Melanie Swan Photo

Dallas/fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio , TX


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I continue to be in awe of the camera because with it one has the ability to capture and preserve life. As I look through old albums that belonged to my grandparents, and my own new... Read more
I continue to be in awe of the camera because with it one has the ability to capture and preserve life. As I look through old albums that belonged to my grandparents, and my own new wedding album, I can’t help but be filled with delight and a deep thankfulness for what I hold in my hands. This is because, through those images, I am participating in the life, love, joy, and yes, sometimes even the grief and sadness, of my family. This is priceless to me. I know that it is also priceless to my clients.

I accept a limited number of weddings each year so that I can devote plenty of time to my clients. I also teach photography classes at Dallas Baptist University, a job I have been honored with for the past six years. As the saying goes, "If you want to learn something better, teach it!" Read less


What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Is your media preference film or digital?
I shoot 100% digital with all Canon equipment.
How many photographers do you work with?
I often solo weddings; however, I am happy to provide a second shooter if you would like two photographers at your wedding.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I never book more than one wedding on a weekend. If I'm shooting a wedding on a Friday, then I won't be shooting that Saturday. I abide by this self-imposed rule in order to give my best to each client. Shooting a wedding can make a person tired, ya'll!! :)
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring a lot, but you'd never know it. :)
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I do, indeed, have back-ups for all of my equipment.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I have pre-built packages to suit a variety of needs; however, you are also welcome to go a-la-carte and build your own!
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Melanie Swan Photo does retain all copyrights to the images from your wedding day. However, I provide a print release with your digital negatives, which allows you to print as many images as you like for personal use.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
I include digital negatives in each of my wedding packages.
Will images be available for viewing online?
I usually have a sneak peak of your images up on my blog within a couple of days, and your online gallery is ready within 2-3 weeks.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer gorgeous leather-bound flush-mount albums in 8x8, 10x10, and 12x12 sizes. I also offer 4x4 "purse-sized" albums that are exact copies of my larger albums.
When will the client get the final album?
My goal is to get your album to you quickly, because I know the wait can be unbearable! :) You will get your album proof within 6 weeks of your wedding. Once you give it the final approval, you will have it in your hands within 4 weeks (if not sooner!).


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I found Melanie on Style Me Pretty's website when I first began planning my wedding, and I am so glad that I did! From the first conversation we had, she put me completely at ease. After talking to Melanie, I knew I had made the right choice. We had such a blast during our engagement session, and her photographs are absoultely stunning. I felt like I had known her forever.
Melanie went above and beyond during the ceremony and reception. We have beautiful pictures (and a really cool album), and she even bustled my dress for me before the reception!
We were so pleased with our photographs and had such a wonderful experience that we asked her to do a family portrait session for us a couple months after our wedding. I can not thank her enough for all the unforgettable memories she has given us and I whole-heartedly recommend her!
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I just don't know if I can say enough about Melanie's gift to shoot the perfect photo; she seems to have a gift for capturing the unique, genuine moments. Since Jenny and Brad's wedding was an intimate gathering we considered taking photos ourselves. After seeing the proofs, we realized that would have been a huge mistake! Melanie was fabulous to work with, not only was she professional but her knowledge of wedding etiquette helped answer some of those last minute questions that we would have spent valuable time investigating! Thanks again Melanie, we now have beautiful memories of Jenny and Brad's special day!!!
Marcie Biernacki, Mother of the Bride
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When I found out I was getting married I knew I wanted Melanie Swan as my photographer. I already knew her work, which was some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. She is so professional and patient. She wants to make your day so special! I would recommend her to anyone.
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Melanie Swan's portraits are simply stunning! She is especially talented at seeing the "right" moment to grab a candid portrait. Visitors to our home often praise our wedding portraits, as well as portraits of our two small children. Not only is her product praiseworthy, so is her calm, responsible manner during the portrait session (and, perhaps more importantly, during the wedding!). I couldn't recommend her more highly.
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