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Welcome Lovey Lou Photography Capture beautiful moments. Create lifelong memories

Hello! I am Melissa Pafiakis and welcome to my website. Photography is my dream job and I jump out of bed everyday excited to keep living the dream. Photography is my way of recording and preserving memories. I look to capture those real life moments that pull at your heart and that, too often, slip by us in the rush of everyday life. What could be better than recording the swift smile of a sleepy newborn, the mischievous twinkle of a child's eye, or the tender warmth of a lover's embrace?

 

About me

    I am a natural light photographer based out of Union county NJ. I shoot on location either at your home or at a pre-established location. Being a mom myself, I like to approach photography with a relaxed attitude during sessions, keeping them fun and upbeat. My philosophy is that taking photos should be natural and easy. My passion is for Lifestyle photography. It is a time to be yourself or interact with one another. If everyone is enjoying themselves, then I can capture personalities, real smiles and genuine moments. You will never hear me say "cheese" because I believe that the best smile is a real one and sometimes the best photographs have no smile at all. I look forward to working with you and your family!

    Html Design Studios - Web Designer

    June 2010 / Present

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    Ampersand Design Company - Junior Designer

    January 2009 / June 2010

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    Blue Cat Design - Freelance Tea Maker

    September 2009 / January 2009

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    Central St. Martins, London - B.A Hons. in Graphic Design

    June 2009 / June 2011

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    L.C.P, London - Foundation Art

    September 2007 / June 2009

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    New College, London - A Levels

    September 2006 / June 2007

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    Photoshop

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    Illustrator

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    InDesign

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    Photography

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    Client List

    • J. Brown - Web Site Services Company
    • Majestic Andalusians DM
    • Titi Tea Garden
    • Ian Turner - Pastel Artist
    • Your Hands Can Heal School of Reiki
    • Spiral Pixel Web Design

    Awards

    • D&AD - creative art direction : 2010
    • Best Award Ever - creativity : 2009
    • RCA - Design Bursary : 2008

    References

    • Mr. A. J Giaquinto
      I.O.P Publishing, Bristol, U.K

    • Mrs L. Williams
      A Fantastic Hosting Company,
      London, U.K

    Published

    • Computer Arts - Aug 2011
    • Higher Flyer - June 2011
    • Design Resources Magazine - Sept 2010

Portrait Session info - Newborn

Having been a new mom in the raw, I know these are precious moments that don't last long. For Newborns, I like to have their session within the first 5-10 days of arrival. These sessions typically take place in your home using available natural light. I will provide an assortment of props and blankets to make several lovely setups. Every session is unique as there are so many precious details to capture. Newborn sessions can take anywhere from 2-4 hours, giving adequate time for feeding and soothing. I like to keep these sessions as comfortable and relaxed as possible. I will bring along a heater and radio, helping baby remain toasty warm and soothed. Clothing changes aren't necessary; the look of their soft, new skin is beautiful. However, 3 to 4 outfit changes are welcomed if you and baby are so inclined. We can also adorn them with your cute hats or bows, or wrapping them in your favorite blanket.

Portrait Session Info - Maternity, Engagement, Family & Children

All sessions are on-location. I choose locations based on our email discussions. In general, I like to utilize public parks, rural locations such as woods or fields and urban spots with lots of texture and color. If you have a certain location in mind for your shoot, I'd love to discuss it with you. Locations can be almost anywhere: your home, a park, the woods, the city, a laundromat, a barn, a candy store! Choose a location that is meaningful to you or just one that you like! Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early to your appointment. The anxious feeling of rushing to your photo shoot will start the session with a feeling of negativity. It is better to take it slow and keep the experience a positive one. If you are running late, don't panic! I will not be going anywhere. There will be plenty of time to capture many beautiful photos. I allow up to one outfit change during your session. The use of multiple accessories and props of your choosing are more than welcomed! Favorite hats or stuffed animals can help make some of the best photographs. Be sure to arrange your session around naptimes and feeding schedules. Happy kids make for fun kids which are essential for creating lasting memories!

Minimum Order Requirement

For any session booked for after April 2012, there will be a minimum order requirement of $250. The average Lovey Lou Photography client invests $300-$500 in their photography.

Within 1 week of your photo shoot, you will be able to view proofs from your session. I will set up a private viewing of your photos in your own home. Afterward there will be a password protected gallery set up online that you will have access to for 30 days. Ordering within three days of your viewing session will provide you with a 10% discount off your entire print order. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your prints.

Terms

Lovey Lou Photography reserves the rights to all images. All images can be used by Melissa Pafiakis in any way (advertising, site updates, promotional materials). All images are copyrighted and cannot be used or reproduced in any way. All offenders will be prosecuted accordingly.

Investments

Mini Sessions and specialty items are also available. Please don't hesitate to ask questions!!!

ALL packages include the following:

~ An email or phone consultation to discuss your session details and answer any questions you may have.

~ Photographer's time, talent, and travel on the date of the session.

~An in-home private viewing of all your edited photos.

~ A custom 1 to 1.5 hour session on-location session at your home or a pre-discussed location (Newborn sessions are typically 2-4 hours in length).

~ Custom edited photos presented in a beautiful online private, password protected gallery that can be shared with family and friends.

Portrait Session Info - Newborn

Please Note: Since Newborn sessions require substantially more time and care, this is reflected in the session price.

$250

~An in-home private viewing of all your edited photos.

~session on location

~20 fully edited portraits

Portrait Session Info - Maternity, Engagement, Family & Children

LA PETIT

$150

~An in-home private viewing of all your edited photos.

~Session on location ~Fee includes up to 4 people in a session ($20.00 per additional person) ~15 fully edited portraits

~An in-home private viewing of all your edited photos.

 

A LA CARTE

$250

~Session on location

~An in-home private viewing of all your edited photos.

~Fee includes up to 4 people in a session ($20.00 per additional person)

~25 fully edited portraits

 

A LA MODE

$350

~session on location

~An in-home private viewing of all your edited photos.

~Fee includes up to 4 people in a session ($20.00 per additional person)

~30-40 fully edited portraits

 

Event photography fees- parties, Baptisms/christenings

Please call me to discuss your event details so that I may prepare a customized quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I incorporate some of my ideas into the photo shoot?

Absolutely! I want every photo to be something that you will love to look at and be proud to have a part in creating. If you have a certain idea in mind, I highly encourage you to express that to me before the shoot. I also love props and using them in photos. If you have a special prop you would like to incorporate, let me know and we can make sure it is used.

What should we wear?

Clothing should be coordinating but not too matching. Keep with a color scheme, full of bright bold colors, textures and knits, and tons of accessories. Stay away from logoed gear and super busy prints. If you still feel unsure, I will happily email you photo examples.

What happens once I am ready to book my session?

Contact me by phone or email. Tell me who you are, what kind of shoot you want and when you'd like to have your shoot. I will email you some available dates and ask you to fill out a super duper short questionnaire. Email back the questionnaire along with your preferred session date and time. Once I receive your date and questionnaire, I will send you a contract along with a document that will help you prepare for your session. Once I receive your signed contract and deposit, you are booked!

How do I pay?

If you have scheduled a shoot with me and I have confirmed the date with you via email, please confirm your payment method as soon as possible. I welcome cash, checks, or credit cards payments through Paypal. If you are planning to pay through Paypal, I will send you the Paypal link for you to make your payment. Full payment is required prior to the beginning of the photo shoot. Visa and Mastercard payment is accepted via paypal.

What if it rains during our shoot? Will we reschedule or will it be cancelled?

Since I prefer to shoot outdoors, your shoot may depend in part on the weather. Unless it is steadily raining, I typically do not reschedule. There are some tricks to work around and with overcast and even drizzling rainy days. Prior to the shoot, we will assess if we can use the tricks or if it is simply better for your photos to reschedule. If your shoot is scheduled for a day that appears to be unworkable conditions, you can expect a call from me to make an appointment for a rescheduled shoot.

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