it’s nice to meet you

i’m melissa joy

photographer & storyteller


I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in Charlotte, NC with my husband Matthew and two children, Riley and Hutch. Before setting down roots in the south I lived in the beautiful country of Canada and sunny California. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel all over the world for both work and fun, which has influenced my style and who I am as an artist.

Seven years ago, I left a fast-paced corporate job to follow my creative passion, and I consider it an honor to step into each of my client’s lives and visually share it with the world. My personal philosophy is to be intentional and authentic in everything I do, and this is central to who I am as a photographer. I choose to work with a select number of couples and families each year so that I can focus on what I love most: getting to know your story and finding a unique way to document it all in a real and authentic way.  

I cherish getting to be part of your life during this exciting time, and will do everything I can to bring your vision to life! Preserving the memories of a marriage commitment, pregnancy, birth & beyond  is something I don’t take lightly. My hope is that this season of life is documented artfully, you feel well loved and cared for as my client, and that you lean on me to stay organized and professional throughout the process. I would love to get to know you more and how I can serve you best!

my story:

the reason why

 I do what I do


Photography has always been more to me than a form of art—the photographs left behind by my grandparents taught me about the importance of building a legacy. I am humbled every day by the opportunity to help my clients preserve their memories through my work. I feel called to use the gifts that God has given me to connect with others and serve my community with compassion. Through photography, my desire is to reflect the love of Christ while getting to know my incredible clients as they begin their lives together.