How would you describe your photography style?

Timeless, classic, beautiful, emotional, casual, and candid.

How long have you been a photographer?

It seems like always and forever!  I’ve been hooked since my childhood, back when I could hide away in a dark room for hours playing with test strips and developer. As an adult, my passion turned towards nature photography and a photojournalistic style as I captured life around me.  I started photographing life events and portraits for family and friends, over 10 years ago - weddings, pregnancies, newborns, families.  Photography has always been a passion of mine!

Should we have an engagement session with you before our wedding?

Highly recommend it!  It’s a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better before your wedding day. Having that extra time together, and the familiarity it brings, usually helps relax you for your photos with me on your wedding day.  It’s also nice having your engagement session done 2-3 months prior to your wedding day, so you can use and display your photo(s) at the wedding as well, like next to the guest book for example.

How long does it take until we see our final images after our wedding?

I know how excited you are to see your photos, so I always have a sneak peek of a couple shots shortly after the wedding.  Your online gallery with all your final images is usually ready approximately 6 weeks +/- after your wedding.

Should I purchase prints or digital negatives from my online gallery?

There is no right answer here.  Everyone’s needs and wants are different.  But I get this question a lot.  I am happy to work through this question with you, one-on-one, when the time comes.  Some clients like to purchase the digital negatives right away so they do not have to worry about them in the future.  Some clients like to strictly purchase canvases and professional prints for the walls of their home and to share with family.  Others purchase a bit of both – professional prints to display at their home, along with the digital negatives for easy access down the road.

Can I take my digital images to a photo lab of my choice and be able to have them printed?

Yes!  While Melanie Landro Photography holds the copy rights for all our images, if you choose to purchase any of the digital negatives (files) of your images I will provide you with a written Print Release.  Some photo labs occasionally question whether their customers have the rights to print the professional digital files they bring in, if this were to ever happen to you, you just need to show them the Print Release.  This allows you to have an unlimited amount of prints made at any photo lab you ever choose.

What should I wear for my portrait session?

Well, most importantly, wear something you’re comfortable in and that you feel reflects YOU.  I also recommend thinking about where in your home you’ll plan on hanging your pictures, and then start to build your outfit(s) based on what color scheme(s) you would pick to hang on your walls for that space.  If you were in a store or gallery buying a new painting or piece of artwork for your wall, what colors do you think it would likely have? Incorporate some of those same colors in your clothing.  For example, if you know you would like to hang a few of your new portraits in your living room, and your living room is styled in very natural, earth-tone colors, you probably wouldn’t want to hang a piece of artwork on the wall that had bright pinks or blues in it; so stay away from those colors for your outfits as well.

If your session allows for an outfit change, I recommend choosing one neutral outfit (white, cream, beige, or lite grey).  Textures are great, too, and accessories such as scarfs or hats are great options to wear or bring along.  Do try and stay away from any shirts with large company logo’s or busy, distracting patterns; you don’t want your clothes stealing the show – they should enhance the image, be a part of the whole. If you are planning on a couple or family session, you will want to coordinate outfits while trying to avoid too much ‘exact matching’ – or as some say, “matchy matchy”.

Are you on Facebook?

You bet.  And I encourage you to ‘Like’ my page,  I use it to communicate on seasonal availability and if I’m booking up for a popular time of the year, notices on any specials, sneak peeks of some of my clients’ sessions right after their shoot, and things on photography in general that move me.  It's a great way to stay in the loop!