Working With Us
What's it like working with Meraki Photo, Inc.?
We become your fast friends! We make you feel extremely comfortable in photos and make the entire experience natural and easy-going. We are always striving for award-winning, legendary photos at every single photoshoot/wedding. We love creating different magic for each event. We make the entire process easy, fun and extraordinary! We're often mistaken as our client's longtime friends <3
Where do you photograph and what are your travel fees?
We photograph worldwide! We do not charge any travel fees for anywhere in New England and parts of New York. For destination weddings, reach out and we'll go over pricing. We offer extremely competitive and affordable destination wedding pricing! We live for adventure and love to travel the world!
What equipment do you use?
Our wedding photography kit consists of a pair of top of the line Nikon D5's, high end Nikon, Sigma, and Tamron lenses with both primes and zooms to get the most out of every situation. Our backup camera is a high-end Nikon D810. It's there but never used, the D5 is a workhorse and a tank that never fails which ensures nothing can go wrong. Photography has so much to do about lighting, it is behind almost every award winning shot we've taken, so along with this we bring 6 various wireless flashes with large or small modifiers that we can tuck in corners or throw on 15 foot light stands; additional to our on camera standalone flashes. Since there are always 2 professional photographers, Rayleen and Tim, any setup is a breeze and unnoticeable. We know what is needed and when so everything is ready when it's needed. Even heavy sandbags so our light stands don't crash on your lovely wedding guests. :). Of course rounding out the kit is a bag full of spare batteries, chargers, memory cards and other possibly needed items.
Do you have backup photographers?
We've never needed them but we have them if absolutely necessary! Our backups are comparable to us and also a part of prestigious award-winning photography groups. We love em but we don't use them unless the world is ending!
How much is it going to cost and what is your payment schedule?
We have different wedding pricing for each and every couple to fit their perfect day! We know it's not a one-size-fits-all. We go over your schedule and decide together what will fit your day best! We offer discounts for military, teachers and nurses.
To reserve your wedding date, it's 1/3 of the total for a non-refundable deposit and a signed contract. Then we're all yours! The remaining balance is due the day of. We take pretty much any form of payment other than Monopoly money.
About the photographers - a personal note
Hola, amigo! I am Rayleen.
I am an award winning, published, New England wedding photographer originally from Wisconsin, now located in East Granby, Connecticut. I love LOVE, humor, true crime, red wine, breweries, romance, coffee, John Hughes movies, horror films, Halloween, adventure, travel, Tim and our little people (Jace and Isla) and our dog (Mosby the doodle bug). I'm also only 4 degrees from Kevin Bacon (so that officially makes you 5 if you book us!).
I'm the photographer that might climb a tree to get the perfect shot. I'm the photographer that might have to calm your mother-in-law down when the groomsmen pose naked with nothing but bridesmaids' bouquets in front of them. I'm the photographer that is going to go out of her way to capture the perfect moments, not just the posed ones.
I am going to capture the look of love in your eyes, the genuine giggle of a child and the raw emotion of a groom when he sees his bride for the first time. I'm not about copying another "jumping" bridal party photo. I'm not about making you pose in a cheesy formation. I'm about making you feel as comfortable as though your best friend was behind the camera taking your pictures. I'm about real. I'm about genuine. I'm about creativity, and I'm about art. I will capture your most celebrated moments with a piece of my artistry. I have a creative twist, a unique one and something canvas-worthy.
You will love what I do.
Tim is the lighting genius and administrative brains behind the business. He is also a tech guru who is beyond brilliant when it comes to lighting, new gear and anything involving technology. He's a genius with every aspect of the camera as well. He's an avid gamer, astrophotographer, outdoorsman & the best dad ever. He's always up for any adventure. He also loves to travel and is a wood craftsman as well.
He makes clients feel comfortable and at ease with his Midwestern charm & intelligent sense of humor.
World's Best Photographers
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Also Featured in many publications and media:
Top of the Knot - Starbucks - Fender Bender - Wholefood 30 - Hungry Girl Magazine - NFL Super Bowl Pregame Show - Lifetime Network
Some of our favorite things:
Each moment the more I love you
-Crush, Dave Matthews Band