Hello loves, and welcome to my world!

My name is Melena S. DeFlorimonte and I am the owner and lead photographer of  M. Shonell Photography (Shonell is my middle name). I am a published natural light, lifestyle photographer with a passion for capturing beautiful people and priceless moments. I currently reside in Prince George’s County, MD and service the DMV area. I am blessed to have had my work featured in several publications such as Washingtonian Magazine, Color Story Magazine, Femme Fatale DC Photography Book and the memoir “If These Heels Could Talk.”

Always fascinated with photography, I acquired my first camera at the tender age of 12 and have had a love affair with photography since. With continual self study, practice and mentorship from several amazing photographers, I honed my craft and found my style.

I ascribe to the notion of excellence in all that I put my hands to, therefore I strive to execute your vision to the best of my ability. My style embodies rich and vibrant color and capturing organic and authentic moments.  I am very detail oriented and pride myself on capturing the "little things" that often go unnoticed. It would be my absolute pleasure to help turn your vision into reality.

To capture a moment of joy, love, family and togetherness and forever seal it in time, is amazing. To see the light that it brings to my clients, is truly the most rewarding feeling. 

So come on in, take a look around and stay a while. I would love to make your acquaintance.


- Melena