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Melissa Papaj Photography

Syracuse , UT
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Syracuse, UT US 84075 (map)

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801-859-8173

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My love for photography began in 2003 when my father bought me a point and shoot Sony digital camera for my birthday. I started taking pictures of anything and everything. I studied with... Read more
My love for photography began in 2003 when my father bought me a point and shoot Sony digital camera for my birthday. I started taking pictures of anything and everything. I studied with the New York Institute of Photography and have never looked back.

Photography has allowed me to find beauty in everything and to capture that beauty for longer than just a moment.

I especially enjoy wedding photography because I am very personable and love capturing the romance of two people in love. I love going to a wedding and blending in effortlessly with the bride, groom and entire family while capturing the traditions, surprises and all of the little details that weddings bring.

I can actually say that as a photographer, I love my job each and every day! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes
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?
Two
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Not on the same day and on rare occasions I might have an event two days in a row.
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?
I have a Nikon D700, and a D80 and D70 as my back up camera. I also bring two off camera flashes, a reflector, about 15 GB of memory and five lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Full Day/hourly - Depends on the package
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, $100 per each additional hour.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Yes, I do require a meal break. Usually my clients will feed me and my assistant, but I do not require it.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes if it outside of Davis, Weber, or Salt Lake County.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Approximately 6 weeks
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
I put them in an online proofing gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
I keep them online for up to five years
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, I give a the client what is called a reprint release which allows them the right to use the pictures for personal use.
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?
Several - I offer a "budget" album, a mid-range album and a high range album.
When will the client get the final album?
Typically about 12 weeks after the wedding.

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Carley
Wedding:
12/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa was one of my favorite vendors to work with. She was so great to work with and took the time to find out what I wanted from each shoot. We did our engagements, groomal session and wedding with Melissa. Every e-mail, phone call or time spent felt like we were working with a good friend. She would get excited about shots and helped us feel comfortable to capture more of our actual personalities, and looking at the pictures I see mine and my now husbands actual smiles and laugh, because they were true expressions.
I can't say enough good things about Melissa and her work. Shopping for a photographer was something I was dreading because it meant the most to me when it came to our wedding. I can happily say now that the stress of choosing a photographer was worth it when we found Melissa.
Melissa was one of my favorite vendors to work with. She was so great to work with and took the time to find out what I Read more...
Melissa was one of my favorite vendors to work with. She was so great to work with and took the time to find out what I wanted from each shoot. We did our engagements, groomal session and wedding with Melissa. Every e-mail, phone call or time spent felt like we were working with a good friend. She would get excited about shots and helped us feel comfortable to capture more of our actual personalities, and looking at the pictures I see mine and my now husbands actual smiles and laugh, because they were true expressions.
I can't say enough good things about Melissa and her work. Shopping for a photographer was something I was dreading because it meant the most to me when it came to our wedding. I can happily say now that the stress of choosing a photographer was worth it when we found Melissa. Read less
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amber
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa Papaj Photography was the best decision we made for our wedding, she is amazing! Her work speaks for it self. She is professional, personable and very responsive! We wanted her to be our photographer the moment we saw her work..being that we were planning a destination wedding we had to do everything from the East Coast, which can be a little nerve racking, but once I spoke to Melissa on the phone, my nerves were put at ease and I just knew she was exactly what we wanted...she made me even more excited for our wedding day! She is funny and makes you feel so comfortable even if your a little camera shy! Her and her husband make the perfect team. Thank you so much to Melissa and her husband, Matt, it was wonderful to have them as part as our wedding day!

Melissa also took our engagements photos...they were amazingly beautiful and even more than I had expected. Melissa has a very artistic eye and it shines through in her work. I would highly recommend Melissa Papaj Photography.
Melissa Papaj Photography was the best decision we made for our wedding, she is amazing! Her work speaks for it self. She Read more...
Melissa Papaj Photography was the best decision we made for our wedding, she is amazing! Her work speaks for it self. She is professional, personable and very responsive! We wanted her to be our photographer the moment we saw her work..being that we were planning a destination wedding we had to do everything from the East Coast, which can be a little nerve racking, but once I spoke to Melissa on the phone, my nerves were put at ease and I just knew she was exactly what we wanted...she made me even more excited for our wedding day! She is funny and makes you feel so comfortable even if your a little camera shy! Her and her husband make the perfect team. Thank you so much to Melissa and her husband, Matt, it was wonderful to have them as part as our wedding day!

Melissa also took our engagements photos...they were amazingly beautiful and even more than I had expected. Melissa has a very artistic eye and it shines through in her work. I would highly recommend Melissa Papaj Photography. Read less
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Nurse28
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
We ABSOLUTELY LOVED having Melissa and her husband, Matt as our wedding photographer. Choosing a photographer was a very important decision for me, since I am very picky about photo quality. I am so glad I chose Melissa since she was so good to work with and very personable. She had photographed my cousin’s wedding several years ago and I remembered how wonderful she had been in working with the people. She had such an energetic personality and was so fun with everyone in the wedding party and all guests. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more personable photographer on my wedding day.
We ABSOLUTELY LOVED having Melissa and her husband, Matt as our wedding photographer. Choosing a photographer was a very Read more...
We ABSOLUTELY LOVED having Melissa and her husband, Matt as our wedding photographer. Choosing a photographer was a very important decision for me, since I am very picky about photo quality. I am so glad I chose Melissa since she was so good to work with and very personable. She had photographed my cousin’s wedding several years ago and I remembered how wonderful she had been in working with the people. She had such an energetic personality and was so fun with everyone in the wedding party and all guests. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more personable photographer on my wedding day. Read less
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iheartsnowcones
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I am a person who hates getting their picture taken so when choosing a photographer, I was freaking out until I found Melissa Papaj. She travelled to Las Vegas, NV with her husband Matt (assistant) to shoot our ceremony and reception. Melissa has a way of making everyone feel very comfortable and she is a pro at handling awkward family picture situations! She is very outgoing, creative and easy to work with. In the planning stages prior to the wedding, she was very responsive to email and phone calls. She was at the ceremony a few hours early and stayed until the night was completely over. She does amazing work and I cannot wait to get my pictures back from her. Of all the areas to spend your budget for your wedding, the photographer should be near the top of the list - Melissa Papaj Photography is worth every cent!
I am a person who hates getting their picture taken so when choosing a photographer, I was freaking out until I found Read more...
I am a person who hates getting their picture taken so when choosing a photographer, I was freaking out until I found Melissa Papaj. She travelled to Las Vegas, NV with her husband Matt (assistant) to shoot our ceremony and reception. Melissa has a way of making everyone feel very comfortable and she is a pro at handling awkward family picture situations! She is very outgoing, creative and easy to work with. In the planning stages prior to the wedding, she was very responsive to email and phone calls. She was at the ceremony a few hours early and stayed until the night was completely over. She does amazing work and I cannot wait to get my pictures back from her. Of all the areas to spend your budget for your wedding, the photographer should be near the top of the list - Melissa Papaj Photography is worth every cent! Read less
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Nina
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8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Fun, professional and talented.
Everything you need and want in a professional photographer.
Goes out of her way to meet your needs.
Passionate about her work. It is obvious that she loves what she does.
I highly recommend her.
Fun, professional and talented.
Everything you need and want in a professional photographer.
Goes out of her way Read more...
Fun, professional and talented.
Everything you need and want in a professional photographer.
Goes out of her way to meet your needs.
Passionate about her work. It is obvious that she loves what she does.
I highly recommend her. Read less
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IMoosman
Wedding:
7/23/2010
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with the pictures. Melissa thought to get shots of absolutely everything during the entire wedding day. The pictures were beautiful, full of stunning color with very creative shots and poses. Melissa is a very talented photographer and definitely has an eye for great shots. Many of our friends and family commented that they are the best wedding pictures they have ever seen.
We were very pleased with the pictures. Melissa thought to get shots of absolutely everything during the entire wedding Read more...
We were very pleased with the pictures. Melissa thought to get shots of absolutely everything during the entire wedding day. The pictures were beautiful, full of stunning color with very creative shots and poses. Melissa is a very talented photographer and definitely has an eye for great shots. Many of our friends and family commented that they are the best wedding pictures they have ever seen. Read less
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kpacsinger
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa is awesome! She is so easy to work and with. Melissa is also very creative, so your wedding pictures will be unique and memorable. My husband and I enjoyed working with her so much that we hope in the future to be able to do all of our family portraits with her as well.
Melissa is awesome! She is so easy to work and with. Melissa is also very creative, so your wedding pictures will be Read more...
Melissa is awesome! She is so easy to work and with. Melissa is also very creative, so your wedding pictures will be unique and memorable. My husband and I enjoyed working with her so much that we hope in the future to be able to do all of our family portraits with her as well. Read less
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dani
Wedding:
1/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Myself and my daughter both really enjoyed Melissa. Very easy to work with and get along with. She was very prompt in getting the pictures to us.
Myself and my daughter both really enjoyed Melissa. Very easy to work with and get along with. She was very prompt in Read more...
Myself and my daughter both really enjoyed Melissa. Very easy to work with and get along with. She was very prompt in getting the pictures to us. Read less
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erinsteffen
Wedding:
10/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa is a wonderful photographer to work with: she is flexible scheduling times to meet and even let me schedule my bridals after the wedding, she is open to ideas, and she really helps you comfortable during photo shoots. I actually had fun taking pictures and so did my husband! She also has a talent for capturing the attention of small children to look at the camera. I love how my pictures have turned out! I would recommend without hesitation.
Melissa is a wonderful photographer to work with: she is flexible scheduling times to meet and even let me schedule my Read more...
Melissa is a wonderful photographer to work with: she is flexible scheduling times to meet and even let me schedule my bridals after the wedding, she is open to ideas, and she really helps you comfortable during photo shoots. I actually had fun taking pictures and so did my husband! She also has a talent for capturing the attention of small children to look at the camera. I love how my pictures have turned out! I would recommend without hesitation. Read less
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Javco7
Wedding:
9/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa was very professional and considerate. She was efficient and made sure I got everything I wanted and so much more. She was kind to all members of my wedding party and had a very good way of making sure things stayed on schedule without cutting corners. I could not have hoped for a better photographer in all areas. I absolutely LOVE my photos and will treasure them for many years to come. I am continually being told by friends and family how beautifil my wedding pictures are. Thank you so much Melissa for helping make my day everything I could have dreamed of and making the memories last forever.
Melissa was very professional and considerate. She was efficient and made sure I got everything I wanted and so much more. Read more...
Melissa was very professional and considerate. She was efficient and made sure I got everything I wanted and so much more. She was kind to all members of my wedding party and had a very good way of making sure things stayed on schedule without cutting corners. I could not have hoped for a better photographer in all areas. I absolutely LOVE my photos and will treasure them for many years to come. I am continually being told by friends and family how beautifil my wedding pictures are. Thank you so much Melissa for helping make my day everything I could have dreamed of and making the memories last forever. Read less
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pinktink06
Wedding:
8/2/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa is the best photographer I have ever met and was so helpful with my wedding. She is very professional and makes her first goal to get to know you and understand what you are looking for in your pictures. On my wedding day she was there early and all of my guests just loved her. I think the most important part about a wedding should be your pictures because it is what you are going to have for memories on that day, and I couldn't have asked for anything better.
Melissa is the best photographer I have ever met and was so helpful with my wedding. She is very professional and makes Read more...
Melissa is the best photographer I have ever met and was so helpful with my wedding. She is very professional and makes her first goal to get to know you and understand what you are looking for in your pictures. On my wedding day she was there early and all of my guests just loved her. I think the most important part about a wedding should be your pictures because it is what you are going to have for memories on that day, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. Read less
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Young
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Thank you for rushing our pictures so I could have them in time for our sealing day! And thanks for all your inspiration in the photography department, I really do appreciate it!
Thank you for rushing our pictures so I could have them in time for our sealing day! And thanks for all your inspiration Read more...
Thank you for rushing our pictures so I could have them in time for our sealing day! And thanks for all your inspiration in the photography department, I really do appreciate it! Read less
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rpreator
Wedding:
6/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa was easygoing and wonderful to work with. She is extremely talented and has an eye for detail. She made it appear as if I didn't have any acne. The lighting appears to be much better than it actually is. If I were still in Utah, I would continue to use Melissa for everything from baby pictures, to family. I would especially recommend her for engagement pictures as well as wedding! She is FABULOUS! That, and I price shopped. She gives you the very most for the money that you will spend!
Melissa was easygoing and wonderful to work with. She is extremely talented and has an eye for detail. She made it appear Read more...
Melissa was easygoing and wonderful to work with. She is extremely talented and has an eye for detail. She made it appear as if I didn't have any acne. The lighting appears to be much better than it actually is. If I were still in Utah, I would continue to use Melissa for everything from baby pictures, to family. I would especially recommend her for engagement pictures as well as wedding! She is FABULOUS! That, and I price shopped. She gives you the very most for the money that you will spend! Read less
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papaya
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Honestly you are the BEST photographer out there, we all had such a great time, even Nathaniel...WHO hates having his picture taken! My family still comments on how much fun you made picture taking that day! Thanks for helping is have a wonderful memorable day!!!

Sincerely,
Sarah and Nathaniel Clark
Honestly you are the BEST photographer out there, we all had such a great time, even Nathaniel...WHO hates having his Read more...
Honestly you are the BEST photographer out there, we all had such a great time, even Nathaniel...WHO hates having his picture taken! My family still comments on how much fun you made picture taking that day! Thanks for helping is have a wonderful memorable day!!!

Sincerely,
Sarah and Nathaniel Clark Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
12/13/2008
5.0/5.0
Melissa is a great photographer and she is very personable. I love the pictures that she took, and she got them to us so quickly. She is so fun to be around and still is very professional.
Melissa is a great photographer and she is very personable. I love the pictures that she took, and she got them to us so Read more...
Melissa is a great photographer and she is very personable. I love the pictures that she took, and she got them to us so quickly. She is so fun to be around and still is very professional. Read less
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bkyirene
Wedding:
9/5/2008
5.0/5.0
Melissa was so amazing! Very easy to work with and made our day less stressful. I would highly recommend her to all that are looking for a photographer. She is very professional the quality of her pictures are incredible! Better than I could ever hope for.
Melissa was so amazing! Very easy to work with and made our day less stressful. I would highly recommend her to all that Read more...
Melissa was so amazing! Very easy to work with and made our day less stressful. I would highly recommend her to all that are looking for a photographer. She is very professional the quality of her pictures are incredible! Better than I could ever hope for. Read less
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jthompson
Wedding:
1/27/2005
5.0/5.0
Melissa is the perfect choice for your special day! She will not only become your wedding photographer but your friend as well! She makes you feel so comfortable and important through the entire process! Her pictures are so unique and beautiful! She takes a numerous shots so that you will have a variety to choose from. She took so many beautiful pictures that I had to have one of almost everything! I was so impressed by Melissa's true talent that not only did she do pictures of my wedding, but I continue to use her for my children's photos and family photos as well! You will never find another photographer who cares as much as Melissa! You are number one priority to her! She is a wonderful photographer and person!
Melissa is the perfect choice for your special day! She will not only become your wedding photographer but your friend as Read more...
Melissa is the perfect choice for your special day! She will not only become your wedding photographer but your friend as well! She makes you feel so comfortable and important through the entire process! Her pictures are so unique and beautiful! She takes a numerous shots so that you will have a variety to choose from. She took so many beautiful pictures that I had to have one of almost everything! I was so impressed by Melissa's true talent that not only did she do pictures of my wedding, but I continue to use her for my children's photos and family photos as well! You will never find another photographer who cares as much as Melissa! You are number one priority to her! She is a wonderful photographer and person! Read less
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