Seeing light is literally a part of who I am.

My parents met in art school, and I can remember visiting museums when my sisters were still in the stroller, holding my dad’s hand while he talked about Rembrandt being the master of light.  Many dinnertime conversations led to my parents pulling out their art history books to share different styles and movements with my sisters and I.

My entire family shares a love for all of the arts, including photography, proven by the collection of cameras my mom and I both have in our respective studios, and the overflowing boxes of old photographs and slides we pull out a few times a year at large family gatherings. I always love watching the light in my uncle’s slide projector catch dust in the air on its way to displaying an image of my aunt as a baby, or my grandparents as newlyweds, while the rest of the family sits in the dark, transfixed, their eyes reflecting the image on the wall.

As a young teenager, my love for finding light led me to the theater, and I spent years studying Musical Theatre and Opera Performance. I even attended a boarding school for the fine arts for two years, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where I graduated in 2003.

At the University of South Carolina, I continued my Opera Performance studies, but began to realize I felt more comfortable behind the scenes as opposed to center stage.

After the birth of my two wonderful daughters, my passion for photography and finding light was reignited, and I began my business in 2010 with family portraiture.  I still love my portrait clients, but my true passion lies in wedding photography.

In all of the photos in my family’s large collection, the ones that go on the wall and get treasured forever are the ones showing love.

Whether it’s my grandparents laughing together when they were dating during WWII, my father’s photo of me as a newborn in my mother’s arms, or the many wedding photos from generations of marriages that created the family I’m a part of today.

Photos are memories, and to me, photography is love.

I can’t wait to get to know you and build a relationship similar to friendship, because in this way, I can capture YOUR love and your story, and give you the boxes full of memories that you and your loved ones will cherish for generations to come.

One of the most touching and inspiring photo shoots from Melissa Brewer! She has an amazing eye to capture the love and emotion shared in our home! She truly captured the most amazing moments between our family. So grateful for her talent and for the best family photos we’ve ever had. Super thanks Melissa! Woohootiehoo!

Munson S.

Working with Melissa was such a blessing and great experience. She is absolutely amazing and she is incredibly talented and sweet. She got my pictures back much quicker than I expected and I am in love with every single one of them. I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed in any way by choosing to work with her. She gets back to you fast and makes it seem as though SHE is honored to work with YOU when it is without a doubt the other way around. She’s amazing.

Thanks again, Melissa. You captured our big day in a way that I could have never imagined. These images will always be so dear to my heart.

Alana D.

Melissa was such an easy person to have in our home; she instantly was warm and calm and radiated a real sense of peace. Of course she was also professional, prompt, and had a clear vision about what she wanted and was happy to take ideas from us (even the kiddos 😉 ) I’m so happy we chose her to do our portraits!

Kira B.

Wedding Photographer in Columbia, South Carolina | (803) 537-0749 | melissawbrewer@gmail.com