I can’t believe that summer is upon us yet again.  It has been such a pleasure photographing so many weddings and families this spring and I’m excited for all the wonderful events that I’ll be shooting for the remainder of the year

I’m also happy to announce a big print sale in all of my client galleries to celebrate Father’s Day!  Give the special Dad, Grandfather or Uncle in your life prints of their loved ones as a tangible reminder of those that are special to them.

For a limited time, all photographic print orders are 25% OFF!  The discount is already applied to all client galleries off the regular prices.

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SALE INFORMATION:
– $50 MINIMUM is required
– All orders must be placed by Midnight PST on Monday, June 12, 2017
– Other specialty products such as Canvas Prints, Proof Boxes, Presentation Boxes are available for purchase as well, but have a longer lead time. Please inquire directly with melissa@melissaschollaertphotography.com to ask about production times if you have a deadline for giving your gift.
– Click on the PRODUCTS tab at the top of your gallery to access these specialty items.

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Happy Shopping!
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Sometimes when a wedding is over, I’m so sad because it’s the end of working with my clients.  And such was true of Melanie & Ben’s beautiful wedding.  Despite the biggest storm and heavy downpour during photos with the bridesmaids, everyone remained calm and almost un-phased by the rain.  We continued photos of the wedding party beneath the outdoor portico, family was around us laughing and talking and smiling.  I loved that!  They weren’t going to let a little rain ruin anything.  And you know what?  The sun soon came out and the outdoor ceremony, even though the chairs had been soaked earlier, went on without a hitch after they were dried off.  Nothing was going to stop this happy day from occurring.

Congratulations to Melanie & Ben, and best wishes for a lifetime of love!  Cheers!

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Starting a new business is a big job that requires a lot of effort to get things rolling.  There’s so much that happens before you launch your business or book your first client.  The first thing you need to establish is what your brand is all about, then you must communicate that to the world.
Social media is now such a huge influence for potential clients that you can’t afford to not post regular content that will put your name out there and show what you do.  But first, you need content.  This is where hiring a professional photographer to capture you and your brand before you even launch will help communicate your offerings from the start.
Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

These sessions are perfect for small, boutique businesses that want to make their marketing images look cohesive, show who they are, their process, how they create as well as the products that they offer. In order to sell your product or services you need to show your audience who you are and why you are special. Imagery can do that for you and attract the right clients to do business with you. When you show more of who you are and why you do what you do the right people will come along.

Here’s one shoot that I did for Kelsey with Lairsey Paper Co.  Kelsey is a calligrapher that creates custom, hand-drawn lettering and graphics as well as signage and invitations for weddings and events.  She is an artist that uses traditional techniques with a modern take on typography.  She was creating a new website for her company to show her work, but also wanted to show her process for creating her products.  Potential clients want to get to know you and your work as they are more likely to work with you if they can find a relate-able connection.

Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
We developed a concept for her shoot centered around capturing Kelsey working in her studio and showing how she created her art.  This look behind the scenes in her studio will help clients to realize what a boutique and customized service that she offers, which will translate into clients who are willing to pay for an exclusive service.
Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
We also wanted to incorporate lifestyle headshots of Kelsey so her clients could see who she was and learn more about her.  I have found that people really respond to photos of people, so showing yourself to the world through your social media can help clients get to know you.  We also wanted to show details of her products and tools that she uses to create so that her Instagram feed was filled with content that spoke to the entire process of creating.  We tied the entire shoot together by utilizing her brand colors in the products she was showing, as well as planned her wardrobe to communicate her personality.  It is so, so important to plan these details so that you can effectively communicate your brand.  More on that in a future post, but for now have a look at some of the images that we created for Lairsey Paper Co

Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Brand Photography with Lairsey Paper Co | Branding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
You can also see more imagery from the shoot on Kelsey’s website  and on her Instagram.

Taking your business to the next level? Want to streamline the look of your website, branding imagery and social media so that your imagery is consistent? Want to attract your ideal client?

Consistency is the key. Having images that reflect you and your brand will help elevate your business.

These sessions are perfect for small businesses, creatives, artists, florists, chefs, mixologists, bloggers, wedding professionals and venues, hotels, the list goes on.

If you are a creative you can’t afford not to have high-end imagery that reflects your brand and style. Show your potential clients YOU, how you work, what you create and what your team can offer.

Contact me today to learn more about how to enhance your brand with photography and to book your session. Click HERE to contact me, I’m looking forward to chatting about your business and what I can create for you!

Ciao!
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I believe a couple’s wedding should be exactly what they desire, and what suits them best.  For couples that want a more private and low-key wedding, eloping is the perfect option!  These events are so intimate and beautiful, and typically really focus on the couple and their love for each other.  I love that, and I love capturing small and intimate elopements for couples that desire a more private wedding day.  The absolute best part of an elopement for me is having so much more time to capture my client’s at their destination, roaming around Paris or renting a scooter or Fiat to drive along the Amalfi Coast.  Can you imagine having photos of you and your spouse like this and looking at them years down the road?  What sweet memories.
If you are eloping or know someone who is, this guide of my top places to elope should definitely inspire you!
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
AMALFI COAST
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If you’re looking for THE destination wedding location of locations…The Amalfi Coast in Italy is it!  Nestled south of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula, this coastline is one of the most breathtaking places in the entire world!  It’s where towering cliffs meet the sea, blue skies and sunshine dominate and the scent of lemons drifts through the air.  The sight of the hillsides in towns like Positano are a feast for the eyes, while the local fish & seafood are a feast for the stomach.  Whether you’re cruising along the sea to the island of Capri or you’re perched high above the entire coastline in Ravello, you’ll see beauty everywhere.  It is one of the perfect locations to elope or have a small destination wedding.

FAVORITE AMALFI COAST VENUES
Belmond Hotel Caruso – Ravello
Villa Cimbrone – Ravello
Hotel Palazzo Murat – Positano

Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
TUSCANY
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
La mia bella Italia…  When I think about where I could see myself getting married, Tuscany is the place.  I remember my first time traveling through this area and I just fell in love – I mean, how can you not?  Rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, historic villa’s – you absolutely can’t go wrong with a wedding in Tuscany.  You almost don’t even need that many details when the scenery is this gorgeous!
FAVORITE TUSCANY VENUES
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS
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I have probably photographed the most weddings in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  This area is one of my favorite locations for weddings and some venues are as little as 2 hours from Atlanta, my home base.  These venues radiate mountain elegance out of every nook and cranny.  Tops on my list is Old Edwards Inn & Spa which is host to an amazing list of venues large and small, and also has some of the best service I have ever witnessed at a venue.  Many of my clients have a family tie of some sort to this area or grew up going to the mountains for vacation.  It’s truly a special place!  I have also had the pleasure to work in many of the smaller towns in this area including Highlands, Cashiers and Asheville and have listed my favorites.
FAVORITE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN VENUES
Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Highlands
Chattooga Club – Cashiers
Biltmore Estate – Asheville
Lonesome Valley – Cashiers
Claxton Farm – Asheville

Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
PARIS
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Oooh-la-la!  One of the most romantic places in the world, is the city of Paris.  Its beautiful streets, boats floating along the Seine, French champagne and views of the Eiffel Tower at nearly every turn.  I bet anyone could fall in love here!  Paris is the perfect place to elope because there are so many beautiful and intimate spots throughout the city to say your vows, just the two of you.  So grab yourself a tuxedo and your passport and jet off to the city of light for your elopment!
 FAVORITE PARIS VENUES
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THE LOWCOUNTRY
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The south is one of the top wedding locations in the country, and when you see some of these venues you’ll know why.  This area is drenched in history, nature, mystery and lots of spanish moss.  It has some of the most beautiful venues in the country with a charm that you can only find in this area.  The hospitality can’t be beat and the low country seafood is amazing!  These beautiful venues scattered throughout the region are some of the best that I’ve photographed at, and oh so beautiful.
FAVORITE LOWCOUNTRY VENUES (Georgia, South Carolina, Florida)
The Gasparilla Inn – Gasparilla Island
Ca d’Zan – Sarasota
Lowndes Grove Plantation – Charleston
The Jekyll Island Club – Jekyll Island
Cloister at Sea Island – Sea Island
Oyster Bay Yacht Club – Amelia Island
Ribault Club – Amelia Island
The Ford Plantation – Savannah
Inn at Palmetto Bluff – Hilton Head
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
If you are eloping soon or having a small, destination affair contact me today to learn about my special destination photography collections!  You can contact me through my website HERE to receive the full guide.
Ciao!
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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!

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

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

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

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

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

Ciao!

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