Endorsements

I’m so grateful for these client and event professional reviews. If you don’t see anyone familiar on the list, I encourage you to ask the event pros you’re working with for their opinion of Melissa Musgrove Photography.

Event  planners say about me …

“Melissa Musgrove is one of the most talented photographers out there.  Her love of people shines through what she does best!  She captures their emotions, and lightens the tension with her warm and loving personality.  She is quick to notice all the details, love and emotion that every one of my clients is thrilled to see in their album and slideshows!  Her photography  is crisp, gorgeous and stunning.  She is always one of my favorites to recommend to my clients.”  Colette Lopez ~ www.lafeteweddings.com

“Love Melissa” She’s very fun to work with folks! You’ll love your photos.” Sonia Hopkins ~ www.xoxobride.com

“It is essential that I work with with vendors that are an extension of cool, calm, collected and talented. Melissa exudes all qualities. Using finesse, talent, patience and an eye for creativity, she captures their essence, features, emotions and surroundings like a true artist.” Zohe Felici ~ www.felicievents.com

“Melissa is the quintessential professional wedding photographer, and I cannot recommend her enough. She arrives in professional attire, working behind the scenes and not interfering with the flow of the event. She captures the soul of the event. She’s also on the Preferred Vendor list of all the major venues. She’s familiar with all the best venues and knows them intimately, so she knows the best places to take portraits.” Kerry Lee Dickey ~ www.sbwinecountryevents.com

“As your wedding photographer, Melissa will be your best friend. She is a fabulous resource, has your best interests at heart and will always make you look fabulous! She is one of the most warm and generous people in the business and is a joy to be around. Melissa has an impeccable eye and will capture your most precious moments in the beautiful spirit they were lived.” Donna Romani ~ www.donnaromanievents.com

“Melissa is one of the most amazing photographers I know. Her ability to capture special moments in artistic ways is beautiful. She is calm, kind, professional, and creative. Everything I look for in a photographer. My brides love her and I adore her work.” Joy Proctor ~ www.joydevivre.com

Santa Barbara Event Professionals say about me …

“Melissa Musgrove is fantastic to work with. Her photos are stunning! I always look forward to seeing her images after the event. She is calm, patient, punctual and knows how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. I highly recommend her to all my clients.”   Laura Sangas ~ www.codyfloral.com

“Melissa is wonderfuly talented and so lovely to work with!”  Camilla Svensson Burns ~ www.camillaflowers.com

“I have had the pleasure of working with Melissa for many years and I highly recommend her to all couples.”   Father Jerry Bellamy ~ www.santabarbaraweddingminister.com

“I highly recommend Melissa Musgrove as a professional, experienced photographer. She is easy to work work, unobtrusive but creative in staging the perfect shots, with background, lighting, etc to look natural but get those memorable shots every bride wants. I look forward to working with Melissa Musgrove at any time!”  Barbara Mousouris www.idosantabarbara.com

“We love having top notch talent such as Melissa Musgrove. All photographers were not created equally. To just take good images in a studio is one thing. To capture the complexities of the story of a wedding day as it unfolds is a learned art. Melissa and her staff not only produce incredible story-telling, they arrive in professional attire at our venue, they work stealthily and blend in. Melissa knows all the best locations at Montecito Country Club for the portraits and better yet: has that eye out for detail not missing some of the greatest “soul” of an event. Working with her is a true pleasure.”  Montecito Country Club

“Everytime I work with Melissa, I know my bride and groom are in excellent hands! She’s also great fun to be around and a true pro!”  Bonnie Hope  www.musicbybonnie.com

“Melissa knows how to capture unique wedding moments. Her photography is imaginative, spirited, and with vision. She is fun, upbeat and polished. Melissa is a great Wedding resource as she works with many talented event professionals. You will LOVE her work!”  Scott Topper Productions www.scotttopperproductions.com

“Melissa has a super can-do positive energy that is a big bonus to wedding day; not to mention flawless photographic skill.”  Santa Barbara Venues

“Beautiful photography and always a pleasure to work with Melissa and Paul!”  You’re the Star  Digital Films and Video.  

“Melissa knows Santa Barbara, she knows the all the enchanted nooks and crannies that can make a photograph unique.  Her sense of understanding each couple’s personalities, and her fun and easy manner, as well as her professionalism ensure you will be getting the best in the business.  Melissa produces stunning results each time!”  Naz Maedaen www.makeupbynaz.net

 

Clients say about me …

 

“After much research, it became clear to me that Melissa stood apart from all other Santa Barbara photographers! She was a pleasure to work with and her easy-going disposition truly put me at ease. I thoroughly enjoyed posing for the camera and was amazed by the moments she captured from behind the scenes. I highly recommend her for any and all occasions! We love you Melissa, you’re the best!” Melissa Liverman

“Melissa was so professional and friendly that she made such a difference in our wedding! We loved the final product and would recommend her to all who are in the Santa Barbara area!” Stephanie Omary

“Melissa is wonderful. She made us feel really comfortable and we absolutely loved how our pictures turned out.”  Jennifer Knowles

“Thank you so much for the beautiful work you did on our daughter’s wedding. From the start you were a delight to work with. You balanced the professional with the personal, and intuitively knew where to be to get the perfect shot. We are especially impressed with the albums. Laying out the design is an art in itself. We were very pleased with you and your work and are delighted to recommend you.” Susan and Jeff Bridges

“Melissa was prompt, professional, and put me at ease. She thought to take pictures of details that I didn’t think of. She was a lot of fun to work with and the memories that she captured are magical.” Karen Sebert

“We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer than Melissa to work with. She took our engagement photos, rehearsal dinner photos, and our wedding photographs. They all came out gorgeous and we have received so many compliments! She is a fabulous photographer, and a delight to work with. We would recommend her to anyone, and intend on using her for many more family photographs in the future!” Tara Fergusson

“Melissa was a joy to work with! Her work truly speaks for itself in terms of quality, but the intangibles are what really differentiate her. She went out of her way to work with us for both our engagement shoot and our wedding photos. The pictures from the wedding capture the little (and big, of course) moments we want to remember (or missed, being busy elsewhere), but without being intrusive. Our album is in production, but the proofs we’ve seen are absolutely beautiful. I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend Melissa.” Dave and Laura Cox

“Melissa is just a wonderful person all around. Not only does every photo that she takes turn out great, she captures the moment and spirit of the people. She is just a very honest, fair and very sincere in all interactions. I only wish she lived closer to us. She was great for our wedding and our family portraits as well. Can’t think of one negative thing.” April and Steve Cabiness

“We searched for a while and talked to numerous photographers in LA and Santa Barbara before deciding on Melissa. Her professionalism, incredible eye, and ability to blend in like part of the family is exactly what we were looking for. Our wedding was in the early evening in an old church with very low light, and her ability to adjust and get the photos the way we wanted them was perfect. She was just as comfortable getting the intimate moments as well as dealing with the rowdy bachelors, so we couldn’t have been happier. After all is said and done with the wedding, the only thing you have after that day is the photos to remember it by. We wanted to make sure that we were comfortable having someone around all our friends and family that would be just as happy to be there as they were. The pictures clearly reflect that.” Kristin and Shawn DeWitt

“Melissa was one of our favorite vendors. Aside from being a great photographer, she is such a sweet person and a great to have by your side on the day of the wedding. We were running a little behind with hair and make-up and I was feeling a little tense. As soon as Melissa cam in the room I instantly felt more at ease. She has a calming and nurturing presence. On more than one occasion she went above and beyond with non-photography related stuff. When other vendors dropped the ball, she went out of her way to ensure that everything went smoothly and still managed to stay calm and get great shots. She was very quick to get our proofs on-line after the wedding. We’re still in the process of picking out our favorite photos for the album so we don’t have our completed album yet. Although, I know the album will be wonderful. We have so many great shots we’re having a hard time narrowing down our favorites.” Michelle and Tim Welsh

“SHE WAS AWESOME” Lisa and Joe McCorkell

“Melissa was worth the investment. A joy to work with and very talented.” Kristen and Grahame Watts

“Melissa was our DREAM PHOTOGRAPHER! Our wedding photos were incredibily beautiful. Not just the traditional wedding photos as her work is best appreciated through journalistic images of our event and the artistic photos of the small, personal details that made our wedding special. Melissa worked closely with us to create our coffee-table book, which turned out to be amazing. At the wedding she and her assistant were thoughtful, well dressed, and personable to all our guests. I would highly, highly, highly recommend Melissa for anyone who is looking for a quality photographer.”  Dr. and Mrs. Kevin S. Hahn