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Melani Lust Photography

Westport , CT
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Westport, CT US 06880 (map)

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203-454-5878

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Internationally acclaimed photographer, Melani Lust, creates images that speak of love and emotion in a way that words cannot. With a blend of high fashion, fine art and photojournalism,... Read more
Internationally acclaimed photographer, Melani Lust, creates images that speak of love and emotion in a way that words cannot. With a blend of high fashion, fine art and photojournalism, Melani focuses on bringing out the essence of her subject as they are in that moment. A master of her craft, her passionate approach to composition, expression and beauty, coupled with her boundless enthusiasm and discerning ability to place herself in the right place at the right time, results in images that are edgy, elegant and always true.


Melani plans for an artistic vision unique to your day, capturing candid expression unobtrusively, while highlighting the ambient magic with romantic lighting and incredible backgrounds. She understands that each couple is unique in their style, personality and biography and strives to produce images that reflect that individuality. In a day when everything happens so quickly Melani will ensure that your magical celebration is preserved forever for you and generations to come.

Melani holds both a BA from New York University and an MA from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her photographs have been exhibited in museums worldwide. She is available to document your wedding internationally and in the tri-state area where she creates bridal fashion portraits and provides full post-production services, producing the highest quality prints on archival and cutting edge media not available to the consumer market. Melani and her staff are proficient in French, Spanish and Russian. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Negatives, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
How many photographers do you work with?
I always work with an assistant/second shooter. If there are more than 300 guests we work with a third photographer during the ceremony and beginning of the reception.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Absolutely.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Four camera bodies, 6-8 lenses, 4 remote controlled flashes with diffusers, reflectors, a beauty light for bridal preparation room, Elinchrom soft box, two stands for additional light (not always necessary, however) and Burberry umbrellas for unpredictable weather.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I always carry four cameras, two are back ups. Two of the lenses are back ups. I typically use only 10% of the equipment I bring as I am always prepared for any unexpected scenario.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
My fee is for the documentation of the full day.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
I am available for add-on hours for the rehearsal dinner, bridal beauty/boudoir, morning after and engagement sessions.
Do you charge for travel?
If travel is more than 1 hour, 30 minutes from Westport, there is a travel fee. I love destination weddings!
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Three - four weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
On a private link and in an 8 1/2" x 11" proof book.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The proof book makes a gorgeous keepsake.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, unretouched high resolution jpg files.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, images are available for viewing and purchasing at a professional online lab. A private link is given to all guests.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer several different styles of albums, from contemporary lucite covers, coffee table books, to hand - bound silk and linen.

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Recently Married
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Melani was really the best decision I made when it came to planning our wedding. Her photos are phenomenal. Our friends, family, and random people on Facebook have all consistently commented that they are the most beautiful wedding photos they have ever seen. From our first conversation, Melani has been professional, attentive, kind, and personal. She has an incredible amount of experience not only with photography but also with wedding planning, and her wisdom helped us hugely when planning. From the timing of events day of, to planning portraits ahead of time, Melani and her team were in contact with us regularly to be as helpful as they could be.

I can hardly express how happy we are with our investment with Melani. The quality of her work is incredible. I couldn't believe that a simple bride like myself had such a professional and talented photographer, and our pictures make me smile each day. Melani took the kind of pictures you see in movies... totally magical and full of happiness and life. I cannot wait to have them on the wall in our first home. Also, having a second shooter was a great decision!

At the first look, the ceremony, and the reception Melani and her second shooter were totally unobtrusive yet captured the most intimate and transient moments -- the kind you don't even notice when you are there but that warm your heart to see in retrospect.

Melani even sent us sneak peaks the day after our wedding which was so much fun to look at together and to share with our families.

I am tremendously grateful to Melani for her kindness, patience, and amazing photography. Don't keep looking -- this will be the best decision you make too!
Melani was really the best decision I made when it came to planning our wedding. Her photos are phenomenal. Our friends, Read more...
Melani was really the best decision I made when it came to planning our wedding. Her photos are phenomenal. Our friends, family, and random people on Facebook have all consistently commented that they are the most beautiful wedding photos they have ever seen. From our first conversation, Melani has been professional, attentive, kind, and personal. She has an incredible amount of experience not only with photography but also with wedding planning, and her wisdom helped us hugely when planning. From the timing of events day of, to planning portraits ahead of time, Melani and her team were in contact with us regularly to be as helpful as they could be.

I can hardly express how happy we are with our investment with Melani. The quality of her work is incredible. I couldn't believe that a simple bride like myself had such a professional and talented photographer, and our pictures make me smile each day. Melani took the kind of pictures you see in movies... totally magical and full of happiness and life. I cannot wait to have them on the wall in our first home. Also, having a second shooter was a great decision!

At the first look, the ceremony, and the reception Melani and her second shooter were totally unobtrusive yet captured the most intimate and transient moments -- the kind you don't even notice when you are there but that warm your heart to see in retrospect.

Melani even sent us sneak peaks the day after our wedding which was so much fun to look at together and to share with our families.

I am tremendously grateful to Melani for her kindness, patience, and amazing photography. Don't keep looking -- this will be the best decision you make too! Read less
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Anonymous
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1+ year ago
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Hiring Melani and her second shooter, Darina, was one of the best decisions we had made for our wedding. I wish I could give her more than 5 stars on the categories above. Her romantic style captured our wedding day through the best lens possible, and our pictures were amazing. Melani and Darina were unobtrusive throughout the entire day, and our guests hardly knew they were there, despite all the amazing shots they captured of the party. The value was unbelievable the number of hours included in her package far exceeded most other vendors we were considering – she was there through all our preparations and through the end of the night, and she was worth every penny. On top of all of that, for the duration of our planning process, Melani was extremely responsive and personable with all our email communications, often responding on the same day to us and answering logistical questions and providing insight often on non-photography related topics. We were so grateful for her advice and insight, and making us feel special while knowing she has a busy business and lots of other brides and grooms (as well as families and other portfolios she takes on). We also received a sneak peek of some of the wedding shots the day after the wedding, which was an amazing surprise and a nice parting gift for our honeymoon. We can’t thank Melani enough for all she did on our big day!
Hiring Melani and her second shooter, Darina, was one of the best decisions we had made for our wedding. I wish I could Read more...
Hiring Melani and her second shooter, Darina, was one of the best decisions we had made for our wedding. I wish I could give her more than 5 stars on the categories above. Her romantic style captured our wedding day through the best lens possible, and our pictures were amazing. Melani and Darina were unobtrusive throughout the entire day, and our guests hardly knew they were there, despite all the amazing shots they captured of the party. The value was unbelievable the number of hours included in her package far exceeded most other vendors we were considering – she was there through all our preparations and through the end of the night, and she was worth every penny. On top of all of that, for the duration of our planning process, Melani was extremely responsive and personable with all our email communications, often responding on the same day to us and answering logistical questions and providing insight often on non-photography related topics. We were so grateful for her advice and insight, and making us feel special while knowing she has a busy business and lots of other brides and grooms (as well as families and other portfolios she takes on). We also received a sneak peek of some of the wedding shots the day after the wedding, which was an amazing surprise and a nice parting gift for our honeymoon. We can’t thank Melani enough for all she did on our big day! Read less
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Antonia
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Full disclosure - Melani is a kinswoman of mine who lives in CT. I always knew that if I got married I desperately wanted her to photograph the wedding.

Simply put - Melani sees through to the soul and captures it. Her style is beautiful and evocative, timeless yet contemporary. She does what she calls 'creatives' with the couple, where you go somewhere meaningful to the couple an she captures just the two of you there. She is also uncanny at capturing that moment with your grandmother in law at the ceremony or the wonderful body language between you and your father in law as you dance. My mother is notorious for not photographing well - Melani took the best shot I've ever seen of her.

As others have said, she has the most incredible energy and a buoyant personality - which makes everything a breeze, especially getting the formal shots and groupings a breeze.

Melani is tops!
Full disclosure - Melani is a kinswoman of mine who lives in CT. I always knew that if I got married I desperately wanted Read more...
Full disclosure - Melani is a kinswoman of mine who lives in CT. I always knew that if I got married I desperately wanted her to photograph the wedding.

Simply put - Melani sees through to the soul and captures it. Her style is beautiful and evocative, timeless yet contemporary. She does what she calls 'creatives' with the couple, where you go somewhere meaningful to the couple an she captures just the two of you there. She is also uncanny at capturing that moment with your grandmother in law at the ceremony or the wonderful body language between you and your father in law as you dance. My mother is notorious for not photographing well - Melani took the best shot I've ever seen of her.

As others have said, she has the most incredible energy and a buoyant personality - which makes everything a breeze, especially getting the formal shots and groupings a breeze.

Melani is tops! Read less
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Patricia
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Melani has great energy. She is upbeat and energetic and committed to delivering on what she's promised. To date, I've only seen a few wedding pictures from her (it's only been 3 weeks) but they are lovely. She conducted an engagement setting for us and those photos were amazing. I briefly considered a career in modeling then realized it was just her making me look that good. You should definitely meeting with her and talk about you vision for the day to be sure you align on styles. She was a perfect match for what I wanted for my day. We are very happy with having chosen Melani.
Melani has great energy. She is upbeat and energetic and committed to delivering on what she's promised. To date, I've Read more...
Melani has great energy. She is upbeat and energetic and committed to delivering on what she's promised. To date, I've only seen a few wedding pictures from her (it's only been 3 weeks) but they are lovely. She conducted an engagement setting for us and those photos were amazing. I briefly considered a career in modeling then realized it was just her making me look that good. You should definitely meeting with her and talk about you vision for the day to be sure you align on styles. She was a perfect match for what I wanted for my day. We are very happy with having chosen Melani. Read less
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Sara Saint
Wedding:
11/19/2008
5.0/5.0
With friends and family all over the globe, many of them only able to share this important day of ours through photographs, selecting the perfect wedding photographer was extremely important to us. One of the best decisions we made was to use Melani Lust Photography. Melani's effervescence and enthusiasm, her upbeat attitude and listening skills were what sold us. Melani brought her vitality and liveliness into every room she entered and her high spirits brought out the best in everyone she photographed. I really believe that it was not just the joy of the day, but Melani's ebullience which was reflected in the faces she photographed. Without being obtrusive, she was everywhere! I didn't really how "everywhere" she was until I saw all of the amazing photographs and our family shared the many "oh my gosh" surprises of her capturing yet another perfect moment! Poignant, moving, expressive, joyful, happy ~ all the varied emotions and details were photographed to be relived, or to be felt as if present, for friends and family who could not attend. For capturing any cherished event, our entire family joins together in recommending Melani Lust Photography.
With friends and family all over the globe, many of them only able to share this important day of ours through Read more...
With friends and family all over the globe, many of them only able to share this important day of ours through photographs, selecting the perfect wedding photographer was extremely important to us. One of the best decisions we made was to use Melani Lust Photography. Melani's effervescence and enthusiasm, her upbeat attitude and listening skills were what sold us. Melani brought her vitality and liveliness into every room she entered and her high spirits brought out the best in everyone she photographed. I really believe that it was not just the joy of the day, but Melani's ebullience which was reflected in the faces she photographed. Without being obtrusive, she was everywhere! I didn't really how "everywhere" she was until I saw all of the amazing photographs and our family shared the many "oh my gosh" surprises of her capturing yet another perfect moment! Poignant, moving, expressive, joyful, happy ~ all the varied emotions and details were photographed to be relived, or to be felt as if present, for friends and family who could not attend. For capturing any cherished event, our entire family joins together in recommending Melani Lust Photography. Read less
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