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Anti-Clich茅 Wedding Photography & Meaningful Elopement Adventures That Won't Hijack Your Day

I document sincere emotion and uncontrived moments with a photojournalistic approach. I am also an expert elopement guide who helps couples plan their adventure before documenting it. Couples who work with me want something more meaningful than traditional, cookie-cutter wedding photography. If you're looking for someone who won't make you fake a laugh or turn your wedding into a photoshoot, let's talk!

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melissa

contact: info.melissaergo@gmail.com

www.melissaergo.com

IG @melissa_ergo

SANTA CRUZ / BIG SUR / NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

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Robyn
Robyn J. Married on 06/25/2023
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Incredible

I have seldom come across anyone who is as good at anything as Melissa is at wedding photography. She was one of the first vendors we secured, and we are so lucky we did. She has a remarkable talent for taking photos in low-light situations, like under a redwood canopy or on a dance floor. She has a quiet, kind presence, and she is a natural at making people around her feel comfortable. During the portrait shoot, she knew exactly when to pause and remind people to take a deep breath and release their shoulders. I almost never noticed her moving around taking candids during the reception.

The photos she took are absolutely stunning. I was expecting excellent photos, but when she sent the first previews my jaw dropped. She truly captured the spirit of the celebration, and these photos will help me remember the best day of my life in vivid detail. If she has your wedding date available and you like what you see, book her right away!
Alyssa
Alyssa B. Married on 09/10/2022
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Melissa is the sweetest soul--definitely hire her as your photographer!

Melissa is the sweetest soul and having her energy and her manner of communicating was so grounding and comforting throughout the craziness of the wedding day itself. She made sure we didn鈥檛 get overwhelmed with taking photos all while making sure we got the shots that we wanted (the questionnaire she sent close to our wedding was so thoughtful and detailed, even being mindful of family relations/situations). It also helped that she got married at the same venue we chose, Waterfall Lodge, and knew all the best spots. We loved how she checked in with us continually throughout the wedding day to make sure all of our needs were met and we were enjoying ourselves. She also worked so well with our videographers and we love her approach to photography of capturing candid moments, showcasing the setting and the real emotions, all while being so stealthy. We highly recommend having her be your photographer and on your dream team!! Also an amazing bonus was the select preview photos she sent to us the day after the wedding so we already had something to share and to look back on!
Aleah
Aleah W. Married on 07/23/2022
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Perfection

Melissa was the most phenomenal photographer. Honestly, if you are reading this you must be considering her - and let us save you some time, GO BOOK HER you will be so glad you did. She gave us STELLAR wedding photos - they are incredibly stunning and lovely. As she is a documentary photographer, she perfectly captured the emotions of each moment and caught so many wonderfully candid photos. We MUCH prefer to now have these types of real feeling photos rather than overly staged photos - our favorite photos are moments she captured where we are laughing or looking at each other during speeches. That said, she took really beautiful portraits of us as well, she has an incredible eye and picked the most beautiful scenery for the backgrounds. We are drawn to the candids, but trust us SHE CAN DO IT ALL.

We also did an engagement session with Melissa the year before our wedding. We鈥檝e never had professional photos taken before and wanted a practice run before the big day. The photos were equally beautiful (even without the hair, makeup, etc we had on wedding day!) and she coached us through how to have our pictures taken and helped us still feel natural. We are so glad we opted to book that with her!

Not only were the photos absolutely breathtaking, but she was such a joy to work with as a human. Melissa is incredibly kind, gracious, and thoughtful. She is exactly the type of person we needed (and wanted) as someone who was closely with us for the entirety of our wedding day. She knew exactly how to make us (and our families!) feel comfortable and relaxed during our portrait sessions, which led to really natural looking photos.

We feel SO lucky that we found Melissa and got to work with her for our wedding. Please choose her - you will be so, so thrilled.
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