Melisa Chandler, Photographer

San Clemente, CA
Melisa started shooting photographs in the early 1990's when we first came to California from Texas. Her first pictures were of kids and families and were usually taken in and around Lighthouse Field State Park in Santa Cruz where we lived. Taken on a medium format Bronica she purchased used from the now defunct “Camera Club” in Santa Cruz, CA, she learned the hard way through trial and error with a lot of help from the local Santa Cruz photography community. She also did apprentice and professional work with a local wedding pro named Susan who taught her the ins and outs of professional wedding photography. After moving from Santa Cruz to San Clemente in 1999, Melisa spun up the business in Southern California and rebuilt her client list. Eventually dropping weddings except in rare cases, Melisa continues to focus first on kids and families but has added corporate clients, schools and local teams over the years, being especially well known for her participation in local school fundraisers for many schools in San Clemente. Today, a lot of smiling faces and happy customers later, Melisa has more experience than she’ll ever talk about and the Bronica camera she started with still sits on the shelf over her desk. As we write, our computers are faster and the cameras are digital – but the fun of what we’re doing hasn’t changed since Smile number One. Focused Portrait Photography Melisa focuses on the following areas, with a goal to deliver more photos for your dollar and give you more choices and an easier buying experience than you’ll find with other photographers. We deliver ALL services online, often completing corporate work for remote clients in the US and Canada. Children and Kids Photography, Family Portraits (and Friends including Dogs, Cats, Birds, Lizards, you name it.), School or Sports Team Photography and Fundraisers Clubs or Associations (Youth and Adult), Corporate Head Shots and Promotional Photography Full Digital Editing and Retouching Capabilities: You are hiring Photoshop professionals. Melisa has about 7 years experience with digital workflows and print fulfillment with a focus on digital retouching and document restoration (references available). As Melisa’s husband and assistant in the digital aspects of the business, I have used Photoshop for almost 13 years with published credits back to “The Web Design WOW! Book” (Peachpit Press, 1998). My focused is on digital image and video creation/production, with a focus on creative digital photography and concept work. We both enjoy the challenge of honing our digital skill sets and offer experience-backed full retouching and digital photo editing services at unbeatable rates. From simple clean up of the casual stray hair to full head and body replacement or background switching, we’ll happily discuss your digital editing and retouching needs as part of our services. Photos. Life. Take Notes.
Package Pricing
Event Spaces
Ambrosia Event Services is America's premiere award-winning event service company based in Southern California, featuring 25 in-house event services, one of which is our world class photography services. Therefore, we can create not only a photography package for you, but bundle any other services that you think of to add to your special event. Our equipment is of the highest caliber digital Canon and Nikon equipment with a full arsenal of lenses, lights and support equipment. Not to mention, our photographers are graduates of some of the top photography schools in the country who’ve won awards for their photography talents. What sets our photographers apart from the rest is they are a team of friendly, compassionate, kind, patient, considerate, highly creative and detailed-oriented individuals working together to capture your precious moments. We also have both female and male photographers who speak multiple languages. Each of our photographers has a minimum of 5 to 10 years of working experience in weddings, events, and commercial photography. Below are some of the types of photography work we do. Editorial/illustrative photography styles: -action shots --anniversaries -sports -engagements -model headshots -weddings Corporate Commercial Advertisement: -business headshots -business promotion -Public Relations -corporate -seminar Lifestyle: -family portraits -children’s portraits -birthday celebrations -graduation pictures -special occasions (surprise parties etc.) -reunions -school For a LIMITED TIME, to become familiar with our work, we have SPECIAL OFFERS for our new clients. $5000 plans for $1999 $4000 plans for $1700 $3000 plans for $1400 We are committed to fulfilling your event needs in an easy, convenient, stress-free and above all AFFORDABLE partnership! Call or e-mail me today and find out for yourself how beneficial it is to hire Ambrosia Event Services.
Irvine, CA  
$625-$2,985 per event
After 25, 35 or even 50 years of marriage, the only two things that will last from your wedding day are: your love and the pictures. For over 40 years we have been committed to not only shooting pictures, but to capturing love, hugs and kisses, commitment, happiness, tears of joy and those romantic and special moments that will last forever as part of your family history. Please choose your photographer wisely.
$299-$3,999 per event
Call now to reserve your date before someone else does! SPECTACULAR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY starting as low as $299. Professional DJ packages available at great prices too! Call for combo package prices. World famous wedding photography available at some of the best photo package prices in the country. Whether you are getting married at the Ritz-Carlton or having a back yard Bar-B-Que, we have the right package for your budget! We include free planning assistance with every package! We also offer wholesale professional photo printing for all of our clients. This package is normally available nationwide for $799!