Melody Strider Photography

Melody Strider Photography

North Carolina Photographer. Engagements. Weddings. Newborns. Portraits. Seniors. Available for travel.

Operating as usual

09/23/2021

Wedding detail tip coming at ya!

Have your florist bring a few extra stems for your wedding detail shots. It really brings them to the next level!

Venue: @fieldsatskycrest
Florist: @staceywillowbranch
Invitation Suite: @olivepaper
Planner: @starshollowevents
Dress & Shoes: @bluebirdbridalnc

Wedding detail tip coming at ya!

Have your florist bring a few extra stems for your wedding detail shots. It really brings them to the next level!

Venue: @fieldsatskycrest
Florist: @staceywillowbranch
Invitation Suite: @olivepaper
Planner: @starshollowevents
Dress & Shoes: @bluebirdbridalnc

09/22/2021

Happy Birthday to this lovely woman.
You are a wonderful friend, wife, daughter, sister, mama and I'm so thankful for you and our friendship. Can't wait to celebrate you later

Happy Birthday to this lovely woman.
You are a wonderful friend, wife, daughter, sister, mama and I'm so thankful for you and our friendship. Can't wait to celebrate you later

09/21/2021

Wanna know one of my BIGGEST character flaws?!⁣

I leave lights on around the house, and the kitchen cabinets open.
For some reason I always have to backtrack and turn the lights off and close doors before I leave because I mean my pocket cannot handle that power bill. 😂⁣


But I just can’t help it. Ever since I had my daughter its like that part of my brain is legit broken. Anyone else do this or are you a normal person?! 😂👇🏼🌸

Wanna know one of my BIGGEST character flaws?!⁣

I leave lights on around the house, and the kitchen cabinets open.
For some reason I always have to backtrack and turn the lights off and close doors before I leave because I mean my pocket cannot handle that power bill. 😂⁣


But I just can’t help it. Ever since I had my daughter its like that part of my brain is legit broken. Anyone else do this or are you a normal person?! 😂👇🏼🌸

09/20/2021

Avoid these mistakes when trying to find your wedding vendors.

1️⃣ NOT BUDGETING AND PROIRITIZING. Are photos the most important to you? Do want a videographer? Decide where to splurge and what to save your bucks on.

2️⃣ WAITING TO BOOK YOUR FAVORITES.
Start booking those vendors that you know you want and have your heart set on first. Good vendors book up fast! And also a year + out.

3️⃣GHOSTING.
Don't Ghost your vendors! Remember there is someone on the other side of those emails, someone who is super excited that you reached out to them. If they are not the right fit for you or if they are out of your budget, be courteous and tell them you went in a different direction.

Want more wedding tips?!? Follow for more. ✨

Second shot under KHice Photography

Avoid these mistakes when trying to find your wedding vendors.

1️⃣ NOT BUDGETING AND PROIRITIZING. Are photos the most important to you? Do want a videographer? Decide where to splurge and what to save your bucks on.

2️⃣ WAITING TO BOOK YOUR FAVORITES.
Start booking those vendors that you know you want and have your heart set on first. Good vendors book up fast! And also a year + out.

3️⃣GHOSTING.
Don't Ghost your vendors! Remember there is someone on the other side of those emails, someone who is super excited that you reached out to them. If they are not the right fit for you or if they are out of your budget, be courteous and tell them you went in a different direction.

Want more wedding tips?!? Follow for more. ✨

Second shot under KHice Photography

09/16/2021

Does this lovely bouquet even really need a caption?

Nope sure doesn't.

Florist: @antiquerosefloral

Does this lovely bouquet even really need a caption?

Nope sure doesn't.

Florist: @antiquerosefloral

Photos from Melody Strider Photography's post 09/15/2021

THIS STORY IS CRAY!!!

I cried ugly tears and almost PEED myself from all the laughter on this adventure.

So remember that Georgia trip I mentioned a while back?! Lemme just tell you about it!

A dear sweet friend and I decided to style a elopement in Providence Canyon GA. We did our online research about the location, rented an Airbnb for the weekend, found an amazing and extremely fun and steamy couple to model for us, and got to work on planning.

Amanda's extremely talented mom made this beautiful dress, we found a super amazing florist to make a bouquet. And turns out Amanda is a legit BOMB jewelry maker.

So we load up and head out. O
Over halfway through the 6+ hour trip we decide to call the park and make sure we know all the things... That's when they Inform us that we need a permit, one that will take 3+ days and hundreds of dollars to acquire.
Que the sinking sink feeling of defeat and failure.

So we start searching for a backup plan and inform our models that there will be a more than slight change in our original plan. And they were totally cool with it, whew that was a relief.

So after talking a few locations over, and utilizing Amanda's mad scouting skills, we decide on going to Downtown Columbus.

Oh, I forgot to mention that a hurricane was coming in and dropping rain all over our shoot day.

So where am I going with of this?

Life is paved with twists, turns and unexpected torrential storms and rainfalls.

But sometimes the roads lead to beautiful places, lots of laughs, amazing people and lots of fun.

And sometimes those stormy clouds open up to beautiful lessons and gorgeous light leak skies and sunsets.

And I'm not the least bit disappointed that our original plan didn't work out.

Let me tell you guys, this life is paved with twists, turns and unexpected torrential rains and storms.

But sometimes those roads lead to beautiful places with amazing people.

And sometimes those stormy skies blow a cleansing wind through your hair and the skies open up to epic sunsets.

Have you ever had major disappointment lead to something amazing? Tell me in the comments.

Timeline Photos 09/14/2021

Dream bigger. Yeah... YOU! Dream bigger!!!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Let's have story time. I was talking to a friend last week when it hit me like a smack of bricks: I get to photograph beautiful people in love in beautiful places for a living.

⁣⁣
A year ago I started taking this dream of mine seriously and started working my b***y off for it. Before that I would’ve NEVER thought I could achieve that, not even in my wildest dreams.⁣⁣⁣⁣
To tell you the truth... I think it came right down to fear. I was afraid... afraid of failure and afraid of falling straight on my face. ⁣⁣⁣⁣I didn’t see myself as a professional wedding photographer. I mean, I didn’t know ANYTHING about the industry or running my own business at all.⁣⁣⁣⁣

But the reality is there’s a chance at failing, every single day. I don’t think any of us can be successful without failure. It’s part of the journey. It’s necessary.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣And I’m recognizing more and more this year how important it is to dream freaking BIG. And not being afraid of the failure that comes with going for those big, scary, crazy dreams.⁣⁣ It’s why I jumped at the chance to start my own business and took that risk. I decided to say screw fear and do it anyway.⁣⁣⁣ I want you to realize the same thing, friend! ⁣⁣

Because listen... you‘re sooo talented. YES you.
To the person reading this right now. You’re smart. You’re funny. You’re brilliant. And you’re capable of running after those wild dreams in your heart.

⁣⁣You CAN do this. You really can. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Don’t let fear hold you back from the incredible things you were created to do. Whether it’s writing that book, starting your own business or going back to school. You CAN do this.⁣ 😘

⁣⁣What’s one BIG dream you feel led to pursue that you’re holding back from out of fear?! ✨👇🏼💕

Dream bigger. Yeah... YOU! Dream bigger!!!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Let's have story time. I was talking to a friend last week when it hit me like a smack of bricks: I get to photograph beautiful people in love in beautiful places for a living.

⁣⁣
A year ago I started taking this dream of mine seriously and started working my b***y off for it. Before that I would’ve NEVER thought I could achieve that, not even in my wildest dreams.⁣⁣⁣⁣
To tell you the truth... I think it came right down to fear. I was afraid... afraid of failure and afraid of falling straight on my face. ⁣⁣⁣⁣I didn’t see myself as a professional wedding photographer. I mean, I didn’t know ANYTHING about the industry or running my own business at all.⁣⁣⁣⁣

But the reality is there’s a chance at failing, every single day. I don’t think any of us can be successful without failure. It’s part of the journey. It’s necessary.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣And I’m recognizing more and more this year how important it is to dream freaking BIG. And not being afraid of the failure that comes with going for those big, scary, crazy dreams.⁣⁣ It’s why I jumped at the chance to start my own business and took that risk. I decided to say screw fear and do it anyway.⁣⁣⁣ I want you to realize the same thing, friend! ⁣⁣

Because listen... you‘re sooo talented. YES you.
To the person reading this right now. You’re smart. You’re funny. You’re brilliant. And you’re capable of running after those wild dreams in your heart.

⁣⁣You CAN do this. You really can. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Don’t let fear hold you back from the incredible things you were created to do. Whether it’s writing that book, starting your own business or going back to school. You CAN do this.⁣ 😘

⁣⁣What’s one BIG dream you feel led to pursue that you’re holding back from out of fear?! ✨👇🏼💕

Timeline Photos 09/13/2021

I MIGHT CRY. FAIR WARNING. ??

I wanted to take a second to thank every one of my past clients.

I absolutely love capturing these special moments for you and I’m so pumped for all of the upcoming shoots and weddings coming up!

I never in a thousand years would have guessed I get to meet such amazing people for a living, and every time someone chooses me to document their wedding it literally makes me the happiest gal in the world.

It really is a dream. And for that, I’m so grateful. Thank you for being here and following along! Thank you for allowing me to serve you, and letting me be beside you on one of the biggest milestones of your life. If you are a past client of mine, say hi below!!! I'd love to personally thank you again!

Planner and Lead Photographer: Ashley Foreman Productions
Stationary: Taylored Script Design Co.
Florals: Bella's Floral Designs

I MIGHT CRY. FAIR WARNING. ??

I wanted to take a second to thank every one of my past clients.

I absolutely love capturing these special moments for you and I’m so pumped for all of the upcoming shoots and weddings coming up!

I never in a thousand years would have guessed I get to meet such amazing people for a living, and every time someone chooses me to document their wedding it literally makes me the happiest gal in the world.

It really is a dream. And for that, I’m so grateful. Thank you for being here and following along! Thank you for allowing me to serve you, and letting me be beside you on one of the biggest milestones of your life. If you are a past client of mine, say hi below!!! I'd love to personally thank you again!

Planner and Lead Photographer: Ashley Foreman Productions
Stationary: Taylored Script Design Co.
Florals: Bella's Floral Designs

Photos from Melody Strider Photography's post 09/11/2021

I loved everything about this styled shoot! Stacey and all these talented vendors were amazing to work with!

Venue: Fields at SkyCrest
Event Planner: Stars Hollow Events
Flowers: Willow Branch Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Beautiful Faces by Melissa
Invitation Suite: Olive Paper
Rentals: Cooke Rentals
Rentals: Evermore Event Rentals
Dress & Shoes: Bluebird Bridal
Suit: The Back Room

09/10/2021

WHERE ARE MY BRIDES ATTTT?!

I wanted to help you get ahead of the game with 3 ways to crush your wedding day!

Here we gooooo:

TIP 1: Hire a planner or day of coordinator, some venues even include them.

TIP 2: Have a timeline written down on paper and make sure every key member of your wedding day have a copy. This makes the day flow so much smoother. (I OFFER TIMELINE HELP/CREATION TO ALL OF MY BRIDES)

TIP 3: RELAX with your bests and enjoy every moment of your big day, and bask in the glorious feeling of marrying your best friend!

Now lets do this! Seriously, you got this!!! Which tip are YOU going to try out first?! Let me know. 😍

WHERE ARE MY BRIDES ATTTT?!

I wanted to help you get ahead of the game with 3 ways to crush your wedding day!

Here we gooooo:

TIP 1: Hire a planner or day of coordinator, some venues even include them.

TIP 2: Have a timeline written down on paper and make sure every key member of your wedding day have a copy. This makes the day flow so much smoother. (I OFFER TIMELINE HELP/CREATION TO ALL OF MY BRIDES)

TIP 3: RELAX with your bests and enjoy every moment of your big day, and bask in the glorious feeling of marrying your best friend!

Now lets do this! Seriously, you got this!!! Which tip are YOU going to try out first?! Let me know. 😍

09/09/2021

HAPPY THURSDAY PARTY PEEEEPS !!

I’m brainstorming some more content to give ya. And I thought, what better way to do that than hear straight from you... what kind of things do you wanna see more? More Behind the scenes? More editing before and afters? More sneak peeks? More wedding day tips? More of my personal life?

I wanna best serve YOU... even if it’s just some inspiration or a serious pep talk. Spill your heart below and let me know what you’re thinking. ✨🌸

Venue: The Providence Cotton Mill

HAPPY THURSDAY PARTY PEEEEPS !!

I’m brainstorming some more content to give ya. And I thought, what better way to do that than hear straight from you... what kind of things do you wanna see more? More Behind the scenes? More editing before and afters? More sneak peeks? More wedding day tips? More of my personal life?

I wanna best serve YOU... even if it’s just some inspiration or a serious pep talk. Spill your heart below and let me know what you’re thinking. ✨🌸

Venue: The Providence Cotton Mill

09/08/2021

What are you grateful for?
Comment below...I'll go first:

I'm grateful for…
That first sip of coffee in the morning
Thunderstorms
My husband and daughter
Jesus
Scorching hot baths with a good book.

Gratitude has the power to shift your mindset. It CAN change the atmosphere.

Which is why I challenge YOU to start your mornings with a mindset of gratitude. Write down 5 things you're thankful for in the comments below. Annnnddd GOOO!!!

What are you grateful for?
Comment below...I'll go first:

I'm grateful for…
That first sip of coffee in the morning
Thunderstorms
My husband and daughter
Jesus
Scorching hot baths with a good book.

Gratitude has the power to shift your mindset. It CAN change the atmosphere.

Which is why I challenge YOU to start your mornings with a mindset of gratitude. Write down 5 things you're thankful for in the comments below. Annnnddd GOOO!!!

09/02/2021

A few weekly wins:

👉🏽 I visited and enjoyed Columbus, Georgia. 🙌🏽 I’ve recently realized this about myself… I would MUCH rather walk through a city with a good coffee in hand. It’s almost a must at this point. Without it, I don’t feel like I can soak it all in. Anyone else feel this way?!

👉🏽 I finally bought some much needed gear:
Camera batteries and a new lens. I’ve been putting off the latter for a hot minute but it bit the dust and left me with no other choice.

Weekend fail:

👉🏽 Remember how I said I went to GA, welp I didn't take into consideration state permits/rules when planning this trip and we had to totally change up our original plan. But what we created WAS SO WORTH IT and I'm not even the slightest bit disappointed about it.

What about YOU?! What are some of your weekend wins and fails?! Do you relate to any of mine?

A few weekly wins:

👉🏽 I visited and enjoyed Columbus, Georgia. 🙌🏽 I’ve recently realized this about myself… I would MUCH rather walk through a city with a good coffee in hand. It’s almost a must at this point. Without it, I don’t feel like I can soak it all in. Anyone else feel this way?!

👉🏽 I finally bought some much needed gear:
Camera batteries and a new lens. I’ve been putting off the latter for a hot minute but it bit the dust and left me with no other choice.

Weekend fail:

👉🏽 Remember how I said I went to GA, welp I didn't take into consideration state permits/rules when planning this trip and we had to totally change up our original plan. But what we created WAS SO WORTH IT and I'm not even the slightest bit disappointed about it.

What about YOU?! What are some of your weekend wins and fails?! Do you relate to any of mine?

09/01/2021

THE INGREDIENTS KILLER WEDDING & ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHS ⁣

👉🏼 You, your boo thang and the EPIC love you share.
I mean, that’s why you’re here... right?! 😜💕⁣

👉🏼 A photographer that loves the heck outta ya and will do everything in their power to capture your special day. 📸🥰⁣

👉🏼 The coolest location ever. Everyone’s dream elopement may look different. Whether it’s on a mountain top, on the white sandy beaches... or heck. Even in the courthouse. The location matters and it should reflect your love for one another. 😍⁣

👉🏼 And last but NOT least, a good ole deep breath to rela######. Because it’s your big day and you should soak it all in. Don’t sweat it if it doesn't go exactly as planned.}

That’s it. These are the necessary ingredients order to create a killer wedding day photos.👇🏼
Any of these surprise you!?

Florist: Luckey's Touch of Love

THE INGREDIENTS KILLER WEDDING & ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHS ⁣

👉🏼 You, your boo thang and the EPIC love you share.
I mean, that’s why you’re here... right?! 😜💕⁣

👉🏼 A photographer that loves the heck outta ya and will do everything in their power to capture your special day. 📸🥰⁣

👉🏼 The coolest location ever. Everyone’s dream elopement may look different. Whether it’s on a mountain top, on the white sandy beaches... or heck. Even in the courthouse. The location matters and it should reflect your love for one another. 😍⁣

👉🏼 And last but NOT least, a good ole deep breath to rela######. Because it’s your big day and you should soak it all in. Don’t sweat it if it doesn't go exactly as planned.}

That’s it. These are the necessary ingredients order to create a killer wedding day photos.👇🏼
Any of these surprise you!?

Florist: Luckey's Touch of Love

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