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Goodnickels Photography

Carlsbad , CA
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LOCATION

Carlsbad, CA US 92009 (map)

PHONE

858-208-8768

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ABOUT US

We are Melanie + Phill, a husband-and-wife team specializing in creative, fun wedding photography. We are based in Encinitas and work all over San Diego.

Wedding coverage for... Read more
We are Melanie + Phill, a husband-and-wife team specializing in creative, fun wedding photography. We are based in Encinitas and work all over San Diego.

Wedding coverage for 2012 begins at $2000 for Mel and Phill together; one-photographer and associate-photographer packages are also available upon request. Our full packages include engagement sessions, print credit, and extended time for your online viewing gallery. Clients receive a DVD of high-resolution final images, no matter which package you purchase, as well as an online proofing/purchasing gallery.

Simply put, we love photography. (And you should if it's your job, right?) We always have, but we fell into business quite by accident. After getting married in 2007 and realizing that wedding photography is an incredible opportunity to take photos of people at their happiest, we found ourselves photographing a few weddings for friends and family members as favors to them. After favorable responses from our clients and their guests, we decided to do things properly and form our business.

We like to have fun on the job, bring personality to our images, and take natural images of people, whether it be at a wedding or in their backyards with their kids. You won't find us posing you into position or asking you to be something you're not. We like you just the way you are. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Darcy Lee
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about the Goodnickels. My now husband and I knew we wanted really special photos of our wedding and when we were doing our homework before we even knew about the Goodnickels, our favorites were photo-journalistic in style (none of those overly posed, plastic shots from photo mill type places). Somehow, one early morning as I scoured the web yet again for the "right" photographers, I landed on their website. I contacted Melanie and she promptly got right back to me to arrange a meeting. And after our in-person meeting, we knew they were the ones. Melanie made things easy for us throughout the entire process of planning our wedding, including helping us with our timeline. We were on a budget and the Goodnickels had different package options in order to accommodate us. Wedding day arrived and they were AWESOME-- on time, super hard-working, quick with the portraits, really nice, and patient with my crazy family and friends. We just got our pics from our wedding in late August and are floored by how beautiful they are. My husband and I stayed up late the other night looking at them and relived the best day/night of our lives. So many of our guests told us they barely noticed the photographers there, yet Melanie and her assistant, Natalie, managed to capture all of our most favorite people at their best. We wouldn't change a thing about our choice. Thank you so much Goodnickels!!!
Darcy & Rick
I can't say enough good things about the Goodnickels. My now husband and I knew we wanted really special photos of our Read more...
I can't say enough good things about the Goodnickels. My now husband and I knew we wanted really special photos of our wedding and when we were doing our homework before we even knew about the Goodnickels, our favorites were photo-journalistic in style (none of those overly posed, plastic shots from photo mill type places). Somehow, one early morning as I scoured the web yet again for the "right" photographers, I landed on their website. I contacted Melanie and she promptly got right back to me to arrange a meeting. And after our in-person meeting, we knew they were the ones. Melanie made things easy for us throughout the entire process of planning our wedding, including helping us with our timeline. We were on a budget and the Goodnickels had different package options in order to accommodate us. Wedding day arrived and they were AWESOME-- on time, super hard-working, quick with the portraits, really nice, and patient with my crazy family and friends. We just got our pics from our wedding in late August and are floored by how beautiful they are. My husband and I stayed up late the other night looking at them and relived the best day/night of our lives. So many of our guests told us they barely noticed the photographers there, yet Melanie and her assistant, Natalie, managed to capture all of our most favorite people at their best. We wouldn't change a thing about our choice. Thank you so much Goodnickels!!!
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Anni
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
5 stars does not describe the incredible work, creativity and inspiration that Melanie provides. We had a 2 day wedding event and she made it to both of them capturing EXACTLY what I had envisioned and more! Her attention to detail and fantastic personality shined through in the photographs. There were so many great pictures it makes it hard to chose one. I only interviewed one photographer... once I sat down with her, there was no competition! Not only did she work with me on time frames for my 2 day event, she emailed me that the tax rate in the area had been reduced and I had a credit now! It is not every day that you work with honest vendors. She is one in a million!
5 stars does not describe the incredible work, creativity and inspiration that Melanie provides. We had a 2 day wedding Read more...
5 stars does not describe the incredible work, creativity and inspiration that Melanie provides. We had a 2 day wedding event and she made it to both of them capturing EXACTLY what I had envisioned and more! Her attention to detail and fantastic personality shined through in the photographs. There were so many great pictures it makes it hard to chose one. I only interviewed one photographer... once I sat down with her, there was no competition! Not only did she work with me on time frames for my 2 day event, she emailed me that the tax rate in the area had been reduced and I had a credit now! It is not every day that you work with honest vendors. She is one in a million! Read less
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ryarnell
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Melanie was referred to me by several friends and I couldn't have been happier with her. Not only were our pictures amazing but she was very professional, made me feel so at ease on my wedding day, and was always very quick to respond to anything that we needed during the planning process.

I'm also in the wedding industry and will continue to refer her to my brides as well.
Melanie was referred to me by several friends and I couldn't have been happier with her. Not only were our pictures Read more...
Melanie was referred to me by several friends and I couldn't have been happier with her. Not only were our pictures amazing but she was very professional, made me feel so at ease on my wedding day, and was always very quick to respond to anything that we needed during the planning process.

I'm also in the wedding industry and will continue to refer her to my brides as well. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
9/13/2010
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Melanie took the photos at our Elopement on Windansea beach - We are based in the UK so everything was organised over the internet which was great for us. We didn't really notice Melanie through the actual ceremony and when we had a few shots after, she made us feel comfortable. The photos Melanie took are wonderful - a mix of colour and black and white, all informal (which is what we asked for) and really captured the moment. Highly recommended. Adam and Katie xxx
Melanie took the photos at our Elopement on Windansea beach - We are based in the UK so everything was organised over the Read more...
Melanie took the photos at our Elopement on Windansea beach - We are based in the UK so everything was organised over the internet which was great for us. We didn't really notice Melanie through the actual ceremony and when we had a few shots after, she made us feel comfortable. The photos Melanie took are wonderful - a mix of colour and black and white, all informal (which is what we asked for) and really captured the moment. Highly recommended. Adam and Katie xxx Read less
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PriscillaPA
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
The Goodnickels were the perfect photography team for our wedding day! Working in the photography/film realm myself, I was finding it very difficult to find wedding photography that captured "real" candid moments and not just posed shots. When the Goodnickels were recommended to me and I saw their website I was very impressed with their ability to capture the natural grace, tenderness, and joy in their past brides and grooms. Their photos automatically brought a smile to my face. From the first email to final disc delivery, Melanie was very sweet and responsive. On the wedding day, we had the pleasure of the presence of both Melanie and Phil. They were so discreet in their ability to photograph intimate moments without ever asking us or our guests to "pose for the camera". They were very professional and always had a warm smile on their faces as they too shared in the happiness of the day. When we received our final images, we were overwhelmed with the amazing images that showed the tears, love, and hilarity of our wedding day. The Goodnickels not only captured the precious moments that we remembered but also were there for the moments we didn't see. I don't have enough kind words for the Goodnickels team!!
The Goodnickels were the perfect photography team for our wedding day! Working in the photography/film realm myself, I was Read more...
The Goodnickels were the perfect photography team for our wedding day! Working in the photography/film realm myself, I was finding it very difficult to find wedding photography that captured "real" candid moments and not just posed shots. When the Goodnickels were recommended to me and I saw their website I was very impressed with their ability to capture the natural grace, tenderness, and joy in their past brides and grooms. Their photos automatically brought a smile to my face. From the first email to final disc delivery, Melanie was very sweet and responsive. On the wedding day, we had the pleasure of the presence of both Melanie and Phil. They were so discreet in their ability to photograph intimate moments without ever asking us or our guests to "pose for the camera". They were very professional and always had a warm smile on their faces as they too shared in the happiness of the day. When we received our final images, we were overwhelmed with the amazing images that showed the tears, love, and hilarity of our wedding day. The Goodnickels not only captured the precious moments that we remembered but also were there for the moments we didn't see. I don't have enough kind words for the Goodnickels team!! Read less
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arasfino
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
It is with tremendous pleasure that I recommend Goodnickels Photography to be part of anybody's wedding. I tell everyone I know about them because they are so incredible! Mel and Phill photographed our wedding about a year and a half ago and are very talented and professional. They took amazing photos and captured all the important moments and more. I especially love how their style leans towards keeping photos natural and candid to really embrace the true nature of a wedding. I love my wedding photos!
It is with tremendous pleasure that I recommend Goodnickels Photography to be part of anybody's wedding. I tell everyone I Read more...
It is with tremendous pleasure that I recommend Goodnickels Photography to be part of anybody's wedding. I tell everyone I know about them because they are so incredible! Mel and Phill photographed our wedding about a year and a half ago and are very talented and professional. They took amazing photos and captured all the important moments and more. I especially love how their style leans towards keeping photos natural and candid to really embrace the true nature of a wedding. I love my wedding photos! Read less
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jbarber5000
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Goodnickels Photography! We looked at several photographers before choosing them because they were affordable and just knew they would do a really great job from our first meeting.

Sometimes you’ll meet a photographer (or any wedding vendor for that matter) and you get the sense that maybe they’re not listening to you and already “know” how it “should” go down. Mel and Phill are just the opposite -- they’re wedding photo experts, but they understand that the big day should be all about YOU!

They’re also totally flexible - even if you have a not-so-traditional shot list or have a crazy “trash the dress” idea, they’ll squeeze in the perfect shot or setting to get you family wall-worthy pics.

Our friends were so impressed by the Goodnickels work that 2 of them went on to hire them for their upcoming weddings! That’s about the best testimonial you can get!

My advice: the photos speak for themselves. Check out their blog: http://goodnickelsphoto.com/blog/
I highly recommend Goodnickels Photography! We looked at several photographers before choosing them because they were Read more...
I highly recommend Goodnickels Photography! We looked at several photographers before choosing them because they were affordable and just knew they would do a really great job from our first meeting.

Sometimes you’ll meet a photographer (or any wedding vendor for that matter) and you get the sense that maybe they’re not listening to you and already “know” how it “should” go down. Mel and Phill are just the opposite -- they’re wedding photo experts, but they understand that the big day should be all about YOU!

They’re also totally flexible - even if you have a not-so-traditional shot list or have a crazy “trash the dress” idea, they’ll squeeze in the perfect shot or setting to get you family wall-worthy pics.

Our friends were so impressed by the Goodnickels work that 2 of them went on to hire them for their upcoming weddings! That’s about the best testimonial you can get!

My advice: the photos speak for themselves. Check out their blog: http://goodnickelsphoto.com/blog/ Read less
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