“The days are long, but the years are short.”  I know it doesn’t always feel true, but this season of life goes by in the blink of an eye. I’ve realized that as my children have grown older, and I grow nostalgic for the days of tiny toes and nap time snuggles.  Every season brings something new, and I would love to help you preserve these memories by creating beautiful, emotive artwork for you to look back on and cherish for a lifetime.






Hello!  I’m Melissa Klein, owner and photographer (and editor, and blogger, and book keeper, and awkward hugger) at Melissa Klein Photography in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.   Aside from being a professional photographer for the past nine years, I’m also a nostalgia-loving, flip flop and hoodie wearing daydreamer.  I’m a mom of two kids who are growing up way too fast.  I’m a rescue dog owner of two Siberian huskies.  I’m an extroverted introvert who loves live music, hockey, traveling, nature and office supplies.


Why all the old photos you ask?  As I mentioned above, I am a nostalgic person by nature.  I have always loved photography, and apparently it comes from my mom – otherwise most of these photos showing a glimpse of my early life wouldn’t exist (also proof that I’ve been awkward since birth, and that the 80’s and 90’s were a weird time).  I have always been enamored with the way a photo can capture a moment in time.  A lot of the people in these photos are no longer with us, and these photos mean the world to me.  I love flipping through old photo albums and being able to relive my history.  My family’s history.  I know we live in a digital age, but without having physical prints, none of this would be possible.  Technology and hard drives can fail, but a print is a true “back up” of your memories.  Whether it’s snapshots of your every day life or professional portraits, make sure you’re printing your favorites.


Why do I do this for others?  I love nice things, and I love to create nice things.   I appreciate a beautiful, quality made product.  This translates well to my clients and how I can help you.  I want you to have an amazing session that results in artwork that you will cherish for a lifetime.  I want you to be able to look at a portrait on the wall, or page through an album and instantly be reminded of this point in your life.  I want you to be able to enjoy these images today, tomorrow, and years from now, which is why I every print and album that leaves my studio is of the highest quality.   This is artwork that will be around for generations to enjoy.


I am a current member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America), CM Pro and a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award for  best photographer in the Blaine/Spring Lake Park area.  I also recently found out that I was voted as one of the best maternity photographers in Minneapolis for the third straight year.  Pretty exciting!  I’m honored, and I have nobody to thank but my awesome,  amazing clients.  THANK YOU!!


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