Knox

I love my military families!  I’m so grateful for the sacrifices they make for our country.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know Brad and Ansley as they asked me to shoot both their maternity and newborn photos.  They are now new parents to their handsome boy, Knox!  I learned that Knox’s favorite sleep sound on his dad’s iPhone is the “hairdryer.”  They had it ready to go when I arrived :)
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Thanks for visiting!  If you’d like to schedule a session just email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com.  I offer discounts to clients who serve in the military, just ask!

Thomas and Katie

Thomas and Katie are getting married in May!  The cistern at the College of Charleston campus is one of my favorites spots for taking photos, love the colors!  After shooting some images there we drove down to the battery because Katie really wanted a photo with the sunset in the background.  Thankfully, we got a good one that night!Thomas&Katie-1 Thomas&Katie-2 ComerEngagement-20Thomas&Katie-5 Thomas&Katie-7 Thomas&Katie-8 Thomas&Katie-9 Thomas&Katie-10

If you’re interested in an engagement shoot email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com or see more at my website www.melissagriffinphotography.com!

A Day in the Life of Max

I love taking every day, real life photos of kiddos as they play and do their thing instead of posing them.  I get to hang out with Max a couple of times a week.  He’s a fun and busy 3 year old!  This boy LOVES his trains.  He has to have “Blue Dog” with him at all times who makes an appearance in some of these photos :)  We snapped these pictures  in December and surprised mom and dad with the photos for Christmas!  I’d say I’ve got a pretty cute subject to work with ;)
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Newborn Shoots

Are you thinking of planning a newborn shoot with me?  Here are some things you can do before I arrive to make things go as smoothly as possible:

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– Crank the heat up!  Before I arrive, turn the heat up in your house.  To about 80!  Everyone else will be sweating but the baby will be nice and toasty :)  The goal is to have your sweet baby sleep through most of the shoot. (If they don’t, we’ll make it work!)

– Feed your little one before I arrive.  Hopefully they’ll be in the food coma stage when I start photographing them!  Then I can get details like fingers, lips, ears and toes easily.  Again, no worries if they don’t sleep… I’ve done entire shoots with wide awake babes!

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-Be thinking of items that you would like to include in the shoot.  My style is capturing real life so I don’t use many “props” but I will bring a couple of wraps/blankets and a basket.  If there are any items that you would like to include in the photos (a blanket someone made, a hat or outfit, a book, etc.) go ahead and pull those out before I arrive.  I don’t NEED these items, but am happy to use them!

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-When I arrive, I’ll ask to walk around your home to look for the rooms with the best light.  Good natural lighting makes ALL the difference to create beautiful images!

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-IF you want naked photos (up to you)… loosen the diaper a bit before I arrive to reduce red lines on baby’s skin.

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-Relax!  Some parents feel like they’re wasting my time if the baby is crying or needs to be changed or fed during our shoot and I have to wait around a little bit.  I expect all of this and am in no rush.  I always plan extra time for newborn shoots.  It doesn’t bother me one bit if there is some waiting in between shooting :)

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Thanks for reading!  If you have any questions or want to book a newborn or family shoot you can email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com.  This also makes a great shower gift for friends and family who are pregnant and I have gift cards available.  I look forward to working with you!

Miss Emelia

Jessica only had to change her shirt once during our session because Miss Emelia decided to pee all over the first one.  You never know what will happen on newborn shoots!  And I was loving the “You are loved always” sign Ryan and Jessica already had by the chair.  It made for the perfect backdrop while they held their sweet girl. EmeliaNewborn-12 EmeliaNewborn-11 EmeliaNewborn-10 EmeliaNewborn-9 EmeliaNewborn-8 EmeliaNewborn-7 EmeliaNewborn-6 EmeliaNewborn-5 EmeliaNewborn-4 EmeliaNewborn-3 EmeliaNewborn-2 EmeliaNewborn-1

Kight Family

Some of my favorite things about this shoot:  Little Miss Harper’s sweet personality, her birthday outfit and those two bottom teeth!  And…. Harper’s mom Lauren won this photo session at a silent auction at the Bread of Life Mission Give Hope Gala.  The event this year is raising money to continue efforts to provide an education for the children of Turkana (Kenya).  So glad the Kights and I could be part of it!
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2014 Year In Review: Taking a Leap of Faith!

Grateful.

That’s how I’m feeling on this New Year’s Eve.  2014 was the year I took a leap of faith and quit my full time job to invest more time in my photography business.  It has been a lot of work but so worth it and I’ve learned a lot.  My clients are the best!  Here are some photos from the entire year – some are new and some you’ve seen before.

I worked with a  few businesses/organizations and took photos for their websites.
Campus Outreach:
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Canvas Salon downtown on King Street:
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Emily’s family asked me to take head shots for her, she’s an AMAZING dancer!
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Here are a few engagement sessions that I did this year.  These are always so funny because if the guys are honest, they are usually super uncomfortable with me taking photos of their PDA’s… but then they realize it’s not so bad ;)Boulware-2 BrownEngagement-1 engagement Harter-1 Harter-2 i Shawn&Heather-2

All of these maternity shoots are with first time parents.  I just love how these mama’s are glowing!  I’m noticing now how popular stripes were…  MurdaughMaternity-1 n RainsMaternity-1 WaggonerMaternity-1
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And of course after the maternity shoot comes the newborn and family session!  All of these sweet babes are about a week old.  Such a privilege to be able to take these important photos for clients.Bowers-1 BrownOliver-1 c Garza-1 Guest-3 Liesel-2 Liesel-3 ma Medar-1 Medar-2 mg Murdaugh-1 Murdaugh-2 newborn2 NoahNewborn-1 NoahNewborn-2 o Sullivan-1 Wendell-3

Here are all of the family shoots I worked on this year!  Charleston is a photographer’s dream and the place to be for beautiful backdrops.
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Children have got to be the most challenging but most fun and rewarding part of my photography.  I love capturing their real smiles and getting away from the “CHEESE-Y” ones!Boucher-1 children1 CrowWedding-2 Duffy-1 Harper-1 Huffman-1 Johnson-3 MathesiusJune-1 McQuillin-4 n Singer-2 Stafford&Walker-1 Vasquez-1 Walker-1 WaterfrontPark-1

If you’ve made it to the end of this blog thanks for taking a look!  Have a Happy 2015!