Hello! Thank you for visiting! I’m Melissa, a lifestyle family and maternity photographer servicing Charleston, SC and surrounding areas. To me a photo session is more than just smiling at the camera. I want to capture the personalities and playfulness of each member of your family. The way that your daughter grabs her daddy’s pinkie while walking. The way your son plays with your necklace when you hold him close. The way you and your husband giggle at each other when your child does that goofy toothless smile. Those are the timeless moments I want to capture! One day those memories will fade but the photos will carry on.
A little bit about my work… If you take a look you take notice of how I capture the scenery I was a landscape photographer for years before I became a portrait photographer. I discovered that incorporating the two has become my passion. My goal is to give you works of art Whether it be our marshy beaches, big oaks with moss or our beautiful cypress trees on the lakes and rivers.
Edisto Beach Family Photographer & Maternity Photographer
"You have a lot of options when it comes to photographers in the Charleston area, but Melissa really stands out in a lot of ways! From start to finish, Melissa was very prompt with her correspondence and was also willing to do whatever it took to make our somewhat last minute photo shoot work. She made the photo shoot so much fun and really made our vision come to life, I loved how directive she could be to get the perfect shot. Most importantly, the photos were absolutely gorgeous and we could not be more pleased! We have gotten so many compliments and we know we will treasure the photos for years to come! If you are in the Charleston area, give Melissa a call, you will not be disappointed!" - Samantha Price
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
-Theodor Seuss Geisel
Melissa was fabulous! Our photos definitely exceeded any expectation that we had! The process was easy and she even provided me with a maternity dress that looked amazing! Even had our pup in our photos! Can't wait to have family photos for years to come! - April Leary
A little bit about me… I am a homeschooling mama to two wild boys that are 11 and 7 and a wife to I have always felt drawn to God’s creation and the beauty in every sunrise and sunset. I love traveling with my family to Asheville and anywhere that has mountains. I love Billy Joel, The Beatles and Pink Floyd (great combination, thanks dad!) I named my business Oakley Photography Around the time I was trying to decide my business name my dad told me he loved having two girls, but he did wish that he had a son to carry on the family name. After that conversation with my dad I decided to name my business Oakley Photography.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
- Edgar Degas
I recently decided to become a photography mentor to other photographers coming into this business, I really love teaching and watching others grow in their business or hobby.
Family & Maternity Photography in the Edisto Beach Area
“A picture paints a thousand words”
Skate board styled family session
Every year when I photograph the Kauffman family we always take the next session to the next level! This one has to be one of
Asheville, NC family session
I found this most amazing spot for photos in Asheville, NC!!! And you can still book these sessions for this year for October 2023.
Columbia Lake Family Session
Lauren reached out to me from Gilbert, SC and wanted a family session somewhere in between Columbia, SC and Charleston. She wanted the Cypress tree/moss
If you are looking for a session with a little something more than just smiles for the camera you came to the right place
I shoot on location and serve all of the lowcountry including Charleston, Summerville, Folly Beach, Edisto Island, Kiawah Island, Goose Creek and Mt Pleasant.