Melody Foster

filmmaking | photography | creative consulting

I've been working under the moniker "Sweet Light Imaging" for over a decade now. "Sweet light" depicts the moments during sunset and sunrise that settle in with a hazy, golden glow. I have an obsession with light — the way it infuses richness and deep feeling. Works of mine reflect this distinct signature.

My degree is in Digital Cinema and Film from the University of South Alabama. For the past ten years I have gained hands-on experience in the industry — from being prop master for a feature film, to designing a website for a celebrity baker, to cultivating photo and video projects with dozens of diverse clients, including family and wedding photography. I thrive on seeing the practical aspects of my work fleshed out from concept to completion. And I love working with young creatives, helping them get past the technical bits to find a voice.

I serve as Media Coordinator for The Church at Brook Hills. As part of the creative team I am responsible for all of our in-house content: planning, shooting, and editing film productions, heading up photo documentation with my team of photographers, as well as overseeing worship gathering broadcasts and managing the video crew. I am responsible for multiple media volunteer teams totaling more than fifty individuals. My work at Brook Hills combines purposeful, gospel-centered work with the creative skills God has allowed me to cultivate. I find joy in planning out the gritty details of a project, but some of my favorite days here are production days — behind the camera, on location getting my hands dirty, and telling someone’s story. I love stepping back at the end and seeing a clean and powerful edit come together.

As a little girl I borrowed my dad’s camcorder and made videos with the neighborhood children, usually starring my younger brothers. In high school I was the girl on yearbook staff who was never without a camera. When I turned 18 my parents gave me a Fujifilm camera that shot both photo and video. That summer after graduation I immediately started shooting weddings, portraits, adventure sessions, and anything I could. For the next several years I poured myself into studying techniques of creatives I admired. During that season Sweet Light became a platform for mainly wedding and family photography.

When it came time to pick a degree path I struggled to find a direction, not realizing it was staring me in the face. My father is a worship leader and my family has always had roots deep in musicianship. After two years of studying in worship leadership and formal vocal training at the University of Mobile I was excelling and having the time of my life — but I did not feel settled. Then I had a life-changing summer. I got a job overseeing props for a local film company. We travelled all over the Gulf Coast shooting a movie and I was in the thick of it, gaining more responsibilities as the summer progressed. I was asked back for sequel to the film and then went on to work wardrobe for a national TV show. That fall I transferred schools and began pursuing a degree in filmmaking. By the end of senior year I was directing short film crews, teaching camera techniques to my classmates, and editing our work. I soon realized I preferred to use my musical background in other ways — most often paired with the powerful medium of video. Music fuels and stokes my creativity. It often drives my storytelling, picking out a song before I ever begin an edit.

As an Enneagram 5 with a 4-wing, I thrive on pulling together seemingly random sources of inspiration to form a cohesive, beautiful, and remarkably unique package. (My eclectic background is a great asset in this pursuit.) When I truly get behind a project I can be fierce in my drive to see it completed — and completed well. I embrace the notion that quiet strength holds so much dignity and beautiful things don’t ask for attention. Underlying my creative works are these ideas.

I would love to partner with you on your next project. My home is just outside Birmingham, Alabama, but I will travel anywhere. Drop me a line and let’s grab coffee. 

Rates are provided on a case-by-case basis.

A few personal notes: My husband Luke and I were married in November of 2018 and I’m finding so much happiness in curating a home for us and discovering an equilibrium as newlyweds. I’m thriving when we can carve out moments of “slow living” apart from screens by doing things like reading a book in the park, riding bikes, playing with our rescue dog and insane kitten, baking with the windows open, taking a boat ride at sunset. We also binge-watch baking and survival shows and love traveling.