You don't go to that one coffee shop solely because they serve you coffee. You go for the experience. You go because you know they make you that dolce cinnamon almond milk macchiato just the way you like it. You know they're going to have the ambiance that you enjoy being around. The same should be done for your wedding day. Choosing the vendors for your day should be based off the experience you know they’re going to give you. It should be because you know they’re going to deliver exactly what you’ve been wanting on this amazing day of yours. No questions asked.
When you book me, you’re gaining just that. I’m focused on creating an amazing experience for each and everyone of my couples. Not just with the way their day is captured, or the photos they receive, but the entire atmosphere of our relationship. I want you to know that you are so important to me from the day you book your date all the way past your wedding celebration. You aren’t just some client to me, you’re a new friend. And I take really good care of my friends. You won’t have to worry about anything. I got you!
Because it's more than just wedding photos.
I'm sure you hear it all the time from your other friends and family, but I'm super freaking happy that you're getting ready to say "I do" to your boo! It's not everyday that you get to start planning an amazing new chapter in your life with someone that's your best friend. You get to plan life with this amazing character you call your fiancé, and pretty soon they'll be your husband or wife!
To my future couple,
So, as my future ATH couple, I just wanted you to know a few things about this whole process, and how I can help. Because right about now you're probably feeling a little overwhelmed with all the planning, am I right?
You are my number one priority. Before I update social media, before I choose to spend a weekend out of town for a retreat, I'm making sure that YOU are taken care of first. That YOU are informed.
Of course I still have a personal life, but when it comes to my business, I want to make sure you're getting the experience you deserve!
You're in great hands. I pour my heart and soul into this business. Why? Because photography has always been a passion of mine. I'm talking: asked for a camera every Christmas for 7 years and didn't get one but still knew I wanted to capture photos, kind of passion. You know, that time before phones actually had cameras on them.
I love the planning process. I'm kind of in love with this whole getting married thing, if you didn't already know. I love helping my clients have an easier planning process, and for a lot of the smaller events, a wedding planner isn't even involved. I want to help make sure your timeline helps us grab the best possible images of your day. I want to make sure you're getting the time you want for the images that matter most to you. I want you to know that I have your back, and I'll be just as excited to look at your wedding detail mood board as you are!
I can't wait to meet you, and document this new chapter in your life in a candid, heartfelt, and documentary kind of way. Focus on the details of your wedding planning and know that I'll do all of the imagery story telling for you! Enjoy this time together planning an exciting new venture!
Read what the ATH tribe is saying:
I got my engagement pictures done by Melissa and I have to say, I was absolutely speechless when I saw how amazing the pictures turned out. She is so patient and really works with what your vision is. I love how creative she is with not only the angles she takes pictures but also the way she has you pose. Honestly her photography is in my opinion the best in the state. I was honored to have her take me and my husband's engagement pictures. My only regret is having booked my wedding photographer before seeing her work with our engagement pics because I would in a heart beat go back and have her take my wedding pictures instead of the photographer we hired. Save yourself the heartache of having subpar pictures and hire this amazing photographer. Lastly, she has a heart of gold and will go above and beyond to ensure you love your pictures!
Shiva + Giovanni
After long nights and many wine glasses later, we found the perfect photographer: Melissa Cross! I think it's so crucial to invest in a wedding photographer who not only takes spectacular photos, but also really takes the time to get to know the couple that they are shooting. Melissa did just that. She really took the time to sit down with us and hear not only what we wanted and what our vision was, but also what we didn't want. She was so easy to communicate with and is extremely accommodating! She truly is such a pleasure to work with and it worth every penny! If you're looking for a 5 star photographer, let Melissa help you say I do!
Jessii + Tommy
Melissa is so easy and fun to work with. She made our 2nd anniversary so memorable . She helped us decide the venue and select our dresses. She welcomed our ideas and suggestions too. It was not like we are meeting for the first time. She made us so comfortable that it reflects on our faces. Thanks a ton Melissa. Thanks a lot for giving these beautiful memories in the form of pictures. I still can't get enough of it. You are the best Melissa.
Pragya + Sachin
Melissa is kind hearted and fun. She made our wedding day easy. Her flexibility made the day stress free. She is able to adapt to any situation and time frame. Even the quality of the prints she gave us was amazing! If you want some photography especially if you have a destination wedding like I did. Hire Melissa Cross!! You won't regret it! - Forrest
Melissa!!!! I absolutely LOVE the wedding book I'm seriously over here crying into my glass of wine lol. It is so beautiful! You did such an AMAZING job. Thank you so so much - Lauren
Forrest + Lauren
How would you describe your style of photography?
In the simplest of terms: documentary, candid, vibrant, natural. Take a look through my portfolio and you can decide on your own description.
Do you only photograph weddings?
I don't! I'm a love story documenter, so whether you're engaged, been married for 50 years, or are wanting a boudoir shoot, I can cover you! I'll also take on a few family sessions a year!
What's included in your pricing?
This can't really be answered through here. As each package is setup differently per the needs of my couples and clients, so you'll have to just get in touch with me for that one! Just know that weddings will receive print rights to all edited images at a minimum!
Where do you photograph weddings?
Anywhere and everywhere! Seriously. I'm 'A Traveler's Heart Photography' for a reason. You just tell me when and where!
Can I send you a list of shots I want, or my pinterest board?
While I don't mind capturing a photo or two that you're absolutely in love with, I prefer to let my own personal story telling do the work when it comes to documenting your day. Booking me means you've seen the types of images I create on a wedding day, and I want you to trust that I'll capture your day just the same. Now if it's heirloom worthy, absolutely! Send that baby my way.
Do you include digitals?
Every wedding collection includes the print rights to all edited high-res photos. I also send my clients a form with the options for ordering an album through me if they choose to do so!
What does your timeframe look like?
While seasons may vary, you can expect our initial conversation, and all other conversations, to be answered back within 24 hours on the average, normally much less. When it comes to your images, I have the gallery delivered within 4 weeks! Product times will vary.