Melani Lust Photography

I create a passionate and genuine representation of who you are as a couple, where creativity meets fleeting emotion, and your wedding story is presented elegantly and authentically.

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What We Do

Melani Lust is a world renowned wedding & editorial photographer based out of Connecticut. She has been shooting professionally for more than ten years and has traveled the world on assignments for her discerning clients.

Melani's work has been featured in publications worldwide including the cover of Town & Country, Connecticut Bride, The Knot, Grace Ormonde, Greenwich Magazine, Architectural Digest, Stamford Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and many regional wedding magazines. She has won "Best Wedding Photographer" eight years in a row (2010 - 2017) by readers of CT publications. Her photographic exhibition in Cuba in 2010 brought her international acclaim.

With her MA in Art History from NYU and her time as a professional dancer in Manhattan, she will bring a sophisticated eye to your wedding day. 

Let her tell your story, with passionate, poignant images.

Where to Find Us

By appointment only

Phone: 202-247-6983


What people are saying

Choosing Melani and her team to photograph our wedding was literally one of the best decisions we made in wedding planning. To say that she did a great job would be an understatement. I cannot stop looking at the photos that she and her team took. I have lost hours of work productivity because they are so beautiful to look at! They are absolutely perfect and absolutely true to me and my husband's relationship with each other. Aside from the remarkable photos, Melani was a joy to work with. Her energy level is off-the-charts. She always seemed to be in the right place to catch the right shot…even if that mean stealthily zipping across the room! My wedding was also a bit complicated because it was a multicultural wedding, Hindu-Indian and Catholic. She handled this seamlessly. Both of our families loved the pictures and thought she captured the significance of the ceremonies well. That's no easy task, but she definitely delivered. From the very first meeting, Melani was just the nicest and most approachable person. She seemed to really care about getting to know our story and what the wedding would be like. She also had me hooked with words like "lighting assistant." She really takes her job seriously and her passion really comes though in her work. It was really easy to trust her with capturing our memories. I worried about a lot of things on the day of the wedding, but I didn't worry about photography for a second. I felt completely at ease that the photos were going to be fantastic, and I was right! I would enthusiastically recommend Melani for brides-to-be.

Rachelle & Piyush

Dear Melani, I am STILL in a state of shock, absolute joy and the deepest of gratitude for ALL that you pulled off Saturday. What you and your incredible team accomplished with this size of wedding party, in such extreme heat, was nothing short of perfection in terms of professionalism and artistry. Your photos came across yesterday as guests started arriving for our wedding brunch and everyone cried when they saw them! Absolutely EXQUISITE! We are ALL eternally grateful and could not imagine that there could be a more perfect wedding photographer than you! AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, PERFECTLY CAPTURING the them ALL so very much and are so grateful to you for sharing with us so soon! Thank You , Thank You, Thank You!

Alex and Drew

Worth every penny! Melani is so extremely talented, I love every wedding photo! She captured so much emotion in every image that it brings me back to how I felt in that moment. Melani's positive energy is incredibly infectious and put me at ease on one of the most important days of my life. Melani and her team are also very knowledgeable, responsive, and easy to work with. There are so many choices when planning a wedding, stop your photographer hunt now, you will not be disappointed!

Kristen and Greg

We cannot thank you enough for capturing our day in the most beautiful way! We had all four of our parents over last week to view the photos together as a family and we were all moved to tears! You are truly an amazing artist and your hard work and passion shine through in each photograph you capture! We are beyond grateful that you were there on our special day, staying by our side as we enjoyed the most magical night of our life! I really have no idea how I'm going to pick the ones I want in our album!! Thank you again for doing such a wonderful job. We are so grateful!

Lauren and Nick

We wanted to write to thank you for the incredible job you did at our wedding. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to be brought back into those moments, and more. I am reviewing the photos and I remember exactly how I felt in each of them, but what I didn't see was how the people around me reacted to those moments while I was in them. You have given me a richer experience of a day that was the best day of my life. You made visible that which I didn't know even occurred. You captured expressions that were so full and so rich and made me realize how much my friends and family truly, truly love us. I am so grateful and my family joins in thank you for this archival history.

Samantha and John

When I became engaged I knew exactly who I wanted to capture the day! Melani had photographed a friend's wedding and I was blown away by her style, esthetic and warm nature. Thankfully she was available for my day! By far the BEST vendor I worked with throughout the entire wedding planning process. The images she captured are breathtaking. Her eye sees precious vignettes of not only the bride and groom but of all our loved guests. Our day was documented beautifully and we have more favorite images then we ever hoped for! The best decision we made was booking Melani.

Heather and Roland