2019 Wedding Rates

Romantic + soulful documentary for the wild-hearted. Serving the Midwest + beyond.

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Hi, my name is Melissa.

Hello friend! Congratulations on your engagement! You are entering a crazy exciting time, be sure to enjoy every minute of it.

You find yourself here because somehow, someway, you've seen my work and thought to yourself, 'Hey, maybe this chick should shoot my wedding'. And that's so awesome. Thanks for checking me out a little more. Let me tell you a little about me: I have a vision to capture every wedding day in the most sincere and authentic way possible, using my natural photo-journalistic style. Your wedding photos are the only thing from your big day that will only increase in value through the years you spend together. Your dress will fade. Your food may be delicious but it can't last. Even your best friends may struggle to remember your first dance song or the kind of flowers in your bouquet. But your wedding photos are truly, uncompromisingly forever. They will live on far past the wedding day that flies by in a whirlwind. I believe that as a professional photographer and a recent bride myself that I bring a unique perspective to the narrative of all weddings that I shoot. I understand the dynamics of actually getting married while still capturing the full scope of your day. I'm up for adventure, anything that's real and fun and true to you. I don't do basic. I don't do cheesy. I don't do trends. I focus on who you are as a couple and telling your story artistically and truthfully. I'm here for your journey. And I'm here to make it look as cool and wonderful and happy and raw as it is. I'm a chill person. I love curated, thoughtful options. That's why I offer one wedding collection. It's me. It's how I do things. Simple. Easy. Direct. You can add things as you like and your wedding requires but the bare bones of who I am, what I offer and what I believe every wedding should have are contained in the collection below. I'm for the adventurous, intensely real and laid back couple. I'm all about romantic + soulful documentary for the wild-hearted. Serving the Midwest + beyond. If you're reading this and inside you're just going "YES! That's me." then you're definitely apart of my tribe and I would love to work with you. Let's talk. And make stuff.

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The Collection: $3,400

  • One photographer for a complimentary engagement session with digital delivery and full printing rights of images.

  • One photographer for 8 hours of wedding day coverage

  • A customized wedding day timeline

  • A dedicated non-shooting assistant who is available to assist Melissa and make the day run as smoothly as possible for the couple

  • All edited images via USB and full printing rights of images.

  • An online, password protected gallery made available of your edited wedding images to be able to share with family and friends and print through my professional lab partner

  • Up to 6 hours driving time round-trip included in quote for wedding day

Add a second photographer to the collection: $1,000

A la carte

Second photographer (8 hrs): $1,000

Additional hours (must be purchased with a collection, max of 4 additional hours available for purchase):

  • $150 per hour for one photographer

  • $200 per hour for two photographers

Boudoir session for bride: $400

Wedding portraits only/day after portrait session with bride and groom, not to exceed 3 hours (no Saturdays): $750

One photographer for the entirety of your wedding day, start to finish (unlimited hours): $5,500

Videography $2,900 (8 hours of coverage, subject to availability)

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I like what I see. I like what I read. Now what?


How to hire me

I require a signed contract and paid retainer with all wedding collection bookings. Retainer for the Collection is $1,400 with 2 additional payments scheduled at intervals based on time of booking. All final fees are due in full 2 weeks before all weddings.

In fairness to all of my clients I operate on a first come, first serve basis. I do not reserve any date unless I have a signed contract and paid retainer. No exceptions.

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Elopements + Travel

If you lovers just want to get away from the noise of it all, let's talk about an elopement. An elopement is a small wedding, somewhere private (no more than 25 guests) where the focus is your love and commitment and some wonderful photos. Ask me about my elopement rates.

Getting married outside of the continental US? I love to see the world. Email me about my travel rates, I'd love to go wherever your love will take me.