Absolutely Only Wedding Photography
51 Reviews

Selected Best of 2012, 2010

13600 SE 215th Ct
Portland Metro OR 97202
United States




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You always own all rights to all of your images. FOREVER* FREE On-Line Viewing, Sharing and Downloading. Quality, Service and VALUE! Modern, Traditional, Classic, Documentary, Enhanced and Photo Journalist styles "telling the story of your day" in an unobtrusive and professional manner. Even better yet: we show you how to get the most out of your wedding budget. Great wedding photography TAKES time, but need not bust your budget. BASIC, PREMIUM lower cost hourly packages; but also Full Services Packages available. No other professional wedding photographer can match our rates and services.




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Tracie Davidson
Wedding on 2011-12-24


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Great Customer Oriented Photographers

What was your favorite wedding photo?

All the family by the 30 foot Christmas Tree at our reception. Unique family "formal" pictures. Not the standard "boring" line up. We wanted unique, they gave us unique ! I also real liked all the themed Christmas with a wedding photos, especially the candids of everyone having fun.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Never a disruption, the photographer was part of our wedding. So many pictures I can't decide on the photos for our albums and prints. We already received our photos on DVDs, but they are waiting for us to choose the pictures we want in print and in the albums. We took the Gold Package which beat everyone else we checked out by a lot. We also own all the rights to our pictures.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

3 albums, several slide shows, 20 print units (about 60 pictures for us), several collages, DVD picture album. I am forgetting something, but there were a couple more things. One big thing: Mel, the photographer, gave us a gift of an extra hour of his time. Very nice person. My family loved him. Made us smile all the time... He also helped me feel sexy on occassion.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We were married on Christmas eve, and thinking we could not get a photographer or they would "jam us" for a higher rate. We thought "customer service" was dead and that "customer-no service" was the new standard. Well, simply put, Absolutely Only Photography was #1 in customer service, great prices and wonderful photography. An definetly, we were not "jamed" on rates. Mel, the main photographer, actually convienced us to book fewer hours because he thought we were booking too long, and even agreed to gratis us the extra time, if we were off an hour (for free). Roger and I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. Big hugs !!!!


Dannie Davidson
Wedding on 2012-01-14


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THE BEST

What was your favorite wedding photo?

We asked for alot and we got more than we asked or contracted for. I cannot pick one favorite, there were so many. But push come to shove, I would have to pick a photo in a sequence of 15, after the wedding, romantic and unique pictures of myself and TJ. We also liked many pictures we never expected or asked for. rings in and on flowers, collages that were unexpected and a Modern Bride Magazine cover with us as the stars.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel, our photographer, helped in many things we would have never expected. He even put the lapel flowers on the groomsmen because nobody knew how. He basically helped us coordinator our reception, because our coordinator really had never done it before, and was a friend. He made our family AND me relaxed during the formals, and made it fun. He was cordial, professional and everybody was at ease with the photographer. Most of the time we didn't even know he was there. But he had to be because we recieved over 1000 pictures. Over 30 pictures of JUST the cake cutting for example.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We were on a small budget and contract for a package. It was about 40% less than other photographers, and he gave us bonuses we never expected. Best of all he let us know every step of the way after the wedding, where he was with our pictures and we he mailed our pictures to us. FLAWLESS and HIGHLY recommended on every level.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Mel was professional, yet he felt like the uncle everybody would want and liked. I hate my picture taken, but he even made me feel relaxed and worked with me.


Sophie Garcia
Wedding on 2011-10-01


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Very Happy

What was your favorite wedding photo?

My father walking me down the aisle. There were 15. He was wiping tears away in a couple. Very special.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Never knew they were there except for our formal photography of family, bridal party, family pictures. About 20% were of that type. I don't even remeber Mel being as close as he was most of the time. He caught so many things I never noticed at my own wedding... lots of portraits of people who came and all the kids playing. 80% of the 1,200 pictures where candids, but you would never know that. Absolutely professional pictures.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Ownership rights of all our images immediately. We originally took their basic 5 hour package. But after the recieving our pictures, he gave us a deal that nobody else could give us for albums and extras.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Very professional, calming and fun to work with through our entire relationship. From beginning to after all was said and done. Even called him today over 6 weeks after for advise on frames. Customer services is THE BEST and he is a very nice man. Hope this doesn't embarrase him too much, but well deserved !


Hannah Obrien
Wedding on 2011-10-15


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No surprises, honest and great photography

What was your favorite wedding photo?

I am a professional photographer. I was real picky and looking for the best at the best price and offerings. That being said, I have about 50 favorites. Absolutely Only (Mel) took over 800 images and probably added another 200+ with effects. Frankly we were not even expecting that many. If I was put in a full Nelson head lock and had to pick just one: I would have to pick two. 1) My bridal party in an unorthodox depth pose centered on myself and John. And 2) I am a romantic, and I have to cheat here; our 1st kiss sequence of 10 sequenced images during the kiss nefore, during and right after. PERFECTO !

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Not at all disruptive. Photographer was gentle I directing us to keep us on track and actually made me take a break because I am used to being on the other side of the camera. They flowed with our day and were a big, yet mostly unseen, part of it. Candids of things going on I never had a clue. Catching everything and more. Lots of portraits of guestsm children at our wedding, our ring bearer and flowers girls. Sequence shots of the bouquet being tossed and 5 images of it flying through the air an dbeing caught. John "chasing me" down for a kiss...

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We went with their best package, which was about 30% less than 5 other photographers we were interested in. We recieved 3 albums, full print rights to our images, full size images on DVDs (5 libraries), and free on-line proofing and full size downloading. Our slide shows were set to the music we used in the wedding. But the best was the 3 surprises he gave us for free... collages with "best of" our images, over 300 set to 16x20 and 32x40 300dpi. Before I forget, after our alloted print units we used his on-line sight to order more professional prints at amazing prices for pro prints. I am using that service for my own business now as well.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Professional, friendly, fun. Felt like family. Made us comfortable, relaxed and laugh when needed... Simply the best


Toni Taylor
Wedding on 2011-09-16


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Wonderful Pictures and saved us a bundle

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Frankly, there were so many, but I think the unusual family pictures. They did the usual, but then also others posed in different ways. Very unique and classy. Creative. Of course, our first kiss sequence was also my favorite. One more: John crying during the saying of vows. He is a tough guy, was wonderful to see him at that moment forever now.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Never disrupted, in fact our coordinator was so disorganized, Absolutely Only kept us on track in a friendly, professional and sometimes fun manner. HE got the job done. 12 pictures of the 1st kiss sequence. At least 10 pictures of me and my dad walking down. Multiple action sequences, bouquet toss and garter yoss, cake cutting. All for about 50% of what other wedding photographers wanted.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

So much I is hard to list everything. On-line free with no markup for pictures. I was able to send a link to my family and friends and they could get any pictures ( over 1000 ) to select from with which they could download the original or order at great prices through his processor. Side bar: his processor quality was 10x the quality when I got some from a local processor we all know. 3 albums, very creative. Slide show with OUR music. Over 30 prints. And 5 master disc sets with all of our pictures. He even gave us some surprise gifts. HOLY COW !

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Keeping us on track, friendly and professional. Got several grumpy family members smiling and even laughing. He helped make it a special day for all.


Gab Simon
Wedding on 2011-09-09


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OMG

What was your favorite wedding photo?

OMG... our only disappointment is we only booked them for 5 hours. We got over 800 pictures (they promised at least 600) and got duplicates in black and white, then another 200 special effected pictures. We were very specific of only 50 pictures we really wanted; the usual family stuff, but some real "unusual poses" we wanted. They did all 50 plus dupicates with special effects. Many are gallery quality. Our extra slide show we had had a unique format and certainly isn't the typical wedding slide show with still pictures. We shared our picturesd with everyone at the wedding because we not only had them sign the book, but also give us their email to the free on-line gallery where even Minnesota family can download full size pictures, or even order from a professional processor for amazing prices. We also got a DVD master set of pictures. I think we paid $2.40 for an 8x10 for example, but we got a total of 100 for know in different sizes and different pictures just by using the shopping cart on line. We could even get an size we wanted amd crop our pictures how we wanted. Simply amazing everything. But one thing that was so important is they always called back right away, were on time, did everything AND more we asked without herstitation and with a smile; not to mention like a lot of the other reference, we saved money and got MORE.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

He was almost invisable, except he seemed to be there whenever there was a need for a pictures. Amazing action candids, creative. He did special portraits that actually made me more beautiful on my day, some technique he has. Best picture we ever took, especially the personal romantic portraits

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

So many pictures, it was hard to pick the pictures for our albums. DVD masters with full size photos, online sharing, downloading and even ordering PRO quality pictures at amazingly low prices. Full print rights. We own all of our pictures.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He was professional, yet fun and relaxed, making us all feel comfortable so we could get natural and relaxed photos. His personality works. We liked him, trusted him and was always there for us; before, during and even after. Great service.


Scott Bates
Wedding on 2011-10-01


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Exceptional

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Abbey Road with Groomsmen and after wedding formals with my bride

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Many portraits, candids and always ready.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I was extremely pleased with the service here. Mel was right on schedule, and in fact he was ready to start shooting before the groomsmen and me were. He knew we had limited time to get all the shots we wanted, and he was very good at directing us and making the whole process more efficient. His prices are unbeatable, the quality of the photos was superb, and he had a great eye for creating elegant shots. You can tell he's been doing this for a long time and he takes a lot of pride in his work. He walked around for 5 hours with three different cameras hanging off him so there was never an issue of batteries needing to be changed and photo ops being missed. In fact, I didn't see him take a break once. The photos also came back in a little over a week....over 800. Plus he did a lot of fun things to them, like black and white with isolated colors, visual effects, etc. In all around 1600 photos to scan through! And there is still more to come, such as a slide show on CD. And one more thing I appreciated was his quick response to questions. Customer service is a big deal to me, and Mel never failed to deliver. 5 star rating all the way

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Personable and friendly, keeping us on track. Family very pleased and comfortable with easy manner


Stefanie Delano


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Everything and More

What was your favorite wedding photo?

All of them

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We left that first meeting feeling like we had known them for years. He listened to what we wanted for our wedding and gave us some ideas we had never thought of for our photos.he did not push or try to sell us anything. It was all about what we wanted! We decided before we even got home that we had to use them for are wedding! Mel was are photographer and his wife Jane performed our ceremony. They kept in touch with us and made us feel like we were there only concern. He fit in like one of the family, and went out of his way to make our day the best day of our lives!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Photos, DVD discs of images and slide shows. 12x12 album. On-line proofs, and downloading fill size images for free; easy ordering of additional prints

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We were married on July 2nd. And my husband sets up trade shows so he does not pay attention when he is working(all the shows are the same) but not this time, he Was doing his job and came across mel's booth at the bridal show.he was very impressed by the photos he had taken of other weddings and had to talk to mel. He then brought home some info and told me I needed to look at absolutely only wedding photography! Not only did he love the photos but he thought mel was a great person. So I looked at mel's web site saw his work and then i knew I had to meet him myself, mel was just as my husband had said.wonderful photos and a wonderful man! Then we met his wife, she was just as nice as he was. We left that first meeting feeling like we had known them for years. He listened to what we wanted for our wedding and gave us some ideas we had never thought of for our photos.he did not push or try to sell us anything. It was all about what we wanted! We decided before we even got home that we had to use them for are wedding! Mel was are photographer and his wife Jane performed our ceremony. They kept in touch with us and made us feel like we were there only concern. Then our wedding day arrived and they were early even though it was mel's birthday. We got every photo we asked for and more. He fit in like one of the family, and went out of his way to make our day the best day of our lives! We were so pleased at how everything went, the ceremony was beautiful and all are guests could say was how much fun they had and that it was the best wedding they had been too! In a few days all my photos were online for everyone to see and he even added some special photos for us. Then I selected the pics I wanted for my album and prints and mel added a few more then I had asked for! He kept me informed about the delivery date for my order and when it got here he took the time to meet with us in person to show us the album he created. The prints were beautiful and the album was more then we could have asked for, he even added some special touches we were not expecting.if your getting married you can not find better people,quality or service then absolutely only and wedding services NW


Sally Mayfields
Wedding on 2011-05-20


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Faster than a Speeding Bullet. Able to Leap etc

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Especially because we were elated and surprised that photos were waiting for us when we returned from our honeymoon. They had promised 3-4 weeks, but 2 weeks. WOW. And everything and more that was contracted was done. This guy is like that other guy that is faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap over tall building and more powerful than a locomotive. OK maybe the locomotive is too far; but lide of. We absolutely loved his work. The pictures of Donovan swinging me on the swing, and the way he was looking at me. I just melt. Mel created great pictures from nothing I thought and I wished we gave him even more time to even be more creative.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Never, ever. Early, on time, and help my day go smooth. Over 1000 pictures in 5 hours, 80% candids (photojournalist/documentary styles) in color AND black and white. One thing I have to say, and he has already done this. He promised us that IF he ever worked more on our pictures he would send that to me too. HE DID...

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We recieved our free on-line for life viewing, full size downloading and sharing; our DVDs with which we own all rights (all pictures are full size). We were just married 16 days ago so we have not got out prints yet because we haven't ordered them yet, albums are also pending. The slide show makes me cry because it seems "just like yesterday", ok, ok 16 days ago.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He was the only professional I had, and by the way the best priced, that helped keep my day calm so I and Don could enjoy it too. You have to talk to these photographers. I am almost embarrassed to say, he is loveable too; making me smile during some pretty stressful periods, even before the day helping me with ideas. We loved these guys (well there is only one!). I only wish I could rate higher.


Elizebeth Townsend
Wedding on 2011-03-20


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Very happy and couldn't be more pleased. 2+ thumbs

What was your favorite wedding photo?

My standing in front of Jay, my husband, me black and white with brown tones; with Jay out of focus. I also liked the full color version too. He is looking so GQ.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Never disrupting, but an asset to a confusing day do to our poor coordinator. Mel helped a lot.90% of our photographs were photojournalist style, and candids. Great action shots of ceremony and our reception. Sequential pictures of the cake cutting and "feeding" were great. What a mess we made. Fun pictures. I think every family member had their own and couple portraits. Mel made me look so pretty beyond what I even thought I looked.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We only could only afford a basic plan for now. Full rights/full size images on DVDs. Over 1000. And online services with sharing and downloading. He also gets a special hug thank you for the surprise gifts. Mel is not only a wonderful, creative and patient photographer; but we liked him very much as a person too. We will get more albums and other offerings when we sell our house, but for now we wanted him 8 hours. 2 photographers were an option but he convinced 1 was a better plan because of our wedding site.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Are you kidding? Without him would have been comforting. I cannot say enough how he really helped make my day special because be captured the memories in such a pleasant and professional way. His rates were the best I could find too, but they are worth 3 times their cost.


Tyler Megs
Wedding on 2011-04-23


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My head is spinning

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Gosh there were so many. We got our pictures back ijust as we got back from our honeymoon, but maybe my favorite is Tyler bending over to kiss the flower girl, Kari our daughter, during the ceremony. But I also loved our relaxed romantic pictures after the ceremony.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel blended in with everyone, was never "in our face" and got great close ups of the ceremony never coming closer than 4th row, which was important to us.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

On line proofs, full size downloading, and orering at great prioces. Full print rights to our pictures. DVDs, full size, of all our pictures, and more to come. One photographer and due to the package we got, we were surprised when we got more than our contract required. These are special photographers and great customer oriented people.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We are so impressed that we just had to write this comment immediately. Meg and I were married just 10 days ago, just got back from our honeymoon, and our pictures are already on line, we are able to share our wedding pictures with everyone, they and we can download them and order order the pictures they want if they want. Absolutely Only said these were just the 1st basic corrected pictures, and special effects will also be on line within a week, then we will get our DVD with all of our prints. But even these pictures are fantastic that we can't wait to see the rest. We ordered over 100 prints from his website just a little while ago and paid only $54, and again we have to say, "we got fantastic photography at a affordable cost." We were worried because of our situation, but Absolutely Only came through in so many way for us.. Thank you for everything so far. We have already told 2 couples getting married next year about you guys.


Sari James
Wedding on 2011-02-15


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Best ever customer service and pictures

What was your favorite wedding photo?

All 700, but if I must pick one. When my groom, James, saw me for the 1st time in my wedding dress.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Our photographer was more than helpful. He was a joy to work with.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We own all rights #1. The rest is great, but that was most important. Free online services. DVD of full size pictures, slide shows, 5 albums (3 sets of parents, ours and my sister), over 30 prints. Lots of artistic special effects. Engagement pictures included , done 7 months before where great as well. We had 2 photographers for before, during and after ceremony, then 1 for the reception.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We didn't even know they were there except for the family and formal pictures. Our families thought they were nice and professional, making them comfortable too.


Jasmine Jerry
Wedding on 2011-03-26


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Everything they said and more

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There was a sweet documentary style photograph of my niece holding a flower and kissing my new husband, unposed and just very sweet. But asking for one? There were more !

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

OMG they enhanced my day. We didn't have a coordinator or DJ IFYI don't do it, we IPOD'd it, what a mistake, and Mel saved our cookie. I asked if they would do double duty and help keep things going as sort of a "MC". I knew he was a former well known wedding DJ, and without a second thought, agreed to help. Absolutely Only said they'd do triple duty if it was required. GRADE A customer service

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We are still awaiting our albums, they are due in about 2 weeks, we were married 2 weeks ago; but our package included prints, DVD slide shows, full rights to our pictures so we can print anywhere, DVD library of all our pictures on disc. But the best was the free on-line service. We saw our pictures the next day uncorrected on-line, and then finalized yesterday. We could immediately down load pictures, knowing they would be color corrected and special effected later, which they were. They also included every color picture with a black and white copy. We received over and beyond what we expected.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

They loved him... I can say without reservation, without them I do not know how it would have ended up. You have to at least talk to this photographer !


Danna Turner
Wedding on 2011-02-13


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Exceeded Expectations even more than we dreamed

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Jeff and my 1st kiss. Our photographer captured the entire sequence and we did not expect that actually. He told us he would get it, and he did. But there were so many great pictures, kind of unfair to ask for just one. We had over 1,000 pictures to choose from and we had about 50 favorites.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We hardly knew he was there except for the formals. He worked with our families in a very friendly, almost "family" like way; got us all relaxed and took some wonderful and differrent formal pictures. Candids galore too. Mel was there when we wanted him to be, and invisible when we didn't. Kinda harsh to say that, but it was a big positive. I have seen very intrusive photographers, and this one is absolutely not. CAtion shots of the bouquet, garter and "my girls" cutting up were fantastic. Cutting the cake sequence was great, we can see every crumb on Jeff's face.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Owning the rights to our pictures and an experienced wedding photographer was our most important critiea. Being the best value was also a major plus. We packaged 3 albums, and 15 units of prints, and 5 slide shows with music. We also rec'd free on-line viewing, sharing and what was real cool is we can order pictures at street prices from his on-line site which saved us a lot of money, especially because my family can get the picture they want themselves. We own all printing rights to all of our pictures.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Frankly, he became my "favorite uncle"... everybody seemed to love his professionalism, friendliness and humor. Absolutely the best. 10 stars, 10 thumbs up !


Kimmy Kardon
Wedding on 2010-10-10


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We were so very happy with everything

What was your favorite wedding photo?

We were very picky with our choice for photographers. We wanted a special picture we saw about 5 years ago. A sunset picture with beautiful colors, just as the sun was setting. They captured it perfectly. In fact, gave us 15 variations of that one image. We never even asked for that, and were amazed that they went 150%+ for us. We got our pictures in 3 weeks... were were surprised at how fast.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

He did not disrupt my day, he enhanced it and HELPED me make it through... I could not have asked for a better person to have taken my wedding pictures. A+++

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

All of our color photographs were also in black and white; and many of the color pictures had duplicates that were special effected. 2 parents albums and our album (huge), prints and DVDs of all our images with all print rights, and what we like the most is their passworded on-line service which saved me tons of times sending pictures to friends and family (I didn't have to because they could download the pictures they wanted) REAL COOL

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He was pleasant, and pleasant. Asked everyone to just ask for any special picture they would like... He made me feel like family, and we felt he was family too. Great service, price, talent and wonderful person.


Natalie Jacobson


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YES YES YES

What was your favorite wedding photo?

About 200 very our favorites... and 800+ others were good too... but one? OK -- a candid picture of me mugging Tyler after a formal picture. I didn't know my photographer was taking so many pictures I never knew about until I saw wedding pictures 3 weeks after our wedding.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Absolutely NO disruption, in fact, during our consultations we planned everything, except of course, the things that just happen without planning, so I knew what was going to happen with our formal photography 95% of the time. FANTASTIC CANDIDS and way more than I expected. Lots of action shots. Our portraits after the family pictures were great and I wish I could put them ALL on the wall... we did make one 24x30 print from his on-line service for $15...

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Prints, parent and our album, DVD, rights to all of our pictures, internet viewing, sharing AND ordering. Amazing rates to go along with amazing and wonderful professionals to work with. Couldn't have asked for more.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Being there when needed, friendly and almost like family.


Kendal K
Wedding on 2010-11-20


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10 STARS for the meories of our SPECIAL DAY

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Not just one, but all Joe's and my private session after the ceremony. We also LOVED the cute bride (me) talking to my flower girl before the ceremony... very sweet. Relaxed, comfortable, unpressured and natural. I have to mention that I was concerned about my not seeing myself as pretty, but Mel's talent (posing, natural approach and post production) was intrumental in making me look like a beautiful bride is most important to me, and he suceeded. Thank you.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Absolutely Only Wedding Photography integrated well into our day. Being there when he was supposed to be, and blending in with the event for candids and other pictures like the cake cutting. 100s of candids and really told the story of my day (our day) and fun to see things I didn't notice with the talented candid captures on film. Some actually surprised me. Many action shots: 15 of our 1st kiss, sequence of 12 shots of throwing my bouquet, and multiple exposures of a shot we really wanted. Portraits of me and Joe are romantic and will be on our walls forever.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We had a 2nd photographer just for the ceremony, but 1 photographer there the entire day from getting really, to the leaving by town car at the end. We will receive parent albums (2) and our 12x12 album. We just received our pictures on DVDs (2 DVDs full of pictures, over 1000) and can see then on-line. Our engagement session was included with out packages and was at 3 locations (Rose Garden near zoo, Rose Garden N. Portland and the Grotto). We even received a gift not expected with all of our pictures in black and white too...

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

All I can tell you is I have heard NO COMPLAINTS and only compliments. I have been told Mel was courteous, fun and personable... and I felt as though he was family. Good people, professional and gave us more than we expected. Rare these days !


Andi MacKenny
Wedding on 2010-09-04


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All GOOD and BETTER

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Absolutely Only did this photo of the ceremony from ground level and about 50 feet behind us... very usual and very nice. Everybody who see it says WOW. We also liked our picture in front of a huge fountain with my husband doing one of those movie kisses bending me over.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

The day was planned as best it could be and Absolutely Only stayed with the plan. They were a big help, not a problem or disruption at all. In fact, so of my other "professionals" didn't seem to know what to do. Mel even cut our wedding cake after he took pictures of us cutting it.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We have only received our pictures on his on line service so far because we got married just 2 weeks ago, which is great because Shane is in the Army and is going opver seas so he can see them anytime he wants. He are also getting a MILITARY discount for his total package with albums for each of our parents and one for us; slide show and many prints. What you don't ask is all the unspoken great things... like being professional, yet fun to work with. They also photographed everything WE wanted and he did some things we hadn't considered. AND his cost was about 50% of other [photographers we checked out before we hired him.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

All I know is he had them cracking up, relaxed and they said it was the most fun than with any other photographer services they've experienced. I believe it because my dad was even smiling in some of the pictures. Mel actually got him in the 1st ever photo of him laughing wildly. We liked him a lot. He is the kind of person I would want as my friend. Kind, warm, funny yet professional.


Mi Jenkin
Wedding on 2010-08-06


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Unbelieveable Photos

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Mel had us get comfortable and we did some casual photos first, and OMG they were the absolute best. The one I like the best is (it is hard to describe) but I am leaning into Ted with my hands on his chest, he is holding me and I am looking into the camera. I never looked so sweet, but sexy. Amazing photo. But there are at least 100s more, but that was my favorite. Ted liked any picture of me (I think he loves me).

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We wanted him to basically be our photo coordinator. We had at least 12 shots we REALLY wanted. Sunset pictures, my aunt and me, etc. A 40 member family portrait was the hardest, but Mel is funny in his direction and made everybody listen and laugh at the same time. He is able to get smiles out of people we have never seen smile much. Disrrupting? No. Other than the formals and the special pictures I wanted, we hardly knew he was there. We are still amazed at how he got over 1,000 pictures of our ceremony and reception. I only really knew he was around when sometimes I saw a flash. It was really cool because I knew it was him because I had banned guest cameras from my wedding because of what I saw at other weddings EXCEPT for MY photographer I was paying for. They have a service where my family and guests (if I give them a web link) can get any of the pictures he took on line for no charge. That was and IS "way cool" and free. Portraits were fabulous, the best I had ever had. Over 700 candids of my day. Action shots? Like bouqet toss, cake cutting and garter? Yes. But the ones I liked especially were us being weird. He seemed to be in the right place at the right moment. He captured pictures of stuff going on I didn't even know about.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

A special album for Ted and me. 3 parent albums. DVDs of all our pictures, we own all the rights to our pictures and even threw in all in color and and turned all into black and white as well (that was important to me) and over 400 pictures with special effects. THANK YOU, Mel. We had him for 8 hours and a 2nd photographer for the ceremony and formal pictures.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My aunt asked me if he was married. That probably says it all. Mel is exceptional professional, AND has a sense of humor that put my family at ease. It also shows in the pictures. Everybody was having a good time. His second photographer got some unusual angles and also was like family. Great company and people to work with


Mary Sims
Wedding on 2010-08-06


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STOP LOOKING Hire these guys

What was your favorite wedding photo?

My favorite? How about favorites? Probably the "casual" couple pictures on a bridge. But there were so many, this is an unfair question. His photos truly told the story of the day. Rich's favorite (he is weird) was me almost smashing the cake on his head. It was cute though.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

No way was he disrupting. Except for the formals we hardly knew he was there. Mel actually helped keep us on track because the day was pretty much a whirl wind and blur. He was almost our wedding coordinator because the one we hire didn't seem to know what to do. Mel helped her alot... Mel is morre than a photographer. I think he had over 15 years of doing weddings and it shows.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

On-line viewing and downloading, our album and 2 parents albums. RIGHTS to our images with no limitations. 20 prints of our choice. Almost 1000 photos (his contract said a minimum of 400), special effects and original pictures, all done in color and black and white. 4 sets of all our pictures on DVD. 2 photographers were an option. Our engagement session was magnificient and more than we expected.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

I really don't know where to start. My family thought he was fun and professional. My grandmother wants to "go steady with him". Rich and I loved everything thing about Absolutely Only. The price, the service, the quality of photographs, the quantity, the variety and especially their flexibility. Our only regret is that we didn't follow his recommendation and not party the night before. Even though I had a raging headache, Mel was patient and didn't push. In fact, except for the formals, we didn't even know he was there. One photographer charged 3 times more, and most where 2 times, but all were higher (at least 9 wedding photographers were looked at). It is funny, I didn't want to go "for the price" because my pictures were too important to me. More important than anything else except maybe my dress. But it just happened that the best photographer we found, happened to be the least expensive when we compared everything and the final cost. Mel seems to actually enjoy his work and you can see it in his creative pictures, along with the formal stuff. We are proud to recommend without hestitation, Mel of Absolutely Only Wedding Photography. One last thing: Our wedding albums was very cool and my mom cried when she saw hers. Rich's parent got one too, and we have the option to get as many as we want at cost. Owning the rights to our pictures is probably the best along with the on-line downloading and viewing for our family which is free as well. Mel, "thank you" so much.


Margaret Jones
Wedding on 2009-11-28


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GREAT service & pictures I just had to write

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Almost silly, but my favorite was all the cake cutting pictures. Absolutely Only caught every second of the sweetness and sillyness of it. I didn't plan it, but Sam got it all over his face "by accident". Mel helped us through the cake caking and we would have never known what to do, even saving the top layer for next year. Sam liked the special effects, about 400 out of over 1000 pictures. I also have to say all of them as well because we own the print rights to them. Oh, I also liked the retro style special effect like a 1950s magazine... very special. They are so creative it blew my mind and didn't expect the results we got. They are so good and they don't charge enough. Of course I told them that after my wedding.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel was "here, there and everywhere" as the Beatles say in their song and other than several specific pictures we really wanted that had to be timed for sunset and the traditional posed pictures, we hardly knew he was there. We didn't know why he wanted our rings for about 10 minutes, but we where flabbergasted in a very good way with the pictures he took with our rings in my bouquet. His "candids" showed virtually every aspect of my day. How one photographer can be everywhere and not be noticed still amazes me. Like I wrote action shots of the cake cutting, every second of it; over 40 sequenced pictures of just our 1st kiss and placement of the rings on our fingers. Leaping pictures of my bridemaids and groomsen were fab as well. The sequence of my bouquet flying thru the air. Wonderful.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We recieved 2 parents albums, and a large album for ourselves. 5 sets of 2 DVDs with pictures, full sized with print rights. Over 30 prints were included in our package. On-line proofs with downloading and sharing. Slide shows. Including and not expected: he HAND delivered our prints and albums to us. That was very special. Especially since he had reminded me many time through this last year to send me the numbers of the pictures we wanted in the album. Even thoough his contract said 30 days after getting the proofs he needed the numbers, we procrastinated for almost 8 months and he still got us our albums and why I am writing this so late. We are so impressed with the before, during and after services. Special people, they are.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We all wanted to adopt him. Fun, professional, regular people. I was worried after going to several weddings and seeing the snotty photographers. Not this guy. He helpped make my day; less stressful and much more fun, even during the pictures we had to pose for. Like another review: my only regret is that we should have hired him for more time after seeing the wonderful results we got in such a short period of time. How much more and even better could they have been? Is there better than fantastic? Maybe! My suster is booking him for her wedding in 2011 or 12.


Kalina Washburn
Wedding on 2010-07-02


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Perfect , A1, 10 stars plus

What was your favorite wedding photo?

If I had to pick just one: my great grand mother who is 94 and us (4 of them) together alone. I really like the romantic huggie type formals with Jefferson which didn't seemed posed because of the way they do it. "Just be yourselves" and we got over 50 pictures of just that part. Same with the familiy pictures, before the pose, the formal shot and then some after we all relaxed. Some very funny things happened then. We were a little worried before we booked with them about our photos because we are African-American and everybody seems to not get our color right. Too dark pictures and hard to see our faces, etc. Well Absolutely Only was fantastic. Best pictures ever of us, my family.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

They were there when necessary and hardly knew they were there when not doing the formal photography of us and our families. Ober 900 candids and 300 formals with some having special effects, actually a lot of them. Free ON-LINE proofs and free downloadable photos of all our pictures. We have nothing but wonderful things to say about their experience, the quality was terrific and we should have had them for our engagement pictures.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Their prices are the best we could find. We also own all the pictures and used his recommended processer also with graet prices. Computer DVD of our pictures, prints, 3 albums (our parents love theirs) and ours was bigger and very nice. Very contemporary. They also gave us 2 gifts of every picture in black and white, and again in email size (not on the contract).

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We were a little worried about our photos because we are African-American and everybody seems to not get our color right. Too dark pictures and hard to see our faces. Well Absolutely Only was fantastic. My family liked him too. He blended in just fine.


Alice Taylor
Wedding on 2010-07-03


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Wonderful wedding pictures, + more than I expected

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Of all the pictures I cannot select just one. Maybe a 100 favorite out of 1300. But even those were nice to good, some fantastic. Bruce likes the one showing me like a Hollywood Bride, back to camera, upper half turned showing my "curves" and me looking back. We were married on July 3 and recieved our pictures and albums, and slide shows today. WOW WOW WOW ! We had already seen our photos earlier because they have on-line services were they are uploaded. We also ordered pictures on our own thru his site that we didn't get for our package, but we can get as many as we want from his on line or order by ourselves with the 2 DVDs with all of our pictures. We didn't expect so many special effects along with all the originals pictures. Absoloutely's prices are also the best around. We came from Arizona and had a hard time finding a reasonably priced and PROFESSIONAL photographer, We are lucky we found Absolutely Only. Thank you. Everything is very nice and well beyond our wildest dreams.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We wanted pictures, we didn't care, but to answer the question: they did what we wanted, asked and more. They did even more. We love them as people and our photographers.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

DVDs (5 sets) of all our pictures and extra ones with special effects, 4 albums, 20 prints, on-line downloading and sharing with family (THE BEST) and ordering at regular street prices (we already ordered some, better pictures that local print makers, and price was even better). But most important and not contracted was their service. I must have called them 10 times before booking and never did I feel I was imposing. Then I am sure my 30 calls before the wedding was a bit much, but I would have never known it from their voice and personalities. Very nice folks.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My mother thought he was a family friend taking pictures. Not sure why she thought that, he had 3 cameras around his neck. He must have just blended in. During the formals he made it fun and less stressful.


Letha Johnson
Wedding on 2010-03-13


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Best wedding... and best pictures of us

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Mine was Stu smiling because he always wants to be the "tough guy" in photos, but Mel caught him many times enjoying himself. His, the first sight of me walking down the aisle. He also like the outdoor groups pictures. So did I.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel WAS PART of our day. He made us comfortable and never was pushy. Always polite to a fault. 100s of candids of things I did I had forgotten and I don't remember he taking the picture. Many action shots too passing off the bouquet, 1st kissing, guys jumping as a group shot, girls girls throwing their bouquets in the air; just endless action shots,

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

All were no extra cost. All the printing rights to our pictures, that were all on DVD and on-line, where we can also download big pictures. Great for our family, several slide shows, 3 albums plus we are ordering 2 more at cost. No engagement pictures because we lived in Vernonia before the wedding and really didn't need them. We only wanted 1 photographer, but they could give us more if we wanted. I could ask for more, and we actually got more than our package called for as a gift; plus we saved over 30% from the other photographer we were looking at; and Absolutely Only's work was better and we got more.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He made some people smile that I have never seen smile before, including Stu, who never smiles (sadly). He is polite, courteous and even funny sometimes. He make us feel special.


Maggie Townley
Wedding on 2010-07-04


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THEY gave us MORE than just on the contract

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Our favorite photo was the 1st bride/groom viewing each other before the ceremony; but they also got Tom's first sight of me during the ceremony (a real bonus). One photo is unfair because we wanted photo-journalist style, and got over 1,000 photos; but also received all in colour too. We also got more than contracted photos of traditional and formal. His posing was classic, but then did so unusal creative, almost avant-guarde styles. We also liked the Abbey Road walking across the street with my bridesmaids. Tom also liked his and his guys version too...

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

They were part of our day telling us whenever needed to just look around and they would be there. They were very professional and followed our guidelines and flow of the day without any disruption. My family was disruptive with their taken photos however and they went with the flow. Maybe that's why they liked them too, and after 10 hrs that is saying a lot.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Several 8x11 flush mount albums, just getting them today and all I can say is WOW. Made me cry remembering my day (in a good way). DVD slide show with our exact music we had during the ceremony and special dances. About 30 bonus prints, all different sizes. The most important is we own all the print rights to our pictures so we can get reprints at regular local rates. The best yet: ON-LINE proofs and downloading for me and my family, savings me a lot of time and effort. ALL for under $1600. Nobody else could touch their rates that we saw.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Very polite and advising them that all our pictures would be on-line so they didn't have to take pictures but could if they had to. I was especially moved with his helping my grand mothers move up and down stairs. About 6 family members asked them to eat with them... my mom calling Mel "Mr. Sweet". They liked his sense of humor, and his actually making a stressful day somewhat fun during pictures.


Toni Poppet
Wedding on 2009-11-28


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Want to tell you a story... a wonderful story

What was your favorite wedding photo?

The story is Mel did my mother's wedding when I was 6 years old and never forget her wedding pictures. Back in those days I remember he had a MONSTER camera (I think film) but pictures were so beautiful when I was a child, and so precious now, because she has passed away. Well, I knew I had to have him do my wedding some day, I was so lucky to have found him, because his studio's name was something like "Forever More", but I remember his name, did a google search and there he was. My day was in November of last year. And even though my mom's pictures were and are the best still... mine are even better. Sorry Mom. If I had to pick just one: Sunset picture on the beach, holding hands and looking at the waves.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

I wanted HIM to do my pictures, and I did care about what your question asks. But he did not disrupt the Almost too many candids... to choose is almost impossible a task, a fun impossible task. John and my portraits are real special to us, except the scrunchy nose one of John who was mugging for the photo... He likes it however.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

My mother paid over $3000 (over $5000 in todays' dollars) 19 years ago, mine was about $900 in those 1989 dollars, today dollars 2,400 about for over 18 hrs... We got his largest package (and he gave us 2 extra hours as a memory to my mother thing) which was MUCH LESS when compared to 1989 dollars my mother paid, with a lot more stuff.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He is more than a photographer to me, even though his rates and packages are the best when (sadly) I did compare and would have used him anyway. He is so kind, and without be sappy... shows his love towards us in give photographs. Artist is too minimalist of a word for him... is there a better word. Mel will hate this review... and I don't care. This is how John and feel. I only hope he is around when MY DAUGHTER gets married some day.


Mike O'Connell
Wedding on 2010-02-27


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Our wedding was DYNO-MITE and so were Pictures

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Our daughters (3 and 5) throwing flowers (not just dropping) as the flower girls. My new brides: She says pictures of me, but I think she likes the romantic after ceremony pictures the best. Frankly we liked the special effects the best, except for the formal pictures of family members we rarely see; even one from England.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Disrupting? No, never, in fact they helped keep everything on task gently. Over 500 candids, and 200 more formal pictures with portraits. One portrait of me I never even saw the photographer, best of them all because I have a "camera smile". They knew that so got a lot of pictures with me knowing by clicking the picture before the count and after I thought picture was taken. This photographer KNOWS what he doing. I didn't want to do one picture becomes it seemed "cheesy" but my wife made me, and it is now the picture over our fireplace and I really like it.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

On-line downloading of big pictures, we can send a link and family can download to their computer or order on line (great savings) especially for Nathan and his family in England

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Friendly, professional, made us smile sometimes by whispering to us something... My wife doesn't like to smile, so he did some without and then "maybe you will like them" had us smile. Whatever we wanted. He even told us how the cake should be cut because nobody seemed to know even at the facility, and even helped my grand mother go up and down steps... very nice guy and like part of the family. He thanked US for allowing him to "shoot our wedding". WE THANK HIM !


Melony Tucker
Wedding on 2009-12-31


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wonderful start to the NEW YEAR

What was your favorite wedding photo?

One? If I say one, my husband will be upset, and if I say the other my dad will be upset. So... I liked all the portraits of my husband and me after the ceremony, especially the artsy ones with black and white with something in the image having color. I liked the pictures of the father-daughter dance, and him walking me down the aisle.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel was not disruptive at all. In fact he was very helpful keep us on schedule without being pushy. Over 500 candids of our entire day. Lots of action shots. Many portraits of me, my husband and together... absolutely wonderful. I can't say enough. A+++++

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Slide shows, albums, DVD with all our pictures and rights to them. 30 prints. On-line website (which is GREAT)

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My mother was taken by him, giggled all the time. Had some trouble getting her to stop. My family was VERY comfortable with him.


Tammie Ackers
Wedding on 2010-05-07


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Sometimes it can be too good to be true

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Well, I have to say two. Zeke's face when he saw me for the 1st time in my dress walking into the church during the ceremony and one very very nice special effect photo of all my brides maids and bouquets colored, but everything else black and white. But this question is kind of unfair... we loved 99%, but those 2 were my favorites. Zeke liked our casual private intimate formals after the ceremony the most.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

They went with our flow. Our DJ was less than perfect for annoucing and changed things, but Mell didn't blink and got everything we wanted and more. We were also late, but he got everything there too... We received over 800 candids (almost like a documentary of everything that happened that day) with the 300+ formals. 15 pictures of my bouquet going thru the air. 10 of the garter... and more than 15 of our 1st kiss and then a dip.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We own all the pictures, evben though we got some prints with our package we can get even more with anybody who develops the prints. Several DVD slide shows. 3 flush mount (?) albums, 2 for my parents, 1 for his and one for us... and more if we want at cost. We also got a fun "bobble" head of us for the wedding since her had done our engagement pictures too.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Let me just say, "he was like family" in a good way. My aunts still talk about his been fun and gracious... I remember they had to say good bye to him. He was always worried that I would get tired, so her always checked on me and I took breaks when necessary. Nice nice guy...


Jim J
Wedding on 2010-05-15


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We were very happy ! 2 thumbs up, WAY UP !

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Mine was seeing Jennie for the 1st time walking down the isle. Jennie's was "different family and bridal party pictures" styles we never saw before, and they were fun to do... the traditional poses were nice too. There are just too many to pick one.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Very courteous BUT fun, making us feel relaxed. Hardly knew he was there. Actually both photographers were very personable, unobtrusive yet keeping us on track. The day just flew by and we were grateful they did that. OMG hundreds of candids including pictures of stuff I still don't remember but must have happened because I have the pictures... very artsy and photo documentary in style. Lots of action shots --- the kiss, walking back from the ceremony, bouquet and garter shots were fun... lots in the sequence. He also had us walk together... I especially liked the ones of Jennie and me after the ceremony being by ourselves holding hands and just walking. The sequence of the groomsmen and me jumping was cool too. Wonderful individual and together portraits. Jennie was concerned about a certain facial feature and Mel was wonderful in reducing her concern with certain posing.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

DVDs with rights so we can print our own anywhere. We also recommend the service he recommends because it saved us money and they were fast; we order from his on-line proof site. That on-line site is worth the price of his service alone... Many prints, 3 albums (1 for us and 1 for each parent), we are also ordering a very nice traditional album at cost ! They used the exact music we had for our slide shows. Our engagement pictures were part of the package... very nice too.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Mel and Jane are very engaging and pleasantly fun photographers; making everybody coomfortable and SMILES all around.


Peter Jenkins
Wedding on 2010-02-13


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Wonderful pictures, great service. THE BEST

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Most everyone of the ceremony ! One is hard to pick, but there is a very beautiful picture, and unique, of Sara, my wife, looking back at me down the path way. I also like my groomsmen's group action shots.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

He worked with us, on our schedule with little reminders occassionally. He told us to "forget he was there" and just enjoy the day. That worked because we just forgot he was there, and the pictures looked unposed and natural. He even made the traditional formal poses fun.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

WOW... even we were promised and more. Prints, DVD with full size photographs (3 DVD sets, a total of 5 sets) because we had over 1,000 pictures, slide shows with our special music (Mel is a DJ too), but most important we can use any producer of prints because we own the copy rights to the images. We used the option of 2 photographers because the ceremony was real complex and wanted different angles. We also got 2 leather albums and 4 flush mount albums. He also did 5 collauges we were not expecting.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My family has booked him for another family gathering and a wedding in 2011. They liked him a lot, and especially our pictures.


Gloria Garcia
Wedding on 2010-04-17


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Check this photographer out... We loved them

What was your favorite wedding photo?

One? Maybe 50, and then we liked 576 other too. But for one... our sunset silloette. Beautiful colors and background. A WOW ! I also liked the natural poses he did, relaxed and natural... fun pictures too !

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Except for the posed shots I knew that he and the 2nd photographer were around, but had to really look. He was there when we wanted them, or our schedule, and had to be there at other times because he got so many pictures when we didn't know he was taking pictures. One of my favorite pictures (I suppose action shot) was Jared and me running across the field with multiple exposures. Kind of like an old fashioned movie with lovers running together... kind of cheesy and would have never asked for it, but they are wonderful. Many portraits of us being natural together. One is on our wall, a large 11x17 perfect wedding picture of him kissing my hand.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Full print rights to our pictures, 2 DVDs with all of our pictures large fine images, several DVD slide shows with our special music on it, on line downloading and sharing plus easy ordering, lots of prints and 2 surprise gifts... I can't remember everything right now

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Like I wrote above, and made taking pictures fun. Mel was very helpful in recognizing when I was tired of pictures and would start again when I WAS READY. Most of my family spoke Spanish, but it didn't seem to be a problem. Everybody loved him trying to speak Spanish... it was funny. Sorry to mention that Mel, but it was fun to see how hard you were trying, senior.


Terry Jonas
Wedding on 2010-05-15


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WOW... what a photographer ! Saved a bundle too !

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There wasn't just one, but if I had to pick: on the hill looking back at the venue, looking very pretty... but he did some many and many special effects there must be 50. I also liked hundreds of the originals

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Except for the formals we didn't really even know when he was there. Once in awhile he would whisper to me something to relieve the tension. Very patient and nice man. I have over 500 candids. He really told the story of my day from the early morning to the final exit. Didn't skip a beat... He did a sequence of the cake cutting, bouquet toss... still can't figure out how he got so many images in such a short period of time. Portraits galore, we are printed a 24x36 for over our mantle that makes me look like a model (and I usually hate my pictures) with my handsome husband...

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

DVDs with full size pictures, slide shows; on-line viewing, sharing, full size downloading for anybody I want for forever, prints and some freebies we didn't expect... oh, 3 coffee table albums and we have the option to by a professional leather crafted flush or traditional album(s) AT COST plus 15% whenever

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He said that we must like him, his style and trust him before he would even contract with us. That we should treat him as a long known family member and he would blend in. My family loved him, thought he was pleasant, friendly and fun. He got smiles even out of my sometimes grumpy family members because of the general stress of planning this wedding. Absolutely Only Wedding should have 10 stars, not just five.


Dorothy Pierce


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Superb wedding and family portrait photography

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Mel did a very creative modification to a shot of our daughter and new husband that he converted to black and white with a hazy effect and the wedding candle lit. when I think of that lovely day this shot in particular comes to mind . It was ethereal and romantic.
He also, on 06 20 2010 did a charming collage of some of the many great shots he did of our family. He truly captured the moment for us all.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel was present but never intrusive. He took shots we requested and offered some really fun suggestions, ie one of the guys in the wedding party's hands. They had all gotten manicures along with the ladies. He made getting pictures taken fun and not a chore.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Since most of us are very comfortable with digital photos, Mels method of doing the digital work with creativity and tons of shots that he provided both on-line and in DVD format was ideal for us. He does not do prints but did steer us towards services that did. He was immensely affordable but remarkably talented.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Mel is very personable and open, never directive or annoyingly intrusive. We liked his work so much that we had him do family portraits this Father's Day to include my 91y mother. I am looking forward to printing many of these and they absolutely wonderful both the candids and the formal shots. He captures the important moments beautifully.


Lynne Perry
Wedding on 2007-06-28


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Easily the best photographer ever


Tabitha Perry
Wedding on 2007-06-04


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The best photographer! And at the best price!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

One? Sorry, there isn't just one. Mel got great shots of me, my husband, our family, friends, all of the entire experience really! I love the candids as much as the formal shots! I love the pictures of our rings and that he took the effort to get pictures of my brother and his wife, our good friends, and even a group photo. Mel took shots I never thought of but totally appreciate and love, I'm grateful that he took the time to get to know us and was able to get pictures we didn't think to ask for! All of the pictures are lifetime treasures!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel blended in so well that he was able to get true candids, some really fun ones too. When shared with friends and family later there were lots of stories, "I didn't realize he was taking that, here's what was happening...". I love the formal portraits, he did a great job with getting all the important shots and including those with parents and step-parents. What I remember most about the formal shoot is laughing, a lot. It shows in the pictures, people are smiling naturally. Mel is a gifted photographer!! He's the whole package; great eye/talent, knows the tools of his trade, and has the personality to pull it off with grace.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Our wedding package was perfect! All pictures are our property! There was no picking and choosing because we could only get a set number, instead we have all of them and, with Mel's guidance, know who to use online to print the copies we want, when ever we want them. He also did some editing to some of the pictures, some of which are amongst my favorites.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

When we sat down to meet with Mel it quickly became apparent that we had found our photographer. He was personable and it was evident that he is passionate about what he does. Yes, he has a standard contract to protect himself and you (the client), along with a picture list so you can make sure to get the pictures most important to you. But he goes beyond this, he gets to know you and becomes so much more than someone contracted to take pictures. In an unobtrusive manner he comes up with totally new and different ideas that work out wonderfully, pulling out individual's personalities. Mel gets 6 out of 5 stars as far as my husband and I, and our family, are concerned!


Carina McGough
Wedding on 2008-07-13


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ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

It is so hard for either my husband or myself to pick a favorite! They were all so wonderful! I think we favor one with us in the grass. I was laying on top of him with my elbow on his chest and he looked like he was asleep. Mel did such an amazing job with the effects and it's a stunning b/w with my bouquet in color!!!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

So many of our family members are hard to get good pictures of. Mel was such an amazing photographer that we now have at least one amazing "haha we got your picture and you didn't know it" shot of each member in the family. He simply blended in as "Uncle Mel" and was like one of the family. Everyone really enjoyed meeting him and we truly felt he was our guest rather than a vendor. As for action shots, we didn't stop moving very much that day but there are so many wonderful shots of my husband and I dancing and everyone mingling and having a wonderful time.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I could not believe the AMAZING deal we got for the price we paid!! Most photographers are stingy and WAY over priced. Not only was the price far cheaper than any other wedding photographer and was custom made to our budget, we got more than we could've imagined:
Rehearsal Photo Shoot; several hours of photography; HUNDREDS of shoot; copies of all the proofs; NO COPY RITE!!!; DVD Slide Show; CD of all images in full, web, and email size formats; photo books; and so much more......not to mention the priceless gift of going from the stress of trying to plan and survive my wedding to finding a photographer that was in my budget price wise and was such a joy to work with that everyone (including my husband and myself) felt was a great family friend!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

I could never say enough how much we enjoyed working with Mel and Absolutely Only. My family still to this day comments on how much fun the photo shoots were, how amazing the pictures turned out, and how we couldn't have found a better photographer to capture and share the biggest day of my life!!!!!


Nell Babcock


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Wonderful way to own ALL your pictures!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Flower girl and ring bearer (bride and grooms kids!)

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Did a great job of fitting in with the crowd. Candids, action and portraits were great.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

All shots in color and black and white as well as several artistic renditions of many shots.
Made a wonderful DVD to music of all shots as well as CD of pics

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Knew what he was doing, friendly and unobtrusive


Katie Jake


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WOW WOW WOW

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There were about 50, but if I have to pick ONE: Mel color popped every one of my ceremony photos and on one evrey bridesmaid (6) and my bouquet were color popped, and so were the grooms boutineirs and the groomsmans too. How he did that, I'll never know, because we never saw him take that picture during the ceremony. AMAZING.. my dad who paid for more than half loved his "no more money" picture with me FUNNY

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

The photography flow was very smooth. Mel introduced himself to all the family and bridal party. He told use to pretend "he wasn't there" except during the traditional poses. We were surprised with all the candid great pictures he got, especially my little talk with the flower girl before the ceremony --- very sweet. I knew exactly what he was going to do because of our pre meetings and emails. He captured every picture I wanted. I should have hired him for more time. "Great" with candids is an understatement. Fantastic is the word. He was truthful of combining his classic and photo-journalism AS I WANTED. I expected only one kiss picture, but he got the entire sequence of the 1st kiss from being asked by the minister, to the tears I had after and Tony's laughing after... 30 regular ones in color, plus special effected ones, plus black and white pictures... over 60 pictures of a 10 second moment. On his slide show it looked like an old flicker movie ! WOW My romantic pictures with Tony still make me cry... it was a special day !

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I was surprised when we wanted his expensive package, and he actually made suggestions where he made less money to help our budget. His packages are almost too good to be true, but he even did more than I expected. I was a little concerned that he was the lowest cost of all the wedding photographers I spoke with, but he gave us more than the most expensive photography (BIG NAME). We booked 5 hours for the before 1st viewing and formal pictures, ceremony and reception... we wanted 7 hours, but he told us we were wasting our "honeymoon" money and we booked 5 hrs with the option for more... didn't need it and Mel DID save us money (and my Dad). We had over 700 photos on DVDs (he just gave use 3 extra copies for free), we are on-line so I can share my pictures with a special code... 3 flush mount coffee table albums. We only had a 2nd photographer for the ceremony. The best though is we own ALL the copy rights to our pictures, and he even recommended 2 great processors, and as he said "less expensive than local printers" and great quality. I still can't believe I got 50, 8x10s for $49, and 11x14s for $1.29 Slide shows on DVD and on-line

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Mel (and Janie) are professional AND friendly, making us all feel comfortable. He said he'd be my valium, and he was. I was a mess. He said if I had what he called "crankie face", he'd make me take a break... happened once, and he was so sweet... it all worked out; even my parents liked him.


Brittany Kunkle
Wedding on 2009-07-26


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Absolutely Only Wedding Photography Rocks!!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Mel provided many beautiful photos and it is very hard to say which is my favorite. One of my top favorite wedding photos was of me and my husband when we saw eachother for the first time before the ceremony and formal pictures took place. Mel did a wonderful job setting up the scene, and his light editing gave the photo a magical feeling and touch!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel is very on tops of things, he knows how much needs to be done in order to get all the shots he needs, but he does so in a very nice and professional mannor. He even kept me on top of things (ie: when to do the garter and flower toss)! Like I said before, I have many wonderful photos, way more than I even know what to do with! I have plenty of both candids and action shots as well as about 200 photos of just my husband and I in our private session!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We received all of our pictures on CDs (3 different copies) with the rights to them!! I was very excited about this fact because since Mel gives us the rights to the photos, it allows us to have the freedom to print how ever we want! He also made us hardcover books that included approx. 20-30 of our favorite shots. We were also given copies of a slideshow that he put together for us that included music from our wedding!!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Mel was great with making everyone feel comfortable, he is quite the character! =P


Jacob Brown
Wedding on 2008-02-23


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Wonderful experience

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There was a photo that was taken of my wife and I that some how and some way, Mel captured completely the love and purity that we share with one another. When we saw that picture arrive in the packet we were brought to tears from the shear beauty and amazement that Mel delivered.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We had many children at the wedding that day and even though they were running around being wild and getting in the way, at no time did Mel OR his assistant show that they were distraught at all. Mel also went out of his way to make everyone there feel as though they were not being "photographed", they were just a part of the family having fun and taking wonderful and amazing pictures during the wedding.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We only ordered 200 pictures on a cd. But we received over 750 pictures on a dvd, and some amazing prints from the wedding as well. Every shot was perfect and some how Mel made them all show the real beauty of the day and the emotion that we all felt as well.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Everything that Mel did for us made us feel as though we were there ONLY to have fun and to be with our family on our special day. At no time did we feel pushed to do something or act a certain way so that he could take a picture. He just had a way of capturing the mood of the atmosphere the entire time that he was there.

Thank you for everything that you did for us Mel, you went above and beyond the call of duty. You gave us exactly what we wanted and so much more.


Sharlene Green


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What was your favorite wedding photo?

Actually, there were so many favorites, we had a hard time picking out just a few of the hundreds of shots taken. Mel was able to capture the special moments and add special effects that made them even more special.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel actually helped keep things moving smoothly. Whether it was time for the champagne toast, cutting the cake or throwing the bouquet he was there to organize and think out of the box for the pictures. They were unusual and we loved them. Some of our family and friends that have seen the pictures don't even remember their pictures being taken and those are some of our favorite pictures.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I think the most valuable thing that was included in our photo package was the fact that we own our pictures. We have many family members that wanted the family photos, there would have been no way we could have afforded to buy as many as we needed. The DVD, Mel put together with some of the pictures and music is absolutely wonderful. We did have two photgraphers, one of which was his wife Jane. It was wonderful to be able to have her in our dressing room to take some special candid pictures, my favorite was a picture of the wedding gown hanging and a picture of both Mom and Mom-in-law lacing up the corsett.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

We were running an hour late, so our pictures that were suppose to be taken prior to the wedding had to be taken after the ceremony. Mel went with the flow and made it fun, not only for the wedding party, but our guests, as well, which really showed up in the pictures. Thanks, Mel.


Jay Redmond


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A day to remember!!!!!!!!!!!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There were so many awesome pictures, I can't imagine picking just one. I really love images captured durring our first dance. i can't believe how well Mel was able to capture the moment without being in the way.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel arived to our event very early, and was able to easily calm the nerves of an anxious bride. We were ably to laugh and have so much fun during what could have been such a stressful time. Actually, with a family full of sisters, I have never been in a wedding party where photography was so easy.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I have an awesome album of photos... A DVD with hundreds of pictures that are all mine... and we couldnt have gotten what we did for this price anywhere!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Definately! I can't say enough! Thank you so much for capturing our memories!


Denise Lancaster
Wedding on 2009-12-29


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AMAZING

What was your favorite wedding photo?

I don't have just one - In fact there isn't one photo I didn't love.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

He was wonderful - he just walked around and took amazing pictures, or would find groups already sitting together and get what you would have thought was a set up shot, only after talking to people in the pictures did we find out they didn't even know he had taken them. If he saw something he would wait until we were free and then say I want to take this picture if you have a minute. He was wonderful

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We owned all our pictures, he also gave us dvd's of our pictures, slide shows, wedding albums. He did all our pictures in color and black and white, and some with different effects. If there was one we liked I would email him and ask if he could do it to other pictures, and he always has. It's been six months and he is still sending us pictures with different techniques.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He was wonderful, my sister is disabled and in a wheelchair, he asked my family if he could get her set up for one of our formal shots and was amazing with her. He is just a nice guy and very laid back - it was wonderful.


Melisa Bounnam
Wedding on 2007-05-19


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The best and only photographer for me & my family!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

I had so many favorite wedding photos. The reason being is that Mel used various creative projections of our pictures. Some were traditional which were beautiful, and some were more artistic and had some added features which I loved putting around our home so it didn't look like we had all just traditional poses. Mel was also able to take some great photos of my family members throughout the wedding which I loved because I couldn't exactly take all of it in, being so busy throughout the ceremony and reception. I absolutely LOVED the smiles he brought to all the faces he captured!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel did a great job with staying on point in the time frame we gave him. He tried very hard to accomodate all my bridal demands and yet continued to be servicing to my family and I!!!! As I said earlier, he took beautiful pictures of my family which I love and was so honored to share with them!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I received DVD of the photos and ALL my photo rights. I also received a picture dvd slide show of my wedding ceremony/reception! As one photographer he did it all for us! My husband and I AND my parents were very satisfied since they were the one who generously paid for his services as a gift to my husband and I!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My family enjoyed having Mel as a photographer! I will always use him for future needs. I will always recommend him to other potential customers who are in search of a quality photographer! Not only was he very professional he also became one of the family! He made my inlaws feel very at ease and brought smiles to many faces that evening! Especially to mines!

As a photographer, not only did he bring quality to his work, but he went above and beyond what I expected. He really took the time to work with me on what I wanted and show me various things he could do with my pictures. Even giving me some that I really didn't expect! Having being 5 mos pregnant at the time of my wedding, he was very good about capturing me in a "non" pregnant manner and then in some very touching pictures, honored my pregnancy. In addition, Mel worked very professionally with the other people I had there assisting (i.e, my makeup person, flower arragements, dj) I really couldn't ask for more!

After hanging numerous pictures of my wedding around my house, not only do I have great satisfaction with them, I adore them so much and how it captures the happiness and meaning of such an important day in my life!!! Thanks Mel for EVERYTHING!!!


susan spivey
Wedding on 2009-04-25


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spivey wedding

What was your favorite wedding photo?

signing papers

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

very quiet and observant; patient with formals and wedding party joking around

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

DVD of all photos, special framed formal of bride and groom. No albums desired by bride.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

By being very patient and making good suggestions for settings, etc.


Ilene Wallace
Wedding on 2007-08-19


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Superb job capturing our special day!!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

We had so many great pictures that it is impossible to choose just one favorite! I love the picture he took during the ceremony of our kiss. He was able to capture several shots at different angles and they turned out beautifully! Also when we were having our first dance, he took some very romantic shots as well.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel was not disruptive at all! Most of the time at weddings, you can see the photographer getting in front of people or stepping up very close to the bride and groom, but we didn't have to deal with anything like that at all. Mel was very good at getting close ups without being right in our faces or in people's way. He had some great creative ideas for some fantastic shots and just did a fabulous job all around. When people look at our wedding album, they always compliment us on how gorgeous our photos are! We could not be happier!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We received all of our pictures, including the rights to them!! This is a VERY valuable deal for us, since we wanted to print so many of them for our families. He also made us hardcover books that have many beautiful shots in them. We were given several copies of a slideshow that HE put together for us that included music from our wedding!!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

He made us feel comfortable by not bossing us around like some other photographers do. He would make suggestions and really LISTEN to what we wanted. My husband and I LOVE our pictures and we will treasure them always! Thank you, Mel for doing such a great job!


Janice Trouper
Wedding on 2009-06-14


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Great photos, did everthing and more

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Actually photoS. We wanted something different. Greg and I wanted to have all the groomsmen jumping in unusual poses. We had seen Mel, our photographer, had done some very unusual poses in his studio and on-line and that's want we were looking for and wanted along with the usual traditional pose... He did hat and more than we expected.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We were in a very small building and were worried about this, but I have to say, except for the the posed traditional pictures and the unusual pictures we wanted, we hardly knew he was there. Mel worked well with our DJ and was spot on for all the events we wanted pictures of. Mel even got shots of things I would not have thought of. Without being over the top, Mel is a PRO. We rec'd over 800 pictures and special effects, all our pictures in color AND black and white (not expected)... one of my favorites is when I am talking to my flower girl... still warms my heart.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We got 4 sets of DVD images with full rights to print our own anywhere. He also recommended 2, maybe 3, great on line picture processers. Prints units were a bonus, 8 8x12, 8 8x10 and alot of 5x7s. We didn't need his 2nd photographer, the building was too small. We also got 3 flush mount albums. He also offerred us free on line viewing and sharing, and downloading. That is very neat !

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

I think my mom has a crush on him... my family thought he was relaxing and his services were a pleasure. When we were beginning to get tense with pictures he was funny and made us take a break


Sandra Hagerty
Wedding on 2009-12-22


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OUR SPECIAL DAY

What was your favorite wedding photo?

We have so many favorites! He caught such great footage throughout the whole day, from beginning to end.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Even though part of the wedding party was running late, he assured us that we were doing fine and didn't rush us. And with that we got some amazing shots. Also they were able to get more shots then we were expecting.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

We had two wedding photographers, albums and dvds. A lot of my husbands family wasn't able to attend the wedding. So it was nice to give them a dvd/slideshow of the wedding and music. It was like they were at the wedding as well.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

From the moment we had a contract with Mel and Jane it was like they were a part of our family. We had an issue with out invitations, the date was wrong. I called them just asking for advice, and they were so helpful. So when it came time to our photos i was completely comfortable with them. They made sure to get exactly what we wanted on such a short amount of time, and never once did we feel rushed. They were very professional and polite, which is a big thing with my family. it was never like they were strangers, it was like they were part of the family taking pictures, for us to remember our special day. Thank You Both!


Robert Drake
Wedding on 2009-12-19


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Total Satisfaction!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

"You May Kiss The Bride" photo will always be our favorite. That is the moment our lives truly began as "ONE"! We have a thirty six inch framed photo over our fireplace. The quality was as excellent as the oritinal photo, even after being blown up to that size!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Mel provided us with the total story of our special day... Looking at our photos is like reliving our wedding, especially the candid shots. Some we laugh at and some causes a few tears of joy... Our wedding party was quite a challenge for Mel, with all that was going on at times it was difficult for Mel to get everyone in place for the many special shots that we wanted... but Mel managed to take control and we now have such quality, beautiful photos / videos of our very special day!
We thank you Mel !!!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Two Photographers, both working as a team!! Our original DVD is now in our home safe and we had Mel make several duplicates for family and friends that were not able to attend.
We have had so many comments on the DVD's and how it made our family and friends feel like they actually attended our wedding! Our Wedding Package from Mel was totally worth every penny spent. We never expected so many photos and Mel captured so many special shots that we didn't even think about. I can see now that being a professional photographer is not just pressing the shutter button on a camera!
Thanks so much Mel and we apologize for running late!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Mel was like part of the family.... We didn't feel like he was a stranger that we hired to capture our wedding. He joked along with members of our family, was always polite and most of all very PROFESSIONAL! My wife's aunt and uncle renewed their wedding vows and Mel captured that special moment... and didn't charge us any extra. We highly recommend Absolutelyonly as your wedding photographer. If your running late and some in your party hit the champagne a bit early, Mel will do what it takes to capture YOUR SPECIAL DAY!
We both thank you so much Mel and your wife ( 2nd photographer "Jane" ) For ALL that you did to capture our Special Day....
We will be contacting you for more duplicates that are in high demand !!

Thanks Again!

Rob


Ryan Smith
Wedding on 2009-12-15


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dissapointed

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There were only a couple, very dissapointed.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Right before i was to walk around the aisle and get married Mel came up to me because a bridesmaid got upset with him and his feelings were hurt, so i told him not to worry about it and to do his job.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

DVD's with all the pictures

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

One of my groomsmen had brain surgery about 6 months earlier and it was physically impossible for him to smile, we told him that, and he kept telling him to smile. Was very bossy which was somewhat understandable because we were losing light, but he could have gone about it in a more polite manner.

Vendor's Response

I was totally blindsided and shocked when I saw this review. I was under the impression that the bride and groom were happy with my services 8 MONTHS earlier and their photos, never hearing from them which is not uncommon. On the wedding day we had arrived 30 minutes early to begin shooting the bridal party 2 hours before the wedding. <br>

The bride and groom were 1.5 hrs late in their arrival with the ceremony to start 45 minutes after they arrived. I tried to hurry them along to get the images they contracted for within a now limited time frame in a professional, and I thought humorous manner, to take away their anxiety and the fact guests were beginning to arrive, further delaying the shoot. <br>

Obviously I failed to do that. All in all they rec'd 5 times the usual amount of images, of which I was not disappointed with, in fact using many on my website. Their perceptions and memories seem rather distorted and very different than mine, probably due to the pressures of their being very late. <br>

I had asked a groomsman to smile twice, asking "do you have a smile in there" in what I thought was a friendly and humorous manner because I couldn't figure out why he wouldn't smile. THEN found out from a hostile bridesmaid that this gentleman had recently had brain surgery. After finding out this information I never asked him to smile further. I then apologized TO HIM about my ignorance (because it was the right thing to do), and he said "no big deal". I also apologized to the groom (because it was the right thing to do) stating what had happened "and told him I hope I didn't hurt HIS feelings" and he said "don't worry about it, just continue to do what you need to do", I thought in an understanding manner. Not to make excuses, this was a very difficult shoot, with hostile clients (one bridesmaid specifically, and not, I thought, the bride and groom) for what reasons I still am perplexed, except arriving very late and apparently not being forthcoming with issues. Having hundreds of satisfied clients over 20 years, and always doing my best no matter what the circumstances, client satisfaction is extremely important to me and I always give more... we also stayed beyond our contracted time in order to make they day less stressful to get other important shots that were delayed at no charge. This was a VERY surprising review !


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