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 love stories 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 wedding photographer. I choose to work with a select number of couples each year so that I can focus on what I love most: getting to know your love story and obsessing over all the details that will make your wedding day uniquely yours. 

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—including partnering closely with all of the other professionals that you’ve chosen to be part of your wedding day. Preserving the memories of a marriage commitment and the special time of friends and family gathered is something I don’t take lightly. My hope is that your day 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. 

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.