Monthly Archives: August 2011

-Pea Island – Cape Hatteras National Seashore | Outer Banks, North Carolina

Thinking of my favorite Atlantic beach, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and hoping that the hurricane doesn’t do much destruction there this weekend. This is by far the most beautiful, natural beach I’ve ever seen. There are no buildings, no people, no cars for miles and all you see is natural shoreline with dunes of seagrass on the inland side. I’ve never seen anything like it. So incredibly beautiful.


I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of so many special weddings in so many different places across the country. Sometimes you just need a break from the same locations, the same traditions, same, same, same. I often find myself being more creative and pushing the limits of my photography when I get to shoot at a new location. It’s so invigorating to show up the day of a wedding, somewhere you’ve never been to and see a place, building, field for the first time. There’s something about that first look that is magical. I immediately am inspired and am envisioning images in my mind. One way to remedy this is to second shoot for other photographers. I myself was a second shooter for 5 years before starting to shoot weddings on my own. I absolutely loved it and loved being creative without all the “stress” of being the main photographer for the day. So going back to second shooting once in awhile is a nice break and gets my creativity flowing and inspires me to be a better, more artistic photographer.

On the other hand, having another professional photographer second shoot for me is also a treat! Having someone who is experienced, has their own business and knows the ins-and-outs of a wedding day make me feel so at ease. They know the shots to get, know the crazy schedule of a wedding, know how to ease clients wedding day fears, etc. One photographer who I love to have shoot with me, and also shoot for them, is Molly of m three studio. Molly and I met in Italy at Jose Villa’s Workshop. We are sort of like two peas in a pod and have become very good friends. Our shooting and artistic style really blend well together, and we have photographed several weddings for each other over the last few years. It’s a joy having Molly with me on a wedding day, but it’s even more fun for me to shoot with her!

And this wedding was no exception. Katie & Chris were married at the picturesque Cuneo Mansion and Estate in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Some of you may recognize this beautiful mansion as it was featured in the film “My Best Friend’s Wedding”. I was certainly excited to shoot at such beautiful grounds and historic mansion – I have a soft spot for both nature and historic buildings, so I was really excited to shoot this wedding with Molly. The day was gorgeous and I hope you enjoy the images!

Big thanks to Molly for having me up to the Midwest to shoot with her! I wish we lived closer to each other, but it’s really fun for me to travel up north and get a break from the south. She also adores the south and all its charm, so it’s a perfect match. I’ll be sharing a few weddings that Molly shot with me soon! Also, In the next few weeks I will also be sharing more weddings that I helped photograph as a second shooter. Lots more to come!



Fall Portraits are always popular for families. Unfortunately, fall is usually one of my busiest wedding seasons of the year and I usually have limited availability for fall sessions. So, this year, I’m taking one week reserved for Fall Portraits. It’s a great chance to get photos of your family & kids and use them for your holiday cards, or holiday gifts, or simply to add some beautiful art to your walls. I’ll be offering Fall Portrait Sessions for the following dates in October:

Friday, October 7, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This will be the last chance for fall portraits before the holidays, so book now to reserve your spot!

Family & Kids Portraits will be available for a special rate ONLY for these sessions. CONTACT ME for details & to reserve your timeslot today.


Melissa Schollaert Photography is also offering a very special price on Engagement Sessions and Love Shoots for these dates in October as well. All Engagement Sessions & Love Shoots are on Special for these dates only for $100 off the normal price. Engagement Sessions do not necessarily need to be booked with a full wedding package. Love Shoots are great for any couples, anniversary’s, or just because. Engagement Sessions and Love Shoots will be available for the following dates only:

Monday, October 10, 2011 (Evening)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 (Evening)

CONTACT ME for details & to reserve your timeslot. Very limited availability for these sessions and I only have a few times left!