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Northern Ireland Family Photography

I became a photographer over 10 years ago. I was just a “Mum with a camera” and loved documenting my own little girls. I’d loved photography all my life and after encouragement from family & friends, I turned my passion into my business. All these years later I have captured memories for countless families! I love documenting memories for families, bringing a smile to their face when you see how perfect their family really is.

My goal is to take the stress out of family photography for you. Most families say they are surprised by how relaxed and how much fun they have with me while capturing their family memories. Family sessions on location are the best way to get those natural images. The real laughs and smiles, the cuddles and the love your family share all captured in a natural environment, it’s just like an adventure….

All Inclusive Packages

My pricing philosophy is straightforward and all-encompassing. With my all-inclusive family photography packages, you pay a single, comprehensive fee that covers all digital files. As your dedicated photographer, I offer a generous gallery of images crafted to be displayed as stunning pieces of art in your home or carefully preserved in a custom album for future generations to cherish. These photographs serve as an invaluable investment in your family history.

I believe in capturing authentic moments rather than striving for a flawless, posed look. My approach doesn’t hinge on achieving that “one” shot where everyone faces the camera with smiles. While I may capture those moments, they are genuine and natural, avoiding any sense of stiffness or forced expressions. Your family deserves the entirety of these beautifully edited images, each telling a unique and meaningful story, making your session a lasting memory to be treasured.

I met Melissa at my friend’s wedding where she was the photographer. Great first impressions with her bubbly and friendly personality.

I decided to book a family session with Melissa and was quite worried it mightn’t go to plan with an energetic toddler. Melissa had a great way of keeping everything relaxed, was excellent with my little boy and captured lots of beautiful memories for us. Thank you

Sloane Family


I have been a photographer now for over 11 years. Documenting family memories in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your family session…..


The Weather

With over a decade of experience as a location family photographer, I’ve encountered just a handful of sessions postponed due to rain – yes, even in winter!

After all, we do live in Northern Ireland. Of course, if the weather is exceptionally wet, we can always reschedule. And, regardless of the season, it’s crucial to dress appropriately. Whether it’s donning cozy woolly hats, scarves, and wellies or flaunting summer dresses, every session captures the unique beauty of the moment, come rain or shine.



Since all my photo sessions take place on location, the optimal times are either morning or evening, as the midday light tends to be too harsh. The great news is, I work efficiently! My family sessions are usually wrapped up in under 45 minutes, often even less. Rest assured, within that timeframe, I can effortlessly capture a diverse and substantial gallery. When working with kids (and, well, daddies!), the key is to move swiftly!


what to wear

Choose a wardrobe that’s not only comfortable but also a true reflection of your personality. Instead of opting for matching outfits, I recommend coordinating colors and styles. Especially when it comes to kids, it’s best not to insist on something they wouldn’t naturally choose. If your little girl isn’t a fan of dresses, there’s no need to push it. The key is to let everyone be themselves and feel at ease during the session.



Together we can discuss the location for your shoot. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations. You should choose a location that fits your style and personalities. I can help you along in the decision.

Locations that I would work locally in regularly are Gosford Forest Park, Loughgall Country Park, Tannaghmore Gardens, Peatlands Park and Clare Glen.


I highly recommend Melissa. We went for a family photo session with two young boys who dont sit still for nobody! Melissa was friendly and put everyone at ease. She was taking pictures when we didnt even know which meant they were natural and not staged.

The final product is beautiful pictures and memories we look back on and smile and so many compliments from family and friends. Cant recommend her enough!!!.

Noeleen Scullion




I’m thrilled at the prospect of capturing the genuine moments and unique connections that define your family. As your dedicated photographer, I strive to create an environment where each member can be themselves, resulting in authentic and cherished images.

Whether it’s the playful laughter of children, the quiet tenderness between parents, or the bond shared by siblings, I am here to craft a visual narrative that tells your family’s story. Let’s embark on this journey together – reach out to schedule your family session and let the magic of Photography By Melissa bring your moments to life.


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