Melanie Rapp earned her B.F.A. in Photography at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has over ten years of photography experience, cutting edge digital equipment, and extraordinary artistic talent. In addition to her photogr Find out more...
There's one during the portraits where husband and I are looking at each other and laughing (while other portraits were being taken) and either Melanie or her assistant turned around and got one of us. Very cute. Also, a lot of really great ceremony shots & closeups, which was impressive considering the layout of the venue.
She was great at not being disruptive during the wedding. Post wedding, she's given me a headache and a half. To be fair, we had an out-of-town wedding, she's in Colorado and we live in Oregon. So everything we're doing is being done by email. She posted the pictures online promptly, but didn't inform us that she would be putting a digital watermark on every photo. The costs for ordering prints are outrageous ($15 for a 4x6!) and she charges $60 extra PER PRINT for "hand-done black&white tones," Photoshop-speak for "desaturation & adjusting curves." She sent us an album design that was 3x longer than what we had contracted, then was actually snippy with me over email for shortening it to what our contract specified. She gave me crap about having "poor instructions" for the album layout, but what she sent me was in autoplay flash format (no pausing) with no page numbers or photo numbers... how good could my directions have been, with that material? Then, although the contract says that 'client has final say in album design,' she's telling me which photos I can use or not use! She's telling me to use an outdoor portrait photo even though they're terrible because the indoor ones are dark, I've asked her to try to dodge color (very simple photoshop and darkroom technique) to make us stand out and she's basically telling me it's impossible. And NOW, she wants to charge me $45 to have the album shipped here! That would cost $5 using USPS. So, I'm going to have to get my parents to pick the album up and send it to us. To top all of it off, because of how long the album process went, we're not going to get the CD of our images for the next 18 weeks at least, which means we can't make our own prints in time for the holidays. In short, the photographs are great but the nickel and dime-ing is beginning to drive me up the wall. I can't wait to be done with this woman
There were a lot of different package options, and the prices go from moderate to outrageous. Not for a budget wedding. We got the mid-grade, which gives us an album, plus 6 hours of photographer, prints, a CD with all the images, and an engagement shoot. Since we were from out of town, we couldn't fly in for an engagement shoot so we negotiated for a "trash the dress" post-wedding shoot with me and husband in our formal wear, but getting photos taken out in a field. This was SCHEDULED and SET, then she flaked out three different times (let's do early afternoon and I have to charge you an additional fee for the travel, wait late afternoon and it has to be at red rocks, not where you wanted it because I have a court date, wait my court date won't end until 5:00 and it's down in Castle Rock, I don't think I'm going to make it to Red Rocks before the show scheduled to start there at 5:30. You have GOT to be kidding me!). THEN, she said that she doesn't give refunds for engagement sessions that don't work out, but we could take a "store credit." I threatened to cancel the whole contract, and it was only at that point that she conceded the a la carte cost of the engagement shoot.
The formal portraits were horribly directed, so they all look incredibly awkward and forced, with bad posing and background awkwardness. For as good as the artistic shots were, I can't believe how poorly these came out.