Savvy Joy Photography
Savvy Joy Photography

Savvy Joy Photography

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Introduction: Hi friends! Welcome to Savvy Joy Photography! My 5 year old daughter inspired me to begin this business. As she continues to get older, it’s become even more clear to me how quickly time passes, and how grateful I am to have the photos I have taken of her over the years. Even though she may not have the baby face anymore, the photos always will. And that brings me so much joy. I want to create that for you —freezing time, a moment, a smile, a scrunch of the nose — even for a second —to capture those memories that will last a lifetime.

Current Top Pro

Hired 8 times

Serves Medford, NJ

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1 employee

4 years in business

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Cash, Venmo, Zelle

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Facebook, Instagram

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

16 reviews


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Josiah B.
1 month ago

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How do I put into words the amazing work Melanie does without sounding like every other review for other photographers? Because take my word for it Melanie is anything BUT another photographer. She’s incredible, attentive, and goes so far above and beyond anything I could haves expected from any photographer. Instead of listing the common compliments I’ll tell you what she did. She drove to Philadelphia days early, took a photo of where she wanted us to stand, highlighted the spot and gave me an exact plan. She then went to the spot 45 minutes early to set up, HID IN A BUSH, and got the most amazing perfect photos on such a special day. If this isn’t enough to convince you that she’s the best photographer you could ask for, I’d like to point out that this was in December, it was bitter cold. And she spent over an hour walking around old city to be sure we got the perfect photos. I don’t consider myself to be super natural at taking photos. It often feels awkward and I’m unsure of what to do. Working with Melanie none of that existed. She actually felt like a friend the moment we met her. She was so kind, excited, funny and positive. She made us feel so comfortable and caught true natural moments rather than trying to force some cheesy smile or awkward pose. She’s just incredible. If you’re looking for someone who will ABSOLUTELY go above and beyond to guarantee your photos reflect your happy moment perfectly don’t hesitate to choose Savvy Photography.

Details: Proposal photoshoot • Candid • Natural or environmental • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • Ability to purchase prints online • Physical proofs and prints • Album • My home, venue, etc.

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Ashley W.
Nov 16, 2021

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Savvy Joy did an amazing job with our family photos. She had such great ideas & went above and beyond to get the kids looking their best! Couldn’t be happier!

Details: Family or children's portrait • Traditional / classic (looking directly at the camera) • Candid (captured in the moment) • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Outdoors • Digital or online download • At the pro’s location

Savvy Joy Photography's reply
Thanks, Ashley! It was so much fun taking your family photos! Your children are absolutely adorable!
Portrait Photography
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Amy p.
Oct 12, 2021

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Hired on Thumbtack

Melanie was wonderful from beginning to end. She was very accommodating in rescheduling due to weather, responsive and a joy to work with. She was patient with my 3 year old and took beautiful pictures that I will cherish for a life time. Will definitely use her again in the future and recommend to anyone looking for photographer who captures the true moments!

Details: Family or children's portrait • Candid (captured in the moment) • Natural / environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting) • Traditional / classic (looking directly at the camera) • Outdoors • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Savvy Joy Photography's reply
Amy, you and your little boy were a pleasure to work with! I am so happy you like the photos. I cannot wait for next time! PS Get that little boy into modeling!
Portrait Photography
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Monica K.
Dec 14, 2021
Melanie was incredible! So sweet and fun to work with. It was my and my boyfriend’s first time getting photos done and we were impressed at how quickly the whole process went. Melanie made the photoshoot enjoyable, we were laughing the whole time so our smiles were genuine! Loved the final products, the most important part!
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Katie O.
Dec 1, 2021
Melanie was a joy too work with!! Very fun and personable. She helped me with picking outfits and even let me send her my crazy Pinterest board 😅 looking forward to using her for other life milestones 🥰 our photos turned out amazing, we couldn’t be happier.
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Melanie Ferla


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer three different packages: Mini - Classic - Deluxe. Specific details re: each package will be available for a potential client to review after inquiry. Add-on services will also be presented to each potential client, i.e. prints, albums, enlargements, canvases, etc. Travel outside of my 20-mile radius will incur a minimal fee.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Yay! I received your inquiry! Cue a happy dance from the photographer, i.e. me. I will reply within an hour {usually quicker unless it is in the middle of the night, because, well, ya know, sleep}. I will ask for more details! Find out about YOUR vision. How I can make this shoot exactly what you want. I may be snapping away behind the camera, but this shoot is about YOU. Do you want to shoot at the beach? Let's go! What about Old City, PA? I'm there. How about a casual shoot at a local Starbucks for your brand? My fav! I will even buy you a shot - of espresso ;). I will then send over my pricing guide and answer any questions you may have. If you decide to hire me {yay! cute another happy dance} I will whip up a contract for you to sign {ya know, to make it super official}, have you send over a 50% deposit. Then I will go scout out the location so I am prepared and ready to go once shoot day comes!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Ok, so. I didn't go to photography school. I wish I had! BUT - I was an elementary/middle school teacher and a school counselor for a long time so I am a pro when it comes to working with children. I am the 'kid whisperer' - ok, so I just made that up, but I am really good with them. I am known to get the best shots of kids when they are in their element - laughing, smiling, being goofy, running - usually away from me + my camera, but that's besides the point - I always seem to get some amazing shots because I am an expert at taking photos on the go! And hey, we want to remember our kids for who they REALLY are - not stiff, hands folded, giving a blank stare, right? ;) That's not all, though. I don't only love snapping pictures of kids! Families, couples, engagements (so fun!), branding - I am a bit Instagram obsessed, so I understand the importance of having solid photos for your small business! I also follow some of the most amazing photographers in the business, so I definitely take notes from them! I have lots of Photoshop and Lightroom knowledge, and continue to educate myself every day on how to get the perfect shots!

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