Weddings are why I got into the the photography business in 2007. I love everything about them…the emotions, amazing details, bride’s dress, and the love that fills the air and is so apparent on every one’s face.
I take my job very seriously in photographing a wedding day. My husband and I were married in 2002 and it was a wonderful day for us, however, my wedding photographs just didn’t show that emotion. They were technically good, but did not have the fun, candidness, or emotions I knew were there on my wedding day. Because of this experience, I want to make sure all of the couples I photograph not only have gorgeous images, but images that show all the love and emotion on their wedding day.
I describe my style as candid, elegant and fun. You will have a great time while I am taking your wedding photographs and we are always there to be a helping hand along the way as well. This day is all about celebrating their love and life long devotion to each other, and I always strive to capture it with laughter and good memories.
My goal is for each couple to be thrilled with their wedding images and cherish them for a lifetime.
frequently asked questions
COVERAGE AND DETAILS
Is Melissa the only photographer?
Yes! I am the sole SIGNATURE photographer.
Do the Collections include an assistant?
All of the Collections to include a photography assistant. The assistant’s main job is to make sure Melissa is able to get the best photographs possible during the busy wedding day. The assistant also photographs the ceremony and candid photographs throughout the day.
Do you hold dates?
A $1,000 NON-refundable deposit to officially seal the date for a wedding. It is a first pay first serve basis due to the nature of the business.
Do you have travel fees?
The studio is located in Kalamazoo, MI. If I need to travel to a wedding there is a .50 cents/mile fee after 120 miles roundtrip. I am more than willing to offer a custom quote for your destination wedding or any wedding outside of the Kalamazoo area (greater than 120 miles round trip).
When will we see our photographs?
We work very hard to professionally edit a couples’s photographs as fast as we can knowing that quality is always the most important. I understand that couples are very eager to relive their wedding day again through the photographs. This past year, we were able to have all wedding images posted online for couples to see within 5 weeks after their wedding. The wedding contract has a six week time frame, however we have consistently been able to showcase the images within one month after the wedding.
How much is this going to cost?
I am very dedicated in providing gorgeous photography, albums, and of course the best customer service. I would love to chat and see if we are a good fit for me to photograph your wedding, please note that our essential 8 hour wedding day Collection is $3250 and includes printable high resolution digital files. We offer a complimentary engagement session (please note that prints and digital files are purchased separately) to those that would like to have one. Please contact us below for our complete Wedding Collection list. We also offer custom quotes if you find a Collection does not meet your wedding photography needs.
I have more questions!!
Great! We would love to answer them for you. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT MELISSA BY CLICKING HERE. I would love to chat with you more about your wedding.
“I cannot rave enough about Melissa! When looking for a wedding photographer on the west-side of the state, my husband and I came across Melissa’s name and what a perfect fit for us! She captures a beautiful blend of posed photos and candid photos but even the posed photos feel like she stumbled upon you in a completely natural setting. Melissa has a way of reading the situation and being present yet blending in. All of our guests commented on how she was everywhere at once and yet was unobtrusive. For my husband and I, she felt like a friend, a guest at our wedding who happened to be capturing all our special moments. She calmed our nerves before the wedding with a clear vision and plan for the flow of the day. And she has an impressive knowledge, passion, and talent in the art of photography. We did a “First Look” and could not have been happier having chosen that. It calmed our nerves and allowed us to look even more amazing in our photos as the intimacy and love was captured before a magical day. Seeing her sneak peak photos and her blog on her website of our wedding just secured to us how truly spectacular she is. We are getting to relive the day through her comprehensive capturing of it all in such a sweet and beautiful way. Melissa was one of our easiest and best decisions in wedding planning- we highly recommend!”