About Weddings By MI

About Melanie


Here is everything you want to know about Weddings By MI and Me. 

My Husband and I have lived in the Carlsbad area most of our lives. We love living in such a great town! I also love that my profession allows me to utilize all the great surroundings that Southern California has to offer.

I started my photography career almost 10 years ago working with my father Andrew and mother Christine. Being able to work with my family is such a unique gift.

After 10 years of photographing weddings I still am very passionate about my work. I love working with couples and giving them a moment of their lives that they can remember forever.


About MI

Weddings by MI believes in capturing every moment of your wedding day - natural and artist.

We focus on the mood, moment, and connection of the day. We believe in capturing real interactions and emotions; and the importance of documenting your wedding day. We wear our hearts on our sleeves and love what we do!

We love working creatively with the light, the surroundings, the mood, etc. and will follow the moments and the action attentively.

We will be with you every step of the way. Communication and a good timeline are vital for a smooth, stress free wedding day.

I am inspired by each and every individual person that I photograph.  I feed off of the natural emotions of a person or couple and the spontaneity that occurs while they're in front of the camera.

As much as we value our photography, we care just as much about you. We make every step of the process effortless and uncomplicated.

You won’t find any hidden fees or fine print with MI. Our products and packages are simple and easy to understand and our clients always receive files in high resolution with all our packages. The photos are yours to own, of course.

Before the big day arrives, we do all of our homework. We scout all of the locations and make time to talk about your timeline, so we will be prepared to get the best images of your wedding.

We will work hard to capture you at your best and will certainly make suggestions and explore different ideas that we think will work well. So if what you are looking for is a fun, creative, meaningful, non-traditional, and spontaneous experience, then chances are we’re a great match and we’d love to hear from you!


-How would you describe your style of photography?

Natural and relaxed. Our primary goal is to capture your wedding the way you remember it - relaxed, natural, and full of emotion. Our vast experience allows us to anticipate those once-in-lifetime moments and to be in the right place, at the right time.

We take advantage of natural lighting as much as possible. Your romantic, beautifully lit first dance will be captured just as you remembered it -- not over-flashed.

We do add a bit of an artistic touch. This is a combination of composition, lens selection, and post-editing. Every image is edited for optimum exposure, saturation, and color balance. We also edit blemishes and background distractions.

We will provide all your images in color and then tone selected images in various styles such as black & white, sepia, saturated, antiques, and other mixed tones. Please let us know if you have any favorite images you would like in a particular toning style and we will provide it at no additional cost.

-Do you pose us?

We normally try to place you in a relaxed position and then let you interact. We try to take many different types of poses (traditional, relaxed, fun) so that you have many styles to choose from.  We have found that moving quickly and taking many different poses and locations allows our couples to stay relaxed and look natural.

-What type of wedding books do you offer?

We are proud to offer the highest quality coffee table wedding books on the market - Graphistudio. This Italian wedding book printer offers the widest variety of cover and paper styles. With all our wedding books, any cover and paper style is included in the price.

-Can we participate in the wedding book design process?

We design the wedding books ourselves. We normally start with an initial design so that you have starting point. We place the design online and you can then make as many changes to the design as you like. We will not send your book to the printer until you are 100% happy with the design.

-Do I get the rights to my wedding images?

All our wedding packages come with unlimited rights to your wedding images. You will receive a flash drive with all your wedding images in full-resolution. You can upload these files online or take them to a local printer to make a few reprints or a canvas enlargement. These files will typically enlarge to 24 x 36. We capture approximately 600-1000 images during your wedding.

-What is your typical turnaround time?

Our typical turnaround time is 8 weeks. We take our time to edit every image we provide you. If we anticipate that our editing will take longer than 8 weeks, we will provide you a preview of your wedding (approximately 100 images) that you can use for Thank You's or to just see a sneak peak.

-What is a typical wedding day timeline for photography?

For the wedding day photos we normally try to be with you for bride prep for the last 1-1.5 hours (before you get your dress on).  This will allow us to capture the final prep and any details (dress, shoes, jewelry, etc).  We like to have approx. 30-45 minutes for Bride/Bridesmaids and 30 minutes for Groom/Groomsmen prior to the wedding ceremony.  After the ceremony we normally reserve 15 minutes for family photos, 15 minutes for wedding party photos, and then 15-30 minutes for Bride & Groom.  

You probably should be complete with Bride/Bridesmaids photos at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony so you have time to relax.  

-What type of equipment do you use?

We use the very best professional Canon cameras and lenses. We bring a wide variety of lenses in order to provide you many different looks and prospectives. We always bring backups of all equipment.

-Can we select our engagement location?

Yes. Most couples like to start with an inland location and then finish on the coast at sunset. This allows you to start with a little more dressy outfit and then change into something more relaxed for the beach or coastline.

-What is your deposit?

We require a 1/3 deposit to book your wedding date. The deposit can be paid using MC, Visa, or personal check.

-When is the final payment due?

Final payment is due 7 days prior to your wedding date.