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We first met Melinda back in February after finding Shoebox Photography on and purchased an Engagement Photo Shoot. We loved Melinda. Her mild, easy going nature quickly put us at ease in front of the camera. Without being bossy, she took charge and had us doing all sorts of fun and entertaining poses. We were so thrilled with the engagement photos, we immediately asked her and Rob do to our wedding.
We sat down and came up with a really great package that was very well priced. Really reasonable and competitive in today’s wedding photography market.
Upon request, Melinda and Rob showed up bright and early (7am!) the morning of the wedding and immediately blended into the wedding party group (they had had a chance to meet mostly everyone a few nights prior at the rehearsal dinner, which they photographed as part of our package). They snapped and snapped and snapped some more, staging photos, taking candids and also wandering around, taking pictures of things they found interesting.
They stayed until the wee hours of the wedding night and were smiling the whole time.
I couldn’t have asked for a better couple. As a team they work well and one on one they are able to take command without making you feel bossed about.
My husband and I were blown away with the final product. Roughly 7000 photos selected and edited down to 1500 or so perfect and beautiful photographs. They took the time to capture photos of everyone in the wedding party, family and friends, as well as some gorgeous shots of the dress, shoes, rings, flowers, food, etc.
People I barely know, but have seen some photos floating around Facebook, etc, comment on how magical and stunning the photos are.
Melinda and Rob of Shoebox Photography are incredibly talented and lovely people. I would 100% recommend them for any photography needs, be it engagement, wedding, family portraits, whatever. They are phenomenal!



We took Mel with us to the Mayan Riviera, in Mexico for our wedding this past October. From the first conversation on the phone, I knew that she was the photographer for us! Mel was very professional, organized and friendly, making both my husband and I feel at ease instantly. She met with me a few times before leaving for Mexico where we planned out the wedding day together. Once she arrived in Mexico, she took the time to walk around the resort with us and plan out where our wedding photos would take place. On our wedding day, she was with us from the time we woke up until the very end of the reception, she blended in so easily with our guests that we didn’t even know she was there, as she captured all the special moments on our wedding day. We had to wait 6-8 weeks for our photos, but it was well worth the wait! The photos that she took were amazing! I would highly recommend Mel @ Shoebox to any future brides looking for a destination wedding photographer!


Thank you Rob & Melinda for making our day so memorable. Your skills as photographers are exquisite, unique, and tasteful. The pictures came out beyond our expectations. We were able to see the professional side of your relationship, and most importantly we were privileged enough  to see the wonderful connection that you share with each other as partners in life. It was our family’s pleasure meeting the both of you and we cannot thank you enough for making our family portraits and wedding day so memorable and most importantly a lot of fun. Thank you.


I remember when I first research photographers, I literally found Rob and Mel on Google. When I first saw their website, I knew exactly these guys were going to be my photographers, the rest were history. I love how not only that they capture the moment, but they also capture you also off guard! Which makes a picture worth more than a thousand words! From time to time, I go on their website to look at their amazing work. Not only have they done my wedding photoshoot, but we have done other photoshoots with them and will be doing many more in the future. They have become our good friends, and friends will never let you down nor disappoint you. If you are looking to capture, the bold, the beautiful, the natural, the funnies, the tear jerks… Rob and Mel should be your 1st choice for photography.


Rob and Melinda of ShoeBox Photography photographed my wedding last August. With two photographers they worked seamlessly to provide complete coverage of the whole wedding. They were able to capture the entire day, including all the details that I worked so hard to plan. Melinda’s eye for detail was really appreciated. Both Rob and Melinda are fun and energetic, which made everyone feel at ease. Rob is genuinely funny guy and was able to make the few members of my wedding party that don’t like being photographed feel very comfortable- which resulted in fantastic group shots. I would highly recommend ShoeBox for their amazing personality and stunning results!


Mel & Rob provided us with more than just a service of photography at our wedding. They became our friends, got to know our family and blended in perfectly with our guests. They are personable and easy going, with great ideas and suggestions that create beautiful photos. I never felt pressured to know how to model or even know what kind of pictures I wanted. Melinda and Rob gave us creative ideas, suggestions and presented us with artistic pictures that highlighted our emotions in that moment and captured our hearts.
From our engagement photos to our wedding photos, I always felt confident in their ability to give us amazing pictures that would bring tears to my eyes when I looked at them and relived those moments again and again. – Linda
Mel and Rob make an amazing team! The added bonus of having two photographers there to capture the moment is unbeatable. I never expected that my wife and I would be this understood in terms of what we were after in our pictures. So much emotion captured in every shot yet so natural. I can look at these pictures over and over again! Exactly what we were after. Pictures really do speak a thousand words…. when taken by a professional of this caliber of course.
I highly recommend their services as you won’t be disappointed! – Mac


Just went through all the pics on the disc and I said WOW before, but now it’s WOW X 100…PURELY AWESOME. You have some serious talent. There are so many great shots. Thanks again for an amazing job.


We had the privilege of working with Melinda and Rob for our wedding photos and we couldn’t be happier with our choice! Right from the start they were easy to work with and provided us with ideas and suggested that suited us perfectly. We are so pleased with our photo’s – we had the party of our lifetime and the photo’s capture our day and reflect the couple we are. Thank you so much Melinda & Rob – our day wouldn’t have been the same without you!


Melinda and Rob are a great team. It was such a pleasure having them with us on the day and the results were stunning…
We’ve had so many compliments on our photos!
Still trying to pick favourites which is really hard when there’s so much choice.


Looking back a few months ago at our Engagement Party photos….hiring ShoeBox photography was the best choice we made for our event. The photos were amazing, the sunsets, the candid shots, the fireworks, it was better then we ever imagined. We are so so happy and have already enlarged many of the photos. I have received many compliments and contact info for the photographers. Thank you so much for your professionalism and quality of the photos. We plan to use the both of you for any future events.


Rob & Mel, We just wanted to thank you for being part of our 2nd wedding reception. Not everyone gets the opportunity to dawn their wedding attire twice – but we did and we’re happy you were there to capture the special moments. You each have your own unique photographic style and it blends to create an excellent package which captures all the special moments and details of our day. In the several hours we spent with you, we could see and feel the creativity you have, and the passion for what you do. You made us both feel so comfortable during the shoot, that you were able to capture us being ourselves and having fun – only dressed to the 9’s. We had a great time working with you at both the reception and our jaunt around downtown Vancouver. Hopefully the next time you are in Ontario or we are in BC we will get to work with you again – only next time you can capture the new additions joining our family in early spring. We will be enjoying our photos for many years to come.


Rob and Melinda were great, very friendly, easy going and professional. They shot wonderful photo’s and went above and beyond to assist in any way possible (inlcuding helping fix the bussle in my dress numerous times!). They were flexible and stayed an extra hour at the last minute request of us. All shots were great and they produce a great product. Would totally recommend Melinda and Rob to any couple.


You really captured the essence of the evening. We’re so happy with how they all turned out. Both Gem and I really want to extend a HUGE thank you for everything you’ve done to help capture our wedding day. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much.


Rob and Melinda create such a relaxed atmosphere that it’s very easy to feel totally comfortable in front of the camera, and the pictures really reflect that. The photos they took were a great balance of creative and naturalistic, and captured the essence of what we saw when we look at our baby boy.


My wife Kara and I wanted to have our family pictures done in a natural setting. Rob and Melinda directed us in scenarios that allowed them to capture our family relaxed and enjoying ourselves. Because Rob and Melinda work so well together, when one was setting up the next shot, the other was still taking candid shots. Some of those candid shots were some of our favorites. Their ability to work with our young family and keep them interested was effortless. We never felt rushed; it just felt like we were on a hike with great friends. When the pictures where shown to us, we were thrilled with their style. It was beyond anything we could have imagined.


Rob and Melinda were the perfect couple to capture the photos from our rainy wedding. We had to quickly switch to plan B when the weather did not cooperate with us. They were very professional and helped calm our nerves and make sure we got a variety of fun and romantic shots. Some of the ideas they came up with on the fly blew my mind and I can’t wait to see the gorgeous results!

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  • January 22, 2014 - 7:14 am

    Dena & Brian - Planning a wedding is never an easy task and planning a destination wedding is even harder. You lose control over your choices and you definitely have to roll with the punches. One aspect of our wedding that was seamless and easy was our photography. We shopped around on many different websites and we were very disappointed with the quality of photography services in the Dominican Republic. We toyed with the idea of bringing our own photographer from Ontario to the Dominican but the cost involved with that was crazy! My husband reassured me that he would find someone suitable to take our photos as there had to be some adventurous couple or team that took photos in Caribbean destinations. Just our luck he found Shoebox Photography and they were EXACTLY what we were looking for.

    Melinda and Rob are not just photography professionals but an even better couple and team. Melinda was quick to reply to all of my annoying and tireless emails and even suggested a meet and greet via Skype; since they were in Vancouver and we were in Ontario. My husband and I immediately felt comfortable with them and we knew that they were going to be the ones to capture our day. Once we arrived in the Dominican they met us at our venue and went over everything we discussed in our countless emails. They asked lots of questions about us as a couple, and took into consideration the ideas and photos we wanted to see. The best thing about Mel and Rob is their connection. While Mel is close up taking an intimate shot, Rob is not far behind capturing the whole scene. They play off each other and use each others creativity to get amazing photos!

    If you are looking for a photographer to capture boring, one dimensional, “typical” wedding photos then Shoebox Photography is not for you. What they capture is a story. From start to finish they tell a tale of your special day. As a bride and groom you are caught up in your own moment and it’s easy to miss all of the little things. Mel and Rob capture your parents sharing a special moment as their kids enter a new chapter in their lives. Or your random guests who you never thought would cry, shedding a tear. They catch the crazy guest busting a move on the dance floor or your grandma dancing with someone from the entertainment.

    Mel and Rob are easy to talk to and very approachable. If you’re worried about double chins, fat arms and bad angles don’t be. They take control of the situation and let you shine in your best light. They are creative, and smart with their shots even if that means crawling into the tiniest space or crevice to get the perfect photo.

    Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life and with Shoebox Photography behind you, your memories will last a lifetime!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 6:28 am

    Jessica & Philippe - Planning a wedding is never easy, especially when you are planning a destination wedding! Researching vendors, location, dj, photographers… the list goes on and on, and the worst part is that you have to rely on comments from people that have been there before. I read about many photographers and was surprised by how great the comments on Mel & Rob were. So I figured, let’s get in touch and we’ll see. We had a Skype date set up but somehow it wasn’t working. Melinda took the initiative to call me and I knew right then and there that she was the one! :)
    The entire planning leading to the big day was flawless with Mel and I was really put at ease because she really seemed to know her stuff and she was so calm; it definitely helped me out!
    On the day of, I did not even have to worry about the two of them arriving at our resort; they were on time, all smiles, but very very discreet, which was definitely a plus! Poor Mel had been sick the entire night before and apologized for how she was behaving but seriously, I would not have realized any of this as if she had not told me… Such a professional!
    I felt as though the entire getting ready and ceremony were perfect. I felt great and could really focus on my future husband who was waiting for me under the gazebo. It’s as if I did not even realize we had 2 photographers taking pictures of our every moves! After the ceremony, this is where we saw Mel & Rob in action; they knew which shots would look nice and they were just so fun to be around! My entire wedding party (make that 6 people total) loved them and thought they were SUPER nice. It was just easy for everyone and Mel took the time to show me some pics here and there on her camera; WOW!!! At our private reception, I felt as though they were really part of the group, so it was nice to have them around!
    The following day we had a TTD planned for 6am… ouille! Mel made recommendations on what I should do for my hair and it just felt right to trust her; they are great at creating that level of trust you need to have with your photographers right from the start. They once again had great ideas for shots and were open to try out our ideas too; which was nice!

    Two weeks went by (so long for a bride!!!) and we got our highlights on their website. O-M-G. Best pictures ever! We both look like we are straight from a very expensive wedding magazine. The pictures were all wonderful, candid shots, simply beautiful!!! Everyone who has looked at the pictures cannot believe how professional, romantic, wonderful all of the pictures are.

    Mel and Rob were PERFECT to work with and seriously, you won’t regret it!!!

    Thank you so much for making us relive all of those beautiful moments through your lenses! We could not be happier!!

    Jess + Phil xxReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2015 - 4:00 pm

    Sophie + Robin - We found Melinda and Rob by chance as we were looking for a photographer for our wedding in Punta Cana February 2015. We fell in love with their style, the natural light, and the romantic nature of their photos. Their pricing was perfect for our budget and the icing on the cake was that they were already familiar with our venue! We had a Skype session with Melinda and both my husband and I knew instantly we wanted them for our wedding. Melinda and Rob are so welcoming and friendly they really walked us through the process and helped us with great advice for the day.
    Before the wedding we had a chance to meet with them and go through the rehearsal. We met their beautiful daughter and already it felt like we had known them forever. We had a team of people that helped us plan our wedding and Melinda and Rob were great at coordinating and working with everyone as a team. On the day of our wedding Melinda and Rob organized our family and group photos with ease and I don’t even recall seeing them at the ceremony but needless to say when the photos came back I was stunned they got every shot we wanted! They were so professional, creative, and fun that by the end of the night we were begging them to stay and party with us!
    We could not imagine our day without them! Our photos are out of this world gorgeous!!! So beautiful they were chosen to be on Style Me Pretty and for good reason as Melinda and Rob are amazing photographers!! They were able to capture all of the moments we hold sacred and now we have these beautiful memories to share with our families for years to come. We are so grateful to them for this. Thank you guys! You are the best!! xoxoReplyCancel

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