Family & Maternity Photographer
Charleston, SC
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Meet Melissa Hunt

Bringing Your Story to Life

You likely landed on my website in search of the perfect Charleston family photographer. Or maybe you’re looking for the best maternity photographer in the Charleston area who can really tell YOUR story.

That’s exactly what I do.


My name is Melissa Hunt and I’m passionate about storytelling through the lens of a camera. When you work with me, I’ll meet you at your favorite location and harness the power of natural light to shoot incredible photos you’ll cherish forever.

And while I enjoy spontaneity and the natural evolution of photography, I also use over 20 years of photography experience to make sure I get it right for you and your family. That’s also why I use multiple cameras and lenses to tell your story, because equipment matters.
But most importantly to me, the best images are driven by emotion. YOUR emotions.

Capturing that emotion is the key to creating images that feel organic and never posed.
After all, no two families are exactly alike, so why would you want your photos to look like everyone else’s?

With that approach, along with a dash of style and the perfect rugged terrain, the right photographer can create truly stunning photos of your family.

To be that photographer, I offer two different packages designed to fit you. Each package includes digital images, styling from me and from Style and Select. You want to look and feel your best when you hire a photographer. I make sure you do with these specialized style services for your entire family.

Every time I pick up the camera, I think about your family chatting over food and drinks taking a walk down memory lane and shifting through the images I take for you. I envision how you’ll laugh, smile, and maybe even shed a tear or two thinking about the memories you’ve made together.

Oakley Photography serves clients in Summerville, Charleston, Kiawah Island, Goose Creek, West Ashley, Daniel Island, and Mt Pleasant. I am available for travel per request. Please contact me at melissa@melissaoakleyphotography.com for travel requests.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh


What time of day is best for my session?

I only schedule my sessions within an hour before sunset. Most session times in the summer will be about 7-7:30pm. So I definitely recommend late lunches, naps and dinners. I know its late but the light is so worth it!

What can I bring to my session?

Bottled water is a great idea especially if you have a session at Folly Beach with me. It is only about a 10 minute walk to the beach but it feels a lot longer in the summer heat! Snacks are great for bribes as long as they aren't messy snacks. Also bring wet wipes or tissues for snotty noses and dirty mouths.

What happens if it rains or what if it's' cloudy on my session date?

If it rains on your session date, we can reschedule your session date. I love shooting sunsets so I totally understand if that is something you are really wanting for your beach session! If I have another date available we can reschedule. I will say that cloudy skies can be pretty amazing also. They can add so much drama to the sky.
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