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 2017 and early 2018. Contact us for the different investment options that we offer.
Artistic, Documentary, Lifestyle
Bridal Portraits, Engagement
Getting Engaged, After Party, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing
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 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 ;-)
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 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!
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 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
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 able to capture moments of our special day!
Absolutely LOVE Rick & Melanie!! I had come across Rick Messina Photography on Instagram and immediately fell in love with their style of photography while creeping on their profile/website. Absolutely stunning work. We were going for beautiful, elegant, glamorous and show-stopping photographs and they nailed my hopes and dreams. We didn't meet them until the day of the session out on the Konza Prairie and we were very happy to find out that they both put us at ease and were SO friendly and easy to converse with. We have received tons and tons and tons of great feedback from friends and family on how much they loved the pics! I HIGHLY recommend them.
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 and Melanie Hickman
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 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!
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 throughout the day. She acted as my makeup artist, hairstylist and even dresser lol! i would hire them all over again if I could.
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. 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.
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 :)
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 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!
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 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!
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 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!
November 2015Reviewed on 12/14/2015 diana r
I got married in November and i already knew i wanted RICK since before getting engaged. I followed them on Instagram and there post were mind blowing.They also did many of our friends wedding. So of course i had to book them. We did engagement session to get familiarize how they work and what they expect from us. (i love photography so it was important for me) once it was wedding time Melanie saved me by giving me a timeline for the day of the wedding she gave me tips and things I would of forgotten. Day of the wedding they were like my paparazzi taking pictures left and right. Taking their time to take the right photo at that right moment. Iquique 2015
Beautiful wedding photosReviewed on 11/04/2015
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Rick and Melanie during the time of our wedding in 2014. We feel they gave us even more than we paid them for. They put so much elegance, detail and artistry into each and every one of the photographs they produced for us. It was high quality work at a very reasonable price. The photos tell the story of our wedding day so beautifully that we had no need for a video of our wedding day. The editorial, natural style of Rick's photography documented both the events and emotions of our special day. Rick also gave us the opportunity to do a portrait session with the family members and friends we needed to have in our pictures. Not only is Rick skilled as a photographer, he is truly professional and discreet. Personally, we love looking at pictures, but we do not necessarily enjoy being the sole targets of a camera---so we were looking for a photographer we would feel comfortable with. We first met Rick and Melanie when we agreed to have them shoot our engagement pictures. The whole engagement session was like a lovely afternoon out with dear friends, not a high pressure photo shoot! Rick and Melanie were so personable, down to earth and professional---they made us feel calm and at ease. They made us feel the same way during and after our wedding day. During our wedding ceremony, we could barely tell Rick and Melanie were there; they were very adept and tactful in capturing all the important moments---without us or our guests feeling like we were under a constantly flashing camera. They were prompt in providing us with both our engagement and wedding photos, and always kind in responding to our various phone calls and emails. We are very grateful that we found out about Rick and Melanie and so happy that they were able to shoot our wedding. :) We highly recommend them!!!
Rick and Melanie are the BEST!Reviewed on 10/30/2015
Rick and Melanie completely put us at ease. They listened to all of requests and helped us plan out the day so we were able to maximize time with family and friends. They captured so many sweet details of the day and the deep heartfelt emotions radiated through the photos. They allowed us to enjoy our day without being stressed and were an amazing team to work with. I feel so lucky to have found them! I highly recommend them.
Rick and Melanie are both extremely talented and incredible to work with. We booked them for our wedding and decided to do an engagement shoot as an opportunity to get some photos of ourselves and to get to know the photographers. Right off the bat, they were professional and accommodating. We already had some basic ideas and locations for the photos to be taken and they made our ideas into a fairy tale and did an excellent job telling our story. We got so many compliments on our Save the Dates. Leading up to the day of the wedding, they both made sure we listed the shots we wanted to get as well as the list of family members, etc. we wanted photos with. The day of the wedding, they did a spectacular job capturing all of the details, candid and posed moments in a natural, creative way that was laid out like a documentary. We truly had so much fun with them and cannot thank them enough for giving us wedding photos that we will re-live and cherish for a lifetime. I highly recommend Rick Messina Photography for your engagement and/or wedding photography :)
The Diaz weddingReviewed on 8/19/2015
I cannot explain how well organized and professional our photographers were. Thank you guys for your hard work and giving us memorable moments of our special day.
I had months looking for a photographer. I had a specific look I was going for and was delighted when I came across Rick & Melanie. They we’re amazing. They were a pleasure to work with and be around. My family loved how they worked. They were super professional and accommodating. I loved how attentive they were to their surroundings. They caught so many amazing candid’s that everyone was left asking but when did they take the picture. Def not an in your face kind of photographer. Loved the pictures. So beautiful with a vintage touch… even better than I expected. You can see the story through the photos no need for vids. That’s exactly what I wanted. I got snippets on IG that very night. Couldn’t ask for better service. We rec’d our photos in the exact time promised no fuss. I know I’m looking forward to using them in the near future. Would I recommend them?! For sure sweetest couple ever.
DO NOT USE. They bailed on us 2 months before our wedding and would not refund any of our money from the Engagement Shoot because they performed the service. Yes, a service to test their service...which was not even an option to us! They tried to push us off on their friends, some other photographer, at which point, we said "nope, give us the money back." Terribly unprofessional, and it became more and more obvious as we went on with them, ending in them leaving us hanging 2 months before the wedding. Complete waste of time and money. We are using someone else now, and it's amazing what a difference it is. Keep looking!
Artistic and Magazine WorthyReviewed on 10/28/2014 Jamie M
Rick and Mel and Carlos did a great job capturing some magazine worthy shots of our wedding day. They were easy to be around and I had a blast not only on the wedding day, but during the engagement shoot. Very artistic in what they captured, we are very happy that we chose them.
Amazing and Beautiful PicturesReviewed on 6/11/2014
When Jeff and I were looking for photographers for our wedding day, all of them were expensive and we didn't like the quality of pictures. Then we met Rick Messina Photography and it was just what we're looking for, it was a true blessing! They are not only honest, sweet individuals but very professional. Our wedding pictures came out amazing! When I saw them, I had tears in my eyes because it was a special day for us that Rick and his team captured it. My husband and I are so happy we chose them and we would recommend Rick Messina Photography to everyone. You won't regret it!
Awesome photographersReviewed on 6/10/2014 Nancy C
We loved our pictures! They were easy going and great team to work with. 100% recommend them!
Meet The Owner
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:)