Melissa's Productions, Tea Cup Photography

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About Melissa's Productions, Tea Cup Photography

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Outdoor portrait photography, allowing photographs to tell you a story by capturing life's most precious and simple moments. I am capable of working with your photography needs for outdoor portraits. Also, working with brides and grooms to help plan their special day as an engagement photographer and wedding consultant.


Mankato, MN 56003

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  • 5/5 stars 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.

  • 5/5 stars

    Wonderful experience with Melissa for engagement photo session.
    Pictures turned out great!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. 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!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. My most recent three jobs included a 5 hour wedding service, a 2 hour intimate wedding, and a home visit portrait session for a newborn baby and his big brother. Each job was was special occasion in their own way. And each was personalized to fit the needs of the clients.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. 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.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Photography tends to be looked at as more of a glamorous job. But, the photography doesn't just limit itself to the day of the photo session, there are hours of computer work to resize images, color correct, and prep work to make sure the images are print ready for my clients. I work on each photo, so my clients can print any photo at a high quality.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Ask every question that comes to mind! When you research the people you want working for you, don't let any detail go unnoticed. Write a list for each vendor.

Is there time to photograph a private session with the bride and groom prior to the wedding?

Is there anything you can offer to help make things kid friendly?

We are on a tight budget, is there some way you can work with us in time vs. cost?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. What does the photographer offer you for the money you are paying for?

I love taking photos, but when I am hired to take wedding or family pic's, I don't believe they are mine to keep. I offer all of the images and a client copyright to all of the images I take for them to keep. These are their memories to keep and enjoy, not mine. I've just been blessed to be a small part in this moment in time.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. 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.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. 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.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. 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!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. 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.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. 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.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. All of the images and copy rights (shared with me) are included in the photo package.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Eye for detail.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. My business front. I love photography and being able to capture moments in people's lives, and I am working on presenting myself in a way future clients can view what I offer.

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