Meet Melissa

Melissa Marino is a photographer and portrait artist located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and is known as Orange County’s fine art photographer.

Melissa has a background as a pediatric speech pathologist, which gives her years of experience and a unique insight into the minds of children – this can be seen in her ability to connect with even the most energetic and self-directed children. In fact, Melissa is known in the special needs community as the “go to” photographer for her high levels of patience and understanding. This has made her a true expert in capturing beautiful images of every child.

At home…

On the personal side, Melissa is the mother to two beautiful and rambunctious boys who keep her on her toes and scramble her brain daily! Aside from photography, Melissa enjoys music, movies and travel. If you ask Melissa her favorite place in the entire world, she will tell you it’s Roatan Island, in Honduras. The people are friendly, the water is cerulean blue, and the sand just begs you to take long walks in it. Melissa also loves hiking and the outdoors, and can often be found exploring different locations around the Hudson Valley.


The mark of a good photographer is that her images are loved by clients and fans. The mark of a truly talented and skilled photographer is that she has had her work recognized by publications and professional organizations. Melissa excels in both of these areas, as she possesses not only a dedicated fan base but has also been recognized by industry leaders by earning awards in professional competitions.

In 2019 Melissa earned four blue ribbons in the NYS Professional Photographer’s Society for her portrait artistry. Melissa’s photographic art has also been published several times, including multiple covers of Brand Model Magazine. Melissa takes the art of photography seriously. More than a hobby, more than a job, photography is a passion to Melissa, and each day she strives to be the best in every way.

Titled: Finnegan Rocks

Titled: Breakfast at Olivia’s

Cover of Brand Model Magazine

Titled: Flower Garden

Titled: Floral

Cover of Brand Model Magazine

Ready to Book?

Getting on Melissa's calendar is as easy as sending in an inquiry. Contact us today, and let us custom design a unique portrait session just for you.













Birthday + Cakesmash

Themed Sessions


"We couldn't be happier..."

“We recently used Melissa Marino Portrait Artistry for our first ever professional family portraits and couldn’t be happier with the final results. Melissa guided us through from start to finish in choosing a location and a “feel” for our shoot and truly worked to capture the essence of our family. The photo packages were reasonably priced and our album was completed and impeccably edited for viewing quicker than she had initially promised. We look forward to working with her again in the future!”

– Lourdesa H. – Family Session

"Melissa is amazing..."

Melissa is amazing! She has done multiple photoshoots for my twins, and each one is better than the last! To say that working with mobile toddlers is like herding kittens is an understatement, but somehow she does it with aplomb. She is patient and kind and somehow captures her subjects at the perfect moment. Her photos are truly beautiful and absolutely worth the investment. My family is so glad that we have had the opportunity to work with her; she remains our go-to for all of our picture needs!

– Bridget S. – Childrens’ Portraits

"A pleasure to work with..."

“Melissa’s studio is gorgeous and she has such a great variety of props and outfits! She is a pleasure to work with, especially with cranky toddlers that don’t want to smile! She is amazing at what she does and the results speak for themselves. The work she puts out is unlike anyone else in the area. Definitely check her out!”

– Jennifer M. – Maternity Session

"Her work is impeccable..."

“I booked a session with Melissa for my 5-month-old daughter. She was so wonderful to work with. From communication prior to the shot, her work the day of and even following up with me. Her work is impeccable and she is just so kind. I have recommended her to many friends and would definitely use her again! Her work speaks for itself!”

– Allyson D. – Themed Session