It's great to meet you! I'm Melissa - a photographer and portrait artist located in the beautiful Hudson Valley. I've been working in the Orange County NY area for several years, but I'm happy to say I've finally found my forever home - I just moved into a brand new, gorgeous studio on Main Street in Warwick, NY. I specialize in maternity, newborn, cake smash and family photography for clients who live in Orange County, NY, the Hudson Valley, Westchester and even NYC.
My background as a pediatric speech pathologist has given me years of experience and a unique insight into the minds of children – which means I can generally connect with even the most energetic and self-directed little ones. In particular, my clients often comment on my high levels of patience and understanding - as well as an unwavering level of attention to detail. All things considered, I consider myself a true expert in capturing beautiful images of every child.
I find joy in taking those same skills - patience, attention to detail, and a steadfast pride in my work - and applying them to my newborn, maternity, and family sessions as well. I promise that you'll love your images as much as I love creating them. And I LOVE what I do. Like, a lot.
If it sounds like I'm the photographer you've been looking for, I'd love to meet up with you in my Warwick, NY studio, or for an outdoor session somewhere in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Reach out by clicking the button below. I can't wait to meet you!
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"Melissa is absolutely phenomenal. She has done several sessions for us from maternity to newborn, family to cake smash, princess to holiday, and even fitness/branding sessions in between. Her studio is lovely and her outdoor sessions are always fast and fun. She is amazing with children and has always been a pleasure to work with."
"Melissa is hands down the best photographer I have ever met! We crossed paths with Melissa in 2021 after every mom on Facebook recommended her to me when I asked about a newborn photographer. From our first interaction I understood why. Melissa is a master at what she does. No detail gets by her and her passion for her craft shows up in the way she’s able to capture each baby’s unique personality. I also appreciate how effortless Melissa makes the experience on me! She has every detail pre-planned from the backdrops to the props to the outfits. All we do is show up!
Melissa makes sure all our photos come out flawless while still capturing the uniqueness of our daughter!
Melissa has now done photos for our daughter at newborn, 3mo, 6mo and 9mo and family photos for us.
We already have more sessions scheduled and I will never work with anyone besides her!"
"I can't even explain the feeling that I got when I saw my baby's 1 year cake smash photos that Melissa did. They are AMAZING. I think something just as awesome was the experience we had while doing them. My little boy took right to Melissa and my husband and I laughed the whole time at how cute it was. He had an absolute blast with his cake (that was delicious and we got to take home) and the fun poses that he got to do. the backdrop in Melissa's studio was phenomenal. I just can't say enough great stuff about this photographer, especially because she put so much work into the set. I ended up buying all the photos...they were all so perfect!"
"Melissa did my daughters 1st birthday photos and they came out AMAZING. Melissa was easy to communicate with and made our birthday theme come to life! Everything was better than we could have imagined. I would highly recommend Melissa for your next photo shoot!"
"I cannot say enough about the luxury experience I received for my maternity session. Melissa provided a variety of gowns that met my specific criteria, and then helped me select the perfect one. She made sure I felt beautiful from head to toe - even going so far as to create a hand made hair piece that matched my dress! The session was fun and enjoyable, and the final images are true perfection! She held my hand through the whole process, from start to finish - all I had to do was show up! Highly, highly recommend this photographer!"
"I absolutely recommend Melissa to anyone and everyone! She is extremely talented and can truly turn any idea into a reality. The images she captures are amazing! Melissa answered all my questions and any messages I sent quickly and no matter how many I sent it never felt like I was bothering her! Her kindness, patience, and friendliness made me feel at ease as I waddled around for my maternity shoot, and then when I brought my newborn to her studio. My son absolutely adores her! Cannot wait to book more sessions!"
"Melissa is absolutely incredible! Her work is truly unmatched! She did my maternity photos and made me feel so beautiful, which all other mamas out there know can be very rare in the third trimester! She has also done my daughters newborn, 3 and 6 month milestone photos, and a mommy and me shoot for my daughter and I. Melissa makes you feel so comfortable, and it’s as if you’ve known her and been friends for some time! I could not recommend her more!!"
Life moves quickly, children grow up too fast, and special moments are over far too soon. At Melissa Marino Portrait Artistry our hearts are full with the knowledge that we help people, one family at a time, to preserve these irreplaceable moments for years to come. Whether it’s the tiny, delicate fingertips of your newborn baby, the chubby rosy cheeks of your little one on his first birthday, or the beaming smile of your high school senior as she thinks of the future stretching before her- these moments are as important as they are fleeting. And if time can’t stop to allow us to enjoy these moments a little longer, our job here is to do that for you – by creating gorgeous, one of a kind photographic artwork that can bring you back to these times, no matter how far in the future it may be. Let us be your Hudson Valley NY photographer.