specializing in newborn, child, small family & senior portraiture and fine art throughout Mid-Michigan




Hello all, I'm Melissa S. Brandel of Portraits by Melissa Starr, located in Saginaw, Michigan.

I have four beautiful children with my wonderful husband.

Together we have Three girls & our one and only little guy.
Ranging in ages from eighteen to just three years.


Photography has always been my passion for as long as I can remember.
my passion turned into a love as my children were born & growing, way too quickly!!
Besides a true love for photography, I was a graphic designer { DESIGNS BY MELISSA STARR }
for over eight years and had designed for clients around the globe.

My love for child and family photography starts with the wonder of what's going to happen next,
and that's usually when the magic happens.
While I always strive for perfectly posed images,

capturing the laughter, love and connection that makes your family,

your family - my goal with each and every session.

One of the biggest joys for me is photographing a brand new baby

just days after being brought into this world.
I adore those little faces, tiny lips and fuzzy heads...

oh my, I could go on & on (and probably why I've had four babies myself).

senior (girls) are admittedly my absolute favorite subjects to photograph.
The options are endless, and my creative side completely adores that!!



If you have any questions at all or are interested in scheduling a session,

please contact me at any time.



{ FEATURED WORK }
Modern Senior
The Heart of a Dancer (movie)

Prolab Express
Covenant Hospital
Riley Blake
Extreme Dance Arts
Blu Moon Design



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