Fussell Farm Wedding | Meet Melissa! Associate Lead Photographer

February 22, 2022

Have you met Melissa, DMP’s rockstar associate lead photographer? She deserves her own post, and I can’t wait to introduce you to her. View her work, learn more about her, and book with Melissa here in this Fussell Farm wedding in Millers Creek, NC! 👇

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Dawn Marie Photography; Fussell Farms Wedding; Fussell Estate; NC wedding venues

Get to Know Melissa: FAQs | View Melissa’s Fussell Farm Wedding

Is Melissa a second shooter?

No, Melissa is not a second shooter or backup photographer—she is far more. Melissa is my ride-or-die business partner and associate lead photographer. She is an experienced, qualified lead photographer who previously owned her own successful photography business in Colorado for years. Melissa moved to North Carolina to be near family, and we partnered up because of our similar shooting styles and values when it comes to wedding photography. She cares about each couple with as much heart, soul, and passion as I (Dawn) do. We teamed up to give you the very best experience possible. Some even say we could be twins when they meet us. We’re that similar. She’s the fun-loving mom dog and I’m the fun-loving mother of four (because let’s be real, children and dogs kind of behave the same…).

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Can we request Melissa?

Absolutely! Just let us know so we can send previews of her galleries with your customized wedding photography proposal.

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Will we do our sessions with both of you?

When you book, you will either be with Dawn or Melissa for all of your sessions (i.e., we won’t switch out). All of your sessions will be with the same photographer so that you can get to know each other and have a seamless experience from start to finish. So, if you book a proposal or engagement session with Melissa, your bridals and wedding will also be with her.

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Who does the photo editing at DMP?

Dawn does all of the photo editing at DMP, but our photography shooting style is almost identical. We both use a very timeless and classic approach that is true to color. You’ll get a mix of priceless in-the-moment shots and well as some of the more traditional shots for a variety of images that vividly and authentically tells the story of your wedding day. That being said, our photography expertise allows us to go lighter on the editing (as opposed to over-processed or retouched images).

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Who will I talk to when I set up a meeting?

Dawn handles all client inquiries, business details, and general correspondence. If you would like to book with us, Dawn will recommend a personalized wedding photography package and time frame keeping any travel or venue commutes in mind. However, if you’re with Melissa, you will schedule your sessions and do further planning with her. You’ll get to know each other and shoot your session together. (Dawn can continue to provide you with wedding day timeline guidance, wedding day details & logistics, resources & recommendations, etc.)

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Can I see her work?

Sure, right here in this post! Melissa shot this wedding at Fussell Farm in North Carolina. In addition, you’ll get full galleries of Melissa’s work with the package proposal.

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Tell me more about Melissa!

Melissa is incredibly personable and cares deeply about each couple and their wedding day experience. Together, we’re guaranteed to make you laugh (often at our expense). She has a way of evoking genuine interactions to capture genuine emotions. She’ll ask funny questions to help you feel at ease. Sessions with Melissa are playful—no “stand there and smile” situations! Neither one of us is afraid to act like a fool to playfully guide your posing and make your experience fun. (One of her tried-and-true lines is, “Walk toward me like you’re tipsy,” and it works hilariously well for getting great images and helping you loosen up!)

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Melissa is a fantastic business partner, not just an associate. She’s a dedicated member of the DMP team. She’s a blast to work with, and you’ll have her with every shoot up through the wedding—proposal, engagement, bridals, wedding, etc.—if you book with her. You can be confident you’re getting the full DMP experience with this amazingly talented wedding photographer!

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Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
Photos by Melissa; associate lead photographer; DMP; North Carolina wedding photographers
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