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Perfect in every way!! 

Could not have chosen a more perfect photographer for our engagement & wedding photos! Melissa is absolutely amazing, her attention to detail and love for her craft is felt in every photo she takes! She will be out permanent photographer moving forward

Crystal, married on 10/09/2021

Amazing Photographer!

Melissa was incredible! Not only are her photos beautiful but she is so sweet and fun. We booked her before everything got crazy with Covid and she has been so easy to communicate with! We had to change our wedding date once and change bridal portraits date but she made everything easy. We also had a second shooter that was great as well. I can’t wait to get all our wedding photos back! I highly recommended ForKeepsPhotography for your wedding and any special moments!

Sarah, married on 5/08/2020

Wonderful photographer!

We hired Melissa for our engagement photos, Bridals, and wedding day. All we can say is wow! We had some issues with time on the day of our wedding and we lost a lot of picture time (due to another vendor - NOT Melissa). However, Melissa still captured amazing photos in a much shorter time frame than we planned and still got the shots we wanted. We are so happy with our final pictures, and that we decided to go with For Keeps Photography! She never disappoints!

Sarah, married on 11/07/2020

Beautiful work!

Melissa was absolutely amazing!!! When I contacted Melissa, she let my then fiancé and I come over to view her work and have a consultation to discuss what we envisioned. She answered every question we had, and we knew within minutes she was who we wanted to work with. She shot our engagements, my bridals, and our wedding day. She was always easy to get in touch with, she would arrive early to every session, and would contact me a few days prior to confirm any last minute details. Our original wedding date was supposed to be in May 2020, but due to Covid-19 we rescheduled to October and she was more than happy to work with adjusting our plans. We cannot recommend Melissa enough and we cannot wait to use her for future family photos!

Lauren, married on 10/03/2020

She is amazing!

Melissa is an absolute angel and she was more than anything that we could've asked for. I had booked a bridal session with our wedding package, but my dress wasn't ready in time so she was flexible and let us take an engagement session instead. She was so attentive and knew great spots and poses for our wedding day. She seriously takes amazing photos and is a joy to work with. My husband is SO awkward... but with her, everything came so easily when she shot our photos. I will definitely use her in the future for other major events in my life!


Madison , married on 01/04/2019

Melissa is an awesome and easy to work with! She makes you feel comfortable when posing and makes sure you look your best! She definitely is an amazing photographer! I love love love my wedding photos!

Katie, married on 08/05/2017

I have taken my engagement, bridal, wedding and fall family photos with 4 keeps. My family is not one who likes to take pictures but Melissa always made everyone feel comfortable and enjoy having their pictures taken. The service, amount of pictures and responsiveness was all incredible. I truly enjoyed working with Melissa and will continue to use her for all of my photography needs! :)

Ashley, married on 10/08/2016

For Keeps Photography was so sweet and easy to work with. She thought of photos I never would have thought of and they came out amazing! Such a good price for what you get! My husband I would definitely use For Keeps Photography again!

Kelli, married on 12/11/2016

Melissa is amazing! The quality of her work is worth ten times than what she charges. She will go above and beyond to make sure you’re happy! Thanks, Melissa!

Lindsey, married on 11/05/2017

Friendly and Fun!!!

Melissa was such a joy to work with! Living out of state and having limited dates available in Texas she so graciously accommodated our hectic schedule in order to get our lovely spring-time engagement shoot! We has so much fun shooting with her--giggling through the entire session.


Kendal, engagement session client

Melissa is amazing. Planning around rain, other vendor meetings, and holidays to take bridal portraits was stressful, but she was very flexible and accommodating, and the portraits were amazing! Throughout our wedding planning, Melissa was extremely responsive to every email and text, even though I would sometimes take a week to respond on my end. She was open to all our ideas for wedding-day photos, and she and her assistant photographer captured every moment perfectly. Most importantly - the photos are absolutely beautiful. Thanks, ForKeeps!

Courtney, married on 01/27/2018

Melissa has done many weddings here at Shady Oaks over the last several years. She is so easy to work with. She doesn't "bark orders" at her clients as some photographers do. She is very thorough & very creative and I have never had one of our clients who we recommended her to complain about their pictures or her service! Her work is impeccable! Choosing the right photographer can definitely have an impact on how much you enjoy your day!! I've had brides brought to tears by some too pushy ones! I've also seen photographers who try to make the event all about the pictures, keeping the wedding party involved so long their entire schedule is ruined leaving them with lots of pictures of an event they didn't get to really enjoy!! Melissa is neither of these. She is mindful of the schedule, and is very efficient in getting the traditional photos, but then goes on to capture amazing candid shots while her clients are going about enjoying themselves! Memories they will treasure for years!!

Nancy, venue cooridnator

Melissa is an outstanding photographer! I don't know how she did it but she captured all the moments we wanted and more. She was patient with me and all of my questions. She isn't bossy, she calmly got everyone where they needed to be in each photo, which meant a lot to me. She is so affordable too. You won't believe the quality of your photos for this price! You'll love this photographer!

Trudie, married on 03/24/2018


We found Melissa as recommended by our venue, and we were thrilled with every aspect of working with her. Quick and helpful responses to any questions before the wedding, and the day of the wedding, she was exceptionally pleasant and professional. And we absolutely love the photos. We are so thankful that we chose For Keeps!

Dee, married on 03/09/2019
Not only was Melissa reasonably priced for wedding photography, but she was AMAZING! She captured our wedding day exactly how I imagined it. She was so quick about responding and sending the photos to me that I never had to worry about that part of my wedding. She also did our engagement photos which turned out great! I would highly recommend her to any bride who wants a worry free photo experience. I will treasure out perfect photos forever!
Jane, married on 04/12/2019

I am the mother of the bride, but because my daughter and her fiancé work full time jobs, I did a lot of the hunting and phone calling for vendors and the venue. I came across 4keepsphotography/Melissa Higday after searching for vendors in The Woodlands area. Her reviews were all 5 stars and over and over, the reviewers said how great she is. That is why I called her. We made an appointment to meet her on a Sunday afternoon (so convenient) and signed a contract that day. She is calm and professional and showed us several albums of her work as well as framed photographs on the walls of her studio. Melissa was available for any questions along the planning stages and replied to phone calls or emails promptly. Her prices were extremely fair and the packages she offers are very generous. We were able to hire her for longer hours and include a second shooter. She showed up early the day of the wedding and stayed until the very end. Melissa and the second shooter were so quiet and professional, we hardly knew they were there. The pictures were beautiful and captured the feeling of the wedding. She takes all of the traditional poses that you would expect, but so many more with a humorous or artistic flair. Everything about working with Melissa and the final photos far exceeded our expectations! Melissa is the real deal. If you are lucky enough, she will photograph your wedding, too!

Julia, mother of bride, wedding on 11/20/2015

Melissa was amazing! Not only is she great at what she does but she is genuinely the sweetest! We used her for our engagement pictures and for our wedding day because we were so please with her work. We would definitely recommend her!

Allison, married on 09/17/2016

Melissa is absolutely incredible! She is an amazing photographer but also just an all around great person. She was so much fun to work with and was always so professional. She made sure the job got done but was so kind the entire time. Her and her assistant are both really great and we are so thankful that we picked her as our wedding photographer. She made the entire experience so enjoyable! Our pictures are perfect!

Kim, married on 05/11/2018