About Melanie

"We believe in creating with an international vision, having passion for the community, placing family first, and developing our craft while educating and inspiring others"

- The purpose statement for Melanie Anderson’s studio and team -

Melanie is a wife to her husband of 21 years, Bill, and a mother to their 4 children, Sarah, Emily, Kayla and Billy – whom she stayed at home with until they were all in school before embarking on a newborn photography business. She has nurtured Anderson Photographs from a home studio into the 3000 square foot custom photographic studio, specializing in Seniors, Children, Newborns, Families, Volume Sports, and Boudoir, along with Commercial Photography and Videography. Located in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Hagerstown, MD.

As Current President of Maryland Professional Photographers Association and Maryland Photographer of the Year, it is no surprise that even though Melanie is primarily self-taught, she gladly undertook and overcame the challenge of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer in 2011, and received her Craftsman Degree in February of 2015.  Throughout the process, she continued to run the business as well as Speak for Shutterfest, monthly contributor to Shutter Magazine, mentor for After Dark Education, go on tour with Sandy Puc and appear on SPTV, teach at SEPPA and several State PPA Chapters, and film several segments for Photovision, and more recently as a correspondent.  Melanie stays passionate about one-on-one mentoring and works diligently to provide educational resources to fellow photographers through Anderson Education; which includes webinars, eBooks, videos, and workshops.

Melanie's Awards & Achievements:

  • Member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
  • Certified Professional Photographer
  • Photographic Craftsman
  • Fuji Award Winner - 2013, 2014
  • Kodak Award Winner - 2015
  • Washington County “Person to Watch” 2013
  • Maryland Achievement Award x2
  • Greater Frederick Maven Awards of the American Advertising Federation Photographer of the Year 2014
  • Hagerstown Magazine Hot List #1 Photography Studio – 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Maryland Photographer of the Year - 2013, 2015
  • Maryland Portrait Photographer of the Year – 2012, 2015
  • Maryland Portrait Photographer of the Year First Runner Up - 2013
  • Maryland Illustrative Photographer of the Year – 2014
  • Maryland Illustrative Photographer of the Year First Runner-Up – 2012 & 2013
  • Maryland Wedding Photographer of the Year, First Runner-Up – 2013
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Man – 2013 & 2015
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Woman – 2014 & 2015
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Family or Group – 2014
  • Maryland Best Portrait of a Child – 2014
  • Maryland Wedding Photograph of the Year – 2014
  • Maryland Most Creative Photograph of the Year – 2015
  • Maryland Meyer Rivking Memorial Award Best Portrait of the Year – 2015
  • Maryland Best Black & White Photograph of the Year - 2015

Contact Information:

Anderson Photographs
2 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 301.393.4515





Want to bring Melanie to your workshop or convention? Melanie is available worldwide for speaking engagements, workshops, seminars and more! For more information contact Melanie at melanie@andersonphotographs.com