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Melissa Elaine Photography

Ann Arbor , MI
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Ann Arbor, MI US 48105 (map)

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248-919-8661

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ABOUT US

Melissa Elaine Photography is a fun loving wedding photography business that loves everything wedding! I love capturing love stories and capturing them while your story is being told... Read more
Melissa Elaine Photography is a fun loving wedding photography business that loves everything wedding! I love capturing love stories and capturing them while your story is being told through out your day!



I started my business in 2008 to start something I love to do on my own. I had my inspirations and support to push me in the right direction. I'm currently based out of Ann Arbor MI but go all over Michigan and beyond.



I love creating images that people will be able to look back on for many years and still love them. I can't wait to have the opportunity to share your special day and capture all those details you spent months planning. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
How many photographers do you work with?
Some packages include 2 photographers that helps get better coverage of your day.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I 100% guarantee me being at the actual event.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I only book one wedding per day and may book 2 weddings over the weekend.
Do you charge for travel?
It depends on the traveling. I only charge travel expenses if I am staying over night or there are other traveling requirements. (i.e. plane, train, ect.)
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Depending on work volume proofs are usually to clients within 1 month.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
I would highly recommend Melissa! I was sooo nervous to pick my wedding photographer, and she was very patient with me in answering all my questions. I am so glad I trusted her because the photos she took are absolutely BREATHTAKING. I keep getting compliments on how beautiful they turned out. Totally worth every penny!
I would highly recommend Melissa! I was sooo nervous to pick my wedding photographer, and she was very patient with me in Read more...
I would highly recommend Melissa! I was sooo nervous to pick my wedding photographer, and she was very patient with me in answering all my questions. I am so glad I trusted her because the photos she took are absolutely BREATHTAKING. I keep getting compliments on how beautiful they turned out. Totally worth every penny! Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa Elaine Photography was one of the best decisions we made in terms of our vendors. Melissa (owner) was incredibly professional, responsive, understanding, patient, and creative in her dealings with us. I felt a great sense of calm regarding the photography leading up to the event. She heard our desires and she ran with them!

The day of the wedding, she and her assistant were punctual, friendly, and blended in well with the day's events. She came to shoot my bridesmaids and me getting ready and took some beautiful shots of my dress and accessories. We all almost forgot she was there most of the time - she was THAT stealth!

At the ceremony, she and her assistant were, again, very good at blending in and not being a distraction, while still achieving excellent pictures to capture our ceremony. When the madness of the "formal" pictures began after the ceremony, she was to the point, but she wasn't rude in any way about it. We really appreciated her approach to directing everyone. She made it enjoyable and fun! And the quality of the photos is outstanding!

I highly recommend her photography services. You won't be sorry!
Melissa Elaine Photography was one of the best decisions we made in terms of our vendors. Melissa (owner) was incredibly Read more...
Melissa Elaine Photography was one of the best decisions we made in terms of our vendors. Melissa (owner) was incredibly professional, responsive, understanding, patient, and creative in her dealings with us. I felt a great sense of calm regarding the photography leading up to the event. She heard our desires and she ran with them!

The day of the wedding, she and her assistant were punctual, friendly, and blended in well with the day's events. She came to shoot my bridesmaids and me getting ready and took some beautiful shots of my dress and accessories. We all almost forgot she was there most of the time - she was THAT stealth!

At the ceremony, she and her assistant were, again, very good at blending in and not being a distraction, while still achieving excellent pictures to capture our ceremony. When the madness of the "formal" pictures began after the ceremony, she was to the point, but she wasn't rude in any way about it. We really appreciated her approach to directing everyone. She made it enjoyable and fun! And the quality of the photos is outstanding!

I highly recommend her photography services. You won't be sorry! Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I loved all my pictures and I will refer you to everyone I know whose getting married.
I loved all my pictures and I will refer you to everyone I know whose getting married.
I loved all my pictures and I will refer you to everyone I know whose getting married. Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa is hands down the best photographer! From the minute I found her online, to our first meeting, I knew that I was going to have a great experience.

Melissa is professional, patient, talented, detail-oriented, and extremely kind! I was not the easiest bride to deal with because I wanted to ask a million questions, look at every photo, and triple check everything. Melissa had no problem with this and answered all my questions and explained everything in detail. I met with several photographers before I met Melissa, and after meeting her I was sold! Melissa’s style was perfect for us! She didn’t pose us or make us stand a certain way – she let the moment happen! She would ask us to go stay over there and talk to each other, but never moved our hands or made us look unnatural. Melissa had the perfect balance of photography style for us because my family is huge and so was my wedding party and she was able to do all the traditional photos in the Catholic Church and pose the family pictures.

Melissa shot our engagement pictures in an apple orchard and nearby field! It was so fun and we love the pictures! I also asked Melissa to photograph my bridal shower and the pictures were unbelievable. The photos showed the excitement and joy from everyone. Our wedding pictures, to say the least, are amazing! Melissa captured every moment perfectly! She has a quick turn around and the lighting on the photos was perfect. Our wedding was in a barn with a live band from Nashville, so it was little different of an event! Melissa was the perfect person to capture our special day!

If you don’t hire Melissa, you are nuts! One more reason to go with Melissa: My husband during the wedding planning process and after the wedding said Melissa was his favorite vendor and was happy she was a part of our special day! What guy says that? Thank you Melissa for our amazing pictures! We will be hiring you in the future for our next life events!
Melissa is hands down the best photographer! From the minute I found her online, to our first meeting, I knew that I was Read more...
Melissa is hands down the best photographer! From the minute I found her online, to our first meeting, I knew that I was going to have a great experience.

Melissa is professional, patient, talented, detail-oriented, and extremely kind! I was not the easiest bride to deal with because I wanted to ask a million questions, look at every photo, and triple check everything. Melissa had no problem with this and answered all my questions and explained everything in detail. I met with several photographers before I met Melissa, and after meeting her I was sold! Melissa’s style was perfect for us! She didn’t pose us or make us stand a certain way – she let the moment happen! She would ask us to go stay over there and talk to each other, but never moved our hands or made us look unnatural. Melissa had the perfect balance of photography style for us because my family is huge and so was my wedding party and she was able to do all the traditional photos in the Catholic Church and pose the family pictures.

Melissa shot our engagement pictures in an apple orchard and nearby field! It was so fun and we love the pictures! I also asked Melissa to photograph my bridal shower and the pictures were unbelievable. The photos showed the excitement and joy from everyone. Our wedding pictures, to say the least, are amazing! Melissa captured every moment perfectly! She has a quick turn around and the lighting on the photos was perfect. Our wedding was in a barn with a live band from Nashville, so it was little different of an event! Melissa was the perfect person to capture our special day!

If you don’t hire Melissa, you are nuts! One more reason to go with Melissa: My husband during the wedding planning process and after the wedding said Melissa was his favorite vendor and was happy she was a part of our special day! What guy says that? Thank you Melissa for our amazing pictures! We will be hiring you in the future for our next life events! Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa is hands down the best photographer! From the minute I found her online, to our first meeting, I knew that I was going to have a great experience.

Melissa is professional, patient, talented, detail-oriented, and extremely kind! I was not the easiest bride to deal with because I wanted to ask a million questions, look at every photo, and triple check everything. Melissa had no problem with this and answered all my questions and explained everything in detail. I met with several photographers before I met Melissa, and after meeting her I was sold! Melissa’s style was perfect for us! She didn’t pose us or make us stand a certain way – she let the moment happen! She would ask us to go stay over there and talk to each other, but never moved our hands or made us look unnatural. Melissa had the perfect balance of photography style for us because my family is huge and so was my wedding party and she was able to do all the traditional photos in the Catholic Church and pose the family pictures.

Melissa shot our engagement pictures in an apple orchard and nearby field! It was so fun and we love the pictures! I also asked Melissa to photograph my bridal shower and the pictures were unbelievable. The photos showed the excitement and joy from everyone. Our wedding pictures, to say the least, are amazing! Melissa captured every moment perfectly! She has a quick turn around and the lighting on the photos was perfect. Our wedding was in a barn with a live band from Nashville, so it was little different of an event! Melissa was the perfect person to capture our special day!

If you don’t hire Melissa, you are nuts! One more reason to go with Melissa: My husband during the wedding planning process and after the wedding said Melissa was his favorite vendor and was happy she was a part of our special day! What guy says that? Thank you Melissa for our amazing pictures! We will be hiring you in the future for our next life events!
Melissa is hands down the best photographer! From the minute I found her online, to our first meeting, I knew that I was Read more...
Melissa is hands down the best photographer! From the minute I found her online, to our first meeting, I knew that I was going to have a great experience.

Melissa is professional, patient, talented, detail-oriented, and extremely kind! I was not the easiest bride to deal with because I wanted to ask a million questions, look at every photo, and triple check everything. Melissa had no problem with this and answered all my questions and explained everything in detail. I met with several photographers before I met Melissa, and after meeting her I was sold! Melissa’s style was perfect for us! She didn’t pose us or make us stand a certain way – she let the moment happen! She would ask us to go stay over there and talk to each other, but never moved our hands or made us look unnatural. Melissa had the perfect balance of photography style for us because my family is huge and so was my wedding party and she was able to do all the traditional photos in the Catholic Church and pose the family pictures.

Melissa shot our engagement pictures in an apple orchard and nearby field! It was so fun and we love the pictures! I also asked Melissa to photograph my bridal shower and the pictures were unbelievable. The photos showed the excitement and joy from everyone. Our wedding pictures, to say the least, are amazing! Melissa captured every moment perfectly! She has a quick turn around and the lighting on the photos was perfect. Our wedding was in a barn with a live band from Nashville, so it was little different of an event! Melissa was the perfect person to capture our special day!

If you don’t hire Melissa, you are nuts! One more reason to go with Melissa: My husband during the wedding planning process and after the wedding said Melissa was his favorite vendor and was happy she was a part of our special day! What guy says that? Thank you Melissa for our amazing pictures! We will be hiring you in the future for our next life events! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of having Melissa photograph my wedding day! She was amazing, and so was the second photographer she brought with her. I had a huge (and semi crazy) wedding party of 12 on each side, and she did an awesome job organizing us for photos. She had a great attitude the entire day, even though I know our group could be frustrating and chaotic. My pictures turned out gorgeous. I had such a hard time picking out which ones to frame in my home and to include in the album because I loved them all. Her talent, work ethic, and overall attitude were phenomenal. A big thank you to Melissa again!
I had the pleasure of having Melissa photograph my wedding day! She was amazing, and so was the second photographer she Read more...
I had the pleasure of having Melissa photograph my wedding day! She was amazing, and so was the second photographer she brought with her. I had a huge (and semi crazy) wedding party of 12 on each side, and she did an awesome job organizing us for photos. She had a great attitude the entire day, even though I know our group could be frustrating and chaotic. My pictures turned out gorgeous. I had such a hard time picking out which ones to frame in my home and to include in the album because I loved them all. Her talent, work ethic, and overall attitude were phenomenal. A big thank you to Melissa again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Melissa was great! We had a ton of fun taking pictures around town between our wedding ceremony and reception. She was very flexible and went along with the party bus to different destinations. Her photos were great, particularly the less formal ones outside of the church were my favorites.
Melissa was great! We had a ton of fun taking pictures around town between our wedding ceremony and reception. She was Read more...
Melissa was great! We had a ton of fun taking pictures around town between our wedding ceremony and reception. She was very flexible and went along with the party bus to different destinations. Her photos were great, particularly the less formal ones outside of the church were my favorites. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Melissa was amazing to work with! My husband and I had actually meet her a year prior to setting an actually date. After interviewing several other photographers, we knew that she was the option for us! Everything was natural and effortless. She makes you feels completely comfortable through the day!
Melissa was amazing to work with! My husband and I had actually meet her a year prior to setting an actually date. After Read more...
Melissa was amazing to work with! My husband and I had actually meet her a year prior to setting an actually date. After interviewing several other photographers, we knew that she was the option for us! Everything was natural and effortless. She makes you feels completely comfortable through the day! Read less
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Marcie
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa and her team were outstanding! Melissa is a very talented photograher and has a great personality. She is very professional and knows exactly what she is doing. We had our engagement photos taken by her as well and she did a wonderful job with those too.

The affordable prices do not compromise the quality she produces. Everyone has commented how beautiful the pictures came out, Melissa really out did herself! We had Melissa all day with us and not one time did we feel she was intrusive. You didn't even know they were there. We also did the photo booth she offers and it was a huge hit! We heard comments saying that was one of the best things that night of the wedding!!

Melissa Patterson Gallery was the BEST wedding vendor decision we made. I highly recommend Melissa and her team, you won't be disappointed.
Melissa and her team were outstanding! Melissa is a very talented photograher and has a great personality. She is very Read more...
Melissa and her team were outstanding! Melissa is a very talented photograher and has a great personality. She is very professional and knows exactly what she is doing. We had our engagement photos taken by her as well and she did a wonderful job with those too.

The affordable prices do not compromise the quality she produces. Everyone has commented how beautiful the pictures came out, Melissa really out did herself! We had Melissa all day with us and not one time did we feel she was intrusive. You didn't even know they were there. We also did the photo booth she offers and it was a huge hit! We heard comments saying that was one of the best things that night of the wedding!!

Melissa Patterson Gallery was the BEST wedding vendor decision we made. I highly recommend Melissa and her team, you won't be disappointed. Read less
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mrspantuso
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa was AWESOME! The value that you get for your dollar is amazing. After our initial meeting, Melissa was available anytime to answer questions we had. Melissa worked so hard the day of our wedding. She and her second shooter, Danielle, took SO many photos. The best part was that we didn't feel like we were being pulled in a million different directions all night for photos. Melissa was right in the mix with all our guests, getting great candid and posed shots of us and our guests. From the very beginning, when looking for a wedding photographer, I said that all I wanted was to be able to look back at my photos and see the emotions everyone was feeling on that day. That's what we got with Melissa. Our wedding photos turned out so beautiful. Thank you Melissa, for capturing our special day and taking pictures that were even more beautiful than we could have imagined. You have given us a gift that we will cherish FOREVER! :)
Melissa was AWESOME! The value that you get for your dollar is amazing. After our initial meeting, Melissa was available Read more...
Melissa was AWESOME! The value that you get for your dollar is amazing. After our initial meeting, Melissa was available anytime to answer questions we had. Melissa worked so hard the day of our wedding. She and her second shooter, Danielle, took SO many photos. The best part was that we didn't feel like we were being pulled in a million different directions all night for photos. Melissa was right in the mix with all our guests, getting great candid and posed shots of us and our guests. From the very beginning, when looking for a wedding photographer, I said that all I wanted was to be able to look back at my photos and see the emotions everyone was feeling on that day. That's what we got with Melissa. Our wedding photos turned out so beautiful. Thank you Melissa, for capturing our special day and taking pictures that were even more beautiful than we could have imagined. You have given us a gift that we will cherish FOREVER! :) Read less
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JulyBride
Wedding:
7/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa did an amazing job shooting our wedding. She was so friendly and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera so that my shots didn't look posed or forced. We got to see our photos back really quickly and we even got a CD of the images to show our family and friends. Melissa has such a unique style and is surprisingly affordable for the quality of images she produces.
Melissa did an amazing job shooting our wedding. She was so friendly and made me feel very comfortable in front of the Read more...
Melissa did an amazing job shooting our wedding. She was so friendly and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera so that my shots didn't look posed or forced. We got to see our photos back really quickly and we even got a CD of the images to show our family and friends. Melissa has such a unique style and is surprisingly affordable for the quality of images she produces. Read less
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Ron
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa was absolutely amazing! We had two shoots with her so far: an engagement session and our wedding in the Dominican (destination wedding). We will also have one more shoot in August for our reception. And the pictures turned out gorgeous! She was very friendly and fun to shoot with.

She is very free-flow with her pictures, that is, she will provide minimal instruction and tell you to be you (aside from the group photos and family photos, those are a bit more structured). This might be great for some and not for others. For us, it worked out great because my wife and I had a blast being together snapping fun and cute photos. If you are a couple that demands to be told to do this or do that or tilt your head up two degrees, she might not be the photographer for you. But our pictures turned out amazing, so she obviously knew what she was doing!

Lastly, I recommend having an engagement session with the same person who will shoot your wedding. It helps you loosen up in front of the camera and with the photographer before the big day. While we ended up with beautiful pictures on both days, we definitely felt more relaxed the second time in front of the camera.

Overall, she was wonderful and an absolute delight! We recommend her to anyone that wants stunning pictures and a very personable photographer.
Melissa was absolutely amazing! We had two shoots with her so far: an engagement session and our wedding in the Dominican Read more...
Melissa was absolutely amazing! We had two shoots with her so far: an engagement session and our wedding in the Dominican (destination wedding). We will also have one more shoot in August for our reception. And the pictures turned out gorgeous! She was very friendly and fun to shoot with.

She is very free-flow with her pictures, that is, she will provide minimal instruction and tell you to be you (aside from the group photos and family photos, those are a bit more structured). This might be great for some and not for others. For us, it worked out great because my wife and I had a blast being together snapping fun and cute photos. If you are a couple that demands to be told to do this or do that or tilt your head up two degrees, she might not be the photographer for you. But our pictures turned out amazing, so she obviously knew what she was doing!

Lastly, I recommend having an engagement session with the same person who will shoot your wedding. It helps you loosen up in front of the camera and with the photographer before the big day. While we ended up with beautiful pictures on both days, we definitely felt more relaxed the second time in front of the camera.

Overall, she was wonderful and an absolute delight! We recommend her to anyone that wants stunning pictures and a very personable photographer. Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
12/20/2008
5.0/5.0
I have never worked with such a professional, friendly, and wonderfully creative person as Melissa Patterson. She captured the special moments of our engagement pictures to the wedding with such a beautiful, personal touch. Every person that has seen our personal website has been wowed by the truly beautiful work she has done for us. I would recommend Melissa, without hesitation, to anyone.
Lori and Gene Morningstar
I have never worked with such a professional, friendly, and wonderfully creative person as Melissa Patterson. She captured Read more...
I have never worked with such a professional, friendly, and wonderfully creative person as Melissa Patterson. She captured the special moments of our engagement pictures to the wedding with such a beautiful, personal touch. Every person that has seen our personal website has been wowed by the truly beautiful work she has done for us. I would recommend Melissa, without hesitation, to anyone.
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Tarah
Wedding:
9/21/2008
4.8/5.0
Melissa's photos were amazing and the prices were perfect for our wedding on a budget. The photos were much more artistic and candid than traditional. There were so many shots that I wasn't expecting because I didn't even know she was there.
Melissa's photos were amazing and the prices were perfect for our wedding on a budget. The photos were much more artistic Read more...
Melissa's photos were amazing and the prices were perfect for our wedding on a budget. The photos were much more artistic and candid than traditional. There were so many shots that I wasn't expecting because I didn't even know she was there. Read less
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