FAQ page for Mel Bell Photography

Frequently Asked Questions

Each session varies in price as well as what is offered (hours/photos/makeup/hair services). However, for further questions please feel free to contact me, i’m always willing to work with your budget and do offer mini-sessions as well as elopement rates for weddings!!
-Wedding Collections begin at $3,200+
-Family sessions begin at $750+
-Maternity sessions begin at $700+
-Portraits sessions begin at $650+
-Boudoir sessions begin at $850+
-Events are usually $350 per hour (but vary depending on what type of event).

Most photo-shoots I suggest booking 3-4 weeks in advance and about 6-8 months in advance for weddings (you would be surprised how few Saturday’s and Sundays there are in a year!!)


Once our session is finished I will throw all the unedited images up on my website (password protected). From there you will be able to go through all of them and select your favorite images for me to edit.

+ How soon can I expect to receive my images once I have chosen the ones I want?

I will always have at least one “Sneak Peak” photo up the day after our shoot but typically take 2-3 weeks to edit my session and about 4-5 weeks for weddings…however, I am a work-a-holic and get overly excited about showing my clients there photos, so it’s usually sooner!

+ How will I receive my photos?

There are a couple of options. All of my clients have access to their photos through dropbox or WeTransfer and are able to download their images directly onto their computers (this allows my clients to have their photos quicker). I can also mail my clients a USB with their images for an additional cost unless already offered with their photo package.

+ Do I need to make a deposit?

Yes! I require a 40% deposit of whatever package you desire in order to hold your date. This ensures I do not give up your time/date to other clients. Deposits should be sent/made by the date you sign your contract.

+ Do I get all the unedited images?

You will have access to all the unedited images up to 2 years after our session, in the event you would like to add extra images to your current package at a later time. However, you will only receive the full high resolution edited images for printing that you have chosen as your original package.

+ Do you print the images or make photo albums?

I currently do not offer the service of printing or album making, however can make suggestions on where to go if you need options.

+ Will you travel & how much does it cost?

OMG YESSS~~~!!! I love to travel…it’s one of the main reasons I love doing what I do! I get to explore and meet new people which is a whole different passion of mine! As for my travel fees….it depends on the location. A drive out of town would be less costly than a flight out of town, but i’m always willing to discuss cost options!

+ Do you do any trade work?

Depends on if you are offering to fly me for free to an exotic location for your shoot!! I have done trade work in the past but have built up my portfolio quite nicely and would prefer to work for money instead.

+ What should I wear for our session?

Depending on what type of session it is…I usually have a fun little inspirational board on pinterest that I use as reference and I will send images to my clients to both ease their minds and spark ideas.

+ Do you know any great hair stylists/ makeup artists?

Do I ever!!! I work with the best hair stylists and makeup artists in the business! No matter the shoot, you will be in amazing hands!