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A review of my fabulous photographer!!!! Melissa McClure!!!


As with many new brides, photography was one of the single most important aspects of planning our wedding. Pictures... they last a lifetime. These images are what we will be looking back on for all our lives. It's quite a daunting task- picking your wedding photographer. So I approached the task very seriously. I also knew I wanted a photo journalistic style with attention to detail and someone that I really felt comfortable with (a thing that often gets overlooked when selecting vendors). I spent months looking at photographers blogs & websites. When I found Melissa McClure, I stopped dead in my tracks. She had exactly what I was looking for! I contacted her immediately. She responded immediately.


Was it too good to be true? Did I just find an infinitely talented wedding photographer, that was great at communicating, on top of her game, willing to travel to photograph our destination wedding in Maui, and very reasonably priced?? I was wary but my gut told me to go for it. So we signed on the dotted line.


Since we lived in different states, we didn't get to actually meet her until we all arrived on island. So during the planning process, communication was key. Any and every question I had for her was answered very quickly and in full. I also felt like I got a good sense of her personality (which rocks!) during this time. Once we did finally get to meet, we were immediately at ease with her. She is such a fun, personable woman! I can't begin to sing her praises enough.


We all decided that it was best to to photograph our trash the dress photo secession before the wedding (I had a separate dress for this). That way we would all get used to working together before the wedding. Fantastic idea!! Her ideas, location scouting, and eye blew me away. And on top of that, we had a blast! I can say without a doubt, our TTD photos are jaw dropping and captured "us" in a most unique yet true way. And this just set the stage for our big day.


Then came the wedding. Never for a second did I worry about Melissa. She was where she said she would be and immediately went to work. Melissa has so much experience and such an artistic eye- I loved just watching what she came up with! Not only that, but she took the time to make sure everyone felt comfortable yet was never intrusive. Weddings can be stressful but Melissa is so at ease and takes everything in stride, that it's impossible for it not to rub off on anyone else. Guests and other vendors adored her!! She even helped with my veil, timing, guests... she did it all! Our day was perfect and having Melissa as part of it made it even more special.


Then came time to see the pictures. I've heard horror stories where newlyweds have wait for months to receive their professional photos. Not with Melissa. She sent us a few teasers almost immediately, then blogged us within a week or two, and we had all of our wedding photos in-hand in less than 2 months (and that was during busy wedding season!).


Our wedding was beautiful, magical, and one of the most special days of our lives. Melissa somehow captured every special moment, every detail, everything in such a way that each time I look at them- it brings everything rushing back. The way she uses light, the angles, the perspective- makes Melissa's photographs really stand above and beyond. What she does is really special. And what she provided us, is going to make us smile for a lifetime.


So if you live in S. Cal or are having a destination wedding *and* photography is really important to you, contact Melissa McClure Photography. It will be the best decision you make.

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So I went to do a shoot with my photographer while I was in Canada, and honestly, I have never seen such a down to earth photographer. We shot for about an hour (a little over) and Nora was the kindest most amazing person ever. She said that she would test shoot me (I am a musician) because I wasn't able to bring my FI out to the shoot (he stayed in NY). She let me pull out my mandoline, and we just had fun. She said that she likes to test shoot people before making any type of contractual agreement. After spending a little over an hour with her, I knew she was the one. I signed on the dotted line. Her packages are amazing also. So for BDW brides she offers a 6hr package for $400.00, all images on a CD that are fully edited. I took the 7hr package for $500.00 and she will be doing my TTD session for $50.00. I also want to do a TTD session with my bridesmaids, and she is doing that for an additional $75.00. When we get to the island, I wanted to get some really fun shots fo my bridesmaids and I, and of FI's groomsmen and him, some kind of glamourous shots, and she will be doing both shoots for an additional $150.00. As she will be in Hawaii already, this is another reason we chose her, because she is already going to be there.


So far I am really really pleased with the level of communication and professionalism of Nora, and also, I am really pleased with the headshots and music shots that she has done for me when I was in Vancouver. I cannot be more pleased!




I cannot wait to have my pictures done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited that everyone on these boards are so amazing also!


Thanks for letting me post!



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Hello ladies!


Before joing this forum I never took to the time to communicate with anyone via cyberspace...lol. These last months have been awesome and I have communicated to many of you guys via PMs what blessings you have been to me during my planning process. I could never repary you but I do want to help out if I can in anyway. I read the post regarding photographers and I wanted to share my photographer's information. She is truly awesome!!!!! Her name is Lauren Anderson and I met her at a bridal show, so she is legit...:). We have completed the engagement photo shoot and I have received the pictures, and all I can say is AMAZING! She really cares about her clients and it show in everyway. We live in Texas, but she is willing to travel so please feel free to contact her. Thanks again ladies!!!!! Feel free to email me at nt31@earthlink.net if you have any questions.


Company: LA Rocks Photography

Name: Lauren Anderson

website: Lauren Anderson Photography :: Wedding and Portrait Photographer :: Houston Texas

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we used A Paradies Dream Wedding (a.k.a. Gordon Nash Photography) and could not have been more pleased.  The photographers (Erik & Arien) were fantastic!!!!!!  Highly recommend them!!!!

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