Meet Melissa


Hi friends, I’m Melissa! I’m a wife to my best friend, mama to a sassy, amazing strawberry blonde little girl, doggy mommy to a sweet Rottweiler, owner/photographer with Melissa Hayes Photography, and a Stella & Dot Stylist in my spare time. I love to travel and have a pretty big bucket list of places I still want to visit. I really enjoy trying new restaurants, and Pinterest has become my favorite cookbook. I have the best family and friends. I am truly blessed beyond measure.

Here’s a quick rundown on me…
Born in Jacksonville, FL –> grew up in Arcadia, FL.

Graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA degree in Printmaking. Then I realized I couldn’t get paid enough to do that as a real job.

Moved to Atlanta, GA and found a graphic design internship at the Center for Puppetry Arts –> I’ve been here for 7.5 years and I book/coordinate event rentals as well as do some graphic design.

Married my bestest friend (Craig) in one of my favorite places in the world (St. Augustine, FL) in 2009.

Bought our first home –> lots of fun home projects in the works now.

Started my own business as a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist in May 2010 –> love love love the company, leaders, fellow Stylists and friends, and of course, the incredibly stylish jewelry, totes, and scarves!

We’re puppy parents to a Rottweiler named Coco –> she’s our favorite girl in the world, even when she’s bad and steals my socks sometimes.

Our daughter was born in September 2015 and is the best gift we’ve ever been given. She’s totally crazy, is smart and funny, loves cake and anything sweet, and keeps us laughing all day long.

We are enjoying our everyday adventures together…. can’t wait to see what comes next!

Looking for an Atlanta photographer? Visit my site Melissa Hayes Photography site.

Visit my Stella & Dot website — there’s always something new to check out.

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