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What is your approach?

We love both editorial and documentary style photography. It is what drives both of us creatively and is our passion. We bring a combination of those two styles to your wedding and document your day as it unfolds. We love natural light and use it as much as possible and bring out the flash only in dark reception areas.

Do both of you photograph our wedding?

Yep!! In each session you book with us (wedding, engagement or lifestyle), you will have both Melanie and I there to capture your event. In our approach to documenting your day we have found that having two photographers captures different perspectives and candid moments, which adds emotion to the story of your day.

How much can we expect to pay to have you photograph our wedding?

We have several different price points. The average client spends around $3200 for full wedding day coverage including an engagement session. However, we also have investment options above and below that point. We offer special off season pricing as well as options for elopements. Please contact us for full pricing details!

How do we book you for our day?

To move forward working together, we just ask a 20% deposit of the total investment price to be paid at the time of signing the contract. Thats it! The remainder of the balance is due two weeks before the wedding. It can be paid in installments or in full, whichever is easier for you!

Do you travel for weddings?

We sure do! We both share a passion for travel and would love to accompany you to your favorite destination for your wedding. Contact us for destination wedding and elopement pricing!!

What equipment do you use?

We use professional Nikon equipment and have back ups for our back ups:) (We are OCD like that...:)

Are you insured?

Yep! We have two million dollars in liability as well as equipment coverage.

When do we receive our photos?

Each image is color corrected and edited by us. We share your photos with you via a private online gallery and get them back to you within 6-8 weeks. The images are Hi Res files and are not watermarked in any way.

Do you offer Albums?

Yes!! We love albums and have several options that we offer. Album design takes about 4 weeks once we have received your selected images. You will have a first draft in about 4 weeks. Then, we offer two digital revisions before sending the final product to be printed. Shipping takes 2-4 weeks upon order.

TESTIMONIALS

“Honestly, I can't believe my dream wedding came true & that Rick and Melanie were such a huge part of my dream wedding. I had people telling me left and right their opinion on who should take our pictures, but I knew who i truly wanted and I got them!!! Still unbelievable! They were incredible in every way and I am not exaggerating. From the wedding planning to after the wedding they have been nothing short of amazing. They captured our day just as we lived it. They truly capture works of art. Anyone can take photos, but not everyone can do what they do. I am forever grateful to have the one thing we all keep after our special day apart from the memories, we have some GORGEOUS photos as well. They are precious moments we will never be able to forget because of them. I am still in awe of our big day and how you both captured it! Thank you Rick and Melanie for making us both look SOOOO good. Thank you for being kind and gentle on our big day! You guys are the perfect match and your pictures and customer service truly show it! I will forever be recommending you to our friends and family! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We love you guys!” -Kenia & Tyler McDaniel

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TESTIMONIALS

"My wife and I are beyond thrilled and thankful that we chose Rick and Melanie to capture our wedding day in downtown Kansas City. From the moment we begin our email exchanges, to the day of our wedding, everything went easy and flawless! They made us feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire day. Even though our wedding day was threatened with rain, Rick and Melanie were flexible and worked with us to capture some wonderful moments from the day. Our photos arrived promptly after the wedding and we have enjoyed reliving our special day through them. Thank you both for all your help and artistic eyes!" -Jeremy and Kari

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TESTIMONIALS

"My husband, Nick, and I first met Mel and Rick at my sister's wedding 18 months ago. By the end of her wedding, I was stealing my sister's photographer for my own engagement and wedding photos! Rick is so subtle with the camera, that you have no time to feel insecure that you are getting your photo taken! Mel takes beautiful photos as well but her ability to fix your pose so you can look like your best self without feeling like she's calling attention to it is necessary for your big day!

Their turnaround time is amazing! Our engagement photos came back to us within a week (which was perfect because we used them to send our "Save the Date's") and our wedding photos we just received less than 6 weeks after the wedding. That doesn't count the "teaser" Instagram posts they both did or the sneak preview blog which was beautiful and easy to share with friends and family without overwhelming them with all 2000 photos from the big day!

I honestly cannot say a negative thing about my year and a half relationship with Rick and Mel as my photographers. I am seriously looking into what else I can hire them for ;-)" -Alexandra and Nick

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