I have used Marcy May Photography for senior portraits for 2 of my children.  Her work is fresh and beautiful.  She took their photos on location and I enjoyed the photo sessions as much as I did the final product!  She is fun but professional and she truly helped my daughter relax and enjoy herself and this made for some of the best photographs that my daughter has ever had taken.  My daughter told me after viewing the proofs, "Marcy actually made me look beautiful!"  Knowing what a harsh critic a teenage girl can be of herself, that  is a huge compliment!   What I liked best about the photographs was the natural beauty she captured in both of my children.  The portraits did not looked staged - they are more like works of art and were lovely expressions of their true personalities.  I am looking forward to using her again in a few years for my next Senior!

– Janet

 

 

Welcome! I'm a portrait and product photographer based in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia with my husband Brian (linked to your site).  My hope is that you'll see that my photographs reflect my zeal for life with every subject.  The truth is each day is precious. Each moment gives way to the next. I strongly believe that momentarily pausing time with photography is an incredible gift I am able to provide to each of my clients... 


...because they grow up quickly. 
...because this is just the beginning. 
...because you want to remember this feeling forever. 
...because time flies.

FAQ (drop down option under ABOUT)

-What is included in your portrait session?

Portrait sessions typically last 1-2 hours. Your session will include my time, talent, and creativity during the active shooting time, post-production on the photographs and a DVD of the final edits in both color and black & white. 

- Do you offer a referral program?

Yes! I love when my clients send their friends my way. Each time your referred friend completes a session, I'll mail you a $50.00 gift certificate to use toward your next session.

-Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes and they come beautifully packaged! I offer gift certificates in any amount or any session type. Visit the shop (linked) or email me to order yours.

-What should I/we wear for portraits?

We can chat about this prior to your shoot, but I suggest wearing something that you feel like "you" wearing. Visit my wardrobe pinboards (here and here) for ideas on colors, patterns and complementary looks.

-When is the best time of day to book a session?

The light leading up to sunset is pretty much the bee's knees. If you're early risers, the light just after sunrise is exquisite, too. I book sessions Monday-Saturday all year and am happy to work with you to find the best day & time for you and your family.

-Do you travel for sessions?

Yes, I love to travel & explore new portrait locations! To discuss rates & expenses, please email me.

 

Marcy captured a very special moment in time for our family. We treasure the photos she took. Working with Marcy is like spending time with a dear friend.  The photo session was quite enjoyable for our kids; Marcy made it seem like it was just a normal day playing on the rocks and splashing in the water. She captured moments that show the personality of our children. We are delighted with her work, professionalism, & kindness. We can't wait to see what photos she takes for us in the future!

 

 

Child Portraits

Tabitha

We love the photos we received from Marcy May Photography!  My girls enjoyed the 'photo shoot' and the photos definitely reflect their personalities. Marcy was warm and welcoming to the girls and immediately put them at ease.  They responded well to her direction and they were quickly offering up poses and settings for Marcy to shoot.  We are thrilled with the photos and turned them into a beautiful photo book that made a wonderful gift for the grandparents. We highly recommend Marcy May Photography to any family.  Marcy has a great eye and gentle personality that quickly endears her to any child.

Family Portraits

Bliss

We cannot say enough about how much we treasure our photos from Marcy May Photography. It is a rare thing to find a photographer who puts you at ease while capturing the intimacy of a moment and highlights what you treasure most about it.

Family Portraits

Anna

Marcy captured a very special moment in time for our family. We treasure the photos she took. Working with Marcy is like spending time with a dear friend. The photo session quite enjoyable for our kids; Marcy made it seem like it was just a normal day playing on the rocks and splashing in the water. She captured moments that show the personality of our children. We are delighted with her work, professionalism, & kindness. We can't wait to see what photos she takes for us in the future.

Product Photography

Laurel

Marcy is a photographer who will sit with you for an entire day without complaint to get the right shot of your product and this makes all the difference! She'll take a shot multiple times to make sure the smallest detail is just perfect and when you're photographing product, that is so important. I'm thankful to partner with Marcy on my product photography! She's reliable, talented, thoughtful, and enthusiastic- just what you need when you're on hour 8 of readjusting a small jewelry chain.

(Senior) Portraits

Janet

I have used Marcy May Photography for senior portraits for two of my children. Her work is fresh and beautiful. She took their photos on location and I enjoyed the photo sessions as much as I did the final product! She is fun but professional and she truly helped my daughter relax and enjoy herself and this made for some of the best photographs that my daughter has ever taken. My daughter told me after viewing the proofs, "Marcy actually made me look beautiful!" Knowing what a harsh critic a teenage girl can be of herself, that is a huge compliment! What I liked best about the photographs was the natural beauty she captured in both of my children. The portraits did not look staged- they are more like works of art and were lovely expressions of their true personalities. I am looking forward to using her again in a few years for my next Senior!