Hi, I'm Melissa!

I am a natural light photographer based in the best city in the world, Charleston, SC (Travel + Leisure doesn’t lie!). I started pursuing photography full time in 2012, and while I have taken (and still love taking!) portraits of all kinds, I eventually found my niche in photographing children and families.

I’m originally from Syracuse, NY and grew up taking art classes. In college at SUNY Potsdam, I majored in Art Education with a concentration in Photography, and after graduating, I taught elementary art in Virginia (so trust me, I am no stranger to squirming kids!).

After deciding to move to Charleston, I began to take the desire to start my own photography business a little more seriously.  I took the big leap in 2012, and the rest is history!  I am so grateful for the gift it is to use my art background in addition to photography to create beautiful images that I'm sure you'll fall in love with.

On all of my shoots, my hope is to make things as easy for you and your family as possible!  My personality is often described as laid-back, and I try to bring that element to my shoots as well - I know family photos can sound a little stressful, but my promise to you is that I will capture beautiful images while still leaving room for things to be playful, relaxed, and spontaneous (especially for the kiddos!).  After working with countless moms and families, I have learned a thing or two about patience and adaptability, and will do everything I can to make sure you all feel comfortable and have a great experience during your session!  

To see more of my work or learn more about me, please feel free to check out my portfolio, blog and FAQs. I would love to talk with you about a photo session here in Charleston (or somewhere else - did I mention I love to travel?)!  Just fill out a contact form or email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com and I will answer any questions you have.

I look forward to working with you and your family!

Melissa