Rick Messina Photography

Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Destinations

About this Vendor

Emotion and Beauty

As a husband and wife team we love to combine documentary and editorial photography to capture the candid emotion of your day. A stylized approach to your formals adds to the fun. To portray what makes you truly unique, we look for the emotion and beauty that explains what it felt like to be there. We can't wait to meet you, hear your story and hopefully join you on your amazing adventure! :) Now booking 2019. Contact us for the different investment options that we offer!


Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Documentary, Lifestyle

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement

Starting Price Range


Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Photo, Printed Proofs, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums

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Contact Info

Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Destinations (913) 274-9925

Reviewed on 4/05/2018 Brittnay O

My husband and I can not say enough good things about Rick and Melanie! It was apparent the duo have a true passion for their career and take pride in their work. They were easy to get ahold of and was one of the keys in helping our day go seamless. Their style is exactly what... Read More we wanted. They captured our day in a way that told an elegant story, that we are now able go back through the pictures to relive and enjoy every aspect of the busy day. Our pictures are absolutely beautiful, we even have had several people tell us our pictures look like we belong in a wedding magazine. We could have not asked for a better duo to help make our dream day come true. Thank you Rick and Melanie -Brittany and Kyle Goracke

2018-04-12T19:48:31 Response from the vendor

Dear Brittany and Kyle, Thank you for the kind words, they mean so much to us!! It was so nice getting to know you both and being a part of your family for a day 😊 We could not have hoped for more with your... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 3/14/2018 Atalia M

If your looking for a fab couple to snap natural, yet fun photos of you all day long then these guys are the ones for you! Flew all the way to Ireland to shoot our wedding and couldn't be more pleased with our photos! Felt so relaxed and at ease in front of the camera,... Read More especially my husband who previously was not a lover of photos. We converted him though! Both Rick and Mel compliment each other as they work together throughout the day. Would pick them again anyday! ❤️️

2018-03-21T18:48:17 Response from the vendor

...And we would do it all over again in a heartbeat for you both! Thank you for being so awesome and inviting us into your lives and your families. You know we left a little parts of our hearts in Ireland and you are a... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/06/2018 Vicky J

The photographers were amazing, we had soo much fun shooting the first look and so forth. Nothing was missed and every moment we laughed, talked and just kept the day going. IT rained the day of my wedding but with Rick and Melanie, they made me forgot about the rain. They are... Read More so talented even the pictures in the rain were gorgeous. We would def recommend them to anyone, my photos came out soo beautiful. Thank you again you guys are AWESOME.

2018-02-07T13:22:02 Response from the vendor

Vicky, you know I fell in love with you from our first conversation, right?! I felt like we were girlfriends from waay back. And René, well, you are just the perfect match for this sweet lady. How could we not want to work our hardest... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/28/2018 Erin R

Rick and Mel are great to work with! I really wanted photographers that could capture the beauty of the day without a lot of the typical standing posed shots...they did just that! They are really easy to work with and don't over direct when it comes to taking the pictures. So... Read More glad we made the choice to use these guys for our wedding!

2018-02-28T16:35:23 Response from the vendor

Hi Erin + Tyler! Thank you so much for your kind words! There is nothing that makes our hearts happier than hearing that we helped make your day that much more wonderful for you and your family + friends. Thanks for being so awesome and... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 12/18/2017 Lauren R

Rick and Melanie were amazing! The day we took our engagement pictures was gloomy and cloudy and our wedding day was rainy and even though it wasn't the ideal weather situation either time, they made BEAUTIFUL photos! They made the most out of the situation and I actually love... Read More the photos more than if it was bright and shiny outside! Rick and Melanie were super easy to work with and their photos are stunning. I would definitely recommend them :).

2017-12-20T10:34:53 Response from the vendor

Hi Lauren!! It has been so nice getting to know you both and working together!! Your review means so much to us. We LOVE how perfectly romantic both your engagement and wedding were:) We are so happy for you both!!! XOXO Rick and Melanie😊

Reviewed on 10/14/2017 Avery F

My husband and I could never say enough good things about Rick and Melanie! Not only did they take unbelievable photographs during our engagement session and during our wedding, they truly captured us as a couple. If you’re looking for photographers that will actually get to... Read More know you and will want to make your day the best it can be, all while taking INCREDIBLE photos, these are your people! Trust us, you want them to be a part of your special day! They are truly amazing!! We could never thank you as many times as we would like to but thank you for capturing our love so well and for making us feel so comfortable and loved on our big day. It truly wouldn’t have been the same without you two!! Thank you thank you thank you! We love you so much!

2017-10-18T16:25:01 Response from the vendor

Dear Avery and Miles, your words mean so much to us! We are honored to have been a part of your special day and above all to have been able to get to know you both. We wish you nothing but complete happiness in your... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/27/2017 Sarah S

Rick and Melanie were the best decision for our wedding day! While planning for our engagement and wedding photos, it was great to have Rick and Melanie there to get suggestions and advice from. They are happy to give input, but allowed tons of room for us to make the day our... Read More own. ALL of our wedding party and family were made to feel comfortable while taking group photos. The two of them know just the right amount of direction to give- or space to let you live in the moment. We loved their attention to detail (and lighting). THANK YOU so much R&M! We LOVE our photographs! You captured our special day just as we experienced it. We will be forever grateful to you both!! <3 Sarah and Clay

2017-09-29T12:57:05 Response from the vendor

Dear Sarah and Clay! Thank you so much for your kind words. You guys are so sweet:) We love looking back on your beautiful pictures and remembering how perfect your day was! (And your touching, funny, hop infused love story retold for a most personal... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/26/2017 Bailey S

Where do I even begin? Rick and Melanie are absolutely amazing! We had them shoot our engagement photos and wedding day photos! They both have a unique and creative eye for beautiful photography! In addition, they are the cutest couple ever! We felt so comfortable with... Read More them, and their communication is incredible. Rick and Melanie are very professional and kept our wedding day photography on time. Also, they traveled from Manhattan to Kansas City for both our engagement and wedding photos! Nothing but amazing things to be said about them.... Everyone should have them as their photographers!

2017-09-26T15:29:23 Response from the vendor

Hi Guys! Aww...no, you're the cutest couple ever! ;) We are truly honored to have been a part of your lives during such special moments. Looking at your pictures we can't help but be moved to awe at how you look at each other, laugh... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/11/2017 Cinthia L

We could not be more satisfied with rick and Mel's work! They went above and beyond to make our wedding day super special, they captured every beautiful moment, every reaction and all the funny moments too! They are very professional and with amazing values. They helped us with... Read More posture and got us reminescing on beautiful memories to capture in the shots. I'm so thankful with Melanie for helping me with my timeline and putting all the ideas together making everything run smoothly on that day! Rick and Melanie also did our engagement photo shoot and we are so happy how the photos turned out! They were happy to help us choose the location and gave us ideas on what attire would go perfect with it! Spending time with them during the engagement session convinced us even more that they were the perfect team to photograph our wedding! Rick and Mel are super responsible and work so beautiful together as a team! Definitely the right choice!!!!

2017-09-11T19:08:10 Response from the vendor

Thanks guys! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE looking back on your beautiful day and remembering how much fun we had with you and your families! From your adventurous engagement session to your lovely wedding day, we were happy to help out and had fun getting to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/10/2017 Tyla H

I'm so happy I chose them to do my engagement photos! They were both so pleasant to work with. Very professional and helpful. They directed us very well and our pictures turned out GORGEOUS. I can't express how happy i am with how they turned out! I highly recommend them!

2017-09-11T18:38:21 Response from the vendor

Tyla, we are so happy we had the opportunity to meet while you were visiting! You and Luke were so much fun to get to know and are super sweet together. We are thrilled you love your pictures. They truly reflect how well you and... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/06/2017 Jeremy A

My wife and I are beyond thrilled and thankful that we chose Rick and Melanie to capture our wedding day in downtown Kansas City. From the moment we begin our email exchanges, to the day of our wedding, everything went easy and flawless! They made us feel comfortable and at... Read More ease throughout the entire day. Even though our wedding day was threatened with rain, Rick and Melanie were flexible and worked with us to capture some wonderful moments from the day. Our photos arrived promptly after the wedding and we have enjoyed reliving our special day through them. Thank you both for all your help and artistic eyes!

2017-09-11T19:12:33 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Jeremy we are so happy for you both! We really had a lot of fun with you and are glad we got to know you:) Hope to you see you guys soon!

Reviewed on 9/06/2017 Kenia F

Honestly, I can't believe my dream wedding came true & that Rick and Melanie were such a huge part of my dream wedding. I had people telling me left and right their opinion on who should take our pictures, but I knew who i truly wanted and I got them!!! Still unbelievable! They... Read More

were incredible in every way and I am not exaggerating. From the wedding planning to after the wedding they have been nothing short of amazing. They captured our day just as we lived it. They truly capture works of art. Anyone can take photos, but not everyone can do what they do. I am forever grateful to have the one thing we all keep after our special day apart from the memories, we have some GORGEOUS photos as well. They are precious moments we will never be able to forget because of them. I am still in awe of our big day and how you both captured it! Thank you Rick and Melanie for making us both look SOOOO good. Thank you for being kind and gentle on our big day! You guys are the perfect match and your pictures and customer service truly show it! I will forever be recommending you to our friends and family! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We love you guys! -Kenia & Tyler McDaniel

2017-09-11T18:31:06 Response from the vendor

Oh Kenia+Tyler, where do we begin?! You both are two of the sweetest people we could ever want to meet. You not only make us love what we do, but truly appreciate the beautiful friendships we get to develop as a result. Your day was... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 5/09/2017 Katie S

Rick and Melanie really made our wedding the best it could possibly be. They captured out love during our engagement photo session as well as our wedding. I didn't realize the bond you make with your photographers during your engagement and wedding and we could not have spent... Read More this process with anyone else. If you want photographers who are friendly, professional, easy to contact and just great people you will love these two!

2017-05-10T13:35:20 Response from the vendor

Katie, My Love, I can't even tell you how much you're words mean to us. We are over the moon happy when we get to exceed your expectations and add to you enjoying your day. We loved getting to know you both and look forward... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/06/2017 Amanda D

It was a truly wonderful experience working with Rick and Melanie. When I look at our photos from the day they each capture so much love. Feeling that love is an amazing experience in it's own but to see it captured to mirror that feeling is a totally breathtaking, and this is... Read More exactly how Rick and Melanie went above and beyond any other photographer we could have found. Their style fit perfectly with our small, intimate prairie wedding. They were enthusiastic from the start and jumped in like they were family on the big day. They made us feel relaxed and sexy and romantic and beautiful, all while making us laugh and encouraging us to take full advantage to enjoy each moment. Thanks a million you two...xoxo

2017-02-06T19:34:56 Response from the vendor

It was so amazing getting to know you and your families. Your wedding was so intimate and beautiful, we couldn't be happier for you!! Thank you for the honor of allowing us to be a part of the family for a day:) Much love, Melanie... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/22/2016 Laura S

Rick and Melanie were so incredibly wonderful to work with! Weddings can be stressful, but they were so great about being flexible with the schedule. They helped us to feel comfortable and allow our pictures to represent us. They truly did an amazing job! So thankful they were... Read More able to capture moments of our special day!

2016-11-23T11:03:54 Response from the vendor

Thank you Laura for asking us to be a part of your day!! We're so glad we were able to make it more enjoyable. We probably had just as much fun photographing your wedding as you and Ricky did that celebrating it!! We loved working... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/22/2016 Kelsey P

Definitely 5 stars (I wish I could give more)!!! I found Rick and Melanie very randomly on Instagram. I was just searching through the photos that Instagram "recommends for you," and they popped up! Once I had stalked their Instagram, I decided to go to their website, where I... Read More absolutely fell in love with their style of photographs. I contacted them immediately to inquire about pricing/if they travel/etc. They were always very quick to respond and not very long after my first email, we'd set up our engagement photos. I cannot even express how IN LOVE with our engagement photos I am. They did an amazing job. So of course we hired them for our wedding as well and they did not disappoint!! I had also asked they do bridal portraits for me (something my family has always done) and they graciously did! We only had to wait around 2 months to get our photos back, and after talking to many brides, that's extremely fast! I absolutely would recommend this amazing duo to anyone in need of a photographer - they are both extremely sweet, very passionate about their work, will go above and beyond for you and will make you laugh through your awkward holding/kissing sessions with your SO. :D I wish I could give them 10 stars because they definitely deserve it! <3

2016-11-23T10:59:42 Response from the vendor

Thank you Kelsey!! We loved working with you and Scott. You guys are such a great couple! We're glad we could nail the look you were going for, you two made it easy:)

Reviewed on 11/22/2016 Alexandra F

My husband, Nick, and I first met Mel and Rick at my sister's wedding 18 months ago. By the end of her wedding, I was stealing my sister's photographer for my own engagement and wedding photos! Rick is so subtle with the camera, that you have no time to feel insecure that you... Read More are getting your photo taken! Mel takes beautiful photos as well but her ability to fix your pose so you can look like your best self without feeling like she's calling attention to it is necessary for your big day! Their turnaround time is amazing! Our engagement photos came back to us within a week (which was perfect because we used them to send our "Save the Date's") and our wedding photos we just received less than 6 weeks after the wedding. That doesn't count the "teaser" Instagram posts they both did or the sneak preview blog which was beautiful and easy to share with friends and family without overwhelming them with all 2000 photos from the big day! I honestly cannot say a negative thing about my year and a half relationship with Rick and Mel as my photographers. I am seriously looking into what else I can hire them for ;-)

2016-11-23T11:12:53 Response from the vendor

Hi Alex! We don't know where to begin. We love your family! We knew at your sisters wedding we would love to work with you and Nick as well and are so happy that you felt the same way!! It has been so great getting... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/15/2016

Rick and Melanie photographed our wedding in Manhattan Ks. on 6/25/2016 and did an amazing job. They were very professional every step of the way and the communication was exceptional. They left us with a lot of excellent memories! Thanks for the great job! See you soon. Kyle... Read More and Melanie Hickman

2016-11-23T10:56:59 Response from the vendor

Thanks Kyle! We instantly felt like we had known you and Melanie for years the first time we met. Thank you for the honor of asking us to photograph your wedding. We couldn't be happier for you two!!

Reviewed on 8/07/2016 Charaun B

Rick and Melanie are amazing at what they do! Rick and Melanie were my photographers for my wedding on May 29, 2016. From the moment I contacted them with my interest in working with them, I knew my wedding photos were going to be amazing! They were very kind and helpful during... Read More the entire process. Melanie and Rick offered their expertise, and they also offered the contact information of other vendors with whom they've worked with to make our day memorable. During our engagement shoot they made us feel relaxed and natural. I felt like we were being photographed by friends, as they walked and talked with us. On the day of our wedding, they were there on time and ready to work. They were so accommodating and flexible. They created a timeline of how everything would go and when things didn't go as expected, they were very flexible in switching things around and they were able to get all the important moments. They didn't just capture formal photos, but they also caught a lot of natural, fun, and "in the moment" photos, which is their specialty. Our wedding photos were breathtaking! You can tell that Rick and Melanie are passionate about what they do. The best choice we made was hiring them as our photographers, and trust me, you won't regret it if you make the same decision!

2016-08-08T12:45:37 Response from the vendor

Charaun, you and Kevin are some of the sweetest people we've had the pleasure of working with! And you are rockstar girl! I love that you don't sweat the small stuff. That's what made your day so beautiful. We love feeling like we are around... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/16/2016 Bernanda P

Rick and Melanie were amazing! I was looking for a photographer who could capture the moment without us having to do cheesy poses. im glad we found someone who understood our visions and executed it very well. I was very fortunate to have Melanie who helped keep me calm... Read More throughout the day. She acted as my makeup artist, hairstylist and even dresser lol! i would hire them all over again if I could.

2016-08-08T13:27:55 Response from the vendor

Bernanda, When you give me a hug after our first meeting, I know we're gonna have a great time working together and you've just acquired another friend. Let's be honest, I'm doing a happy dance on the inside! ;) So, of course if you need... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/20/2016 Ivelise T

We had the pleasure to have Rick and Melanie as photographers. The duo made myself and my future mate feel very comfortable in what can be an uncomfortable scenario for some (since we aren't models). I'm not used to taking pictures and tend to feel I look awkward in photos.... Read More But seeing the end results of our photos, truly amazing. They have captured who we are and made it look gorgeous . They are an amazing team. I appreciate their guidance in each shot and their wonderful spirit. I recommend them for all occasions.

2016-06-20T17:43:15 Response from the vendor

Thanks Ivelise!! You two are so sweet. We loved hanging out in Kansas City with you both!! (and you two are totally models:)

Reviewed on 6/09/2016 kimberly s

I'm beyond happy with my pictures Rick & Melanie are the best. They really satisfied my vision of my 5 year anniversary memories. You won't regret getting them. Felt so comfortable around them too. I'm so happy :)

2016-06-09T12:46:28 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much Kimberly! We had a wonderful time with you both as well!

Reviewed on 5/30/2016 Maggie R

Rick and Melanie shot our wedding in New York on 4/2/16. Melanie and I had a call a few weeks beforehand, and she went through the timeline of the day, which was so helpful and I really knew exactly what to expect. The day of, it was like they weren't even there (except we have... Read More all the beautiful pictures that shows they were!). They would ask my bridesmaids if they had a question while we were getting ready, but were generally just walking around snapping pictures of us as well as all the detail shots. When the time was coming to take group photos of my parents and my bridesmaids, they would gently suggest that we start those--they were not pushy at all and really kept the timeline on point. After the reception, me, my husband, our immediately families and wedding party all took a bus from the church to right near the reception. Melanie and Rick took a separate car but we all got there at the same time which again, helped the timeline along. Rick was definitely the main photographer, and Melanie was amazing at getting everyone together with poses and order and things like that, and once everything was set she would also get in there with a camera. We took all the group photos first, and then let everyone go inside while my husband and I took some solo shots. Melanie and I had discussed heading up to the roof deck of our reception venue during the sunset, which was at the tail end of cocktail hour. She kept saying it was up to us if we felt like it, and I was a little hesitant to leave cocktail hour. We ended up going and I am SO glad we did. Melanie and Rick took the most amazing sunset pictures that were some of our favorites! I am not someone who had very specific pictures that I wanted taken (I just wanted a lot of my husband and I, and our family and friends having a good time) but I loved all of Rick and Melanie's suggestions and all the pictures really are so beautiful. It's been over a month since we got them and I still look at them all the time. Thank you, Rick and Melanie! You were an absolute dream to work with!

2016-05-31T10:57:26 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day!!

Reviewed on 5/20/2016

The Messina's are such an awesome couple and were a perfect fit for our special day. They were super patient throughout the whole process about planning out a timeline. The day of they automatically took control and remembered names of the family and bridal party (awesome... Read More touch). They were able to get all our formal pictures in quickly and they all came out beautiful! They made us all feel like we had known them for so long. Would totally recommend them to any bride!

2016-05-20T18:51:36 Response from the vendor

Thank you Jenn! It was an absolute pleasure working with the both of you and your families!

Reviewed on 1/04/2016 Claudia O

Rick and Melanie are the absolute best!!! My husband and I are beyond thrilled with the amazing photos these two talented photographers took at our wedding! Rick and Melanie were great to work with and made us, our guests and our families feel completely at ease. They were able... Read More to capture all the emotions of the day and every single time we look at the photos of our wedding day, we are able to feel all those emotions once again. I cannot praise them and their work enough!

2016-05-13T10:30:53 Response from the vendor

Thanks Claudia!! You guys are such a great couple together, we loved working with you both!!


Meet The Owner

Rick Messina

I have been drawn to photography for as long as I can remember. It started I guess as a kid when we drove up Pacific Coast Hwy 1 as a family and my dad hung pictures of that amazing scenery all over our house. I got my first camera a few years later, a Canon Rebel and that was it. I was hooked. I am married to an amazing woman who shares my love for travel. We have a list of places around the world we want to see and are slowly checking them off:)