Melissa's Productions, Tea Cup Photography

Mankato, MN

About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I try and allow my clients to relax! What ever moment I capture for them, it's their moment. I like to work with them to really take it all in, relax, and go with it. Weddings especially! A years worth of planning is over in a day. With all that time spent, you should stop and enjoy what you've accomplished! It's your day.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

In weddings, I enjoy getting to know the bride and groom. Because I only work with them for a short time, but closely all day, I have a unique opportunity to see them as individuals, but also as a couple. With their wedding party added to that, I feel as though I'm family! Each wedding, like each couple, are wonderful in their own ways. With portraits, I've had repeat clients with kids. It's humbling to me, that I get to help capture how their kids have grown year after year. And it's pretty sweet to see their personalities grow as well.


Mankato, MN 56003

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2 Reviews
  • Nikki W. Oct 28, 2013
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Melissa took our family photos and she did fantastic! She is fun and talented. It only took 3 weeks and we had all of the pictures. Not only does she take posed photos, but she snuck in a few when we weren't looking. My girls are 7 and 5 and she was great with them. We are definitely going to be recommending her.
  • Jessica H. May 17, 2013
    Wonderful experience with Melissa for engagement photo session. Pictures turned out great!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
All of the images and copy rights (shared with me) are included in the photo package.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I do constant research. Pinterest has been a great source for images. I have also purchased the newest version of Photoshop and push myself to try new techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Back in 8th grade, I had a teacher who told each of my classmates and I to write down our top three things we wanted to be when we grew up. We wrote them down, sealed them in an envelope, and I gave it to my mom. Much to my surprise, four years later preparing for my high school graduation, my mom pulled out the envelope. I was floored when I opened it to see that the number one thing was a Photographer. I had just gotten my acceptance letter a few months before, for the photography program in Willmar, MN. Looking back, there wasn't any defining moment that said, "this is who I want to be", but it has always been something I have enjoyed doing. On family vacations, I would always snatch the camera, not letting anyone else touch it! I think there is something pretty amazing about being able to capture moments in time.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common things I photograph are either weddings or outdoor portraits. I have enjoyed capturing smiles since July 2000. I have mainly worked by word of mouth advertising. Feel free to ask and I will help as best as I can!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I always tell my potential wedding clients to make sure they check out all their options. This is one of the most important days of their lives, and I feel they deserve the best people to work for them, capturing the day as they see fit. I love being a part of their family for the day, but I want them to be 100% satisfied with what they are paying for.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Photographers don't have to be licensed to charge for photo shoots. So, be sure you do your research on your photographers to be certain you will be happy with what you're paying for!