12.09.2008

Featuring :: GET YOUR HOLIDAY SHOP ON!!

If you have a hot shopping minute.... head over to CeCi NY tomorrow evening, you will not be disappointed!! The oh-so-talented artist and owner Lisa Hoffman is throwing an exclusive CECI HOLIDAY SHOPPING PARTY in her beautiful new showroom Tuesday evening (YES TODAY!!) :) Lisa and her super team have such a great aesthetic and put together the most stunning, detailed and incredibly fresh gifts and invitations!

Hope to run into you there!!

7.10.2008

6.22.2008

Shari Siadat + Nicholas Loeffler

Congratulations Shari and Nicholas and thanks to Elegant Bride for featuring this stunning wedding!








What an amazing team we had:
Magazine: Elegant Bride
Design, Planning and Floral: Michelle Rago, Ltd.
Guest photographer : Tec Petaja
Persian Ceremony and Reception Site: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
2 Miami Caterers: Joy Wallace & Caspian Grill
Video: Open Eye Media
Getting ready and Christian ceremony site: Ritz Carlton, South Beach
Cake: Edda's Bakery, Miami
Brides Dress: Kenneth Pool
Grooms Attire: Ermenegildo Zenga
Bridesmaides: Jenny Yoo

5.05.2008

Jackie and Alex WIN on THE KNOT!

Congrats you guys!! Jackie, thanks for taking the time to submit, the votes just kept rolling in and it paid off. You guys created a beautiful website, awesome job!! Check it out below.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FEATURE and CLICK HERE to go to their winning website now.

Stay tuned for a fun feature on their engagement and wedding!


Looking forward to hearing which mag chooses their wedding for a real wedding feature :) How adorable are these two?!!

5.01.2008

May NEWS!



















I am excited to announce that Mel Barlow Photography will be relocating from Los Angeles to NYC in May!
Currently, I am in between NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and worldwide destinations. I am excited to have an official studio home base on the East coast and will definitely continue working bi-coastally and around the world! Also looking forward to taking some time for other areas of photography that I am passionate about including lifestyle, product and editorial.

The 2800 mile photo journey will begin May 9th! I will keep you posted :)

4.30.2008

blooming love :: raquel and josh

NYC is bustling with spring in its step once again! March and April have brought a lot of fun and adventure for me including traveling half way across the world, getting scuba certified, shooting an awesome NY wedding as well as two incredible destination weddings (Philippines and Bahamas :: coming soon! ). In between the jet-setting, I also had the chance to spend some quality time with my couples shooting some spring engagements in NYC, one of which I am featuring today. Carlos Andres came along with his tilt shift lens to shoot for fun and to keep us laughing as always. Apparently one tilt shift wasn't enough, so he stole mine for the entire shoot! Seriously, I need my rental $$$. Having a 4th person is a super treat for an engagement shoot and creates a really fun dynamic :)
Raquel and Josh are getting married on May 17th, so they are first to post. Enjoy!!









4.05.2008

Winning Images :: PDN Top Knots 2008!!

I am so excited to have 2 winning images in the 2008 PDN Top Knots Contest! Click HERE to check it out.
Also pick up the April PDN issue soon to see the images in print.
Congrats to all the winners! An extra happy shout out to friends who also won: Jennifer Davis, Brian Dorsey, Heather Waraksa and Sergio! Also props to the amazing Jose Villa for scoring the front cover, so awesome!

Below: Drs. Guitta and Marc Pana married in Southern California at a beautiful church in Laguna Woods and had their reception at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. This image is of Guitta getting ready in her home.



Below: Nicholas and Shari from NYC had a destination Miami wedding. This couple had 2 Ceremonies(Christian and Persian) one of which took place at the Ritz-Carlton, Miami Beach and the other, shown below, at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Nick and Shari's wedding was planned/designed by the amazing Michelle Rago and will be published in an upcoming bridal magazine...to be announced upon release date.

2.07.2008

travel :: miami

Im off to Miami at 4am this morning! Have to make my 6am LAX flight, fun fun! I wanted to leave you guys with some fun imagery but I got really swamped trying to prepare for the weekend. The Miami trip is mainly meetings and I'm going to fit in a couple shoots while I am there. Maybe I will have a chance to post while I'm away!

2.04.2008

blog feature :: "the perfect pair"

Check out what Janie posted on The Brides Cafe!

ALSO! Check out what Brooklyn Bride posted today : Real wedding, Calistoga CA

2.03.2008

welcome to my superblog kickoff!!

I am so excited to share my new blog with everyone! 2007 was an incredible year for me, full of world travel, new friends and let me tell you...A TON OF PHOTOS! In the next few months I will be sharing some of the amazing highlights from last year (in case you missed out), as well as exciting projects to come. Be on the lookout for a Boracay Island, Philippines wedding as well as a Bahamas wedding to be photographed early March and April. I am excited about what the future holds for 2008, and am looking forward to sharing it with all of you! Thank you for your support.
All the best..
mel

love :: jon and scarlett

What a great wedding to launch my blog! Meet Jon and Scarlett and check out their gorgeous fall estate wedding below! What a pleasure it was to work with this amazing couple and their wonderful families in October. I was also lucky enough to have Carlos Varela shooting with me for the day. We had a ton of fun and came away with really incredible imagery!

A list of vendors, coming soon!





2.02.2008

real wedding :: mankas lodge

This 2 page feature is currently out in the Northern Cali Brides mag, so pick one up if you get a chance! What a beautiful couple, thanks guys for sharing your day and inspiring so many couples with your wedding story! Alison Events really outdid themselves this time! A huge hug to Sara Remington for shooting this one with me, you are awesome! Thank you for contributing the cute cupcake shot to the spread!!

Wedding Planner: Alison Events
Wedding location and Catering: Mankas Inverness Lodge, Inverness, CA
Ceremony music: Rudolfi Music Agency
Floral: Nina Fisher Designs: 415-706-6521
Cupcakes: Cake Work