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Hi! I'm Melanie, a San Diego wedding and family photographer specializing in creative, fun imagery.

Wedding coverage for 2019-20 begins at $1250 for 4 hours of coverage with Mel; you can add hours and an engagement session to create your own package. Two-photographer options begin at $1650 for 4 hours, so you can choose and customize the right coverage for your big day. You'll receive an online proofing/purchasing gallery and digital download of all final, high-res photos.

Simply put, I love photography. (And you should if it's your job, right?) My husband, Phill, and I had both photographed for fun for much of our youth and early adulthood, but we fell into business quite by accident. After getting married in 2007 and realizing that wedding photography is an incredible opportunity to take photos of people at their happiest, we found ourselves photographing a few weddings for friends and family members as favors to them before deciding to do things properly and officially forming our business in 2008. We ran the business together for 5+ years, but after the birth of our daughter, I took over full-time and am thrilled to capture such beautiful, exciting moments in my clients' lives.

I love to have fun on the job, bring personality to my images, and naturally photograph people, whether it be at a wedding or in the backyard with their kids. While I offer some direction when we work together, you won't find me overly-posing you into position or asking you to be something you're not. I like you just the way you are.

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One Event / Day
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Add'l Hours
Engagement Shoot
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One Event / Day
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Wedding Portraits

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Navdeep Sent on 04/17/2019
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We love our wedding photos!

Mel is an incredible photographer! We found Mel and Goodnickels Photography on Wedding Wire and loved her style and natural and relaxed candid photos. Our first meeting with her went really well and she was nothing but professional, communicative and fun and easy to work with throughout the planning process. She helped us figure out timeline order and a specific list of portraits for the big day so everything ran smoothly with our wedding party and family. The day of, Mel and her assistant made us feel so comfortable and captured all of the fun and special moments in the ceremony, reception and in between. We are so happy with how all of the photos turned out and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer! Thank you again for everything!
Melissa Sent on 02/08/2018
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Melanie did the photography for our wedding. She was on time, professional, and listened to what we wanted. The photos were beautiful and we got digital copies of our photos for our use. This was WONDERFUL as many other photographers charge an additional cost to give you the rights to your own photos (crazy, I Know!)! I would HIGHLY recommend!
Leanne Sent on 02/07/2018
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I worked with Mel back in 2016 and organized my wedding reception photography from Phoenix for San Diego and she made the process easy and seamless. We asked very specifically for candid photos as my husband and I are pretty camera shy. Our photos worked out great and and she did a fantastic job and was very flexible with receipt of photos (all digital). She is highly recommended!
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