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Hello all, I'm Melissa S. Brandel of Portraits by Melissa Starr, located in Saginaw & Hemlock Michigan.
My studio is on beautiful family property in hemlock
and live in saginaw, shields area - go Swan valley!!

I have four beautiful children with my wonderful husband.

Together we have Three girls & our one and only little guy.
Ranging in ages from nineteen to just four 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.


admittedly my absolute favorite sessions to shoot are any type of glam session,
whether it be senior, boudoir, dance or even maternity.
The options are endless, and my creative & girly side completely adore that.



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.




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

please contact me at any time.



{ FEATURED WORK }
Modern Senior
Prolab Express
Covenant Hospital
Riley Blake
Extreme Dance Arts
Blu Moon Design
the heart of a dancer



specializing in children + family, senior, dance & boudoir portraiture and fine art throughout Mid-Michigan