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"When we were looking for our photographer, we were referred to Melissa from a friend of a friend. I reached out to Melissa and we quickly setup a Facetime to talk through the packages, details, etc. During that call, like others have said, I felt instantly comfortable with her, almost like I had known her for years. We flew out to NCAL for the engagement photos first and the weather ended up being a shit show. It was freezing, rainy, and muddy, but Melissa took it like a champ and took the most beautiful photos. I honestly thought my hair was going to be a hot mess with the rain, but you could not tell from the photos she took. She also sent us around 5 sneak peek photos from our shoot that same night! I had a coworker who happened to have his engagement session the weekend prior to mine and after comparing notes, it took him several weeks to even see 1 photo from his shoot, so I’m guessing this isn’t the norm! Moving on to the wedding day. We decided to write our own vows which was probably the most nerve-racking thing I’ve ever done to myself. I was terrified all day leading up to the ceremony because of this and could not relax. Not only did this girl take amazing pictures, but Melissa helped me to keep my shit together while I was in this state of panic. She brought me snacks and a drink before the ceremony when she realized I had barely eaten anything and needed a drink to calm down. She kicked family out of my bridal suite when I was losing it. And when it came time for me to recite my vows and I was still freaking out, Melissa took charge to get the microphone moved away from me so I could get through them. SHE IS SOOOOO MUCH MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER. My mom and bridesmaids were even telling her she should be a wedding planner since she was basically running the show. All that said, if you need someone to make you look fantastic, even when you’re not comfortable in front of a camera or photogenic, and you also need someone to keep the show running smoothly, Melissa is your gal! She also brought her husband along who shot the guys while they were getting ready and he got amazing photos too. They were fun to be around, great people, and so good at what they do. I could not recommend her more!"

- Emily + Sean | Los Angeles, CA

Melissa and Northfern are not to be matched! She was amazing to work with from our first correspondence. Melissa makes a point of getting to know her clients and her personal touches and immaculate planning put us so at ease on our wedding day. Melissa not only has the best communication style but is such an incredibly talented photographer. Her enthusiasm and passion for photography are so apparent - she guided us perfectly and we are not used to being the focus of the camera. Melissa and Chris captured such gorgeous shots of our groups getting ready separately and also complemented each other perfectly when shooting together. With a form to collect tons of details ahead of time and a few video calls to ensure we were both confident about our schedule and venue details, hopes and dreams! She just fostered a great partnership! You want Melissa at your wedding! In delivery she worked quickly with editing, shared breathtaking sneak peeks as we were chilling on our honeymoon and sent the final usb in a gorgeous box. Every picture is more perfect than the last and we both can’t wipe huge smiles off our faces when looking at each picture from our wedding.

- Mia + Callum | Monterey, CA

- Sammy + Luke | Healdsburg, CA

- Alanna + Michael | Sedona, AZ

- Jade + Aaron | Cambria, CA

- Michelle + Dave | Healdsburg, CA

- David + Alina | Cloverdale, CA

- Angela + Robert | Oakland, CA

- Eli + Jack, Bodega Bay, CA

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"SHE IS SOOOOO MUCH MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER!"

"You want Melissa at your wedding!"

"Everyone talked about her for weeks!"

Where to even begin. We are from Northwest Indiana, and we first contacted Melissa for engagement photos to take place while on vacation in the Santa Rosa area. Neither of us knew the area or good locations to have photos taken. Melissa responded to us almost immediately, and she was so helpful in pinpointing the perfect location for our engagement photo session. When we met her she was just as awesome in person as on the phone. She made us feel comfortable, set the mood with music, and made us feel like it was one of our friends that we had known for years doing our photo session. Shortly after our session, she even posted some sneak peeks of our photos on instagram which got us very excited for the finished product. Once she sent us our engagement photo album we were so in love with them that we could not stop looking at them for MONTHS...we actually still look at them and talk about how dreamy they are. My husband and I decided to have an intimate wedding ceremony in Sonoma county with our family and closest friends. Without any question we decided to hire Melissa as our wedding photographer. She was amazing to work with through this process as well, because a lot of the planning was via email and phone calls since we live across the country. When our wedding day arrived Melissa met us at our venue and she DEFINITELY captured the beauty of our wedding day. She was extremely flexible and understanding considering some unforeseen circumstances that happened. She made our entire family and friends fall in love with her with her because of her cheerfulness and awesome sense of humor. Everyone talked about her for weeks after the wedding and how amazing she was. Once again, she surprised us the same day with a few sneak peek pictures from our wedding. They were STUNNING, and we once again went into the mode where we could not stop staring and drooling over the photos...to this day, actually. So if you are looking for an AMAZING photographer that goes above and beyond out of the kindness of her heart then Melissa Atle should without a doubt be your choice.

"we really had no idea how incredible she was..."

There was something in my gut that drew me to choose Melissa when my fiancé (now husband) and I were looking for a photographer for our engagement shoot. We knew she was special after reading her reviews and seeing her past work, but we really had no idea how incredible she was until we met her in person. Melissa is truly a gem. She is warm, witty, and has a joyous presence and fun energy which could make anyone feel completely at ease. My husband and I had the most incredible time during our photoshoot—Melissa managed to create a space where we felt like we were in our own world. When we got the photos back, there were many tears of happiness shed, both from Michael and I, and our families. Everyone commented on how beautifully the photos captured our love in a way that felt natural and candid. When it came time to choose our wedding photographer, returning to Melissa was a no-brainer. We were so delighted that she was able to travel out of state to accommodate our wedding in Sedona, AZ within our budget. Even before wedding day, Melissa was so helpful in helping us plan details of our wedding that even our wedding planner hadn’t thought of. She is exceptionally organized and detail-oriented. We were lucky to have both Melissa and her amazing husband Chris shoot for us on wedding day. From the moment they arrived, they both had such a positive and joyous energy that our wedding party and guests all appreciated. Melissa was a godsend on multiple occasions on wedding day: from being the only one capable of figuring out how to pin my bustle, to feeding me granola bars before the ceremony. Michael and his groomsmen had a blast getting ready with Chris—the pictures he captured of Michael with his groomsmen are some of our favorite shots from the wedding. Most importantly, we could not be happier with the photos that Melissa and Chris shot on wedding day. We were completely blown away when we first received our album – the photos were idyllic. Each shot beautifully captured the emotions we felt that day while also highlighting the natural beauty of the Sedona landscape. Every time we scroll through the photos, we are transported back to that perfect day. We are so excited to have the prints of these photos forever hanging in our home, serving as a timeless reminder of our love. If you have gotten this far into the review, trust your gut and go with Melissa. You won’t regret it.

Melissa was absolutely AMAZING!! No words can truly express my gratitude for her work! From the very start of meeting her (via FaceTime) she was so sweet & informative. Throughout the whole process leading up to our wedding, she made us feel so comfortable & stress free! I’m beyond grateful for the beautiful photos she took of our wedding day & I couldn’t be happier!! Im still blown away with our gallery! They are beyond what I could have ever expected. I’m so happy we choose her to capture our day!

"she made us feel so comfortable & stress free!"

Melissa was absolutely the best! I could not recommend her and her crew highly enough. From the very start she gets to know you personally with video calls on top of lots of written communication. This really set her apart from most of the people we worked with, as we felt like we really got to know her over the course of the year before our big day. On our wedding day Melissa couldn't have been more amazing. She was so happy and reassuring, it felt like having an extra friend with us on the day. She always had us where we needed to be, and managed to be ever present without once feeling intrusive or invasive. She adapted to things on the fly to work with the light and the ebb and flow of the day, and took care of everything so we never had to feel stressed. Honestly I couldn't imagine someone doing a better job day of. The obvious cherry on top, when we got the pictures back they were gorgeous! She caught so many beautiful moments in a way that candidly showed the tone of the day! Once again we couldn't recommend her enough. Melissa also works with a team, Northfern, they do video and DJ as well. While they often do events individually we booked all three of them (Donald for Video, and Randy for DJ) They are so close knit and work amazingly well together as a team, booking all three was one of the best choices we made for our wedding day, if you can get them, do it!

"one of the best choices we made for our wedding day."

"working with her feels like working with an old friend."

Melissa was phenomenal and captured both our wedding day and our engagement shoot beautifully! I get nervous about having my photo taken and being the center of attention, but Melissa put me at ease from the first time we chatted over Facetime. She flew up to Seattle to do our engagement shoot, and rolled with it when we found out our first chosen site didn't allow photography. On our wedding day, she was efficient, professional, and fun, chatting it up with my bridal party and taking amazing golden-hour photos of my husband and I while not keeping us away from the party too long! She delivered our photos in a super timely manner, and we were delighted a few weeks later to get a surprise package with a flash drive and some choice prints. I highly recommend hiring Melissa - working with her feels like working with an old friend.

"because of her we were both able to relax on our big day."

Melissa is AH-MAZING! I fell in love with her work on Instagram... I love the way she captures that golden light and takes candid photos of her couples. So dreamy. Our first meeting was via FaceTime. I felt like we clicked right away. She was very patient and happy to answer any questions we had in the booking process. We chose the adventure engagement session/wedding photography package. My fiancé is not normally used to taking photos so I made sure to practice a bit before hand. The day of our shoot Melissa made us feel incredibly comfortable. I'd describe it like having your BFF photograph you. Robert had fun and enjoyed the shoot with Melissa - YAY! Then we got the photos (within a week!) and we couldn't believe how perfectly she captured us. She communicated with us frequently leading up to our big day. I 100% know it was because of her that we were both able to relax on our big day and be in the moment knowing Melissa had our backs. I still don't know how she did it but she was even able to send us a few preview pictures that night. We are both so happy with the way the photos turned out. Thank you Melissa!!! We can't wait to make excuses for many more reasons to book you in the future!

Wow wow wow - we are absolutely blown away by Melissa's work! We got a sneak peek the night we had the shoot, then a week later we got a slideshow, which I thought contained all the photos we were going to get. Melissa then told me that was still a teaser! Then we got our full gallery and I am amazed by how beautifully she captured the day. We had a fantastic time shooting with her, and she made us feel comfortable and at ease. While the weather was good, it was incredibly windy, so I was worried my hair blowing everywhere would decrease our chances for good photos; so we walked away from the shoot thinking well if they don't turn out how we imagined or we don't look good in them, we still had a blast - however, she's managed to make two un-photogenic people, photogenic! Melissa is fun and talented, she really is the whole package and we couldn't have asked for more. For anyone on the edge of if you go for it or not, DO IT! You won't regret it. Recommend, recommend, recommend!

"we are absolutely blown away by Melissa's work!"

There was something in my gut that drew me to choose Melissa when my fiancé (now husband) and I were looking for a photographer for our engagement shoot. We knew she was special after reading her reviews and seeing her past work, but we really had no idea how incredible she was until we met her in person. Melissa is truly a gem. She is warm, witty, and has a joyous presence and fun energy which could make anyone feel completely at ease. My husband and I had the most incredible time during our photoshoot—Melissa managed to create a space where we felt like we were in our own world. When we got the photos back, there were many tears of happiness shed, both from Michael and I, and our families. Everyone commented on how beautifully the photos captured our love in a way that felt natural and candid. When it came time to choose our wedding photographer, returning to Melissa was a no-brainer. We were so delighted that she was able to travel out of state to accommodate our wedding in Sedona, AZ within our budget. Even before wedding day, Melissa was so helpful in helping us plan details of our wedding that even our wedding planner hadn’t thought of. She is exceptionally organized and detail-oriented. We were lucky to have both Melissa and her amazing husband Chris shoot for us on wedding day. From the moment they arrived, they both had such a positive and joyous energy that our wedding party and guests all appreciated. Melissa was a godsend on multiple occasions on wedding day: from being the only one capable of figuring out how to pin my bustle, to feeding me granola bars before the ceremony. Michael and his groomsmen had a blast getting ready with Chris—the pictures he captured of Michael with his groomsmen are some of our favorite shots from the wedding. Most importantly, we could not be happier with the photos that Melissa and Chris shot on wedding day. We were completely blown away when we first received our album – the photos were idyllic. Each shot beautifully captured the emotions we felt that day while also highlighting the natural beauty of the Sedona landscape. Every time we scroll through the photos, we are transported back to that perfect day. We are so excited to have the prints of these photos forever hanging in our home, serving as a timeless reminder of our love. If you have gotten this far into the review, trust your gut and go with Melissa. You won’t regret it.

- Alanna + Michael | Sedona, AZ

Melissa is AH-MAZING! I fell in love with her work on Instagram... I love the way she captures that golden light and takes candid photos of her couples. So dreamy. Our first meeting was via FaceTime. I felt like we clicked right away. She was very patient and happy to answer any questions we had in the booking process. We chose the adventure engagement session/wedding photography package. My fiancé is not normally used to taking photos so I made sure to practice a bit before hand. The day of our shoot Melissa made us feel incredibly comfortable. I'd describe it like having your BFF photograph you. Robert had fun and enjoyed the shoot with Melissa - YAY! Then we got the photos (within a week!) and we couldn't believe how perfectly she captured us. She communicated with us frequently leading up to our big day. I 100% know it was because of her that we were both able to relax on our big day and be in the moment knowing Melissa had our backs. I still don't know how she did it but she was even able to send us a few preview pictures that night. We are both so happy with the way the photos turned out. Thank you Melissa!!! We can't wait to make excuses for many more reasons to book you in the future!

- Angela + Robert | Oakland, CA

- Emily + Sean | Los Angeles, CA

"When we were looking for our photographer, we were referred to Melissa from a friend of a friend. I reached out to Melissa and we quickly setup a Facetime to talk through the packages, details, etc. During that call, like others have said, I felt instantly comfortable with her, almost like I had known her for years. We flew out to NCAL for the engagement photos first and the weather ended up being a shit show. It was freezing, rainy, and muddy, but Melissa took it like a champ and took the most beautiful photos. I honestly thought my hair was going to be a hot mess with the rain, but you could not tell from the photos she took. She also sent us around 5 sneak peek photos from our shoot that same night! I had a coworker who happened to have his engagement session the weekend prior to mine and after comparing notes, it took him several weeks to even see 1 photo from his shoot, so I’m guessing this isn’t the norm! Moving on to the wedding day. We decided to write our own vows which was probably the most nerve-racking thing I’ve ever done to myself. I was terrified all day leading up to the ceremony because of this and could not relax. Not only did this girl take amazing pictures, but Melissa helped me to keep my shit together while I was in this state of panic. She brought me snacks and a drink before the ceremony when she realized I had barely eaten anything and needed a drink to calm down. She kicked family out of my bridal suite when I was losing it. And when it came time for me to recite my vows and I was still freaking out, Melissa took charge to get the microphone moved away from me so I could get through them. SHE IS SOOOOO MUCH MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER. My mom and bridesmaids were even telling her she should be a wedding planner since she was basically running the show. All that said, if you need someone to make you look fantastic, even when you’re not comfortable in front of a camera or photogenic, and you also need someone to keep the show running smoothly, Melissa is your gal! She also brought her husband along who shot the guys while they were getting ready and he got amazing photos too. They were fun to be around, great people, and so good at what they do. I could not recommend her more!"

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"SHE IS SOOOOO MUCH MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER!"

"WE REALLY HAD NO IDEA HOW INCREDIBLE SHE WAS..."

"BECAUSE OF HER WE WERE BOTH ABLE TO RELAX ON OUR BIG DAY."