If you’re lucky enough to find that Melani is available for your big day, book her NOW! After having witnessed the magic she created at a friend’s wedding, we knew that Melani Lust was the perfect photographer for us. Most excited for her exceptional candid shots, we were absolutely blown away by the quality of each photo and Melani and team’s attention to detail. We seriously love every single photo! Melani and her team are friendly, personable and professional. She even took time to come visit my family farm ahead of the big day to scope out the areas for the best shots. Such a wonderful experience from start to finish!
- Meredith & Andrew
Would 100% recommend - if I were to do my wedding over I would definitely hire Melani again (in a heartbeat)
We had to postpone our destination wedding due to the pandemic, and decided very last minute to do a mini ceremony in New Canaan, CT where my family lives. I loved her photography style right away: natural, colorful, & edited beautifully (not whitewashed). She responded very quickly and set up a Skype meeting to discuss the plan, my preferences and to get to know the groom and I. She made sure to get a list of everyone attending, and she gave me pointers on what dress would photograph best (I couldn’t decide).
The day of the wedding she and her lighting assistant showed up an hour before to scout the location, decide where to have the first look, and prepare for the best lighting with the bright sun.
Even though the pictures look like she was right there with us, she was actually far away to give us the privacy of the moment. Melani was great with our family and we are uncomfortable posing. She made the whole photography experience fun, she guided us through many different poses in novel ways. Not just telling us how to pose, but making it sort of a game. She made sure that she had great pictures of everyone there.
With the pandemic she was taking all of the necessary precautions, but it didn’t affect the quality of the photography, she guided and showed us what to do from a distance. The quality of the resulting photos was amazing (there are so many).
If you made it all the way to the end of this review you know I only have the best things to say about Melani, (and I haven’t even mentioned everything). We loved having her at our wedding, she was so bubbly, caring and patient, and only made the wedding better!
- Luisa & Fernando
When I began looking for a wedding photographer, honestly I was concerned. I had heard horror stories from other brides. Also, you can’t “try out” a photographer, it’s not like dress shopping or listening to a band. So I asked Allison, of Plumed Serpent, who she recommended. She enthusiastically introduced me to Melani. The photos Melani and her team captured are phenomenal. They are not staged, they are not forced, they are natural. They reflect who my husband and I are as a couple, but also reflect the energy and excitement of the day/night. They are editorial worthy. Melani has a knack for capturing special moments and coaxing shy husbands and fathers out of their shells. Additionally, she is incredibly easy to work with. Leading up to the day, she worked together with me to ensure we got the photo combinations we wanted. She is incredibly quick to respond to emails or calls. On the day of, a member of her team went to the groom’s party to get pictures and she came to me. The groomsmen loved Jacek, who really got them all laughing and at ease, which is very impressive. They were on time, dresses appropriately, and always got the shot without being “in your face”. They work discretely but very effectively. I would recommend Melani Lust to my best friend, sister or brother, cousin, etc without pause. She is so talented. Thank you so much Melani!!!
- Faith & Jake
You captured our wedding weekend so perfectly and every moment from our special day is now captured in a beautiful photo for us to share and reminisce abut for years to come. It shines through your work how much you care about what you do and the people you work with! You knew exactly what light and positions would look best in the photos and took great care to make sure our families were captured throughout the weekend. Some of my favorite photos you captured are from the bubble send off; the light off the bubbles and light rain is beautiful and all our friends and family in the background make for a beautiful memory. Thank you for making our wedding day so special!
- Ashley & Will
Melani had come very highly recommended and I obviously saw how talented she was through her portfolio, but what I did not really appreciate was just how fantastic she was to work with. She quickly understood our personalities and was able to bring out the best in two people who are a bit shy and don't particularly love being photographed. She was incredibly responsive and had every detailed captured, putting me at ease way before my wedding weekend that I would not have to worry about anything with regards to the photography. She had every detail, every shot, every moment captured, but was not intrusive. I didn't realize she was there, but the proof is in the amazing photographs that I have now memorialized in an absolutely stunning album. All this to say, that I really can't recommend Melani enough. She is amazingly talented and will creative beautiful moments for you, but is also just such a pleasure to work with.
- Abby & Dan
Melani's photos of my daughter's wedding far exceeded my expectations. Having been a Creative Director at an ad agency, I have experience working with photographers. Melani was truly professional and captured precious moments in an artful and expressive way. I would give her my highest recommendation.
- Bride's Mother Marcia (Anna & Erik)
Choosing Melani and her team to photograph our wedding was literally one of the best decisions we made in wedding planning. To say that she did a great job would be an understatement. I cannot stop looking at the photos that she and her team took. I have lost hours of work productivity because they are so beautiful to look at! They are absolutely perfect and absolutely true to me and my husband's relationship with each other. Aside from the remarkable photos, Melani was a joy to work with. Her energy level is off-the-charts. She always seemed to be in the right place to catch the right shot…even if that mean stealthily zipping across the room! My wedding was also a bit complicated because it was a multicultural wedding, Hindu-Indian and Catholic. She handled this seamlessly. Both of our families loved the pictures and thought she captured the significance of the ceremonies well. That's no easy task, but she definitely delivered. From the very first meeting, Melani was just the nicest and most approachable person. She seemed to really care about getting to know our story and what the wedding would be like. She also had me hooked with words like "lighting assistant." She really takes her job seriously and her passion really comes though in her work. It was really easy to trust her with capturing our memories. I worried about a lot of things on the day of the wedding, but I didn't worry about photography for a second. I felt completely at ease that the photos were going to be fantastic, and I was right! I would enthusiastically recommend Melani for brides-to-be.
- Rachelle & Piyush
After viewing her work online, I knew that I had to have Melani photograph my wedding this past September, and it's hands down one of the best choices that I ever made. I first met her during the engagement photo session, and her personality made me love working with her even more. She is so enthusiastic to capture the perfect shot and nothing will stand in her way. My wedding photos came out beautiful - from posed to candid, everything looks perfect. I cannot thank her enough for her professionalism and artistic view.
- Katie & Ian
Dear Melani, I am STILL in a state of shock, absolute joy and the deepest of gratitude for ALL that you pulled off Saturday for my daughter and her new husband. What you and your incredible team accomplished with this size of wedding party, in such extreme heat, was nothing short of perfection in terms of professionalism and artistry. Your photos came across yesterday as guests started arriving for our wedding brunch and everyone cried when they saw them! Absolutely EXQUISITE!
We are ALL eternally grateful and could not imagine that there could be a more perfect wedding photographer than you! AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, PERFECTLY CAPTURING the moments....love them ALL so very much and are so grateful to you for sharing with us so soon!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
- Bride's Mother Sharon (Alex & Drew)
Melani Lust Photography is THE BEST! Magnificent formal and candid pictures which will continue to bring us joy every day of every year. Professional, artistic, hard-working and discreet are just a few adjectives to describe Melani. Thank your lucky stars if her calendar is free on your wedding day.
- Emilie & David
In Melani’s hands, everything is gorgeous, including her sunny and engaging personality. For my daughter’s wedding images, there are so many spectacular shots, and so many moments, every one stands on it’s own, like a cut from a film strip. Put together, they all tell the story in sequence like a movie. You can see the transitions to the perfect moments, which I love.
I’m so grateful for all the artistry of what we have, there is more gorgeousness than I’ve ever seen before in any wedding album and certainly of my generation’s photography. This is awesomely impressive. So is my daughter’s beauty to behold, and the love of Chris that bursts off the page/screen. I tell everyone, if you ever need a GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER – it’s MLP.
Bride's Mother Lynn (Carolyn & Chris)
Griffin and I can't thank you enough for capturing our special day for us. Your positive attitude, enthusiasm and energy extended to everyone you reached. The pictures we received from you have had everyone wowed and commenting about what a talent you both are. You are the best photographers we could have hoped for and we will absolutely recommend you to all of our friends.
I said to Griffin just days after the wedding; I can't wait to work with her again! So, expect a call to do our first family portrait (just give us a couple of years to enjoy married life!).
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
- Lauren & Griffin
We trusted the wedding portraits of our only daughter with Melani Lust and her team of professionals and knew at the end of Emily's wedding day that we had made the right choice! Melani had an astounding level of elegance, energy, leadership, talent and commitment to achieving the best level of artistry in her work and even put out a small fire at our table without blinking! Did I mention she is also the epitome of grace? What a lady and what a talent! She is the hardest working and most elegant photographer ever! Grace under pressure, amazing! Thank you, Melani, for capturing so well a great day in the life of our family! (from the Mother and Father of the Bride)
-Bride's Parents (Emily & Charles)
We were privileged to have Melani Lust photograph our daughter’s wedding in June 2019. To start, Melani is professional, organized and talented. Her kind, gentle and fun personality went a long way in helping the bride and all of us feel comfortable in front of the camera. Are these the secrets to her success?
Breathtakingly beautiful is how I would describe Melani ‘s photographs. She made us all look great yet natural while capturing the wedding, both the big event and the special moments. We are thrilled with the photographs; Melani’s extraordinary work has made it very hard to choose photographs for an album and to print.
- Bride's Mother (Liza & Patrick)
When my now husband and I first got engaged, my first call was to Melani Lust. We didn't have a venue or even a date, but we knew we wanted Melani to photograph our wedding day. She was a joy to work with every step of the way and we couldn't be happier with our wedding photos!
- Elizabeth & Rich
I had the best experience working with Melani and her team. They were able to capture all the special moments. So much attention to detail- the end results are stunning!
- Sarah & Brett
Wow, talk about capturing the moment! There are many special events in one's life and the wedding of your daughter is right up there. It is a special day full of many emotions. This was one that often would be lost that day. The morning was filled with much activity getting ready for the event, the ceremony was to be filled with emotion and the party was going to be a great time to celebrate. This was the one moment that may have been lost in the chaos. I remember turning around and there was absolutely total silence. I was able to take it in for a few seconds and appreciate the moment. I thought it was something that I would need to try to hold on forever but now it was captured by this picture. Sometime a picture is not a photograph but a work of art that can create that emotion. This is clearly one! Thank you Melani Lust Photography for capturing it! Joe Cappa "father of the bride."
- Bride's Father (Kristen & Greg)
Melani is so extremely talented, I love every wedding photo! She captured so much emotion in every image that it brings me back to how I felt in that moment. Melani's positive energy is incredibly infectious and put me at ease on one of the most important days of my life. Melani and her team are also very knowledgeable, responsive, and easy to work with. There are so many choices when planning a wedding, stop your photographer hunt now, you will not be disappointed!
- Kristen & Greg
We cannot thank you enough for capturing our day in the most beautiful way! We had all four of our parents over last week to view the photos together as a family and we were all moved to tears! You are truly an amazing artist and your hard work and passion shine through in each photograph you capture! We are beyond grateful that you were there on our special day, staying by our side as we enjoyed the most magical night of our life! I really have no idea how I'm going to pick the ones I want in our album!! Thank you again for doing such a wonderful job. We are so grateful!
- Lauren & Nicholas
If you’re looking for a phenomenal wedding photographer, look no more! Melani Lust, of Melani Lust photography did an amazing job. She is incredibly talented. She knows how to get the perfect angle with the best lighting. I still get teary eyed when I look at our wedding pictures! She is able to capture love and emotion in such a beautiful way. Melani is the best wedding photographer, her awards are proof!
- Lauren & Rick
I am still swooning over our photos and I cannot stop looking at Melani's pictures from our wedding. She is truly an artist and beyond talented - there are *too many* beautiful pictures to choose from! She was a pleasure to work with, a calming presence on the day and the all of the photos we have seen are stunning!
- Cassie & Adam
Melani has all the talent and personality that you want to have photographing your special day! She knows just how to capture the special moments you want to be able to look back at forever. Her eye for the right lighting and pose are fantastic as are her ears for listening to your requests and concerns. I booked my wedding day based on her availability!
- Arleigh & Stephanie
I just finished going through the gallery of images!!! OMG!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for capturing our love so sweetly. I will cherish these photos forever and they will most certainly be treasured for generations to come. You directed the shoot in the most professional yet soft way so we felt so comfortable just letting go and concentrating on each other. In this busy life, it was so nice to take a moment and soak it all in. I feel so lucky to have found Nick and that our families love each other and are so wonderfully supportive of us. Thank you again for capturing these fleeting moments, you are a true artist and I will most certainly be recommending you to everyone I know!
- Lauren & Nicholas
I have used Melani Lust as my photographer for my wedding & other business related events and I would highly recommend her to others. Not only is Melani and her team an absolute pleasure to work with (they are thorough, professional and very responsive to clients), she is also an incredibly talented photographer. I love that my wedding photos look special and different from others I've seen. Melani has a great eye and knows how to set up shots so that they look like they belong in the pages of magazines. If you are in need of a wonderful photographer, I cannot recommend her highly enough.
- Christine & Josh
Melani, Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding so wonderful and memorable, you did an amazing job! The pictures are fabulous and I can't stop looking at them! So many people are amazed when I show them some of the pictures, and I have already highly recommended you to family and friends. Guests keep saying how impressed they were with your professionalism and energy and I couldn't agree more. You went above and beyond in capturing every detail and moment and we will forever be grateful, as these are the memories of our favorite day together! Thanks again!
- Erin & Steve
Choosing to work with Melani and her team was hands-down one of the best decisions I made for my wedding. From our initial emails all the way through receiving our photos, she was a true professional and I felt confident knowing that I was in excellent hands for such an important element of the wedding (photos are the things that last forever, after all! Hopefully the marriage, too. :)). Her calm demeanor and fun energy allowed the entire wedding party to feel confident in front of the camera, no easy task. Melani’s attention to detail and unique ability to get the most perfect shots, both posed and candid, made working with her so special. I recommend her and her team wholeheartedly.
- Mary Kate & Danny