More than snapshots, we are:
- event photographers capturing colorful images of swirling light in dimly lit, smoke-filled music halls
- product photographers getting shots of all the little details from a dress and shoes right down to table centerpieces
- photojournalists blending into the walls and capturing a mother's tears shed behind her daughter's back
- traditional photographers directing Aunt Jane and Uncle Henry to opposite sides of the group photo so as to avoid any awkward quips back and forth
- portrait artists envisioning windswept hair against a glowing sunset and then having the means by which to create art, worthy of your mantle place
Today's wedding photographers must be all these things and more. It goes so far beyond simply taking a picture, and yet all of these different types of photography must occur on one day, one right after the other, sometimes even simultaneously.
And yet, the work doesn't end there. In the days of film, the photographer sent off rolls of film to a developer who made adjustments for them. While similar options are available to today's digital shooters, Melody and David follow through with the artistic intent conceived at the moment of capture and process their photos in the same way a film developer would have in days of old.
Our First Date
You can look at all the galleries in the world, read testimony after testimony from happy brides and amazed bridesmaids, but at the end of the day, when you're trying to decide on your photographer, you end up having to take someone at their word. It's a leap of faith.
Will you get along? Will they provide what they say? Do the people they photograph really look like that?
You can't know the answers to any of these questions until after you've already signed on the dotted line, or at least that is how it is with other photographers. Melody and David understand those fears and concerns; we've been there. When we look back at our own wedding photos, we shake our heads and think, "if only
We don't want any of our couples to be in that same spot. That's why we provide a free, no-strings-attached engagement session to every couple that meets with us. Let's get together and chat over coffee. You can look at our work; get to know us; go over any questions you might have, and set up a date for a free hour and a half engagement session. You're not obligated to buy anything. When you end up signing with us, we even give you a matted 11x14 print from the session as a thank you.
More than Trust
The engagement session is not a gimmick. It's just as much us getting to know you as it is about you getting to know us. Photography is not an exact science; it's an interaction between the photographer and the subject. It's people communicating, cracking jokes, and giving directions. It's sort of like a date, but it doesn't end at hitting it off.
After an engagement session, we go home and analyze the photographs and the session as a whole. What lighting worked well, what color tones compliment best, what's her good side, which angle doesn't work for him, does he blink a lot when nervous, do they like being directed, or do they do better when they feel like they're alone? Trust us. You don't want your photographer figuring that out the day of your wedding.
We believe so strongly in the engagement session that we've even done them a week before a wedding, even after the bride said, "We don't have to do it. You don't have to go through all of that extra work right before the wedding".
Sure, it's not necessary. It's like going in for a test on something you already know. Even if you can do it in your sleep, you still review your notes beforehand, and this is no different. Melody and David show up prepared, and the engagement session is part of being prepared.
What's in a Name
Another important note is that you always get both of us. We wouldn't be Melody and David Photography if we sent someone else in our stead or if only one of us showed up. We are a team, and that's what you get with all of our wedding packages. There are subtle differences in the way we approach our craft, but in a blind test, we find that clients generally make selections from both of our shots, regardless of how different they might be.
David was that goofy guy back in high school who got most artistic of his senior class. He came to photography many years after studying graphic design and animation at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco.
He has worked with Photoshop for the past 12 years and has honed his ability to shave pounds from photos without anyone being the wiser, or even eliminate entire office buildings if it's necessary. He brings structure and a careful crafting of light to his shots. He's fond of symmetry, depth, and the dramatic feel of deep shadows.
Melody started with art back in grade school, creating portraits by using only cheap make-up products on watercolor paper and progressed to oil painting late in high school. She began learning photography out of a necessity of her job, as the adviser for the yearbook at the high school on where she teaches, it was up to her to guide her students to take compelling photographs to fill the yearbook.
Her growth in art and design came about much more organically and is reflected in the way that she shoots. She has a penchant for capturing subtle expressions that often go unseen. She's fond of golden sunlight, spontaneity, and genuine smiles.
Happily Ever After
In the end, we approach your wedding the way we approach our own marriage, as a team. We are skilled artists who flow seamlessly from portraiture to photojournalism to fine detail photography while still having the experience to account for those unpredictable and less-than-ideal elements of event photography so as to capture your day artistically and beautifully.
Introducing, a complete customization starting at $1,976.00.
Whether you are a tech savvy couple that only wants digital prints, a traditional couple that is interested in a gorgeous wedding album, art aficionados who want that one amazing shot to hang above your mantle, or a couple who wants to remember your wedding day in as many ways as possible, we offer you options to suit your needs.
Rather than telling you what you want, we work with you to decide what works best for you and then give you discounts at certain price points.
Our base package starts with the following, and from there we build on it to create exactly what you want for your wedding day. Every package includes the following elements, in addition to the complimentary hour-and-a-half engagement session and thank you 11x14:
* Information Consultation
- four hours of creative coverage by Melody and David
- a web-ready disk of your wedding day, equivalent print size of 4x6
* Matted 11x14 from your wedding day
- online proofing gallery with all of your wedding photos, shareable with friends and family
We can and will show you exactly how the costs break down. There are no hidden charges in products. You get a percentage off of anything you choose at the time of booking.
At $2,000, you get a 5% discount; at $3,000, it's 7.5%; at $4,000, it's 10%, and we go on from there. Using the above package as an example, the actual cost is $2,080. The 5% discount brings the total price down to $1,976.00. It doesn't get much easier than that.
We break package pricing up into payments for you so that you don't have to put down one big lump sum at signing. Coverage is paid for in three payments before the wedding date, and prints and extras can be paid for afterwards.
Common Customizations (see a la carte menu for print pricing)
* additional hours of coverage including both Melody and David is $500 per hour
* engagement session guestbook starting at $120
* shot spot - our backdrop, studio lights, and goofy costumes with our assistant manning the camera plus your guests equals hilarious memories for all is $650
* custom-designed wedding albums starting at $1,300
Please note that, due to the numerous options available for albums, we are unable to provide detailed and extensive breakdowns here. Our albums start at $1,300 for an 8x8, 20-side (10 page) album with leather cover. We will work with our couples to design the album that best depicts their day, in a way that reflects their unique style.
* gallery-wrapped canvas starting at $169
* digital-retouched files with reprint release is $500
* DVD slideshow set to music is $300
* retouched prints by David
Print and A la Carte Information
We take great pride in our work and deliver it to you in a way that represents that. As a result, all prints 5x7 and up are matted and ready to frame.
After 75 miles of travel from Hughson, CA, travel and lodging will be negotiated depending upon the details of each wedding.
Our price list includes:
* $12 (8) die-cut wallets (same pose)
* $50 (40) die-cut wallets (same pose)
* $90 (80) die-cut wallets (same pose)
* $160 (160) die-cut wallets (same pose)
* $5 (1) 4x6
* $16 (4) 4x6 (same pose)
* $8 (1) 5x7
* $15 (2) 5x7 (same pose)
* $20 (1) 8x10
* $35 (2) 8x10 (same pose)
* $25 (1) 8x12
* $40 (2) 8x12 (same pose)
* $40 (1) 11x14
* $30 (1) 10x10
* $40 (1) 12x12
* $60 (1) 12x18
* $120 (1) 16x20
* $130 (1) 16x24
* $130 (1) 20x20
* $250 (1) 24x36
* $300 (1) spiral-bound proof book of all images
* $500 (1) high-resolution DVD of all images
* $50 (1) single high-resolution image
* $400 (1) album containing a Set of 4x6 prints
* fine art canvas wraps
* coffee table albums
* framed and matted prints
* DVD slideshows
* custom-designed greeting cards
These items are custom designed, and the price is determined by your specifications; inquire for pricing.
Printing prices subject to change.