• MV the Artist

    Melissa Vandermause has been photographing professionally since 2005, her style is innovative and real. Her signature style includes artful videos and hand painted backgrounds produced and painted by none other than Melissa herself. You must take a moment to delve deeper into her work and you will see the writing on the wall, the soul in the portrait, the love in the lens.

Mel & James Wed {Hartford City Hall, Hillstead museum, & Belle Terrace}

This is Melissa & James, they are beyond adorable. Melissa has photographed MANY A wedding with me, so I was of course beyond ecstatic to have her ask me to photograph her wedding day:)!!! Melissa and James are fun-loving and were SO WONDERFUL to work with, it was truly honor to be able to capture these precious moments for them. Melissa is a photographer and James is a vocalist, so we used some retro props for a cool vintage shot at the end of the night signifying their passions. There were lots of kiddos so we had a BLAST taking some fun and sometimes silly photos of them all day! Mel and James, you are poetic and beautiful, I wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!! Oh and I’m adding a little note here, James’ song written and recorded for Melissa is the song I used for the first slideshow, great work man!

For this wedding, working along side of me was the fabulous Amy Trahant as well as my fall assistant and recent bride Joelle Julian.

venues: Belle Terrace/City Hall/Hillstead Museum    floral design: Stylish Blooms   make-up: Hillary Hunt  hair: Beauty Entourage



Melissa Arel-ChappellSeptember 21, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Missy!!!! Omg I looooove it! I am beyond thrilled with how the pics turned out. I can’t thank you & Amy enough for all your hard work. I wouldnt have wanted anyone else to photograph our special day :) love you!

[email protected]September 21, 2012 - 10:26 pm

Awwwwwwwww tear:)!!!!

Aurora Daley OlmsteadSeptember 23, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Beautiful Job Missy… Melissa you look amazing… brings tears to my eyes… you deserve nothing but the best I am so happy for you girl!

DeVende PhotographySeptember 28, 2012 - 7:14 pm

What beautiful photos! Keep up the great work!

Amazing Neighbors {personal}

Ok, these are my AMAZING Neighbors and their grandson Aiden who was visiting this summer from Texas! Karen and Ernst are their names and we have adopted them as a set of our East Coast Parents:) I was so honored to take a few photos of them with their wonderful grandson Aiden during a gathering they hosted this summer! There is SO MUCH I could say about this couple and their generosity. But everyone has said when we bought our home almost two years ago now that we found “LEAVE IT TO BEAVER” street, one of the reason being our neighbors brought over fresh baked dishes and gift cards and all sorts of presents before they even knew us! Well Karen and Ernst was one of those families and they haven’t stopped spoiling us since! Now Aiden is such a polite and happy kid, and it was such a pleasure to meet him. It was so cute because he has a fascination with my daughter Vera, and I’m pretty sure she shared returned the adoration as well:)

Karen ReisingerSeptember 4, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Oh Missy,
You made me cry!! We love you!!! Karen

Baby Chase {CT Newborn Photography}

This is baby Chase, he is absolutely adorable, and it doesn’t help that he has an awesome older sister that shares in his CUTENESS, Miss Addy! Chase and Addy are the children of Tiffanie, of Tiffanie Michelle Interiors. I photographed Addy for her one year session this fall and since then Tiffanie and I have gotten together for different projects, it’s been quite fun! One of the projects was my commercial that was filmed this spring, Addy and Tiffanie were two of the models involved, I cannot wait to show off the images from that shoot and of course get the commercial published online! We can’t neglect to talk about Ryan, Tiffanie’s patient husband and his parents who were also available for this photo shoot, in fact the group shot of everyone is totally my fav! Enjoy the photographs Tiff, you have a beautiful family!!!

Jessica with Child {CT Maternity}

Jessica is due anyday now, so I wanted to give a few of my favorite photographs from our Elizabeth Park Maternity session! Many blessings for you and your soon bundle of joy named Penelope, LOVE THE NAME! Can’t wait to capture her cuteness!

Melissa & James, Wedding teaser video

I’m so honored to be a part of documenting this wedding! I’ve been working with Melissa for a few years now, and she is such an amazing person! We are both Christians and raised in the church, so we have some wonderfully theological conversations during our adventures photographing brides and grooms! NOW SHE IS GETTING MARRIED tomorrow, and I can’t WAIT!!! A little note about this video: James is a singer and songwriter, so I used one of his beautiful songs written for Melissa as the intro and the ending….I paired his soul sounding love ballad with an amazing song from The City Harmonic, not typically at all what I’d pair it with, however IT JUST WORKED!!!! ENJOY you two:)

Congrats Mel and James, can’t wait…it’s ALMOST HERE!!!!!


Wendy SparlingAugust 23, 2012 - 10:15 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family, Melissa and James. Your video was so much fun to watch, the love showing in every frame. Good luck and congratulations!!

Anne FranklinAugust 24, 2012 - 1:20 am

Wow! Beautiful!! Loved every part of it! Envious! Have to repent now! Great Job w/ music, pics. Video. Captured love and joy! May God bless your Every day and stay true and faithful to Him, put Him first! Ooh so wish I could witness that beautiful union! Will be praying for you all! Enjoy your day!

AuroraAugust 26, 2012 - 12:08 am

Melissa this is just stunning!!! so happy for you and your wonderful big happy family!! Congratulations girl!