Hey there, I’m Melissa!

Most days you can find me going for hikes along the beach with my two puppies (and coincidently, company mascots) Charlie & Esmay! I love to be outside as much as possible, and enjoy going on adventures, looking for the best locations possible to bring my clients. 

I am most passionate about helping my brides, to the best of my ability. I know that planning for your wedding can be a stressful and yet, exciting part of your life. But it can often be confusing too - where to start, how to progress, what to do at what time? These questions can be endless, but that’s where I truly excel! I find so much joy helping you, as much as possible! Whether that is creating a custom timeline from start to finish, deciding what time your florist needs to deliver your bouquet, I am here!

I am mostly known for my energetic spirit, my passion for turning something ordinary into extraordinary, and finding the beauty in all things.

1. cory, my husband, is for sure my better half!! we have breakout dance parties in our kitchen on a regular basis! My signature move is the lawn mower, which he assures me is not dorky at all!!!

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2. My idea of cooking is making a frozen pizza (jacks only) without setting the house on fire (which has totally happened)

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3. lululemon (leggings really...) are my love language!!

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4. Cory and i have rescued 2 pups named charlie & esmay!! They are employees of the month, every month!!!!

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5. if i could sleep in a tutu, i would!

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6. sometimes cory is embarrassed to take me out in public...i have no idea why...

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7. when i was in 7th grade, i wrote my diary in elvish. trust me, i was reeeeeally cool :)

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8. if i could live in pottery barn, i would!!!

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9. ariel has always been my fav disney princess and last year i got an adult mermaid tail!!

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10. i have dreams of one day owning one million rescue dogs (like those crazy cat ladies, except i want to be surrounded by pups!)

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a few places you can find me

my fav images ever!

"She just makes you feel so comfortable and has a great eye for creative photos for everlasting memories"

As soon as I contacted Melissa via email… I knew she was the one! She was sincere in her response and I could sense her passion for photography and weddings before ever even meeting her. We loved her so much! If you are looking for a sincere photographer with a passion for what she does, Lux Light Photography is where it is at. Melissa is wonderful, relaxing and creative. She just makes you feel so comfortable and has a great eye for creative photos for everlasting memories.

Hayley, LuxLight Bride, Traverse City Michigan

"Thank you, Lux Light Photography, for helping make our big day perfect and beautiful in every way!"

Wow, is all I can say! Lux Light Photography, Melissa Lande, is AMAZING! My husband and I are beyond thrilled with the beautiful photos this talented photographer took at our wedding in Michigan! Melissa was great to work with and made us, our bridal party, our family and guests feel completely at ease and comfortable. She was able to capture all the emotions of the day!! We adored them! Thank you, Lux Light Photography, for helping make our big day perfect and beautiful in every way!

Kallie, Lux Light Bride, Traverse City Michigan

"People said that they were the best wedding photos that they have ever seen."

Leading up to the wedding, Melissa would send me helpful tips to prepare myself for the big day. She seemed like the genuinely was excited for my wedding and really wanted to help make it the best experience ever. I would consider Melissa a friend now. She treated me like one. I would recommend her services to anyone who is looking for the best pictures ever for their engagement or wedding. You will not be disappointed. She is simply the best!

Michelle, Lux Light Bride, Traverse City Michigan


THE BEST ONE EVER!!! Melissa was so patient, considerate, very pleasant and happy to work with and indescribably talented at her job! She is just too amazing for words.

Sophie, Lux Light Bride, Traverse City Michigan


I photograph brides who:


help with planning their destination wedding in Michigan from afar

Are yearning

for romantic, golden images that showcase their authentic

Are looking

for someone who likes to give input and help as much as possible, during the planning process and the day of the wedding


to have wedding portraits that can forever bring them right back to that moment on their special day

Are totally

into taking time out of their wedding day, to secure beautiful, golden images of just the two of them, to preserve that intimacy that is so often forgotten on their day

the real lux light experience

Want to see the REAL experience you will receive when choosing Lux Light Photography for your special day! Tune in below for some fun, behind-the-scenes footage and imagine your dream wedding along the way!

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we are so excited to work with you!

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"OMG Melissa!! Thank you thank you! I can't wait to look at them all! You are by far the greatest photographer in my book! Your photographs will be what we keep for a lifetime to remember our day and you have gone above and beyond to make every moment perfect.
Thank you for an amazing wedding gift!”

Contact me below for a FREE quote on wedding photography packages and collections! We also offer custom designed packages for those brides looking for unique features.

Traverse City Wedding photography by Lux Light Photography, captures beautiful and fine art portraits for your wedding and engagements in all of northern Michigan, including Traverse City, Petoskey, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Charlevoix,  Mackinac Island, Bay Harbor Village Hotel, Crystal Mountain, Homestead Resort, Castle Farms, Grand Traverse Resort, Arcadia Golf CourseVisions Centerpointe, and other favorite venues!

Contact us below for your FREE Quote!
Lux Light Photography
800 Cottage View Drive
Traverse City Michigan 49684


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Please note that office hours at 12-4pm, M-F. I will respond to your email within that time frame. If you email me on the weekend, I will respond the following Monday. Thank you!

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