• Minnesota

I laugh ridiculously too loud and once the DMV told me I smiled too big. So. I would say I enjoy life a bit!

Hello there! My name is Melissa! I have been married to Bill for 20 years-that makes me feel so old! We have 5 kids ages 9- (almost) 16!! That makes me feel even older! HA! We are a big, loud, happy, family. Think "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" minus the greek part!

My very first camera was a little point and shoot that took 110 speed film. I knew nothing other than I wanted to capture what my eyes were seeing. Whether it was the split second interaction between two people who truly loved each other or the amazing light that casts its shadows over the landscape for just a few minutes before its gone. I knew I WANTED to capture these moments on film ...but never dreamed I would ever get to do it for a living!

Then, 19 years ago I started my first professional photography company, by the name of Moments in Time. I learned SO VERY much through all those weddings, families, births and more that I was honored to photograph. It allowed me to be home with my little kids when my husband was gone all week as an over the road truck driver. I learned as much about myself as I did about photography.

As much as I loved it, in 2013 it was obvious that i needed a break. So, I took a deep breath, prayed as I closed my eyes, and closed Moments in Time.

As the days, weeks and months went on, my dad observed that something was missing in me. He reminded me that God had created me to be a creative person and for a few years I had allowed basically a zero outlet for my creativity. As the months went on, this conversation wouldn't leave my mind....and I realized the thing that was missing was my photography.

So, I say with MUCH joy that in 2018 I relaunched my photography business, this time as Melissa Schaefer Photography!

I sure can't wait to talk to you about your wedding day and all you have planned so far!


Owner/Lead Photographer at Moments in Time Photography and Videography

9/2000 – 12/2014

As Owner and photographer of Moments in Time Photography and Videography I had the privilege of photographing all over the US, including Hawaii. Although I specialized in weddings and family , I have photographed many births, seniors, parties and corporate events.