... photography, and capturing the authentic, timeless moments. It captivates me when I have couples that create a wedding day unique to their lives and an experience that their guests will remember for a lifetime
I want to capture the organic moments. When your best friend turns to another to laugh about a dance move, your mother clasping her heart as she listens to sentiments told by family members, or your grandmother that watches with kind and quiet eyes as you grab your love for your first dance.
I don’t just show up and take photographs, I become many roles for my couples, coordinator, organizer, friend. Being a teacher and having to work on my feet, to be flexible and understanding, and capture the attention of large groups has definitely played a huge role in my success as a photographer during weddings.
"Where do I even begin? Melanie as a person.. is one of the most amazing humans in this world. She is so easy- going, kind, funny, smart, extremely hard working, and most importantly her incredible talent. Working with Melanie was so easy, she really took the time and got to know Michael and I as a couple, not just as her clients. I cannot thank Melanie enough for capturing our wedding photos, to us her work is not just pictures, it brings back a feeling, and it's the greatest feeling ever to relive the best day of our lives. I can honestly say she was by far the best part of our day."
"I truly don’t think we could have picked a better photographer to capture our wedding! From the very start Melanie was so great to work with! She was so organized and professional. She met with us several times before the day to make sure everything went perfectly .. which it did! She made everyone feel so comfortable while shooting and honestly made it so much fun! All my bridesmaids couldn’t stop talking about how fun she was :-) our pictures came out even better than I could have imagined, we love them all! I highly recommend Melanie, we had a great experience!"
"I cannot put into words how wonderful it was to work with Melanie. Hiring a photographer for such a momentous day can be scary and intimidating. You will not go wrong with Melanie. From our first email exchange, through the day of the wedding, she has been nothing but communicative and super responsive, accommodating, thoughtful, sweet, and professional. Not only is she a super-skilled photographer, she’s down-to-earth and knows how to lighten a mood and make what can seemingly be an intimidating or awkward thing so much fun and so memorable! "
I love to speak to each client on the phone or meet up for tea/coffee to learn about your day. Our meeting is followed with a proposal sent and then contract signed.
We will plan an engagement session that is unique to you, - either a place you love to visit, an adventure you've been wanting to have, or an in-home session with a new house you have purchased.
You'll receive different guides throughout the process with me - tips that help minimize the stress on your day of, how to find the right getting ready venue, what to expect for the day of, how to prep for hair/makeup etc.
During our time leading up to the big day - I send a wedding information sheet that my clients fill out detailing their day and all the important people. I use this to draft a timeline customized to enhance the time you have to enjoy your day!
We finalize the timeline together - whether over drinks, in person, or on the phone.
I keep in contact with you multiple times throughout the process, to make sure I fully understand what is most important to you on the day of, and how best to curate your story for you.
After your wedding day, your photographs are stored and backed up to ensure protection.
You'll receive sneak peeks the week of, with uploads to the gallery of my favorite images.
A lot of time is spent on choosing the perfect images to add to your galleries, editing those images myself, and then crafting your story.
You will receive your gallery within 8 weeks of your wedding to be downloaded, and have access to it for two full years online.
Your investment with Melanie Ruth Photography includes a complimentary engagement session, so that I can begin to learn about your relationship and get comfortable with our time together. All packages also include a minimum of 8 hours, as well as access to an online gallery where your images are organized and easy to download.