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Melissa Tuck Photography had another wonderful year thanks to the best clients one could imagine! My camera had less clicks than ever before due to my pregnancy and maternity leave in the spring (but what I lacked professionally, I made up for personally). I only shot nine weddings (in comparison to 22 in 2013 and 28 in 2012), BUT I realized last year's weddings did put me at a certain milestone: I've now shot more than 100 weddings since starting my business in 2009! *Insert happy dance and proud face here.* Last year, I also shot three engagement sessions, one bridal session, 16 baby/family/maternity sessions and one baby shower. It is so incredible to me that within a year's time, I can be shooting a baby shower turned newborn session, a newborn session turned one-year-old session, a maternity session turned three-week-old session ... you get the picture. ; ) I'm so thankful that my clients (who are friends now, really) keep contacting me beyond their wedding day so that I can see their families grow! Even though the main reason for shooting less last year was my pregnancy and giving birth, I also intentionally booked less on average to better balance my work + life flow. I felt less stressed and it also enabled me to give more time + attention to every client I did serve. Since having Brooklyn and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have had to learn how to work again in a completely different way. I've learned to prioritize my time better (hellooooo nap time!), work more efficiently, ask for help when I need it (my mother-in-law has been a lifesaver during busy editing season) and set strict office hours to spend time with my little family in the evenings. It hasn't been easy, but it's worked, and I'm happy and encouraged to move forward with my new set of skills juggling work and the babe. : )

In 2014, I was featured in several wedding blogs that I admire: Borrowed & Blue blog, Every Last Detail blog, Daily Dog Tag blog, Glamour & Grace blog, Heart Love Always blog & Charm City Wed blog. Thank you to all the editors for your willingness to share my work! I'm excited to submit my weddings and shoots from 2014 to more publications over the next several months!

Now, a note about reflection and goals. It's the beginning of a new year and the best time to think about what did and didn't work in the past and how I can improve moving ahead. I know a lot of other photographers blog in depth about their yearly (sometimes monthly) goals; I never have and maybe I'll start doing it if I need to hold myself more accountable. But for now, I'll just share a few important things on my mind for 2015:

1) I intend to focus more on family/baby/newborn/maternity sessions. As the seasons in my own life change, I've found that my professional interests have shifted. This DOESN'T mean that I won't be shooting weddings and that I don't enjoy them anymore. I still love documenting weddings, but I'll just be targeting a limited number of weddings and very few of them will be out of town. After having a baby and caring for her on a daily basis, it's just way too difficult to travel as much as I have in the past and I want to focus on more local weddings to the DC/Maryland/northern Virginia area. I've already hit more than half my goal for this year's weddings so please contact me soon if you're recently engaged and interested!

2) I want to give my presence on the web a little makeover and streamline my sites. I've seen a gradual shift to consolidate portfolio and blog sites to all one URL (for example, have & linked together) and I like it. On top of that, I need to make my web presence strictly mobile-friendly (my Flash-based portfolio site - melissatuckphoto - is not viewable on phones or tablets), and I need to get on that seeing as how everyone is so mobile these days! I'm also going to switch my gallery/reprint site to a more photo-driven/friendly company that will offer immediate high-res downloads for clients. More to come on that later!

3) I want to photograph a live birth. If you know someone who may be willing local to me, please send them my way in the comments!

4) Do at least one session pro bono. I used to make this a priority and I fell slack last year. Back in 2011, I photographed babies in the NICU for families who weren't able to take home their babies right away and I may do it again. Any other great ideas? Leave a comment for me!

5) Because I moved from Georgia to the Maryland/DC/Virginia area last year, I'm looking to spread the word more locally about my business. To do so, I will be running a contest that offers a free session soon on the blog. Be on the lookout!

Lastly, I can't thank my hubby, family, friends, clients and MTP Insta and Facebook fans enough for all of your support and love. You continue to inspire me and my work. Please enjoy photo highlights (two from each shoot, in order!)  from my year. Next week, I plan to blog about the personal side of 2014. Spoiler (or not-so-spoiler) -alert: It will surely be Brooklyn-centric. ; )
































Featured: Every Last Detail's Best Real Weddings of 2014 -- Janelle + Tim's Wedding

I wasn't planning on working again until after the New Year, but I had to quickly share that Janelle + Tim's romantic summer wedding was chosen as one of Every Last Detail's "Best Real Weddings of 2014" last week! Thanks so much for the feature, Lauren! Go check out Janelle + Tim's feature on Lauren's blog HERE. Screen shot 2014-12-29 at 10.32.07 AM

KATE + THOMAS - Ocean Isle Beach Wedding

Washington-DC-wedding-photographer-Sander_0001Kate and Thomas. LOVE LOVE LOVE these guys. They got hitched in mid-October at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. There are so many things that I loved about this wedding day. More on that later... : ) First: a little bit about how I know Kate. I'm so incredibly lucky to be able to photograph friends, especially uber-talented friends who are also photographers (check out Kate's awesome humanitarian photo+films HERE and her wedding photos HERE). : ) Kate and I have been friends since our senior year in college at UNC (8 years ago WHAT), when we were assigned by our photojournalism professor and the Special Olympics to produce a mini-documentary in Dublin, Ireland about Aisling, an athlete who later competed in the World Games in China (where Kate and I also worked and traveled together!). After we graduated, we led twin-job lives (as Kate would put it), working at the same N.C. daily newspaper (where we were roomies!) and as multimedia content managers at NBC in New York. I'll always cherish the years I spent with Kate post-college, as we were finding our voices in our work and growing up. : ) She's SUCH a sweetheart of a human being and I love her to death. Thomas and I didn't spend as much time together : ) BUT he's one of the most hilarious, kind people that I know and loves Kate to his core. So he's awesome too. : )

Back to the wedding day! It. was. perfect. My favorite things about the day included: 1) The story behind the inscriptions on their wedding bands. From Kate: "One time when we were first dating (like 9 years ago!), we were having a board game night with all of our friends. Thomas is super competitive, so I decided to team up with one of my friends, but told him that we're "teammates in the game of life." So in his ring, I wrote "Partners in Game of Life," because "Teammates" wouldn't fit. But to my surprise, he wrote "Teammates in Life," in mine." They revealed the inscriptions to each other during their ceremony and their reactions were the SWEETEST THING EVER. 2) The life-sized animal costumes their friends dressed up in and surprised them with during the reception. 3) The unique favors. Thomas and Kate chose individual photos of each of them with each guest and put them in photo coasters as gifts. How amazing is that?!

Kate and Thomas, y'all already know this... but I think you guys are SO wonderful and you both are special to me. I feel incredibly honored to have been the one to document your love day. : )

Bride's dress: Maggie Sottero Bride's shoes: Steve Madden Bridesmaids' dresses: Dessy (MOH); After Six (bridesmaids)Groom's attire: Polo Ralph Lauren Groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse Makeup: Jacqueline Ross, bride's cousin Florals: Shallotte Florist Ceremony music: Steve Barker, groom's uncle Cake: Cakes by the Sea Caterer: The Isles Restaurant Programs: self-designed by bride; printed via MOO Rings: Blue Nile Reception decor: bride's mother Photo Booth: ShutterBooth


Kate's friends gave her a photo book of her and Thomas's relationship. I loved her reaction(s) to it.


Because every good MOH draws a diagram of how to bustle the bride's dress. : )


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Bridesmaids cutting off the stems of the bride's bouquet with a kitchen knife. I was SO SCARED there was going to be an accident. Thankfully, crisis averted.


Best man/MOH hugs following the ceremony. Love.



I absolutely love these wedding party shots. SO GOOD.





KATE + MATT - Providence Country Club Wedding

Maryland-wedding-photographer_0001 I've known Kate since college (well, really, since high school -- she went to the school in the town right next to mine), and she is one of the most sweet, laid back and funny people that I know (she's always cracking jokes and lightening the mood). I was so, SO happy when she asked me to shoot her and Matt's wedding; I knew it was going to be beautiful and full of fun and emotion. And I was right. : )

Some of my favorite parts of the day included: Matt seeing his bride for the first time (I'm a sucker for emotional grooms), the purple flower she had in her bouquet in memory of her dad (his favorite color) and the toasts during the reception.

Bride's dress: Legends by Romona Keveza Bride's shoes: Kate Spade Bridesmaids' dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions Groom and groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang Bride's hair and makeup: Jenny Le Bridesmaids' hair: Hair in the City Florals: Vickie Sieber Floral Design Group Cake: SPLAT! cakes 'n such Band: Too Much Sylvia Band Caterer: Providence Country Club Invitations: Olive Paper Programs: First Presbyterian Church Transportation: Rose Chauffeured Transportation Reception centerpieces & bride's veil: bride's mother, Kathy Carmichael

Kate and Matt got married in late September. The ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church and the amazing party was thrown at Providence Country Club. Enjoy the photos! Kate and Matt, thanks for being so sweet and chill throughout the day. I'm so happy for y'all!

Special thanks to Carolyn Marie Photography for helping me shoot! You rock!


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Their beautiful niece!






They met Brooklyn and got a photo with her. : )


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Love this shot of Matt and his dad.


ANNIE + MARK - The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wedding

Washington-DC-wedding-photographer-Tamburello_0001 Annie + Mark were married in late July at The Hilton Oceanfront in Virgina Beach, Virginia. I really enjoyed shooting this wedding -- all of the details in metallic, creams and neutrals were so elegant and modern. I especially loved Annie's dress. The back detail lace was stunning and she wore it so beautifully. My favorite part of the day (like most any wedding) was our time spent on the beach for portraits. We went to a more-secluded, private area of Virginia Beach for the wedding party and Annie and Mark's portraits. As we were driving to the area, the sky darkened JUST IN THAT AREA, and it looked like it was about to downpour. I was so nervous we weren't going to fit it in! But the rain held off, and the dark sky was a stunning backdrop for photos.

Bride's dress: BHLDN Bride's shoes: Kate Spade Bridesmaids' dresses: varies Groom's attire: J.Crew Groomsmen attire: varies Makeup: Leah Watson of BlushTones Hair: Stephanie McDonald of Stephanie Rose & Co. Florals: Flower Works Coordinator: Michelle Amarillo Event Planning Cake: Mary Ellen Sandbank of Small but Tall Desserts Band: Soul Expressions Invitations: Paper Source Favors: donation made to Paws for the Cause in honor of guests and in memory of Charlene Sangenario Dumais

Annie & Mark, thank you so much for being so wonderful! Your love shines bright and I wish y'all the best. Special thanks to Beth Hamilton Photography for helping me shoot! And thanks to Michelle Amarillo for making everything run so smoothly. : )


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Mark's grandmother warmed up the exit line with a huge smile and a beauty queen wave. It was adorable.