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I am a photographer that loves to create imagery that tells your story, visual journeys of your love story in enchanting locations throughout the southeast and beyond. I'm a passionate artist that captures images that evoke a sense of nostalgia, have a feeling of adventure and that tell the story behind the people, places and emotions of your wedding day.

Searching for the magic in your world, I go beyond the surface looking for authentic & unseen moments that exist behind the scenes that will reveal your true self and the beauty of the places most special to you. My goal is to make you feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire process while I capture relaxed lifestyle portraits and candid moments to treasure forever through photography. 

Whatever your journey, I would love to tell your story.
Explore my site via the links below to see my work and learn more about my services and what I can create for you.

on a journey

PHOTOGRAPHY THAT TAKES YOU

MELISSA SCHOLLAERT

I am a destination wedding & portrait photographer with a passion for telling stories. My background as an interior designer, photographer and traveler becomes part of telling your story, weaving your environment into the shoot to transport viewers into the images. Whether it's capturing your destination event at a special place or somewhere closer to home, my vision is to transport you back to your wedding day through your photographs for years and decades to come.

Telling Great Stories

we believe in

I am a brand photographer for businesses and a destination wedding & portrait photographer with a passion for telling stories. My background as an interior designer, photographer and traveler becomes part of telling your story and bringing your world to life through environmental lifestyle images.

MELISSA SCHOLLAERT

the photographer

"Melissa was one of three photographers recommended by my wedding planner. Her work was the first (and last) I looked at. Once I saw samples of her pictures, I knew Melissa was the one I wanted to shoot mine and my husband's special day; I didn't even consider the other two recommendations. I'm so happy that I chose her! 

MEGAN & CHRIS

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I don't like to be photographed, but Melissa's friendly personality made me feel relaxed and beautiful. I'm so pleased with the way the pictures turned out! Melissa also managed to capture the way my husband and I interact with each other, the lively personalities of the wedding guests, and the beauty of the wedding space in her pictures. In addition to the quality of Melissa's pictures, I also appreciated her efficiency and she responded to all my emails within a day if not the same day. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone looking for a quality photographer. She's amazing!"

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"Melissa was absolutely amazing to work with!
We hired Melissa for our engagement photos,
our rehearsal dinner, our welcome party, and our
entire wedding day. She captured every detail
and moment perfectly and we never felt staged.
Our friends and family keep commenting on
how great the photos are.

AMANDA + TRAVIS

We also greatly appreciated
her organization through her detailed schedule we were able to coordinate the rest of our vendors for our wedding day, in turn helping to make the day stress free.

She is just the best!!"

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"Melissa was incredible to work with, not just for our wedding weekend, but over the course of our entire wedding planning process. Despite never traveling to our church or reception site prior to our wedding day (we live in Indianapolis), she navigated the ceremony and reception flawlessly and produced angles and close-ups we couldn't have imagined she would capture.

 She photographed our loved ones as if they were her friends and our surroundings with a familiarity of a local.  The final product revealed a candid glimpse into the most heartfelt, warm, and exciting moments of what was the best day of our lives. Casting our trust to someone to capture the most important day of our life was not easy, but Melissa proved to be nothing but the best.

Thank you, Melissa!"

KATHERINE & EVAN

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"When I set out to hire a wedding photographer for our wedding, I didn't have to think hard about it; I knew I would be hiring Melissa. She had photographed my sister's wedding a few years before, and it was a no-brainer that I would hire her. Hiring a superior wedding photographer was something that my husband and I put at the top of our priority list, and Melissa certainly exceeded all of our expectations. 

Not only were our photos stunning, but they were unique--seemingly tailored to us, our wedding concept, and our venue. And what's more, the photography session was not only painless, but truly enjoyable!!! When we received our photos from Melissa. I got chills--and so did my husband! Melissa is organized and professional, friendly and approachable, and most of all superbly talented."

MEG & JEREMY

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"My husband and I had our wedding on Lake Oconee this past July. It was 104 degrees the day of our wedding and we had an outside ceremony and reception. 

Melissa was absolutely wonderful despite the hot weather - she was extremely patient, stuck to her schedule, and captured every
special and little moment we could have ever wanted.
Our photos are breath taking!

Thank You!"

CHRISTY & JAKE

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PUBLISHED:
FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE

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Ready for an adventure?  Me too!  I can't wait to meet you and start planning your wedding or portrait session.  Reach out to me via the link below to receive a complete guide to my services along with pricing and additional details about booking your shoot.  All services include a complimentary consultation free of charge so please reach out as I'd love to hear about your story and your imagery needs.

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Conde Nast, Food & Wine Magazine, Entouriste, Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple, Style Me Pretty, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Snippet & Ink, Southern Weddings Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Brides UK

AS SEEN IN

-THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to,
to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."

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I am a brand photographer for businesses and a destination wedding & portrait photographer with a passion for telling stories. My background as an interior designer, photographer and traveler becomes part of telling your story and bringing your world to life through environmental lifestyle images.

MELISSA SCHOLLAERT

the photographer

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I am a brand photographer for businesses and a destination wedding & portrait photographer with a passion for telling stories. My background as an interior designer, photographer and traveler becomes part of telling your story.

PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

images that sell

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I am a brand photographer for businesses and a destination wedding

brand PHOTOGRAPHY

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FLORENCE

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Conde Nast, Food & Wine Magazine, Entouriste, Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple, Style Me Pretty, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Snippet & Ink, Southern Weddings Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Brides UK

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MY PROCESS

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FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE

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Conde Nast, Food & Wine Magazine, Entouriste, Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple, Style Me Pretty, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Snippet & Ink, Southern Weddings Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Brides UK

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At home on the road. A passionate artist inspired by stories, guided by wanderlust and driven by the art of photography. Ever an adventurer, seeking new lands and unique places that inspire a love of travel.  Living for takeoffs & landings, always looking for beautiful light, forever chasing sunsets, hunting for the best gelato and soaking up all of the beauty in this world. 

ABOUT
MELISSA

I am a Brand Photographer, specialist in Destination Weddings & Portraiture, and teller of stories that capture your journey; Journeys to unseen worlds.  Photography that goes beyond the surface to show the people, places and inspiration behind your story, your business, your love.

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I am a photographer that loves to create imagery that tells your story, visual journeys of your brand, your business or your love story. I'm a passionate artist that captures images that evoke a sense of nostalgia, have a feeling of adventure and tell the story behind the people, places and products in your photographs.

Searching for the magic in your world, I go beyond the surface looking for authentic & unseen moments that exist behind the scenes that will reveal your true self and the beauty behind your environment.  
Moments that invoke a sense of nostalgia and provide a glimpse into your world.

Whatever journey you may be taking I would love to tell your story.
Explore my site via the links below to see my work and learn more about me and what I can create for you.

to unseen worlds

JOURNEYS THAT CARRY US

MELISSA SCHOLLAERT

"Words cannot begin to describe how much I loved my branding session with Melissa. During the entire shoot, she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed - which is saying a lot for someone who is not used to being photographed! Before the session, she took the time to ask me meaningful and intentional questions about my brand and what I was looking to portray through these images. The final product is everything I wanted and more! The photos are absolutely beautiful and I couldn't be happier with how Melissa captured my brand and me as an artist. "

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