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Using Melee Photography was the worst mistake I made in planning my wedding. We got married on August 1 and unfortunately, we waited to take our engagement photos in May , so we didn't know far enough in advance of our wedding that we may want to reconsider our photographer. At our wedding and engagement sessions, Joe continually looked to me for direction on ideas for shots and poses- it got old quickly and unorganized. at our wedding. Many of our photos were untouched- both engagement and wedding- for example, an entire series of photos showed my husband with a deodorant stain on the shoulder of his tux jacket from someone hugging him. I asked for some of these to be touched up and Joe never responded. Additionally, after the wedding we never received our photo book or canvas print that we paid for. I emailed and called Joe multiple times asking how we go about identifying the pictures we want in our book and he has never responded My wedding was almost 8 months ago and I've been so upset about this experience that it was only recently that I actually printed some of the pictures. As expected, they look amateur and like they were taken with a basic point and click camera. I am now pregnant and wanting to do a maternity photo shoot but I'm so afraid that I'll blow my money on another person who really doesn't have a talent for photography or a commitment to their business and customers.
DO NOT USE THIS PHOTOGRAPHER!! I promise you will regret it if you do. They are impossible to get ahold of. We would go weeks without getting responses to our emails and phone calls. (Our wedding was in September and we are STILL having this issue.) It is now December and we still haven't even received the proof to our album or canvas let alone any of the things we paid for in our package. We have been told multiple times that we would receive our album on a certain date, all of those dates have come and gone and they won't keep us in the loop on anything. Our photographer (Jason) missed multiple main shots during our wedding. For example we don't have any group shots of my husband with his groomsmen, they didn't take a group shot of my (the bride) family, we didn't get a single picture of the bridal party pairs, they didn't take pictures of the bridal party exiting the ceremony, and they didn't take pictures of the tables during the reception. The only picture taken of the center pieces was the back of them. My husband and I deeply regret using them and would NEVER make this mistake again. I certainly hope this review helps keep others away from this horribly run business!
Beautiful photos,difficult at times to get a hold of!Reviewed on 11/03/2015 Amy A
We looked at many, many photographers in the Columbus area when searching for our wedding photographer. A lot had great work, but insanely expensive packages (one was $5000+!!), and cheaper packages within our budget didn't have all of the things we were looking for. When we met with Joe, we loved his work and loved that he had a package that worked within our budget and gave us what we wanted the most: someone who had experience at our venue (The Columbus Athenaeum, specifically in The Priory), all day coverage, a second photographer, and an engagement session. After talking things over with each other, we agreed to go with Joe and Melee Photography. We went through our Engagement Session, which was a fun adventure considering the NCAA Basketball tournament was in town and parking was non-existent. He was able to incorporate what we wanted and the different outfits we had, while also working with the crowds in the background. There was a bit of lack in types poses, but overall we were really happy with them. And our wedding photos turned out beautiful! I'd given Joe a list of the photos to take (and not to take) and he and the second photographer Brandon mostly stuck to that list. There weren't as many of our decor as I'd of liked, but they got the important shots and that mattered to us. They were great to work with during the wedding especially - took photos without being obtrusive or obstructive, and we really loved the slideshow they did (part of our wedding package) so everyone could see some of the pictures taken throughout the day. Our only issue was that Joe can be VERY hard to get in touch with. There is 1 phone number and 1 email address, and while he does get back to you eventually, it can take a while to get a response. Our wedding photos took a while to get and I had to email several times, but was happy with the final result once we did receive them (about a month after the wedding, we had been told 2-3 weeks, ended up being more like 5-6). A very pleasant guy to work with, just needs a bit of help I think with the response times. Overall, we really enjoyed working with Joe and Brandon!
DO NOT USE this photographer. I really wanted to rate them at a zero but you have to choose a star. They were awful. Just like other reviews we have not received anything promised except a link to our pictures. I downloaded them myself so I don't have to deal with them anymore. Joe was extremely hard to get a hold prior to the wedding to talk about details. At one point during our day he was no where to be found. This is my only regret of all the vendors. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!
Melee photography is awful. DO NOT USE THIS photographer. I was NOT impressed with my engagement photos, but I decided to give them a second chance since they were already booked for my wedding day. Throughout the day, they were lazy and on their personal phones a lot. They did not get any creative pictures. The best pictures we got were the ones we had to ask them to stop and take for us. It has been 4 months and we still do not have the cd of pictures, canvas, or photo book that we paid for. We did not even get to see our pictures until 2 months after our wedding after many emails and phone calls that they did not respond to. Joe finally sent us a link to blurry pictures after we threatened to report him to the BBB. There were very few pictures taken of just the bride and groom. He missed the first grandparent walking down the aisle as well as the first couple to enter the reception. We were excited that there would be two of them to make sure they could capture moments while the other was busy, but there were many great moments that were missed by the photographers. Do not use them. The Knot should really remove them from their website. The Knot is losing credibility by suggesting this vendor.
My husband and I used Melee for our September wedding. We spend a lot of time researching photographers and fell in love with them after our initial meeting. They were fantastic to work with through the wedding process, but we did feel disappointed in the lack of creativity when it came to the actual pictures. What disappointed us the most was after our wedding. We received our wedding pictures within a few weeks as they said, however, again we were not thrilled with the lack of creative photographs, and many that were taken but were never shown to us. We did ask to view those photos, but that never happened. The package we bought included the canvas and photo album, but it took many months to actually receive those items. I emailed and called multiple times over several months but never got a call back. It was only after threatening messages that I finally got some kind of response. We were never offered any kind of compensation for our frustration. Joe and his partner were great for the wedding day, but I would not recommend working with them until they have a better handle on the business.
Beautiful PicturesReviewed on 5/20/2015 Ashley K
Joe & Jason are great. They make you feel comfortable, giving a very natural look to pictures. They listen to what you want, while providing their own expertise.
Didn't get what I wantedReviewed on 11/22/2014 Brooke L
I used Melee for my wedding on July 25, 2014. I did a lot of research and met with many photographers before choosing Melee. I chose Melee because 1. I loved the work that I saw. 2. Was really impressed after meeting with Joe, seeing the studio, and seeing more samples of wedding photos. We scheduled an engagement session that came with our package. After seeing the engagement photos I was really disappointed with the lack of creativity and variety of photos we had to chose from. I then set up a meeting with Joe to let him know my disappointment and made sure to give him a specific detailed list of what photos I wanted on my wedding day. I felt better after this meeting and was confident we were on the same page. The day of the wedding Jason and Joe showed up on time and were easy to work with. After the wedding my husband and I set up a meeting to view our photos. The photos they took of the wedding were good quality but I was extremely disappointed with the lack of variety of photos and the photos that I specifically asked for that I did not get. I emailed Joe my disappointment and he added a few photos from our reception but I was still missing the specific family photos I requested. Guests reported seeing both photographers sitting a lot, my bridesmaids had to search for them to get a photo of us in the bridal room, and Joe asked the mother of the bride where their dinner was?! There was also a huge lack of communication. Joe took multiple weeks to respond to emails and phone calls. After expressing our disappointment they never once offered any reconciliation. I would not recommend Melee for a wedding photographer unless they become more organized, and more responsive to clients needs.
Seriously lacking service qualityReviewed on 11/01/2014 Nichole L
My fiancé and I met with Joe from Melee and were impressed with his work. Joe himself was very personable and friendly and he even talked to my fiancé about ways to expand his business. After working with him on only the engagement session, I don't see how he can handle any additional clients. We have not been given the time or attention we deserve. We were told we would have our engagement photos back after 2 weeks. At 3-4 weeks my fiancé and I tried to contact him. It is next to impossible to get ahold of anyone! It takes 3+ attempts. We got the photos with no instructions on how to let him know which ones we wanted. Took more phone calls and emails to get a response and when we got the ones back we selected, they didn't look like they'd been touched up at all! We expressed our concerns and Joe asked if we were available to talk but never responded to us on a time or returned our phone calls. At this point we're looking to have our engagement sessions redone and hire a different photographer for the wedding. Melee is definitely not holding up their end of the deal and we don't want to chance it on our wedding day! The photos we viewed in the studio look great but I haven't seen that effort put into our photos. My fiancé has now bought software to try to do Melee's job so we can finally announce our engagement. I'm sure the quality for some clients is exceptional as their studio proves but the service is seriously lacking! I would not recommend Melee photography! I want to also mention that my parents suggested I check their grade on the better business bureau website and they have an F rating. I will definitely be checking this for my other vendors too.
Great photos, but SO disappointed with the serviceReviewed on 10/25/2014 Molly M
I used Melee for my wedding, they were referred to me by a co-worker. Our first meeting with Joe was great, we also enjoyed our engagement shoot that was included in our package with him at the location of our choice- the Franklin park conservatory. The photos we got back from it were great & everything we asked for. Then the wedding day came... Two other photographers came to the salon where I was getting ready, they asked what I wanted from them photo wise so I handed them a list & even showed them ideas and photos I had saved. The day slipped away from me with all the excitments and events that come with your wedding day. I thought both photographers were pleasent and my husband and I enjoyed joking with them during the day, and we loved the slide show they played on an iPad at our reception of photos taken that day to show off to our guest ... It wasn't until after I got home from the honeymoon that I began to become unsatisfied with my services with Melee. My mother brought it to my attention and actually contacted them herseld about how upset we were on the matter... I did not have a single photo of my mother and I together in my wedding dress. It was for sure on my list of photos I want captured (and I realize they get caught up in all the events of the day and are human.. People make mistakes) but as an only child, and my mother being my best friend , that is a day & a moment I can never get back or re-create. Melee apologized when confronted and offered to send me a gift card to order some prints on their behalf. I to this day, 3 years later have never received that giftcard. It also took almost 4 months to get any photos back from them. Over-all I was disappointed and haven't recommend them to anyone.
Amazing Wedding Photos!Reviewed on 10/23/2014 Christina G
I chose Melee Photography not only because I loved their style of candid and artistic, yet very classic and timeless photography, but they also offered many things in their package that set them apart from other photographers. They did not make you squeeze into a set number of hours on your wedding day. The getting ready photos in the morning are some of my favorites that really help capture the feeling of the whole day! I also loved that they bring a flatscreen to the wedding reception to show a slideshow of photos from earlier in the day that very night! Guests love it! I loved the end result of my wedding photos and engagement photos. The pictures really captured the love between my husband and I are there are so many good ones to frame. They also were so easygoing on our wedding day, lots of fun. One of my favorite vendors!
PhotographerReviewed on 8/18/2014 Amanda D
Wonderful and so fun to work with. Quick response with the new assistant. Beautiful, classic photos.
Great PhotosReviewed on 7/23/2014 Gail S
I used Melee for my wedding in November 2013. We got an engagement session with our package so Joe could get to know us before our wedding day. He came to our location of choice and spent an hour with us; we were pleased with the experience. On the day of the wedding Joe and Jason came early in the morning to my house where we were getting ready. They were very personable and laughing/talking with everyone there. They took some great photos which my husband really enjoyed seeing after we got the pictures back. They spent the whole day with us; met us at the venue and spent a lot of time driving that day. We got all of the shots that we asked for (I had someone with a list that I gave to someone and she crossed off the shots once we got them). (There still was one picture that I know they took which I never received, and I asked Joe about it a couple of times and he never got back to me on that picture). About a week after our wedding Joe told me that the pictures were ready for me and my husband to come look at them. We made an appointment and went to his studio to look at them (it is a very nice and clean studio, very impressive). After that experience we had some troubles getting a hold of Joe and getting our products. It was a little disappointing, but now we have all of our products (and a little extra for our inconvenience). Good products.
Melee was great!Reviewed on 1/29/2014 Megan D
These guys did AMAZING! I couldnt be more happy with all of the pictures they took. They captured every detail of my wedding and now everytime I look back through my photos I can relive my wedding day over and over. They also did our engagement photos and those were just as beautiful, you could really see our personality in every picture. I recommend Melee to eveyone becuase they dont just take beautiful pictures but they are just fun guys to work with. I didnt worry about anything with them and they made it all so easy! Thanks for everything, Megan
All Around Great QualityReviewed on 10/03/2013 Kailee M
Melee Photography not only provides outstanding quality photos, but the photographers are of really high quality as well. Photography was a top priority when it came to our wedding experience, and I had no doubt that I wanted to use Melee. I was lucky enough to see the great work of these photographers at one of my bridesmaids weddings, and from there I knew i only wanted to book with them! Joe and Jason make the wedding day experience fun and relaxed for everyone. We truly enjoyed having them a part of our wedding!
Wonderful serviceReviewed on 10/03/2013
I met Jason of Melee Photography at the Columbus Expo in 2012, and by his charismatic appeal, I knew instantly I had found my photographer. We purchased their middle package ($2500) and we couldn't be happier with our engagement and wedding pictures. Jason did our engagement session and did his best to make my fiancée Greg and I feel comfortable in front of the camera. At the wedding, Jason and Jared took charge not only of the task of photographing our most memorable day, but also of making sure everything went as smoothly as possible for Greg and I. They had our wedding party doubled over laughing during the party photo session, and during the reception, you hardly knew they were there, but they captured some of the most amazing shots. Again, we couldn't be happier with our pictures. Our only very small complaint was communication, and it took a little longer than expected to get our engagement and wedding photos, which we were impatiently awaiting. A small price to pay, as we got over 3500 shots! Thank you, Melee, for capturing our special day, frame by frame.
Wedding Photography!Reviewed on 10/03/2013 Brittany V
These guys are a BLAST to work with!!! They allowed me to relax on the wedding day because I had full confidence in their work. I was able to get my photos the week after we came back from our honeymoon which is suppppper quick!!!! Some delays in replying to emails, but outweighs the service you get!!! Highly Recommend these guys!!!! Blessed to had the opportunity to work with them!
Laid-back and friendlyReviewed on 9/23/2013 Erin W
Joe and Jason at Melee were the perfect fit for my husband and I. The two of them have a lot of experience and some really beautiful photos to show for it. We were lucky to be able to have them as our photographers as our first photographer fell through about 6 months before the wedding. In the short months remaining before the wedding we managed to get some amazing engagement photos from them as well as working out all of the details for the big day. Their relaxed attitudes helped keep everything calm on what can be a very crazy day. They were constantly there with anything we might have needed, beyond pictures, including getting hors de ouerves for my husband and I after the ceremony to bringing safety pins to my mother at the end of the ceremony when her dress ripped. I cannot wait to receive my photos, I know they will be great!
Not Just Photographers!Reviewed on 8/23/2013 Melanie K
Jason and Joe were awesome from our engagement pictures all the way through the wedding, they were more than photographers and really helped with all kinds of aspects of the event. Very professional while still knowing how to have a good time, some moments that stand out were Jason laying on the wet ground since it was raining just to get a picture of us from the ground up, as well as Joe getting our trolley's engine to be turned off so we would not have that noise during the ceremony. All this extra plus the pictures were great! They were nice to work with and we would recommend them to our friends and family.
A+ PhotographersReviewed on 8/03/2013
Joe and Jason did an amazing job for our wedding day! They did a session of engagement pictures for us which came out amazing! On our wedding day they were so fun and captured so many perfect pictures! Joe and Jason were fun to work with, easy to communicate with, flexible, and did an absolutely awesome job! During our wedding they showed some of the pictures that they had already taken that day and we had numerous guests tell us how amazing they were and how beautiful the were! If you're wanting a pair of fun photographers to capture amazing shots of your special day then go with Joe and Jason! A+! -Zach and Logan
WOW!!!!Reviewed on 7/20/2013
Highest possible recommendation for Melee Photography!! Joe and Jason were GREAT!!!!! Super to work with, super at what they do and produced results that were magical! They put us at ease, listened to what we wanted and then did so much more than we would've ever thought of. Awesome job! The guests at the reception loved the slide show too. The pictures from both of these photographers were absolutely priceless. You MUST use two photographers and you must call MELEE!!!!
AmandaReviewed on 7/01/2013 Amanda A
I used Melee for my wedding and engagement pictures. They truly went above and beyond to make my day extra special. I wouldn't have had the wonderful memories I have if it wasn't for their great work!
Great PhotographersReviewed on 6/18/2013 keshia k
I really enjoyed working with Jason, he was a very relaxed photographer and very open to my opinion and ideas, he showed great direction, my only complaint is the response time to emails or phone calls, but there is only one point of contact between the 2 photographers.
Creative extra ordinary PhotographersReviewed on 6/13/2013 ciara s
For Engagement and Wedding day it was all about what we wanted. When we had suggestions or ideas about what we were looking for they were excited and ready to capture the shot. They kept me calm and on schedule. Can't imagine our sharing our wedding day with another photographer. Beautiful Pictures!!!
Absolutely Superb!!!Reviewed on 5/20/2013 Sarah K
I cannot tell you how wonderful these photographers are! My biggest detail in finding a photographer was getting the rights to the photos without spending $5,000 or more. When I found that I could do that with Melee, at half the cost, I was thrilled. When we met with them, they were down to earth, real, and didn't nickel and dime you over every detail. They made us feel truly special about our big day. They arrived early when we got ready, blended in seamlessly, and were so fun! I have TONS of compliments about how personable and fun they were, making the experience not only special for us, but for the guests as well! Guests also LOVED that they could see the photos in real time at the reception on a screen. It was so wonderful to them that they could see photos of us getting ready, the bridal party shots, our first look and etc., only hours after it happened. Melee photography is an amazing company. My husband and I were so pleased with their dedication before the wedding, the day of the wedding, and even after the wedding. They made sure they made everything perfect, and we were floored with how well our pictures turned out. If you're looking for value, personality and great photographers.... this is your best bet!