Atlanta wedding photographer serving the southeast and destinations across the US and beyond. I have a passion for traveling and capturing a place, as well as telling stories of couples in love. With nearly 2 decades of experience as a destination photographer, I capture you and the ones you love in the locations that are most special to you. My style of photography combines soft, natural portraits with sweeping panoramas that all have a sense of nostalgia, romance & elegance.
Above all else, it is your experience on your wedding day that you'll remember most. My goal is for all clients to feel relaxed and to fully enjoy their day, knowing they have hired a trusted professional. Read all about my process, philosophies on photography and more on my signature client experience.
Capturing documentary style portraits with a shared passion for travel for those adventuring on their honeymoon, vacation, or once in a lifetime trip. I follow you along and record photos of your travels, portraits of you and your loved ones enjoying your destination as well as location-focused images that show the special place that you have traveled to.
Additional coverage of your destination wedding weekend events such as rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, boat outings and beach parties is also available to include in your collection. I also offer photographic coverage of special events, parties and gatherings with a documentary approach focused on your party and guests.
With nearly 20 years of experience photographing destination weddings, my style and approach to creating images is centered around capturing not only your location, but also your unique love story. I offer destination wedding & elopement collections that include coverage for your entire destination weekend.
My photography services for weddings, events and portraits are focused on creating beautiful imagery of you and your loved ones in the special places that you travel to. I offer coverage for weddings, elopements, destination events, parties as well as on-location travel portraits for honeymooners and couple's enjoying a once in a lifetime holiday. See below for more information.
"Working with Melissa for our wedding was an absolute blessing. We had to reschedule a few times due to Covid and she was a dream to work with during that process. On our wedding day we couldn't have envisioned a better individual to work with to make it as positive and efficient as possible.
From the time we met pre-wedding to the time following she was courteous, professional and gave us memories that will last forever. We love the relationship that we were able to create. We have kept in touch with Melissa and plan to use her for family portraits. "
"Melissa and her team photographed our wedding and were awesome. Melissa is a very organized and detail-oriented person with a great eye for capturing special moments. We had several meetings/calls with Melissa to talk through our wedding weekend timeline. During these meetings, Melissa provided helpful insight to ensure that all of the weekend’s special moments would be photographed.
Further, she seamlessly handled our specific photo requests and took advantage of our scenic and charming venues to make helpful and creative photo suggestions. The result were photos that captured our special weekend beautifully."
"Amidst the covid craziness, we had the silver lining of getting to work with Melissa twice - lucky us! For both events, from start to finish, Melissa was unbelievable to work with. Not only does her talent shine in her photography, but her skillful coordination throughout our wedding season and her ability to capture every detail without knowing she's there is truly best in class. Melissa will be our first call the next time we want to capture more memories!"
"Melissa was wonderful to work with! We hired her for our destination wedding in Highlands, North Carolina and she perfectly captured our day while highlighting the beauty of the venue. Melissa made both of us feel so relaxed and comfortable during pictures. She kept an organized schedule and seamlessly photographed each group. We cannot recommend Melissa enough!"
"Melissa was professional and organized every step of the way! Her detailed planning made the wedding day feel so effortless and relaxed. She captured every little detail of the day and her pictures have brought us so much joy. Melissa is an amazing photographer and person!"
Darden & Richard, Parents of the Bride
We wanted to thank you for everything on our wedding weekend. You made our day run so smoothly, and we honestly couldn’t have asked for a better night. We are beyond excited with all the photos! You are a phenomenal photographer, and you made both Lucas and I feel so comfortable all day/night. Your assistant was great too!
Seriously, THANK YOU. We will continue to recommend you to all of our friends in the future.
"Melissa was an absolute pleasure to work with. We are so pleased with how our photos turned out. Melissa was able to capture every moment of our special day in such a beautiful, natural way. Looking at the photos makes me feel like I am reliving every aspect of our favorite day."
"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!"
"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!
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!"
"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.
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!!"
"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."
"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!
“Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”