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I'm melissa, a travel wedding photographer based in San antonio, tx

I am a Long Island, New York native who took a bold move to the Lone Star state in 2016. My company, Stella Shots Media, LLC., formed a year later as a direct result of over a decade's worth of photography exploration and passion combined with a love for observing life's most beautiful moments within human expression and interaction.  

I've spent days wondering what my life would be like if I only captured     
for a living.

So why “Stella” ? Derived from a family surname, it directly translates to “star” or to describe earthly things as “heavenly bodies” in the Italian language. I have a firm belief that in front of a camera, there is a brilliance about you that shoves its way outward, and I strive to bring that “Stella” confidence out in all of my clients.

What are my pets' names?
Which nfl and nba teams did I professionally dance/cheer for?
Which subject did I teach at the high school level?
What instruments can I play?
What other cities have I lived in?

Non-photography things to ask me about when we meet!

I am confident in my innate need to make sure my customers are satisfied, informed, and valued, and it is something that has come natural to me over the years. 

 will make your experience one that you ll not regret investing in.

about the experience

My Promise

Voted Most Likely To:

start a group chat with you and your fiancé

venmo you $ for your bachelorette party drinks

ask what your zodiac sign is 

bring a coffee or snack to the bridal suite

quote Parks & Rec or New Girl during a session

show off in the dance circle at the reception

More like you're hanging out with a friend

"Melissa has shot all of my milestones in my life from my engagement, to my wedding, college graduation, and maternity pictures. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to capture such important memories more than I trust her. She makes you feel so comfortable in front of a camera, more like you’re hanging out with a friend than posing in front of a stranger, and her pictures always come out AMAZING. She’s easy to reach and always happy to help with suggestions for locations, outfits, and knows how to pose you to get your best angles. Truly a phenomenal photographer and person, I couldn’t recommend her more!


Extremely passionate about the work she does

"Melissa is such an amazing human who is extremely passionate about the work she does, and it shows! She always has the best energy, and makes photo shoots fun and exciting. I can’t say enough good things about the work she does, and she always goes above and beyond to help bring our vision to life. We are so excited to have her for our big day, and couldn’t be happier with our sessions we have had with her already."


She was so confident and professional.. managed everything perfectly

"One of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning was hiring Melissa as our photographer. Not only is she so nice and easy to work with but the work she does is AMAZING. I get teared up just thinking about the wedding photos and how beautiful they turned out. We could not be happier. And we had a large wedding and she was so confident and professional and managed everything perfectly. 
RUN to hire Melissa. You will not regret it!!!