Category Archives: Engagement

Engagement Sessions are a great way to both celebrate your engagement as well as capture more casual photos before the wedding. I’ve always recommended that my clients do an engagement session prior to the wedding so that we get to know each other and so that they can see how I work. Many clients are nervous about having their photo taken. Rightfully so, because most people don’t go around having professional photos taken of themselves all the time.

Another great thing about engagement sessions is that it gives my clients a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, so that come the wedding day they are relaxed and not so worried about how they look. They can simply take the time to enjoy themselves and be in the moment with each other. Many brides often use this session to do a trial run of their makeup for the wedding day in order to see how it will look in photos.

I could go on with other tips and tricks to achieve great engagement photos, but I’ll save that for another post. For now, I’m excited to share some images from Melissa & David’s engagement session in Atlanta! They are getting married this weekend and I cannot wait to capture their special day!

Melissa & David Engagement Photography | Atlanta Engagement Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

We chose somewhere with both a relaxed feel as well as a more formal feel so that the images would flow well with their wedding images and location. I loved that they incorporated their sweet dog Cooper into the session, after all it was Cooper that brought the ring to Melissa when David proposed. After their casual look, they surprised me with a stylish formal look complete with champagne!

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Cheers to Melissa & David and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Can’t wait!

Ciao!

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Engagement Galleries Instagram  Facebook Page

HOME PAGE:

I wanted the home page to have a rolling collage of my favorite images.  It also shows all the different types of photography that I do including weddings, engagements, rehearsal dinner’s, lifestyle, portraits, branding & travel photography.

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ABOUT ME:

Here, you can learn more about my background and photography experience as well as what my style is and how I approach my work.  There’s a page dedicated to press & publications which shows everywhere that I’ve had the honor of being published.  Last, there’s a fun page that I love, which tells you a little bit more about me and my fun side!

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GALLERIES:

I have separated my galleries of work into Engagements, Weddings, Weekend Events (Rehearsal Dinners, Welcome Parties, Pool Parties), Portraits, Boudoir & Love Shoots.  Each one of those has multiple weddings or sessions that you can see and showcases a wide variety of wedding styles.

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GALLERY:

Each individual gallery is laid out in collage-form.  I wanted the design to be unique, and showcase multiple images at a time.  The images change randomly and you can see a wedding or shoot from beginning to end.  There’s also an option to show a full-screen gallery of the particular gallery at the bottom if you’d like to see the images larger.

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LIFESTYLE + TRAVEL:

I’m so excited to finally have my lifestyle and travel work as a part of my site as well as work that I am offering clients.  I have always enjoyed traveling and taking photos wherever I go.  I have a very large collection of travel work and have also had the opportunity to write articles and have my work featured on multiple publications.  I am available for assignment stories for publications, hotels, travel industry companies as well as tourism boards so please contact me if you’d like to feature my work or hire me to create imagery for you.

I also have a personal travel blog where you can read stories about all of my adventures on the road…and in the sky…and on the water…and everywhere.

Please visit my journal A WANDERING HEART

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INFORMATION:

Here, you can read more about where I work, my destination weddings, client reviews and request pricing information.  You can also see my fine art wedding albums that I offer my clients.

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CONTACT:

On this page, you’ll find links to email me directly as well as a form to inquire and receive pricing information on my wedding collections as well as portraits and other sessions.  You can also find links to my social media including Facebook and Instagram.

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BLOG:

I re-designed my blog a year ago, but now the design is a nice companion to my website design.  I’ve updated the blog a bit with my new website launch so be sure to take a peek!

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Ciao!

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Cliffs and terraced hillsides cascading down towards the sea, panoramic views all around you, secret gardens, piazzas filled with locals, churchbells serenading your every move, cobblestone streets and hidden passageways.  And these are just a few of the words that describe the town of Ravello, hidden up in the hills above the Amalfi Coast.  It seems as if you’ve been transported to another world, far away from any modern amenities where you can escape, wander and breathe in the local flavor of this beautiful region.

While traveling to The Amalfi Coast for several shoots and a wedding, one of my favorite colleagues Alicia Swedenborg and I dreamed up an amazing styled elopement shoot in this beautiful town.  Our concept was based on our bride and groom escaping to the high hills of Ravello to say their I-do’s by themselves, all the while exploring the town and meandering through it’s narrow streets.  Complete with breezy gowns, hand-drawn invitations that featured the local church, traditional Italian wedding favors all the way to their escape on a Vespa, this shoot was a dream and will hopefully inspire your own wedding or secret elopement!

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VENDORS:  Photography – Melissa Schollaert Photography | Gowns & Veil – Chaviano Couture | Hairpieces & Accessories – Jannie Baltzer | Makeup Artist – Zoe Graham | Hairstylist: Tonino | Calligraphy & Stationery – Written Word Calligraphy | Creative Direction – Melissa Schollaert & Alicia Swedenborg

This shoot was also featured on Style Me Pretty where you can also see some of Alicia’s shots from the shoot.  All photos posted here are my own.

MSP-Newsletter-Spring2015

Releasing my Summer Newsletter which features everything sunny and bright to inspire your summer wedding planning!  First up, my Amalfi Coast Elopement in Italy was published on Style Me Pretty.  Also, I’m featuring one of my favorite “Destinations” for weddings, Sea Island.  My featured Rehearsal Dinner is Hilary & Luke’s lowcountry evening on Amelia Island, Florida.  I’ve also written an article with my tips on creating and utilizing the best lighting for your wedding day.  Click on the image below to take you to the full newsletter!

Newsletter-Summer2015Here’s just a peek inside the newsletter, an image from my Amalfi Coast Elopement session in Ravello, Italy!

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Cheers!

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Hello and Happy Spring!  One of the most glorious seasons is finally here after such a cold and snowy winter across most of the US.  Everyone is welcoming sweet spring with open arms, and I know that I am most excited for all of my wonderful spring weddings coming up!

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Just in time, I released my Spring Newsletter which features everything blooming and new.  First up, my featured Engagement Session is of Katherine & Evan’s Destination Engagement Session in Lexington, Kentucky.  I’ve also written an article with my tips on Destination Weddings & Events!  It’s a subject close to my heart, as most of my weddings are destination, which I love.  Lots of tips for destination couples out there, so please take a peek.  I’ve also highlighted my Coffee Table Book as my featured fine art product in this issue.  An album is a must to preserve your special memories in a tangible form for generations to come.

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Last, I’ve announced my Spring Portrait Sessions which you can read more about HERE.  Contact me today for the special rates and to reserve your session May 24th in Atlanta!

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Cheers!

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