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Melissa Arel Photography

Unionville , CT
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Unionville, CT US (map)

PHONE

860-690-3847

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ABOUT US

I have always been a creative & artistic person with an eclectic sense of style. Seeing things with a different set of eyes has definitely given me a unique, and sometimes quirky, point... Read more
I have always been a creative & artistic person with an eclectic sense of style. Seeing things with a different set of eyes has definitely given me a unique, and sometimes quirky, point of view :) Using this vision I set out on a journey three years ago that has brought me to some amazing places. I've crossed paths with so many beautiful souls that have become more than just clients or collegues, they've become my friends. Nothing inspires me more than love. I awake every morning with a heart of gratitude and a passion for people - their stories, their moments, their life-changing experiences that I am blessed to be a part of.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that my fervor for photography is deep-rooted & personal. When my clients and I connect through the lens and that perfect shot is captured, that to me is pure heaven. I am continually evolving, doing my best to stay fresh, fun & fabulous! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Black & white, full color, creative retouching & collage.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital
How many photographers do you work with?
I always bring a second photographer with me to weddings.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Absolutely.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No more than one per day, very rarely more than one per weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have a wonderful network of fellow photographers available should the need arise.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I shoot with Canon cameras and bring along several different lenses, as well as my strobe light, flash, octobox, tripod, wireless transmitters, etc.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Hourly
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. $350/hour for 2 photographers
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Just during the meal which is to be provided by the client.
Do you charge for travel?
Traveling fees apply outside the state of CT.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Within 10-12 weeks if not sooner
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
DVD or USB
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever. Its their own personal copy to keep!
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Coffee table books, Wedding Albums, Parent Albums, Engagement Signature Albums, etc.
When will the client get the final album?
About 4-5 months after the wedding.

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Katherine
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Melissa was amazing. She did our engagement photos and our wedding. She was patient with our bridal party even when they weren't paying attention. She was kind, helpful and above all- our pictures came out beautiful. Overall she was a pleasure to work with!
Melissa was amazing. She did our engagement photos and our wedding. She was patient with our bridal party even when they Read more...
Melissa was amazing. She did our engagement photos and our wedding. She was patient with our bridal party even when they weren't paying attention. She was kind, helpful and above all- our pictures came out beautiful. Overall she was a pleasure to work with! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Melissa is awesome. She is great to work with and takes beautiful pictures.
Melissa is awesome. She is great to work with and takes beautiful pictures.
Melissa is awesome. She is great to work with and takes beautiful pictures. Read less
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aberhottie19
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I loved everything about Melissa Kosswig Photography. Melissa takes the time to get to know her bride and groom, which makes the experience that more memorable. Her style is amazing and she is very affordable. I cannot wait for her to photograph our future children someday!
I loved everything about Melissa Kosswig Photography. Melissa takes the time to get to know her bride and groom, which Read more...
I loved everything about Melissa Kosswig Photography. Melissa takes the time to get to know her bride and groom, which makes the experience that more memorable. Her style is amazing and she is very affordable. I cannot wait for her to photograph our future children someday! Read less
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angels73
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa's professionalism, ability and artistic eye are like none we had ever seen while on our journey to choose just the right photographer for our big day. My husband and I searched high and low for a photographer who would capture all the magic of this very special time in our lives and we were lucky to have found Melissa! Not only was she completely available to us at any time from the moment we picked her but also had fantastic and creative ideas and was so much fun to work with!! She always put us at ease with any questions or concerns we had. Anyone who met her and has seen the photos from our wedding has commented on what a superior job she has done!! I don't know how we will ever pick our "favorite" photos from all the ones she took because they ALL look amazing!! Not only is she an exceptional photographer but I found her to be a very special person as well. We would recommend Melissa Kosswig Photography without hesitation to anyone!! Thank you Melissa!
Melissa's professionalism, ability and artistic eye are like none we had ever seen while on our journey to choose just the Read more...
Melissa's professionalism, ability and artistic eye are like none we had ever seen while on our journey to choose just the right photographer for our big day. My husband and I searched high and low for a photographer who would capture all the magic of this very special time in our lives and we were lucky to have found Melissa! Not only was she completely available to us at any time from the moment we picked her but also had fantastic and creative ideas and was so much fun to work with!! She always put us at ease with any questions or concerns we had. Anyone who met her and has seen the photos from our wedding has commented on what a superior job she has done!! I don't know how we will ever pick our "favorite" photos from all the ones she took because they ALL look amazing!! Not only is she an exceptional photographer but I found her to be a very special person as well. We would recommend Melissa Kosswig Photography without hesitation to anyone!! Thank you Melissa! Read less
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Dee
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa was outstanding! She was a joy to work with and blended easily with my family, she was part of our wedding day! Melissa captured my husband and I in a way that I did not expect, she has a great eye and used the scenic landscape of our wedding location while also tending to my medical needs. Melissa was also very understanding of all the other guests that were shutterbugs!
Melissa was outstanding! She was a joy to work with and blended easily with my family, she was part of our wedding day! Read more...
Melissa was outstanding! She was a joy to work with and blended easily with my family, she was part of our wedding day! Melissa captured my husband and I in a way that I did not expect, she has a great eye and used the scenic landscape of our wedding location while also tending to my medical needs. Melissa was also very understanding of all the other guests that were shutterbugs! Read less
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hol125
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Excellent work and very professional! I would highly recommend!
Excellent work and very professional! I would highly recommend!
Excellent work and very professional! I would highly recommend! Read less
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NancysJourney
Wedding:
6/19/2010
0.0/5.0
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Melissa Arel Photography responded with the following comments:

I took pictures for 1 hour as a favor to this individual which I do not normally do. I went out of my way to assist her any way I could even though I was warned about her volatile behavior. Unfortunately she was unsatisfied and has been harassing me with threatening emails for several months.
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Donell
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Melissa for any event. Not only wedding but family pictures and any other special event that should be captured. Melissa photographed our wedding and did a spectacular job!!!! The photos she captured where amazing! The quality of work is unbelievable and she was so patient and pleasant and professional with everyone! Thank you Melissa for all your work and effort on our special day. We now have a great memory of our day thanks to you!
I would highly recommend Melissa for any event. Not only wedding but family pictures and any other special event that Read more...
I would highly recommend Melissa for any event. Not only wedding but family pictures and any other special event that should be captured. Melissa photographed our wedding and did a spectacular job!!!! The photos she captured where amazing! The quality of work is unbelievable and she was so patient and pleasant and professional with everyone! Thank you Melissa for all your work and effort on our special day. We now have a great memory of our day thanks to you! Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa photographed our wedding. I usually HATE having my photos taken, as they all turn out terrible. Melissa is the first to find those shots that don't make me look terrible. I love every photo she took of me and our event. THANK YOU so much Melissa for capturing our very special day and for making me finally love pictures of myself. Captured every moment perfectly.
Melissa photographed our wedding. I usually HATE having my photos taken, as they all turn out terrible. Melissa is the Read more...
Melissa photographed our wedding. I usually HATE having my photos taken, as they all turn out terrible. Melissa is the first to find those shots that don't make me look terrible. I love every photo she took of me and our event. THANK YOU so much Melissa for capturing our very special day and for making me finally love pictures of myself. Captured every moment perfectly. Read less
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zakia
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa Kosswig Photography was AWESOME! Highly recommended. Melissa's work was beautiful and she was kind as well as professionl and very patient. She was VERY pleasent to work with.
Melissa Kosswig Photography was AWESOME! Highly recommended. Melissa's work was beautiful and she was kind as well as Read more...
Melissa Kosswig Photography was AWESOME! Highly recommended. Melissa's work was beautiful and she was kind as well as professionl and very patient. She was VERY pleasent to work with. Read less
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