melissa harjes

portrait photographer 

On a deserted island, I'd go crazy without tacos, coffee, my doggos Trigger & Chief, my boyfriend/personal Chef Danny and of course, my camera. 

My style is very light and airy, clean and crisp - which almost sounds like a wine tasting note, but otherwise just happy photos. My goal is to capture moments that will fill your family photo albums and those empty picture frames on your wall. From your engagement to your pregnancy, all the way to your family reunion, it's time to tell your story. I'm here to do just that.

Hudson Valley based, available for travel
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SUNY Ulster Graduate | PPA Member (Pro Photog Association)
KJ Lighting & Location, Posing Evolution Certified (Katelyn James)

I grew up riding bikes with my neighbors and adventuring through the woods. I've always found nature to be such a sweet escape when life starts to feel a little heavy. I try to make hiking and exploring a large part of my free time. There is nothing quite like a deep breath of fresh air on top of the mountains.

the favs

fresh mountain air



our why

my why

My passion for photography developed in the darkroom of my high school with my first 35mm film camera. I didn't see myself being a professional photographer until I was in college for fine arts, where I realized I simply did not have the patience to learn how to draw.  I gravitated towards photography. There was something so magical about the connection between a person and light. I became obsessed with portraits. Eyes are the window to ones' soul and nothing can come close to the satisfaction I get from telling their story through my lens.


what it's all about

There is a feeling of pride that comes from being a portrait photographer. It is a feeling of immense satisfaction in being able to produce romantic, authentic and timeless photographs for couples and families. I get to create photos that individuals will have in an album for years and generations to come; it's a huge honor. These feelings are what continue to feed my passion and desire to document important moments.


the process

I am based out of Pine Bush, NY and travel regularly for weddings & portraits throughout Hudson Valley. I am also available for destinations beyond this area.


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269 stone school house rd
Bloomingburg, ny 12721