Massachusetts photographer

Boston, Worcester and Sturbridge area Family, Newborn & Maternity Photographer

 Authentic, details focused images that capture the true essence and personality of your family. Melissa provides an experience that is based in play and being present with the ones you love.

Melissa Ortendahl Photography creates portraits of your family, your children and you and your partner that showcase the connection and emotion you have for one another.

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"I’ve gone to Melissa for my newborn photos and eagerly returned to do a motherhood session with my little one. I’ll for sure be coming back for more. She is also a baby whisperer, able to soothe my little newborn during his colicky days, and captured our young family so beautifully when I was not exactly feeling photo friendly immediately postpartum. Melissa has created keepsakes for our family I’ll treasure forever. I highly recommend her for your family!"

- anna

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I want to tell your story. The story of your love, of your growing family; of you.

My passion is creating portraits that evoke emotion. Showcasing connection. Capturing all the details you don't want to forget from this time in your life.
Your son's crazy long eyelashes. Your daughter's dimple. The chubby little ankle rolls your baby has. How your hand rests instinctually on your belly as your little one kicks and rolls from inside. The way your wife's hand fits so well in yours.

as your photographer...

I want your moments.

Hey There! I’m Melissa. Boy mom to three wild children, wife to one very patient man. You can find me re-heating my coffee and dancing along to the chaotic soundtrack of our life. I’m a natural storyteller and love capturing life in all it’s messy and unkempt beauty. 

I'm going to have you running after your kids, dancing with your husband, tickling the bellies of your babies and hopefully, forgetting that I'm there. Because my job is to make you comfortable, put you at ease so that you can be real. Connected. In the moment. Present with your family. Having fun.

If this sounds like what you're looking for, I'd love to work with you.

photographer + storyteller.

Let's create some memories together. 

Based in Central Massachusetts, serving the greater New England area and available for travel worldwide.

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