When you book Happy Finch Photography for your wedding or portrait session, you get more than just pictures.  You benefit from the knowledge I've gained after a decade in the wedding photography industry and almost 30 years of practice.  (Photography is one of my longest loves.  My camera feels like an extension of myself at this point.)  I give every client a high level of attention to detail and always arrive early and well-prepared.  I also spend considerable time after your session retouching your images until they are perfect.

As important as these photographs are to me, I know they are even MORE important to you.  This is why all of my photo sessions include a full set of digital files and a print release - I want you to have the freedom to print these images, cherish them in your home, and share them with your loved ones.  



It is my honor to capture romantic, natural images that tell the story of your wedding day.  I love to document the tender, fleeting emotions and gorgeous details that make you and your celebration unique.  Color, light, natural beauty, and newlywed joy are especially inspiring to me, and I do my best to capture these things in an authentic and creative way.

Your collection will have a happy balance of candid and formal images suited to the unfolding parts of your day and guided by your preferences.  Behind the scenes, I offer constructive posing suggestions and crowd management when appropriate, remaining unobtrusive during the ceremony and other key moments.

Photography is one of the few investments that will last after your wedding day has come and gone.  It is so important to find a photographer who can capture the joy and the details of your day in a timeless and tasteful way.  I go above and beyond to make sure my clients have a relaxed and pleasant wedding-day experience with me and a collection of photos that they will enjoy forever.

Wedding Day Packages

Wedding photography packages begin at $3200 for 6 hours of coverage.  

Contact me so we can design the perfect package for you and your partner!

All packages include:

  • Detailed coordination prior to the wedding day
  • Wedding day photography coverage by Melinda
  • Retouching (Color, contrast, minor blemishes, etc.)
  • USB drive of high-resolution image files (Color + B&W)
  • Private online gallery of the entire collection
  • Personal print release for ultimate flexibility
  • An engagement or bridal portrait session

Options for further customization:

  • Exact number of hours of coverage
  • Second photographer
  • Wedding photo album design
  • Travel beyond central Virginia

I know each of my couples is unique.  Please let me know your specific desires and budget so I can tailor a wedding photography package to suit you perfectly!

Wedding photography may be scheduled to include any portion of your special day, including the dressing room, first look, ceremony, formal portraits, reception, getaway, and anything in between!  I am comfortable working with your desire to include a first look or your desire to have the traditional first glimpse during the ceremony; both approaches have their own benefits, and it really comes down to what feels right to you. 

I also capture elopements – let me know how I can customize a quote for your intimate ceremony!



Portrait Sessions

In addition to weddings, I also frequently capture engaged couples, families, and children, and I love the freedom we have to play and get creative during these sessions!  My goal is usually to get a mix of shots, formal and candid, that show the different facets of your personalities and all the fun you have spending time together.  I welcome your ideas about how you'd like to make your portrait session unique to you!
Portrait Photography Rates

Color Images Only | $275/hour

Color + B&W Images | $300/hour

Pricing for all sessions includes a digital download of high-resolution, retouched color image files, a print release, and a password-protected online proofing gallery.  To add high contrast black-and-white duplicates to your package, the rate is $300/hour.

I also occasionally offer mini sessions at a reduced cost.  Contact me at least 3-4 months before your desired date to make sure you're on the list!

Got ideas for your photo session?  Please contact me to start dreaming together!  I really can't wait to get to know you and capture the beauty of your life. :)