Category Archives: Inspiration

Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday!  I’m not sure if it’s all the red (my favorite color), hearts and candy…or the prospect of having a valentine to spend time with.  Who is your valentine this year?  I hope you spend the day with someone special…because when it comes down to it, it’s all about the LOVE!

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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.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

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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Destination-Wedding-Wanderlust?  If you’re thinking of planning a destination wedding, the Amalfi Coast of Italy is surely a paradise for the eyes, heart and soul.  A perfect location to be swept away with your love and celebrate the beginning of your life together.

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Making the most of your photos in Positano:

~Schedule your portraits for the hour before sunset at the beach and on the dock.  The light is magical during this time, and not only can you watch the sunset from here but you can also enjoy a gelato with your love.

~If you don’t have time during your wedding day for extended portraits, be sure to schedule a Day-After Session with your photographer.  You’ll have more time to explore and take amazing photos from different vantage points around the city, and you won’t be worried about getting your dress dirty.  Postiano can be difficult to traverse with the steep cliffs and miles of stairs at every turn.  Hire a private car and have them drive you around.

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~Speaking of climbing up hills, go up into the less-crowded areas of town on the higher hills.  The main town is centered around the beach and more crowded.  You can escape the crowds if you ascend the hills and explore…the views are the best here too!

~Want to create your own, private vantage point?  Rent a boat and sail out into the sea for a spectacular view of the entire town.  You can’t get a better backdrop for your photos than this.  Plus, you can end your session sipping prosecco and nibbling on fruit from the sea!MelissaSchollaertPhotography-PositanoWeddingPhotographer-Italy-03~Last, don’t forget to hire me to photograph your wedding!  Contact me to learn about my Destination Wedding Specials!

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I specialize in destination weddings and portrait shoots and am available to travel to all corners of the US as well as International Destinations.  Contact me today to learn about my special Destination Wedding packages and book your wedding!

Cheers!

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One of my favorite times of a wedding day is capturing the bride getting ready and dressed for the ceremony.  There’s always an excitement in the room and anticipation of the bride seeing her groom at the end of the aisle.  I love capturing candid moments during this time, and my preferred method of creating these images is on black and white film.  The film alone creates such a timeless look, but using the black & white film for candid moments such as these evokes such a classic look.

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Having a gorgeous room to get ready in also doesn’t hurt – such as this space at The Estate at Piedmont.

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A few tips that you can follow in order to help create these classic images:

  1.  Have your Mom, Maid of Honor or whomever will be helping you get dressed, be dressed and ready themselves before you get into your gown.  These wouldn’t have the same effect if Mom was still in her pajamas with her hair not done yet.
  2. Make sure your space is clean and clear of clutter, bags, food, drink, makeup and any other distractions.
  3. A beautiful room always helps, but it’s better to have a space with lots of natural light!  Here, there was a total of four windows, two behind the bride and one on each side creating perfect lighting.
  4. Set aside enough time for creating these kinds of candid moments.  I always make sure to schedule at least 30 minutes to cover the bride getting dressed, plus another 30 minutes to an hour beforehand to capture detail photos of the dress, shoes, as well as time for hair/makeup and other candid moments.

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And of course the final touches right before the ceremony.

MelissaSchollaertPhotography-GettingReady-07If these are the kind of photos you’ve been dreaming of for your wedding day, contact me today to find out more about my packages and pricing.  Can’t wait to capture your candid moments on your big day!

Cheers!

Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

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.