Tag Archives: Isle of Palms

Charleston, SC Photo Session: Stovall Family

A couple of days ago I posted on Instagram that my business, Melissa Griffin Photography, just celebrated it’s 7th year!  I really can’t put into words how much I’ve learned and how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know my clients during that time frame.  These folks below included!

When I started my business that’s what I expected – that photography would be a fun way to meet new people and I would share in their joys of newborn shoots, weddings, family reunions and adoption homecomings.  What I didn’t really think about was how much my heart would be invested in the lives of my families.  I have photographed some families 8, 9, 10 times.  And after doing it for 7 years the hard stuff comes.  I don’t typically write sad posts but this year has been different.  One of my clients passed away in February.  I served the families of the victims of the June 2016 shooting at Emanuel AME Church by photographing the premiere for the Emanual documentary that just released.  The family below was devastated early this year to find out that Mary Mitchell, the little red head on the left, has been diagnosed with MPS3A (Sanfilippo Syndrome).  A rare, incurable genetic disease.  This session was hard.  In these moments I never have the right words but I am reminded why I do what I do.  I’ve had people thank me for giving them memories and that they will cherish the photos forever.  There’s truly nothing more rewarding than that.

On a side note.  The way this family below has responded to the news about Mary Mitchell has been nothing short of amazing.  Not that they don’t have bad, hard days but they are real and their hope is ultimately in God who is sovereign and good and loves Mary Mitchell more than they do.  You can follow their story at the Instagram account @hopeforshug.



Charleston, SC Photo Session: Chung Family

This little guy!  He made me belly laugh through most of our photo session. (I left out the photos of his shorts falling down!)  The Chung family was visiting Charleston from Boston and we visited Pitt Street Bridge and Isle of Palms for our session to mix things up and include some different backgrounds.  At the end of our session Matty melted my heart with, “The next time I see you, when you come to Boston, we’ll take pictures together.  I have a blue camera with yellow buttons, it’s a rectangle!”

When you try to get a shot without the kiddo…Chung-20
Matty snapped this one, notice the angle 🙂

Email me to book a session!  info@melissagriffinphotography.com

Charleston, SC Photo Session: Isle of Palms

These families gathered on Isle of Palms to celebrate a special 50th wedding anniversary!  (And come on, how cute is this couple!?!)  We took a few “boring” posed photos up on the boardwalk before heading to the beach to play!  Because… you can see how things end up once the kiddos hit the water 🙂


Email me to book your own photo session!  info@melissagriffinphotography.com

Charleston, SC Photo Session: Ballew Family

Here are images of Connor and Aiden on my FIRST photo session with them at 18 months old.  ❤   The following photos are from our recent on the beach for their 4th birthday! We had a blast jumping, running around, playing in the sand and getting SOAKED.  Is this really my job??
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Thanks for visiting!  If you’d like to book your own photo session please email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com.  Or view more of my work on my website!

Charleston, SC Photo Session: McCroskey Family

While I’m in this season of owning a business Aly is my one and only co-worker!  She is a wedding photographer here in Charleston and I assist her with all of her weddings.  Check out her website, she’s a pretty talented lady!

So the story goes – I met Aly when I moved to Charleston in 2007 and we became fast friends.  She was working for the Art Institute and I was in the web department of a radio station.  I was so sad when she moved to Nashville almost a year later!  She started her wedding business in Nashville then about a year later (with lots of encouragement from her!) I began taking family photos and started my own business.  In 2016 she moved back to Charleston and we started working together – our dream!  It’s such a good fit and we have so much fun.  Guys.  Let me just brag on Aly for a minute.  I’ve learned so much from her.  Personally she’s just a good friend.  Period.  She’s encouraging and thoughtful and kind and fun!  Professionally she has cheered me on, taught me the tricks of the trade and is so patient when I incorrectly set up her light stand for a reception. 🙂  And she’s SO good at what she does.  Wedding after wedding I watch her pour everything into capturing these special days perfectly.  She goes above and beyond to really serve and love on her brides and grooms and their families.  She’s a gem!

So of course I was happy to head to IOP with her and her family to take a few {windy!} shots at the beach!


Email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com to book your own family session!  If you’re interested in a wedding photographer visit Aly’s website at wildcottonphotography.com.

Charleston, SC Photo Session: Weldon Family

The Weldon crew is a fun bunch!  They’re a tight-knit family who live near each other in upstate SC and were vacationing together on IOP.  We all piled into their van they rented and drove around the Isle of Palms searching out a pretty spot to take some photos. I think we found it!  Their true colors show up in the last few images 🙂


Will you be visiting Charleston in the near future? Or are you a local?  Either way I’d love to chat with you about booking a photo session!  Visit my website or email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com!

Charleston, SC Photo Session: Stein Family

We had to work around some nasty weather to get this session done but we made it happen!  I had a blast on this fun and playful session – and those handsome boys stole the show!


Interested in booking a photo session of your own at the beach or another location in Charleston? (I also travel!)  Email me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com to start the conversation!  Or see more of my work on my website.