Photography – Fredericksburg VA Senior Photographer » High School Seniors & Families

We are going to talk about all kinds of random things today. Ready? Let’s face it…I’ve been busy. Trying to juggle a full-time job, photography business, family, friends and a social life can be chaotic at best. I haven’t had time to do anything lately…I know – my own fault. I have people tell me all the time to slow down, smell the roses, take time for your family. While all of those things are super important, I feel like I’m letting my clients down if I turn them away. A lot of my friends only take a certain number of clients every year so they don’t compromise their every day life with family/friends. Full Disclaimer: I haven’t been able to let myself do that; my family just kind of accepts that I am crazy from April-December every year. Most people don’t care that I have been busy, but I feel like blogging today, so whether you care or not…here I am.:)

I am excited about the Holidays. I have a few more sessions and then I am taking a month off to relax, refresh and spend the Holidays with my family. Next year, I will be doing things a bit different. I am excited about the changes and you will have to stay tuned to find out what they are. (I know…I hate secrets too)

I am getting ready to kick off my 2017 Senior Spokes Model search…If you know anyone, send them my way. I look forward to this every year, it’s the highlight of my year – seeing who applies and picking my final spokes Models. Let’s talk about this for a minute. I think its important to note that I pick my Spokes Models based on enthusiasm, energy, loyalty, participation in school, church and activities. I do not choose my Models based solely on looks. It is more important to me to choose Spokes Models who will really grow and benefit from my program. I want my girls to have more than just beautiful photos, I want them to have a great experience, meet new friends and walk away knowing that they had a fantastic year with people they never would have known. Along with that, they have to be willing to participate and be open to the experience. I don’t require a lot from my Spokes Models, but this coming 2017 class will have certain expectations that previous groups did not have. It’s important to WANT to be involved in this process so you can get the most out of it.

I am also offering some new incentives for my clients in the upcoming year. I am excited and I think they will be too.

We recently had our family pictures done by my beautiful friend Sara. I am smitten! We have never ever had family photos done and I was super excited. I will be sharing sneak peaks of those later also.

If you don’t know already, my oldest daughter will be welcoming a son in March! I know…I’m to young to be a grandmother. It’s okay though, I am so excited. I can’t wait to welcome Hunter Anthony into our family. It’s going to be a very active and exciting 2016. Morgan is graduating high school, Shelby is having a baby. Wow, it’s going to be amazing! I can’t wait.

So without further adieu, here are just a few of the sessions that have not gotten blogged in the last month. This doesn’t count all of the mini sessions I had in October – gracious, it’s been crazy busy. I wouldn’t have it any other way. xoxo

Here are just a few of the sessions you can look forward to viewing during the next few months.


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Meet Victoria! A 2016 Woodbridge High School Senior. When I first posted Tori’s sneak peeks on Instagram, several people commented that she looked just like Gigi Hadid. I had no idea who that was until I Googled her and WHOA! They could be twins. Tori – my love YOU are a ROCK STAR!

I have been photographing Tori and her sister Lexi since I started this journey 8 years ago. It all started on a soccer field where I found my love of the camera and has morphed into what it is today. Tori’s mom is one of my dearest friends and I absolutely adore this family. To be able to photograph both girls senior photos and watch them grow into amazing and beautiful young ladies has been such a joy. Tori is a track star at WSHS and I am anxiously waiting to see which college she will be attending next Fall. No matter where she heads off to, I know she will have an amazing future. Love you sweet girl. xoxo


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Meet Abigail & Izzi! These two are just amazing. I could have photographed them all day long. We were originally going to do an outside session but this rain and impending hurricane has limited my shooting capabilities. It’s these days that I am so grateful to have an indoor space where I can still work and create beautiful portraits for my clients. I just love these two girls, they are so easy to work with and were an absolute pleasure to photograph. Thank you for coming back ladies – I can’t wait to work with you in the future. Much love xoxo


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My goodness, what can I even say about this girl! She is GORGEOUS! But…not only is she gorgeous on the outside, she has a heart just as beautiful. I absolutely love this family. From the moment I did her little sister’s pictures, Lindsey’s Mom and I have become friends and I think she is the most beautiful person with the purest heart. This is a family I know will be in my life for a very long time. I love families who keep coming back and are loyal as the day is long. Photographers talk about your ideal client – I have found them in this family. The ideal client isn’t just a beautiful client, its a beautiful client who loves you and what your business does. Thank you Lindsey for choosing me to capture your senior year. I am honored, humbled and over the moon excited for you and what this year has in store for you. Much love sweet girl! xoxox


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  • Bonnie Burke - Melissa, Lindsey is my granddaughter. Your photographs of her and Carley prove what a true artist can bring out of a subject and a camera. Lori is truly a great person. My children have been rocks through some really difficult times the last few months and I am eternally grateful that they found you to share their beautiful girls with the world! Lindsey and I share a birthday, so, we are really close. I wish you continued success and you will always have the highest of recommendations from this family.

  • Daphne Ahalt - Every time I look at these picks I cry – proud, happy, melancholy tears. She’s so beautiful on the outside, and you have brought out her inner beauty in these pics. Thanks for sharing. I need to learn to grab tissues b4 I look next time!

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