Testimonials

Cory and Dennis

Dear Melanie,

We've never thought of ourselves as the sort of folks who would go crazy over wedding photos. But, we can honestly say that these are the best photographs anyone has ever taken of us! You have an artist's eye for composition, and a true gift at making people feel at ease. The portraits don't seem stiff like so many do; instead they capture the character and personality of the subjects. The traditional photos of the rings, the toasts, the cake, etc. have such distinctive qualities to them. All the photographs, color as well as black and white, are rich and vibrant. On top of this, you have a fantastic sense of organization and professionalism that is essential for a wedding photographer. You, in fact, were the person who built our first basic timeline of the wedding, suggesting exactly when the light would be best for the ceremony (and it was so perfect!) and how much time to save for the various events of the wedding. We had so much fun, and we're so glad we found someone who could capture the major events of the day, the private moments, and many of the details that otherwise would have been a blur. Thank you for your extraordinary contribution to our wedding!

All the best,
Cory and Dennis

Melissa and Bill

Dear Melanie,

It is difficult to capture for you in words what you were able to do for us in images around our wedding. We are so grateful to you for bringing your gift of artistry, experience, thoughtfulness and sensitivity to our celebration in Santa Fe. You took the time to really get to know us, the spirit of our celebration and our vision for how the ceremony and other events were going to unfold. Knowing we were doing a small, intimate ceremony with just our family and a few friends, we were not certain how it would work to have a photographer snapping shots around us - needless to say, the space was cozy and lit only by candles. We thought it might be a bit of a challenge for a photographer to capture those moments considering the low light and our insistence of being almost 'invisible' so we could maintain that intimate feeling throughout our ceremony. You took that challenge and met it with grace and incredible photographic expertise! We were so pleased with you being a part of the wedding events - with your calm and caring personality- and we were even more pleased with the finished product. The photographs will indeed be treasured by us and family and friends for a long time to come. Thank you!

All the best,
Melissa and Bill

Melanie and Gunter

Hi Melanie,

The photos are absolutely stunning – you’ve gone way beyond my wildest expectations! Thank you for your amazing photography. You have been a pleasure to work with - friendly, warm and professional. You have managed to capture the joy and warmth of our wedding and upon receiving the photos, we couldn’t stop looking at them, for hours... We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful documentation of the intimacy of the ceremony, the candid moments with our closest friends and even the formal family photos. They all capture the special energy of the day in a very natural way. We would enthusiastically recommend working with you to anyone interested!

All the best,
Melanie and Gunter

Elisabeth and Jeff

Dear Melanie,

Jeff and I can't begin to thank you for the role you played in photographing our wedding day, as well as for the pictures that resulted! Even two months later (and many, many trips through the two proof albums you gave us) I continue to be awed by the artistry of the images you captured. I have found it almost impossible to choose just a few pictures to put in an album, as there are so many that are worthy of being featured! Jeff and I had high hopes for our wedding photos, and we can say without a doubt that you exceeded all of them. Given that I am a wedding coordinator, I have worked with many, many photographers. Some of them have artistic talent. Others have great interpersonal skills. What drew me to you was that you have the rare blend of both... you were someone who I looked forward to having share my wedding day, and who also has an incredible eye for detail and knack for catching those spontaneous emotional moments. As my bridesmaid Jenny said to me on my wedding day, "I've never met a photographer who smiles at you from BEHIND the camera!" Her comment really captured your presence, which was always calm, thoughtful, and genuinely warm and friendly. It made such a difference to Jeff and me, as well as to our friends and family, to have someone like you to keep us calm and smiling during both the more formal shots and the candids. I feel blessed that our paths crossed.

Warmest regards,
Elisabeth and Jeff

Katie and Jack

Melanie!

I just finished perusing the photographs! They are stunning. You were able to capture so many moments and guests! I love being able to "see" some of the side-events that I was completely unaware of at the time.  The pictures are perfect. What an excellent job of difficult lighting... tough subjects (that Jack!)... and a wild crew.  And you managed a good photo of my grandmother (folks have died trying to get her to, at the very least... not scowl!).

The dance floor pictures are hilarious.  Can't believe you caught Jack nibbling on my arm!

Thank you so very much! Please use me as a reference in the future.
All the best,
Katie

Dana and Eric

I have had the pleasure of working with Melanie twice, once during my wedding, and then again in a portrait session after the birth of my first child. Melanie is professional, warm, perceptive, and unobtrusive. And she is highly skilled at her craft; the images she creates are sublime. Melanie is really a story teller of sorts, in that she is able to capture and preserve not just images, but the meaning and context that surround them. Somehow, these subtle details come through, and distinguish her work from that of so many others. Finally, Melanie has excellent communication skills; she took the time to understand our preferences, and made sure that we were satisfied with the results.

-Dana

Amy and Jim

Dear Melanie,

Through our work, Jim and I are more often on your side of the camera, and consequently have countless photo files of other people but very few great photos of the two of us. From the first time we viewed your portfolio we knew that our wedding photos would have a rare, special quality. When we received your package in the mail to find dozens upon dozens of beautiful images -- laughter, tears, and the emotion of our magical sunset marriage caught forever through your lens, we were reminded that you have the unique gift of capturing the heart of once in a lifetime moments from a true artist’s eye. Not to mention your technical ability to observe light -- as it changed so quickly from direct sun to cool shadows to sundown during our ceremony. We send our thanks and are so grateful to have found you!

Kindest regards,
Amy and Jim

David and Michelle

My lovely, new bride and I cannot fully express our gratitude for Melanie West and the manner in which she captured the most beautiful day of our lives. From the first, we knew Melanie was the right woman for the job. She was professional, knowledgeable and genuinely excited for us. The day of the event she remained unobtrusive and by the end of the day, was just another member of the family with a fancy camera. We are forever grateful of the service Melanie provided us that day and the pictures are amazing. Her ability to capture the natural beauty and wonderful backdrop of the state of New Mexico reflects her experience and love for the region. Michelle and I could not have been more pleased with our choice. Thanks, Melanie!

-David and Michelle

Melinda and Takashi

Dear Melanie,

I want to say thank you for making our wedding such a special event. The time you spent with Takashi and me was so rich and full of memories. The pictures are absolutely fantastic! They are a precious keepsake for a lifetime. I will always remember your gentle kindness and the care you took with us throughout the whole process. Your patience and artistic eye were invaluable. Working with you was truly a positive experience and I would highly recommend your work to anyone looking for unique, genuine, and quality photographs. Thanks again for such a lovely gift.

Warm regards,
Melinda and Takashi

Ruth and Marc

Melanie captured our wedding in such a beautiful way-she caught those magical moments when we were really having fun and being ourselves. As I was surrounded by my friends and loved ones, she was able to capture images of pure, unstaged happiness and I discovered how natural and unpretentious being photographed can be. At times, I even forgot she was taking pictures! It is such a delight to look at our wedding album filled with stunning black and white, color, digital, and cross-processed images. She intermingles candids with portraits, capturing people at their best-their spirit just shining through.

Thank you!
Ruth Ann

Mark and Cathy

Melanie,

This is just a quick note to tell you how much we loved our wedding pictures! I think there were actually four of you--how did you get so many good shots? Our biggest problem now is figuring out which ones to reprint for our scrapbooks and families. We have too many good shots to choose from! Thanks so much for being a part of our special day. And thanks again for the nice, intimate and candid pics, as well. Everything else about our wedding was note-for-note perfect, but the pictures were the icing on the cake.

All the best,
Mark and Cathy

Allyson

Melanie is the best! She was extremely accommodating and helpful in planning, and the day of our wedding she put us at ease and made the picture taking a lot of fun! It was our first time in Santa Fe, so it was nice to have a photographer that knew great local spots for photos. And, we even learned about Santa Fe history! Our photos turned out great; we will cherish them forever!

-Allyson