10 Questions with Mariela Campbell

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and sought-after wedding photographers in California, Mariela Campbell Photography. Riverside based Mariela is the founder and owner of Mariela Campbell Photography.

MCP ( Mariela Campbell Photography)

Photographer - Mariela Campbell

10 Questions with Mariela Campbell

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Hi my name is Mariela Campbell. Born in Chile and raised in Australia owner of MCP ( Mariela Campbell Photographer) My business is based on my clients, with less weddings than most. I book a limited number of weddings a year. I am based in sunny Southern California.

I have been a photographer in the wedding industry for over 12 years now and it has been one of the most life changing experiences filled with lasting moments. I started my journey in music publishing, attending events and capturing interviews, video and imagery for our online magazine. My path led me to a truer, more raw kind of love that of LOVE of weddings & relationships I get to build with my couples. Capturing celebratory moments full of love and happiness allows me to build deeper connections with both nature and the people involved. It's important to me that we create unforgettable memories – why not make it an adventure?

As your photographer I’m always ready for an adventure where I can be more than just your photographer. I want to be your partner so that we can create together. Creativity and design are an active and engaging experience. Together we can collaborate towards a common goal – your successful marriage and celebration of love. I strive to go beyond beautiful photography in order to provide you with a meaningful experience.

I have always been passionate about seeing people fulfill their dreams regardless of what that may look like. Being involved in the process and capturing beautiful, timeless moments is the one of the most gratifying parts of the journey but seeing the end result is truly the most rewarding.

2. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?

I have been shooting weddings and events for 12 + years. I have shot 100+ weddings and elopements combined. I book a limited number of weddings a year

3. How would you describe your photography style?

I don't have a set style, in my experience every individual, venue, season and experience is different, so my editing is never ONE style.
I won’t limit you to the times you are meant to be in front of the camera, and yes sunsets and golden hours are beautiful, but that isn’t what makes your images beautiful, it’s the combination of you, the light and myself. I don’t believe there is such a thing as bad weather. I won’t show up at your wedding and be as elusive as possible, I have to interact with you and your guests, and be there for the moments. so yes you will see me often and know I am there.

I will not stage, and create an awkwardness, with forced smiles and poses. I will not ask you to stop and turn and smile at me. I will be there to assist and direct, but the rest is all YOU, just be in love and be yourselves!

I aim to capture your truest moments naturally. does this answer my style ? :)

4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding photographer?

I book my couples 6 months to 2 years in advanced. offering payment plans to assist my couples. Being that we live in sunny california, our off peak times are a small window, but I generally book 11 months of the year. Fridays - sundays being the most popular for weddings, and weekdays are more popular for elopements

With that being said I do book last minute weddings, so don't be afraid to ask for my availability.

5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

My packages are straight forward, with the options of add ons
All packages include , ✨2nd Photographer, engagement session, timeline assistant, online gallery, print release, sneak peek within 48 hrs✨.
starting at: -
$3,550 for 8 hours

One Photographer packages are $320 p/hr with a 3 hour minimum
I have a detailed pricing booklet. :)

6. Are you the wedding photographer who will be shooting on the wedding day? Who else is there in your team?

I normally have 3 of us in total, myself, my 2nd shooter and my assistant. I am always the lead photographer, if I am working on the day. We both have two cameras on us each, with multiple lens and back ups.

7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?

I love an adventure, and I especially love road trips, I will travel as far as I can possibly drive. lol. travel fees come into play once out of southern california, Travel fees start at $500 for outside california

8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?

No I do have them as Optional Add Ons starting at $580

9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the images? How will they be delivered?

My turnaround time is 4-6 weeks, depending on how busy I am, I like to get the images out quickly. I edit them all myself, Images are color corrected, cropped, white balanced. , Any removal of bruises or unwanted pimples are done on a limited number of images.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

Retainer/Deposits are non refundable which are normally 30% of total. If client wishes to reschedule there is a fee, If rescheduling due to government agency restrictions (ie: Covid) the retainer is applied to the rescheduled date. we have a detailed policy in our contracts.

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020