Photo Session Testimonials

If you really know me, you know how much I love taking photos. And I don’t mean just any old picture. I mean the photos you will cherish now and forever. My love of capturing those moments shines through in every single image I take. Plus, I’m ridiculously organized and super stealthy so those moments are not staged, they are true, natural and real.

To say I’m touched by what my clients have to say about me is a serious understatement. I am infinitely flattered by their words. Just take a look for yourself!

We just enjoyed our first ‘mini-session’ with Melissa. Picture three people, two who are mega-self-conscious (to say the least) and one nine-year-old who bounces every minute of the day, and imagine the wizard who makes time stand still. That’s Melissa. This sneak preview has me certain that we will be clients, and devout fans, as long as she’ll have us. MKP is the best.

AMANDA & ROB

Getting your photographs taken at your most intimate moments during your wedding should be handled with care. In being LGBT, having an LGBT friendly photographer was extremely important to us. I searched far and wide for someone who was talented, budget friendly, and of course LGBT friendly. We were so extremely fortunate to have found Melissa. We knew from the moment we met her at our engagement session that we were in good hands.

Every interaction was great, she gave us incredible advise regarding the day of set up and flow, what was important and what you could leave out (e.g first look timing, getting ready pictures, dancing shots etc). We really enjoyed the experience with Melissa.

Day of, there were a few small hiccups, but nothing that Melissa couldn’t handle. The sun was outrageous that day, and although you think you want a sunny day at your wedding, 95 degrees and sunny is not something that works well for photography. I had to give up a few of my “photography spots” but Melissa made it work. She found beauty where we didn’t and it showed in every photograph we received back from our wedding day. They are simply spectacular!

When you book Melissa you get a lot more than just a photographer — On our wedding day, the one thing I didn’t expect was to have to deal with my bustle every five minutes. However, every time my beautiful bride stepped on my train (yep that happened), Melissa was there to fix the bustle! I can’t even describe how much it meant to me to have someone that was just “on it”. She was my honorary bridesmaid all night. All the guests commented on how out of they way the photographers were but yet it seemed like they were everywhere. Capturing the moments that mattered and ensuring that we had enough shots of our friends and family as well. We would recommend Melissa to anyone. She is a true artist at her trade. We look forward to working with her in the future as our family photographer!

THE HAPPY COUPLE

Our experience with Melissa was sheer perfection. I can not speak more highly about her work or how she engaged with us. She is bubbly, witty, easy going and I just love her. Planning a US wedding from Australia should have been stressful but I was so relaxed with Melissa – and her organisation, time management and attention to detail was outstanding. We established an instant rapport with her which made taking photos easy and we had so much fun with her. I think she truly captured the essense of our wedding day, and it comes across in her photos she is all about love, family and friendship. As I bride I think at times you stress about things like bad weather etc and as fast as those thoughts came to my head Melissa released them and left me feeling like whatever happened on the day would have its own beauty and she would just roll with it. She is a true professional and jack of all trades.

In the lead up to the wedding we did two mini sessions with her in the springtime and also a winter snow shoot. She delivered countless beautiful photos and I know we will continue to use her for years to come. We have so much admiration for you Melissa and your beautiful outlook on life. So glad we got to share these experiences with you.

Nicole & John

Melissa has been photographing my family of five starting with our 1st of 3 children. She continues to photograph our family annually! She photographed my sisters wedding too. We absolutely love her and her mini sessions. The perfect amount of time needed to photograph busy families. She is affordable, speedy and quality is the best part. Our home walls are adorned with photos she has taken for us and we could not be happier. Thanks for all you do Melissa xo

SHARON & MATT

Cutting right to it- I highly recommend hiring Melissa to photograph your milestones! We hired her to photograph our wedding (came highly recommended from a friend) and are SO pleased. The resulting photos, day-of photography experience, payment schedule, emails leading up to the event, and purchasing prints were all part of what I can only describe as a luxury experience. We saw her work and loved the exciting composition- gorgeous photos that happen to have happy newlyweds- and knew we needed to book her! We got so much more than beautiful photos. Melissa went above and beyond and was prepared for anything- like helping me take my Spanx off in a park, noticing my foot was bleeding and supplying bandaids and shout wipes for all the days’ surprises, whisking us away to take couples’ photos when the time was right, making sure we ate, removing my veil, more bandaids, fixing my rogue hair, getting us an Uber to the venue, quickly telling us how to cut a wedding cake, and being an overall wonderful human on our wedding team! Booking her was so easy, she replied to my email quickly and helped us choose the right package to meet our needs. We chose not to do an engagement shoot but I would say if one opted to do an engagement session then they can meet her awesomeness sooner rather than later! Her online payment system is clear to use and streamlined, and she sent reminders when a payment date was approaching (so helpful). Her worksheet format for gathering info about our wedding was great! A month after our event we received all the digital photos and ordered prints online directly from her website. It was an easy process and the site is simple to navigate while making your final printing decisions. Did I mention the teasers?! Less than a week after our wedding she emailed us a link to the blog post and we were so thrilled to see a preview so soon! Also, she wrote the kindest words about us and we turned to mush. Hi Melissa, the feeling’s mutual!

Sara & Brandon

We were so glad that we hired Melissa to take family photos to celebrate my parents’ 40th anniversary. Melissa was incredibly responsive and easy to work with, and she kept us updated throughout the process. She did an amazing job with the photos, and she was especially wonderful with our young children. I would highly recommend her!

JESSICA

I am the mother of a bride whose wedding Melissa recently photographed in Portland, ME. I was, quite honestly, astonished and overjoyed with Melissa’s thoughtful skill, expertise, professionalism, and, no less so, her vibrant personality!!!! The importance of the wedding photography cannot be overstated. All of the memories of that special day are captured in the photography, and kept forever in the resulting pictures. This is a critical piece of a wedding. Melissa knew what to do, when to do it (things we did not know or think of!) and how to capture the perfect mood for every single part of the day, start to finish. In addition to inconspicuously and skillfully capturing every detail of my daughter’s wedding day, she also acted an a guide and personal assistant to my daughter, attending to every detail of what to do when, fixing her dress, making sure that she was hydrated and that she ate, checking in with her on how she was doing, what shots she and her husband wanted, and so much more. I could go on forever on the details that Melissa covered so thoughtfully and flawlessly. In our opinions (bride, groom and families), Melissa is a pro, and her work is simply unparalleled.

GAIL, MOTHER of THE BRIDE

Melissa makes having photos taken absolutely painless- even for those who may not love to be in front of a lens or those of us with children and pets who won’t stay still- her ability to naturally capture our moments have been beyond impressive. Melissa has a true talent and we are so fortunate to have photos of our 6 year old daughter throughout her life- childhood goes so quickly, and Melissa has been able to capture our family throughout this adventure, as well as perfectly capture the personality of our daughter as she grows. We recommend her completely. Life’s too short to miss these moments.

MIKE & ERIN