These reviews from real clients have been collected from sites like google, yelp, wedding wire and the knot.
As a Honolulu portrait photographer I strive for excellence in customer experience and satisfaction. These reviews and stories will hopefully provide you with greater understanding of how I navigate a wedding, event or photo session when you hire me to photograph you.
Christina and Damien
Christina: Mel is such an easy person to work with! I thoroughly enjoyed having her as our photographer for our family pictures as well as our wedding pictures. I am so thankful my mother in law found her because I was starting to lose hope. She accommodated us the entire way and made our special day stress free. Our pictures were PERFECT! She captured everything so beautifully. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a quality photographer.
Jessica: Mel is amazing to work with. Easily the best, most fun photo shoot experience I have ever had. She made sure I felt comfortable and beautiful the whole time she was doing my maternity shoot. The photos turned out unbelievably amazing!
Robert: Mel was so great to work with! We had family photos taken while vacationing in Hawaii and she made it all so easy for us. Mel answered a million questions that I had about locations, outfits, etc. She made the whole experience fun and memorable. The photos were sent to us in a timely manner and she was very easy to communicate with while making a few edits. Thanks Mel!! See you next time!
Deborah: Mel you are amazing. So accommodating and diligent before, during and after. Everyone honestly enjoyed our shoot. You made it fun, everyone was relaxed and you captured some happy memories of our family visit to Oahu. We sincerely thank you.
Vesna: So. Good!
Our original wedding photographer ghosted us two weeks before our wedding, so it was a scramble trying to find a replacement. Mel was so quick to respond, provide all the paperwork required by the hotel and keep in touch. She followed our brief and mood board to a T! She perfectly encapsulated our day and our vision for what our photos would be. Cannot recommend her enough.
Brooklynn: I’ve worked with Mel on three different occasions! One photo shoot for engagement announcement photos, a wedding photo shoot and recently for a personal shoot. Every time I’ve worked with her, she’s absolutely blown me away! She made us feel very comfortable, natural and her work brought out the best in us! Highly highly HIGHLY recommend!
Julia: Mel is simply fabulous! Our family session went so well and I’m glad we decided to use Meloney Thill Photography. Mel was so patient with my 4 children and made the entire experience fun for the whole family. She has wonderful attention to detail and works very hard to make sure she captures that special moment. Thank you Mel for the gorgeous pictures that I will cherish forever!
Beatriz: Three weeks ago, my husband and I had the chance to go to Oahu to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. In celebrating, we wanted to do a photo shoot for our five years. As you can imagine finding he right photographer was something that was extremely important to us. While doing my research I came across stunning pics my Mel. I reached out to her on short notice and she was so flexible to accommodate the dates that we were visiting the island. Besides her being extremely friendly and kind over the phone she made the process extremely easy and made us feel extremely comfortable while doing the photo shoot. She found a beautiful location on the beach just how we had requested and arrived 30 minutes early to find the perfect setting for our photo shoot. Through out our photo shoot she was super professional and friendly. She had a vision throughout the whole photo shoot . With all this said, our pictures have arrived and the only thing we regret is that we didn’t know about her before our wedding. If you are going to the island and want absolutely beautiful pictures, then look no further, Mel is the one for you.
Freddie: Mel was awesome. We held a very small marriage ceremony. Mel was fun, easy going and helped us keep our ceremony intimate while also being professional and taking awesome photographs. She belonged at our wedding.
Carol: Mel was great to work with - She handled our large family easily and it took less than an hour to get over 30 great images! She's familiar with the island and knows when and where to take the best photos!
Samuel: My fiance and I had our engagement photos taken by Mel. She was Available on short notice which was super helpful because we were on a tight schedule and my fiance was heading back to the main land shortly. Mel did an amazing job, my fiance and I had an enjoyable time working with her. Also, Mel's website was easy to use and her directions were straight forward. I'm am very pleased. I would highly recommend Mel to anyone!
Kourtney: Mel was amazing to work with. I was planning my wedding from the mainland and so I had to find a photographer that I felt I could trust just by speaking with him or her via email/phone. Mel was just the person. She was so friendly and accommodating and incredibly easy to work with. We hired her to photograph our wedding reception and all we told her was that we wanted her to capture the good times. She delivered just that to us! Between her and her assistant, she was able to capture all of the big moments for us. She even stayed a bit later than what we hired her for, which we greatly appreciated.
Olga: Last month we went to Hawaii as a family of 3 with our baby. We wanted to make it very special and to arrange a photo session on Oahu island. I had a hard time finding someone who is affordable and yet is taking awesome pictures. Gladly I found her (I think through Instagram). We got in touch, I looked at her works and talked to her via email and then on the phone once we got to the island. To sum up: 1) her price is very reasonable!!! 2) she does a great job taking great shots and helping you to pose which is awesome 3) she has a very nice personality. She cares about what she is doing. She helped us to find the best location for a photo session, she constantly monitored the weather conditions to make sure that we will get the best result. With all that being said I highly recommend to work with her, I am sure you won’t be disappointing. She does her job very good and in the end you will have wonderful pictures. I would use her service again if we come back and decide to have another photo shoot. Thank you, Mel, once again!!!!
Liza Lalita Lee
Liza: Always a joy to work with Meloney Thill Photography, she is so talented , professional and creative! Thank you again for another amazing photo shoot.
Tiffany: 5 stars!!
Jessica and Matt
Jessica: Mel is truly amazing!! I’ve had two photography sessions with Mel, engagement photos and wedding photos. She goes above and beyond for her clients and delivers way more than promised. On our wedding day she worked so hard and stayed at least 2 hours longer than we paid her for. Finding an affordable wedding photographer on Oahu is tricky, Mel’s rates are super affordable, you almost think they are too good to be true! Mel is friendly, kind, hardworking and will give you beautiful photos to treasure.
Sheila: Mel is absolutely great! The whole family loved working with her the day of our beach wedding Feb 2018. She is kind, attentive, and very helpful! I went with her recommendations and the wedding day went better than I dreamed it could. (Fantastic destination wedding planned in 1 month.) Just amazing!!!
Amanda: Mel was prompt and easy to work with. We did a family photo shoot and she did an amazing job putting us all at ease. We had a very fun time with her, and she captured some amazing images of my family. We all loved the experience and would use her again in a heartbeat! Mel is professional and easily goes above and beyond during the shoot and after with the care she takes in edits.
Julie: We hired Mel for photos of an extended family reunion. Since we are not from Oahu, she gladly gave recommendations on site location based on our house rental location, family size etc. She was very easy to work with both in person and via email. I highly recommend her services!
Kailah: We worked with Mel when we were in Hawaii. She did our family photo shoot that turned out GREAT even though my 2 year old son was not cooperating, Mel was really patient and tried everything up her sleeves to get him to smile. She’s super friendly and professional. I would def contact her again if we are in the area! Thanks Mel!
Margaret: Mel, is an Incredible photographer!
We hired Mel, when we took our first professional family photos. It was the best decision we had ever made because our photos came out Amazing and just what we had envisioned. One of the things that I truly love about Mel, is the communication that she has with her clients. Not only does she offer superb service but she’s always prompt when replying back to calls/text messages. I believe she isn’t out there ripping people off (like most photographers with their ridiculous prices). With Mel, you pay a reasonable price for beautiful, high quality shots that I believe is worth more than what she’s charging. Definitely professional and friendly. Fun and easy to talk to. Made me and my family feel comfortable throughout the whole photo shoot. Trust me, we are very picky people and she definitely won us over. Amazing and all round Awesome!
Kelly: Mel made the process of finding the perfect beach for our family group photo an easy one. She listened to my “wish list” and sent me many options. We found the perfect spot and the photos are beautiful! Exactly what I have envisioned. I give her my highest recommendation! You can’t go wrong selecting her for your event!
Neil: We booked a family photo session with Mel while we were on vacation. Our friends had previously used Mel and they recommended her. We corresponded over email and her response time is about a day or less. She has about 3 different packages and about 9 locations she likes to shoot at. We chose Kualoa regional park because it had a few different backgrounds (beach, mountains, outriggers, and dock).
On the day of the session she met us at the park and we walked to the locations. She was very easy to work with and she was pretty in tune with the needs of our 1 and 2 year olds. When the girls got fussy or didn't feel like cooperating she would shoot couples pictures of us. Her prices are very reasonable and the pictures came out amazing. We will definitely use her services again if we're back on Oahu.
Justin: Mel recently did a photo shoot for our extended family while we were visiting Oahu. I can't even describe how great she is! Her professionalism, expertise, and friendliness were second to none! We had our 4 1/2 month old niece and nephew twins there and Mel was so great in not only organizing the photos to accommodate them, but also so great at capturing them also!
We stayed in Ko Olina and Mel knew exactly where to do the photo shoot and the best time of day for the beauty and lighting of the photos. The photographs she took were incredible! She was able to get us the gallery so quickly and they are awesome. If you are on Oahu and would like stunning photos from an awesome photographer, I highly recommend Meloney Thill Photography!
Niki: We found Mel through Yelp for our Maternity photo shoot in Hawaii. We loved her portfolio and packages she offered, so decided to go with her. She shared a document of recommended spots and description of each of those which was very helpful in choosing a location. She also helped us pick the outfits. I sent pictures of my dress choices and so glad went with her recommendation.
A hurricane was fast approaching Honolulu and people were being evacuated. Mel worked extra hard to move things around from her schedule and fit us right in the middle of evacuations. We are very thankful to Mel and appreciate her flexibility. She is a professional, sweet & a very easy person to work with. She is open to requests and ideas not just while shooting but also while editing the pictures. Mel also gave us some complimentary pictures which was simply amazing!!! Picture quality was great and we have a beautiful memory of our baby moon.
Grace: My family of 8 loved working with Mel. She was very considerate and recommended a beautiful beach to take our family photos. Not only was the beach totally empty, but the water color looked amazing. She was very quick to respond to emails and was upfront about not so ideal weather at a previous location I initially wanted the photo shoot at. She was also very comfortable to work with and made sure I had all the photo combinations I wanted for the shoot. She had a great way of having my 5 month old look at the camera as well. We love the photo qualities and the overall experience with Mel. I highly recommend her services!
Jessica: My husband and I traveled to Oahu for a quick 4 day "babymoon" from Southern California. Mel was SO AWESOME to work with! Not being familiar with Oahu, we found her right here on yelp and she responded straightaway with her availability, location options and pricing. Her pricing was less than any other photographer we spoke to and her customer service was above and beyond. We will cherish these photos forever documenting our miracle pregnancy. We can not thank her or recommend her enough! Can't wait to return someday for family photos!
Danielle: Loved working with Mel! We were vacationing on the North Shore and connected with Mel via Yelp. She offered suggestions for outfits and locations and we met at the location spot she suggested. The spot was perfect!
The session itself was easy as she knew what poses to set us in and she put us right at ease.
When we received the photos just a week or two later, they were better than we could have imagined. It's such a treasure to have these photos as lasting memories of the vacation in Hawaii. Can't wait to order them and hang them up!
Would definitely recommend Mel for her professionalism, reasonable prices and talent both in front of and behind the lens.
Sherri Le Remis
Sherri: I am so glad I found Mel! She is so easy to work with and very patient. We were vacationing and she went beyond and suggested locations and researched others for me. She also suggested outfits and even sent me directions to let me know so that I can avoid traffic. We had a rough start with my toddlers at the beginning of the photo shoot but Mel was so prepared with Bubbles to distract them and it worked like magic because we were able to get great photos. She really has a great eye for photographing our family and we are so happy with her captures. No hesitation, if you are looking for a photographer, Mel is your girl! She is really quick at answering your emails too!
Amy: Mel was so kind and patient and made our family photo shoot relaxed and fun. She knows the island so well and has many wonderful locations to get photos you will cherish for years to come. Thank you Mel for capturing our first trip to Oahu with our girls and helping us celebrate our 20th anniversary. We will cherish the photos you captured forever!
Weina: We engaged Mel for photo shoot while on vocations in Hawaii. She has been professional, responsive and accommodating through out the process. Mel was also very patient with my super active toddler on the day. The photos are amazing and capturing some beautiful moments of my family and it's something we will treasure in the years to come. Thank you so much Mel.
Deanna: Thank you with a complete heart to Mel for the beautiful images of us on our honeymoon! We are exceedingly happy with them and thrilled to have such amazing images to commemorate our honeymoon. As a photographer myself, I would exceedingly recommend Meloney!
Luke: Mel recently photographed our 25th anniversary weekend getaway (with kids). She was very professional throughout the process. In the beginning, I wasn't sure what I really wanted to do and she helped me to define what was important and gave me many options to choose from for locations with the pros and cons of each. All the way up to the actual shoot, she was helpful and explained everything even when I had to "re-confirm". She had a great attitude and was very supportive throughout the process. At the shoot, she took multitudes of pictures and new what would work well with a big guy and small wife. The family shots were especially awesome and she used the beach, rocks, ocean, rainbows, sailboats, etc. to enhance the pictures. As a result, we had a lot of good shots to choose from. I will request her services again next time!
Mel, my wife only wanted something "memorable" for our 25th, and you provided it. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Erik: Mel recently photographed my wedding and she did an amazing job! My wife and I are so in love with the way the pictures came out and she was very dynamic and creative. Super nice personality and great to work with. Will definitely contact again in the future.
Troy: It had been almost 5 years since we got family pictures. We were very nervous just picking someone via a web page. Well let me tell you Mel is the best. She walked us through every step of the way from our first contact to the final product. The pictures are amazing. We could not be happier. Thank you Mel, for the wonderful pictures and taking your time to make sure you got the best shots. If you want quality at the right price. Call Mel.