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Melissa Montgomery Photography

May 25th, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Melissa Montgomery Photography

Things are looking up for Vancouver wedding photographer Melissa Montgomery. Having been in the wedding industry for 3 years (shooting for 8), her passion and drive has allowed her to become an integral part of many brides & grooms’ special days. Rest assured, she’s enjoying every minute of it!

Melissa Montgomery Photography offers wedding & lifestyle photography in the Vancouver area and beyond. Wedding packages start at $1,400 and include all consultations, location scouts, all retouched hi-res images on disc, online gallery & $50 album credit. Engagement sessions are included in packages with over 6 hours of coverage. In addition to capturing the unforgettable impromptu moments on your wedding day, Melissa also likes to use her creativity to stylize your portraits by using props or improvising with what’s available at your setting. Custom Italian handmade, flush mount wedding albums, fine art canvases, luster and metallic prints are also available for order.

This Canon shooter is a S.A.I.T. University grad and continues to keep up her technical skills by attending workshops and conferences led by some of the best photographers in the world, including Joe Buissink. Consultations are done at her home or wherever’s mutually comfortable. It’s a coffee date where details about your special day are shared and basically just getting to know each other to make sure the relationship is the right fit.

Melissa says she has the natural ability to put people at ease and loves to have fun while she shoots. If Melissa’s the type of photographer you’re looking for, check out her website for a closer look at her portfolio, follow her on Twitter, and be a fan on Facebook. To see a glimpse of her in action, have a look at this video!

A Few Words With Melissa…

Why did you want to become a wedding photographer?
“It sounds cliché, but I just love, love. My husband always says, ‘it doesn’t have to be Sleepless in Seattle every night’ lol. I am a hopeless romantic at heart and to be able to share the love and joy with a couple on their wedding day continues to remind me of just how lucky we are to find it.”

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I understand the need to have budget, I am the budget queen, ask my husband! There are smaller collections available to choose from and a la carte options that can be tailored to your budget. The photography is the most important investment you can make when it comes to your wedding day. The first thing I hear from my clients is ‘I can’t wait to see the pictures!’ Photography is powerful and our only visual reminder of our perfect day. Send me an email, I would love to discuss the details of your day.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I love it when clients become friends. I have photographed couples on their wedding day, maternity, newborn and family. I have become a part of their lives and there is nothing more rewarding than that. I pride myself with excellence. 100% goes into each wedding, each album, each fine art print and each relationship. I have a fashion and editorial flare to my work while still being able to capture the true moments of your day.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Photography is powerful. I get to document the stories of people’s lives. This is what I was meant to do and love every minute doing it.”

What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“I loved the wedding with Erfan+Aliza from this past February. We were expecting light rain and knew we had to be quick for the planned Gastown formal portraits on their day. As their wedding had an old Hollywood feel, we knew Gastown was the perfect setting. As I pre-scouted the location, I knew the famous clock had to be a part of the photos. With the steam of the clock, the warm city lights and the light rain reflecting off the pavement, I am in deep love with this photo!”

Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“That’s a tough question. Each element to a wedding makes me happy, from the first kiss to the first dance and in between, I love it all. If had to really choose it would be the formal portraits of the bride and groom, mixed with detail shots. I love giving the couple time to just be together and absorb the moment. The details are what makes their wedding different from everyone else’s wedding which is why you’ll see me pay extra attention to those details you’ve been planning for the past year.”

Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“While the backdrop or location does play a big part of the overall feel of the photo, I also believe it’s the direction I give my clients, the pre-planned poses and ways of bringing the couple together, that makes a great photograph. I do love to shoot anywhere with a rustic or vintage inspired feel, including back alleys, textures on walls, colors and open spaces. I get to know my clients and from there I can get creative on where the best locations are to shoot that reflects them.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“I have to share that my own personal wedding photography experience was very disappointing. We had a destination wedding and our photographer “was included” in the package, therefore we did not choose our photographer. Looking back at our photos, I cringe, there were actual dust spots on the sensor of the camera, which you can see on our photos! Yes, big blotches are on most of the photos. (This means the gear probably wasn’t properly cleaned before our wedding day!) The way she conducted our day was very stressful, no order, no timelines, no direction for anything or for our formals pictures and I am actually sweating in my photos! Sounds radiant right? A lot of them are not even tact sharp. So disappointing!

While unfortunately this happened to us, I can not stress the importance of choosing the right photographer for you, one who care, one who you could become friends with and one who not only can provide excellent quality photos, but cares about the importance of how your day unfolds and is directed. Your photographer essentially is part director and should be able to control and help guide each section of your day.”

To contact Melissa, visit her website.
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  • May 25th, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    Kat P says:

    I love your blogs and read them religiously. Beautiful content, pictures and great wedding ideas. I love vintage and your definition of it is spot on. Thank you for your posts.


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