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Melissa Vannest Photography

Grand Rapids , MI
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LOCATION

Grand Rapids, MI US 49544 (map)

PHONE

616-889-4226

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ABOUT US

After 8 years as a wedding photographer, my experience base is extensive. My photography is known for natural expressions and romantic moments. My main goal is to not only capture... Read more
After 8 years as a wedding photographer, my experience base is extensive. My photography is known for natural expressions and romantic moments. My main goal is to not only capture everything (I mean it, I don't want you to forget anything!), but to offer you professional, quality service. To put it simply... I'm laid back, I don't get stressed at weddings and I'm easy to get along with :) I count it a privelege to capture one of the most important days in a couples life. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
No
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, I am knowledgeable in off-camera lighting and I have a professional quality camera that shoots in very low light.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital
How many photographers do you work with?
I always have a 2nd shooter.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I never book more than one event a day, sometime I'll shoot two events in one weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I am involved in a network of photographers I could call upon in the unlikely event I cannot shoot the event.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Main body: Canon 5D Mark II, back-up: Canon 5D, lenses ranging from 17mm-200mm, including several prime lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Yes, I require at least one meal for me and my assistant which is usually eaten while the bride and groom eat (no one wants pictures of them selves eating :)
Do you charge for travel?
The first 120 miles (round-trip) are free, each additional mile is $.55. Events over 3 hours from Grand Rapids will also require a hotel room.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Previews are up 1-2 weeks after the event, the rest are up within 5 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
jpeg
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, it is a shared copyright.
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, files will be uploaded to a website for immediate download and will be backed up in the cloud for 10 years.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer Finao products. www.finaoonline.com

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Jenna
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
First off- I researched photographers for weeks, and I am SO glad that I did. I have been blown away by Melissa’s photos every step of the way. I can not begin to tell you how amazing the pictures are. Even the ones that I thought may turn out funny looking were awesome. Trust her creativity and she will provide you with wedding photos that will blow you away. I only have a sneak peak of my entire collection- but the few that I did receive have gotten rave reviews by everyone that has seen them. She gives you the classic photos that your parents want, but also gives you the creative artsy pictures that make for centerpieces and canvas photos. She took a photo of us in the rain that everyone I’ve shown is STILL talking about. She is just that good.

She is worth every penny spent so book her now! You will NOT be sorry!
First off- I researched photographers for weeks, and I am SO glad that I did. I have been blown away by Melissa’s photos Read more...
First off- I researched photographers for weeks, and I am SO glad that I did. I have been blown away by Melissa’s photos every step of the way. I can not begin to tell you how amazing the pictures are. Even the ones that I thought may turn out funny looking were awesome. Trust her creativity and she will provide you with wedding photos that will blow you away. I only have a sneak peak of my entire collection- but the few that I did receive have gotten rave reviews by everyone that has seen them. She gives you the classic photos that your parents want, but also gives you the creative artsy pictures that make for centerpieces and canvas photos. She took a photo of us in the rain that everyone I’ve shown is STILL talking about. She is just that good.

She is worth every penny spent so book her now! You will NOT be sorry! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The pictures were so beautiful. We could relive our wedding once again through them. Thanks, Melissa!
The pictures were so beautiful. We could relive our wedding once again through them. Thanks, Melissa!
The pictures were so beautiful. We could relive our wedding once again through them. Thanks, Melissa! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Melissa was a pleasure to work with for my wedding. She was wonderful to coordinate with and captured my wedding day perfectly. I enjoyed working with her and would do it again for future events. The pictures were beyond compare. Me, my husband, family and friends loved how all the pictures turned out. I would recommend Melissa to everyone.
Melissa was a pleasure to work with for my wedding. She was wonderful to coordinate with and captured my wedding day Read more...
Melissa was a pleasure to work with for my wedding. She was wonderful to coordinate with and captured my wedding day perfectly. I enjoyed working with her and would do it again for future events. The pictures were beyond compare. Me, my husband, family and friends loved how all the pictures turned out. I would recommend Melissa to everyone. Read less
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Thank you, Patricia! The pleasure was all mine-- congrats!
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Private User
Wedding:
8/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa did a fantastic job for my wedding!! I have seen a sneak peak of my pictures and can't wait to see the rest! Highly recommend!!
Melissa did a fantastic job for my wedding!! I have seen a sneak peak of my pictures and can't wait to see the rest! Read more...
Melissa did a fantastic job for my wedding!! I have seen a sneak peak of my pictures and can't wait to see the rest! Highly recommend!! Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
If you're looking to work with a photographer who is hassle free, passionate, artistic, and shows beautiful work I would definitely recommend Melissa Vannest Photography. Her website is a great reflection of what how your event will be captured. We couldn't be happier!
If you're looking to work with a photographer who is hassle free, passionate, artistic, and shows beautiful work I would Read more...
If you're looking to work with a photographer who is hassle free, passionate, artistic, and shows beautiful work I would definitely recommend Melissa Vannest Photography. Her website is a great reflection of what how your event will be captured. We couldn't be happier! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Melissa took gorgeous pictures! I am thrilled on how they turned out. She is very layed back and easy to work with. She takes her job very seriously.
Melissa took gorgeous pictures! I am thrilled on how they turned out. She is very layed back and easy to work with. She Read more...
Melissa took gorgeous pictures! I am thrilled on how they turned out. She is very layed back and easy to work with. She takes her job very seriously. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
We found Melissa Vannest Photography via wedding wire. After looking extensively through her website, we were impressed by her work and style... creative and quality.
Melissa was definitely easy and comfortable to work with, she has a great personality! She was willing to work with us and what we were looking for/expecting from our photos.

The day of the wedding, she was relaxed and fun and which helped us to be relaxed and have fun. She captured the heart of our day and did it fabulously. As a whole, we are pleased and happy with our wedding photos!

A couple of critiques that we have deal with the contract and the second shooter.

For our engagement session we were led to believe that the rights to the photos would be included with the package, which they were not. This may have been an error on our part for not asking but as well her responsibility to make it clear that if you choose the engagement session, you do not own the rights to the photos.

As for the second shooter, she did not get as quality of shots as Melissa. The groom and groomsmen shots were washed out which made them unusable as gifts.

Overall, If you are looking for quality, creative, beautiful, timeless photos we recommend Melissa!
We found Melissa Vannest Photography via wedding wire. After looking extensively through her website, we were impressed by Read more...
We found Melissa Vannest Photography via wedding wire. After looking extensively through her website, we were impressed by her work and style... creative and quality.
Melissa was definitely easy and comfortable to work with, she has a great personality! She was willing to work with us and what we were looking for/expecting from our photos.

The day of the wedding, she was relaxed and fun and which helped us to be relaxed and have fun. She captured the heart of our day and did it fabulously. As a whole, we are pleased and happy with our wedding photos!

A couple of critiques that we have deal with the contract and the second shooter.

For our engagement session we were led to believe that the rights to the photos would be included with the package, which they were not. This may have been an error on our part for not asking but as well her responsibility to make it clear that if you choose the engagement session, you do not own the rights to the photos.

As for the second shooter, she did not get as quality of shots as Melissa. The groom and groomsmen shots were washed out which made them unusable as gifts.

Overall, If you are looking for quality, creative, beautiful, timeless photos we recommend Melissa! Read less
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truliea
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Melissa Vannest can find photos that are beyond the typical wedding shots. She can capture the day in an artistic and story-like way. She uses a combination of formal shots with journalistic true to life shots. I highly recommend this photographer.
Photos of our wedding are here:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150366563418105.350281.100395933104&type=1
Melissa Vannest can find photos that are beyond the typical wedding shots. She can capture the day in an artistic and Read more...
Melissa Vannest can find photos that are beyond the typical wedding shots. She can capture the day in an artistic and story-like way. She uses a combination of formal shots with journalistic true to life shots. I highly recommend this photographer.
Photos of our wedding are here:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150366563418105.350281.100395933104&type=1 Read less
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newbride1
Wedding:
7/16/2011
4.5/5.0
Melissa shot our wedding and engagement photos. We loved the results that she produced! We really feel like she captured us as a couple and the images are something we will treasure for many years to come. She was very flexible and took our suggestions and turned them into wonderful photos. I would highly recommend her for couples that are looking for a great photographer who will listen to your opinions!
Melissa shot our wedding and engagement photos. We loved the results that she produced! We really feel like she captured Read more...
Melissa shot our wedding and engagement photos. We loved the results that she produced! We really feel like she captured us as a couple and the images are something we will treasure for many years to come. She was very flexible and took our suggestions and turned them into wonderful photos. I would highly recommend her for couples that are looking for a great photographer who will listen to your opinions! Read less
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beckwite
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Melissa was an amazing wedding photographer. She was very quick to respond to any questions I had via email or through the phone. Melissa is very flexible! She was very willing to reschedule meetings. Our engagement session was awesome, Melissa had a lot of great ideas to get us to take more natural looking photographs. For the wedding day she (along with her assistant) captured every moment and then some! We had tons of pictures to choose from to create our wedding album! Melissa had a very quick turn around time, especially with the large quantity of photographs we received. Melissa is very easy to get along with, so it feels like you are having a friend take pictures. I would definitely recommend Melissa as a wedding (and family!) photographer.
Melissa was an amazing wedding photographer. She was very quick to respond to any questions I had via email or through the Read more...
Melissa was an amazing wedding photographer. She was very quick to respond to any questions I had via email or through the phone. Melissa is very flexible! She was very willing to reschedule meetings. Our engagement session was awesome, Melissa had a lot of great ideas to get us to take more natural looking photographs. For the wedding day she (along with her assistant) captured every moment and then some! We had tons of pictures to choose from to create our wedding album! Melissa had a very quick turn around time, especially with the large quantity of photographs we received. Melissa is very easy to get along with, so it feels like you are having a friend take pictures. I would definitely recommend Melissa as a wedding (and family!) photographer. Read less
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pinkwolf
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Hands down, without a doubt, Melissa will give you your very own fairytale through her pictures! She wants to know your ideas and visions and takes that along with your surroundings and her experience and shows you and the world how magical your day really was! All you have to do is look at her photos and you'll know i'm right. I can not actually count on all my fingers and toes anymore, how many people have told me our photos are magazine worthy! BUT what i think brides should really know about Melissa is how simple and comfortable she made the whole process. Planning a wedding is EXTREMELY stressful. And right from the beginning when we met her it was easy and fun. She lets you know up front about prices and makes it safe to ask about them and Melissa doesn't sneak in extra charges. She is Flexible with her schdule and she is an on-time person. We never had a difficult time getting ahold of her and had plenty of contact with her through phone, emails and even facebook. She will cover what you want on the day of and send you a schedule that you came up with together. Melissa made the whole journey safe and secure which is a breath of fresh air, because other vendors and circumstances will not go as smoothly. So with her, you get unforgetable photos along with a pleasant experience up to the big day! I already have friends who are planning to use her and they aren't even engaged yet...now if that isn't saying something, i don't know what is. Good luck to all the brides out there and have fun!!!
Hands down, without a doubt, Melissa will give you your very own fairytale through her pictures! She wants to know your Read more...
Hands down, without a doubt, Melissa will give you your very own fairytale through her pictures! She wants to know your ideas and visions and takes that along with your surroundings and her experience and shows you and the world how magical your day really was! All you have to do is look at her photos and you'll know i'm right. I can not actually count on all my fingers and toes anymore, how many people have told me our photos are magazine worthy! BUT what i think brides should really know about Melissa is how simple and comfortable she made the whole process. Planning a wedding is EXTREMELY stressful. And right from the beginning when we met her it was easy and fun. She lets you know up front about prices and makes it safe to ask about them and Melissa doesn't sneak in extra charges. She is Flexible with her schdule and she is an on-time person. We never had a difficult time getting ahold of her and had plenty of contact with her through phone, emails and even facebook. She will cover what you want on the day of and send you a schedule that you came up with together. Melissa made the whole journey safe and secure which is a breath of fresh air, because other vendors and circumstances will not go as smoothly. So with her, you get unforgetable photos along with a pleasant experience up to the big day! I already have friends who are planning to use her and they aren't even engaged yet...now if that isn't saying something, i don't know what is. Good luck to all the brides out there and have fun!!! Read less
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Liza
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Of all the parts of our wedding, the one thing we still get the most comments on is how beautiful the wedding photos turned out. It actually rained on my wedding day, which was supposed to be an outdoor wedding, and Melissa still made it look gorgeous!! She captured every special moment so carefully and beautifully that our photos look like a spread from a bridal magazine. Unbelievable! A little more on the expensive side, but SO worth it!! I would do it again in a heartbeat!!
Of all the parts of our wedding, the one thing we still get the most comments on is how beautiful the wedding photos Read more...
Of all the parts of our wedding, the one thing we still get the most comments on is how beautiful the wedding photos turned out. It actually rained on my wedding day, which was supposed to be an outdoor wedding, and Melissa still made it look gorgeous!! She captured every special moment so carefully and beautifully that our photos look like a spread from a bridal magazine. Unbelievable! A little more on the expensive side, but SO worth it!! I would do it again in a heartbeat!! Read less
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sarahcassidy
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Matt and I were very happy with the photos that Melissa Vannest took on our wedding day. We had a few challenges to overcome, most notably, the crazy weather. Melissa was able to turn the dreary weather into some really striking photos! Who knew that cloudy skies could be so beautiful!! It's going to be very hard to choose which photos to display in our album!
Matt and I were very happy with the photos that Melissa Vannest took on our wedding day. We had a few challenges to Read more...
Matt and I were very happy with the photos that Melissa Vannest took on our wedding day. We had a few challenges to overcome, most notably, the crazy weather. Melissa was able to turn the dreary weather into some really striking photos! Who knew that cloudy skies could be so beautiful!! It's going to be very hard to choose which photos to display in our album! Read less
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nkweaver
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have picked a better photographer! Our pictures turned out BEAUTIFUL. Everyone kept commenting how great they were and how they felt like they were looking at magazine photos! Melissa did a wonderful job at making us feel at ease and finding the perfect spots that would make for great backgrounds. She was at the right place at the right time throughout the entire night. The only problem you'll have is figuring out which photos you want to frame! They were all "frame-able!" Every time we look at our pictures, it reminds me of what a wonderful day we had. She really did a great job at capturing the happiness of the day!
We couldn't have picked a better photographer! Our pictures turned out BEAUTIFUL. Everyone kept commenting how great they Read more...
We couldn't have picked a better photographer! Our pictures turned out BEAUTIFUL. Everyone kept commenting how great they were and how they felt like they were looking at magazine photos! Melissa did a wonderful job at making us feel at ease and finding the perfect spots that would make for great backgrounds. She was at the right place at the right time throughout the entire night. The only problem you'll have is figuring out which photos you want to frame! They were all "frame-able!" Every time we look at our pictures, it reminds me of what a wonderful day we had. She really did a great job at capturing the happiness of the day! Read less
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Brooke Ludford
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a better person to work with for our wedding! Melissa was wonderful, laid back and was open to our zany ideas. Melissa has the unique ability to capture the personality of the couple in her work. This makes her work so valuable because it not only captures a special moment but it becomes a piece of art you will carry with you. My husband and I as well as our families couldn't have been happier with the finished product. We look forward to future photo shoots with Melissa.
We couldn't have asked for a better person to work with for our wedding! Melissa was wonderful, laid back and was open to Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a better person to work with for our wedding! Melissa was wonderful, laid back and was open to our zany ideas. Melissa has the unique ability to capture the personality of the couple in her work. This makes her work so valuable because it not only captures a special moment but it becomes a piece of art you will carry with you. My husband and I as well as our families couldn't have been happier with the finished product. We look forward to future photo shoots with Melissa. Read less
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Jvis18
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa was amazing to work with. She was so kind and laid back..not to mention her pictures are amazing!!! Anyone looking for a good photographer this is where she is at!!
Melissa was amazing to work with. She was so kind and laid back..not to mention her pictures are amazing!!! Anyone looking Read more...
Melissa was amazing to work with. She was so kind and laid back..not to mention her pictures are amazing!!! Anyone looking for a good photographer this is where she is at!! Read less
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Barbara
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa does a wonderful job. I have gotten so many compliments on my pictures. She captured exactly what I wanted her to which was the feeling of our wedding.
Melissa does a wonderful job. I have gotten so many compliments on my pictures. She captured exactly what I wanted her to Read more...
Melissa does a wonderful job. I have gotten so many compliments on my pictures. She captured exactly what I wanted her to which was the feeling of our wedding. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
8/25/2007
5.0/5.0
Melissa was great to work with and didn't add any stress to our wedding day! We were laid back about what types of pictures we wanted and she just went with the flow...no forced poses, all our photos look very natural and really captured the feel of the day.
Melissa was great to work with and didn't add any stress to our wedding day! We were laid back about what types of Read more...
Melissa was great to work with and didn't add any stress to our wedding day! We were laid back about what types of pictures we wanted and she just went with the flow...no forced poses, all our photos look very natural and really captured the feel of the day. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
8/18/2007
5.0/5.0
Amazingly artsy photographer! She had great recommendations, and knew exactly what we wanted. She was very patient, and had great communication with us.
Amazingly artsy photographer! She had great recommendations, and knew exactly what we wanted. She was very patient, and Read more...
Amazingly artsy photographer! She had great recommendations, and knew exactly what we wanted. She was very patient, and had great communication with us. Read less
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Libby
Wedding:
12/30/2006
5.0/5.0
Melissa Vannest was wonderful, a photographer couldn't have made our wedding more special and perfect than Melissa Vannest! From meeting with Melissa prior to the wedding to seeing her on our day, I was totally comfortable and excited to see the beautiful pictures she would take!
Melissa Vannest was wonderful, a photographer couldn't have made our wedding more special and perfect than Melissa Read more...
Melissa Vannest was wonderful, a photographer couldn't have made our wedding more special and perfect than Melissa Vannest! From meeting with Melissa prior to the wedding to seeing her on our day, I was totally comfortable and excited to see the beautiful pictures she would take! Read less
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