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Hello there! 

My name is Melissa and I am a boutique wedding photographer. I specialize in 
"Fine Art Wedding Photography" in Southern California, and Seattle, WA. I have owned my company for eight years, and have been shooting for over ten now. 

Although I've shot just about everything, weddings are my absolute favorite! What can I say, I'm a sucker for love! There is something so special about capturing the biggest day of someones entire life, and 
saving those precious moments to last forever.  

Throughout my career I have shot over 300 
 incredible weddings in Washington, California, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Hawaii. Over the past couple years though I have limited taking on only a select 10-12 weddings per year to give each couple the adequate amount of attention they deserve.  I would love to work together with you to 
make your dream wedding come true! 

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Behind the lens


HELLO THERE!
MY NAME IS MELISSA AND I AM THE OWNER AND HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER AT MELISSA J SOULE PHOTOGRAPHY. WE ARE A BOUTIQUE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND SEATTLE, WA. I HAVE OWNED MY COMPANY FOR EIGHT YEARS, AND HAVE BEEN SHOOTING FOR OVER TEN NOW. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I HAVE SHOT AROUND 300 
 INCREDIBLE WEDDINGS IN WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, OHIO, MICHIGAN, FLORIDA, AND HAWAII. OVER THE PAST COUPLE YEARS I HAVE LIMITED TAKING ON ONLY A SELECT 10-12 WEDDINGS PER YEAR TO GIVE EACH COUPLE THE ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION THEY DESERVE. I WOULD LOVE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH YOU TO MAKE YOUR DREAM WEDDING COME tO LIFE!

MY LOVE STORY 

Andrew and I met 5 years ago volunteering at a canned food drive in Beverly Hills. I was 19, and he had just turned 20. Being a Northwest girl, I had made a promise to myself never to date an LA boy, but fate would have it a different way. He asked me out shortly after via social media, which I blew off. I didn’t think a guy as attractive as him could possibly be a genuinely good guy. (I’ve never been so happy to be wrong though!) Fast forward 5 years and I was living in Tijuana Mexico volunteering at an orphanage. I would come up to my dad’s lake house in SoCal on the weekends where his cousin ironically had a lake house as well that he would visit on the weekends. Through social media again we reconnected and realized we were consistently within a few miles from each other. He once more asked if we could “hangout”, and I finally agreed.

One time was all it took! I had this insane feeling in the pit of my stomach that he might be the one! I told a girlfriend of mine that night “I think going to marry him”, and she told me I was crazy. He asked me on an “official” date a week later. Our first date he brought his guitar, and we sang worship songs together on the beach. I knew for sure that I had found my missing puzzle piece. Nothing in my life had ever felt more right. Three months later Andrew proposed to me at Laguna Beach, and four months later we had our big fat Egyptian wedding!! Marriage so far has been the greatest adventure of my life! 

MENTORSHIP 


I am beyond thrilled to now be offering mentorship opportunities! I offer one-on-one skype, phone, or in person mentorship sessions for photographers. If you are interested in receiving more information, please shoot me an email at mel@melissajsoule.com and I will get back to you asap! 

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Melissa and her husband filmed our Colorado wedding in October, and we couldn't be more happy with the end result. We loved having them as a part of our day! Andrew and Melissa were extremely professional before, during and after the day, as they communicated very clearly throughout the entire process. We were so thrilled to receive our video just a couple of weeks after the wedding! They did a beautiful job — and traveled all the way to Colorado just for us. We would recommend their film or photography services to anyone — no matter where your event is across the country. Also, I’ve seen Melissa's photography in action at other weddings, and she does an absolutely incredible job!

HOLLY + Brandon

On August 29th 2015 my husband and I walked down the aisle and said our vows. With it being one of the most memorable times in our life I wanted the best of the best to document every minute of it, and that is when I came across Melissa and Andrew! From the moment I spoke with her I knew she was the PERFECT fit for our special day, and boy was I ever right!! The professionalism and thoughtfulness they put into our huge day was beyond anything we expected!! These two Amazing people made me look and feel like a million dollars!! The turn around time was perfect and they made sure I was satisfied with the pictures! Satisfied would be an understatement!!! I was OVER THE MOON with how every single picture turned out. They caught the most amazing and special moments! I could not express how happy I am with everything!! 
Thank God for Melissa and Andrew.

Whitney + CRAIG

There is no one I trust more with photography then Melissa. I can not express how incredible Melissa is at her job.  I have used her on multiple occasions including our destination engagement session, my wedding (which was featured on TLC's Four Weddings), and for our pregnancy announcement. She has an amazing eye for capturing the moment. She has an extensive background and thus, you can trust her to make the best calls on your behalf. Melissa tells you how to position yourself to help you look your best, but most of all, she's easy to work with. She can go with the flow or she can step in an take the lead if you need her to. I would highly recommend Melissa J Soule Photography! 

Kaila + Sam

Melissa and Andrew came highly recommended by a friend. Melissa is super experienced in the wedding industry, and Andrew I believe comes from a cinematography background. Their eye for composition and storytelling really stood out to me. Definitely not your "cheesily posed wedding photos" type of shots. They have super enthusiastic and positive attitudes about everything, were extremely prepared for what they had in mind for the various shots, and made the wedding party and family members extremely comfortable at all times. Their second shooter, Makayla was also very sweet and professional. They serve both the LA and Seattle areas! I was really blessed by their generosity in so many ways and would highly recommend them to anyone!

JESSIE + JACK

Melissa was the nicest and yet still the most professional photographer I have had the pleasure of working with. As a bride, she made the whole process leading up to the wedding easy, and day of, she made me feel relaxed and made all the pictures feel so natural. We had about three hours of photos before the ceremony and I can truly say it did not feel like a staged, photo shoot. It felt like a fun time with my husband, friends, family, and Andrew and Melissa themselves! It was so neat that Andrew and Melissa shot our wedding together. Jordan (my husband) and the groomsmen kept saying how "cool" they were to work with and how fun they made it.
Not only do I have amazing wedding photos now but I have memories of photographers that made my day even better. I could tell that Melissa and Andrew genuinely cared about giving us quality photos while also making our day the most fun and least stressful day it could be. You will not regret choosing Melissa to capture your special moments.

STEPHANIE

My fiancé and I loved our engagement photoshoot with Melissa and her husband Andrew in October. We were so excited to work with them after seeing their work from previous shoots. This was our first time doing professional pictures and Melissa and Andrew made sure that we were comfortable and having a good time. She is very easy going and thoughtful in the way that she takes her photos and is a very passionate photographer who is professional. Even though it rained the day of our outdoor shoot our pictures still turned out flawless because she is just that amazing! She did such an awesome job with our engagement photoshoot and even got our pictures back to us within a week! They are the sweetest people to work with and I highly recommend them for any photography or videography!

Taryn + trevor

Having Melissa and Andrew as our wedding photographers was awesome! My wife Stephanie and I had our wedding in February and were hoping to get some pictures outside if the weather permitted. Melissa and Andrew were very flexible in letting us take pictures that we wanted. Once the weather cleared up they got some amazing shots of us outside. My wife and I felt very comfortable around Melissa and Andrew. They helped our nerves out. Between their kind nature and incredible pictures we are so glad we had Melissa and Andrew as our wedding photographers!

Jordan

After seeing some of Melissa's photos online I was able to get in contact with her quickly. I loved all the photos I had seen and was so thrilled when I was able to speak with her the first time. She was so understanding of our needs and was flexible while helping us budget out our plan. While taking our engagement photos she was so creative in sharing new ideas when the weather took a turn on us as well. I love the pictures I have seen thus far and love how comfortable she allowed us to feel in front of the camera! I'm so glad we had Melissa to provide us with these pictures we will keep forever!

SAMITTRA + BRADY

I have had my eye on Melissa's work for years, waiting for the time that I would need a photographer. My mom mentioned in passing that she wanted family pictures with our beautiful 13 yr old golden retriever- this was my opportunity! Better yet, Melissa and Andrew were on their way up to Seattle the next week. Melissa was prompt with email response and scheduled a photo shoot for us at a local park with great light, beautiful trees and colors. We took many different shots, angles and poses. They were able to get all the shots we wanted and more. They worked great with our dog and each of us, we had so much fun with both of them. Easy to get along with, relatable and awesome people. We are so happy with our final product of pictures and I am excited to work with Melissa and Andrew again!

MAKENZIE

I booked Melissa after seeing her photos of this wedding in the woods and falling in love with the way she uses light. Her photos were just beautiful and she was willing to make arrangements to work with our budget and the fact that we were going to have a semi-destination wedding. We met for the engagement shoot and I was blown away with how comfortable she made my husband and I. She didn't over pose us, which I loved, and she was so excited about the light and the whole day. She showed us some of the shots she was getting and I couldn't believe how good they looked before even being edited. I mean this girl literally wouldn't even need to edit photos because she knows and captures light so well. She was also great at the wedding - we got every shot we wanted and she was so good at getting everyone to listen to her (not an easy task). I felt totally at ease that we were going to have incredible pictures. And we did! She gave us photos we will cherish forever. We can't thank you enough Melissa!

Christine + Jace

Melissa photographed my son Jordan's wedding to Stephanie. She did such a wonderful job and the pictures turned out gorgeous! There are so many photos to choose from and you hardly even knew she was there when she was doing candids. She was very organized and efficient in getting all of the required family photos so that it didn't take a long time. Highly recommend!

Michelle

Melissa is the BEST wedding photographer I have ever worked with hands down. Because of this, she is the ONLY person I trusted to truly capture every emotion in essence on my wedding day. (As a hair/makeup artist also in the industry, I'm extremely picky!!) 
She is bubbly, super professional, and always keeps your spirits up. She made me & my husband feel so comfortable that we didn't even realize we were having our picture taken. I still get compliments on our photos from 3 years ago! They are flawless & timeless. 
She delivered all of our photos in a professional & timely manner. She also did my boudoir & engagement photos that turned out phenomenal. I HIGHLY recommend her for your wedding. It will be the best & most important vendor decision you'll make & you'll never regret it!

Jessica + David

The most AMAZING photography done by the most beautiful woman! I'm so happy I did a boudoir shoot with her. She makes you feel so comfortable before even meeting her and does an amazing job at capturing all of the right moments. She is worth every penny!
Helping make beautiful memories that last a lifetime, I would recommend Melissa in a heartbeat.


Karlee