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

Copyright © portraits by Melissa Starr. All rights reserved.



Hello all, I'm Melissa Starr Brandel of Portraits by Melissa Starr.
My studio is located on beautiful family property in hemlock
and I live in saginaw, in the shields area.

I have four beautiful children with my wonderful husband, David.

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


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 I had designed for clients around the globe.


admittedly my absolute favorite sessions to shoot are any type of glam session,
whether it be a senior, dancer, boudoir or 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
extreme dance arts
Riley Blake
Blu Moon Design
the heart of a dancer