Event Policies

Reservation Fee

Your reservation fee secures our time together for your event and will be applied to your final balance. Because I promise to hold the date and time we discuss, please note that reservation fees are non-refundable and that no booking will be considered official without the reservation fee being paid.

Our remaining balance is due in full on the day of the event. Clients are welcome to pay by personal check (made payable to “Melissa Zazzera”) or in cash. I am always happy to provide you with a receipt at your request. Balances may also be paid in full prior to the day of the event if desired.


Our Planning

Not only do I find the creativity that my clients put into their celebrations inspiring, but it also helps me connect with their personalities long before I lift my camera. A good photographer should be present and available from the very beginning, and I encourage you to communicate photography requests, changes, and other details as they arise.

To maximize photography coverage of your day, I will ask that you select a family member or friend who I can call on as my point-person. A point person is someone who is familiar with the guests, who is not heavily involved with the activities of the party, and who I can count on to gather family or friends for group shots; etc. I promise to photograph your story within my full professional capacity, given the assistance and cooperation provided to me.

On a general note: guests cameras are always welcome! However, I do request that they are used without flash.


Receiving Your Images

The beloved Sneak Peek comes first! These are posted on Little Spoon Events social media one week after your event. Your final gallery (full resolution) will be privately delivered via online download* two weeks after the date of your event, and you will receive access to a password-protected web gallery of your final images as well. The web gallery is for you to share with your guests and to show the world how amazing your day was!

I have recently begun creating custom mobile apps for clients, and am thrilled to formally incorporate them into my client offerings! These are entirely complimentary, and feature one hundred of your favorite images from the gallery.

*Alternatively, you may request that the final gallery be mailed to you on a USB drive. There is a charge of $15 for the USB option covering shipping and material costs (wedding packages include the delivery of a USB drive and are exempt from this charge).


Photo Editing and Copyright

My goal is to tell your story through a robust gallery of images that best represent your day. I carry images through color correction and other touch-ups, so that the final images you receive are at the quality represented in my other work. Please note that I retain the right of discretion in selecting the photographs which become part of your final gallery, using my professional and creative judgement to ensure you receive images that you love!

Because photographs are a way to celebrate special moments in people’s lives, flexibility in the way clients can use their images is important to me. Included in our agreement are your rights to personal use and reproduction of the final photos from the event -- this means you have the liberty to print your full resolution images through any print lab of your choice, any time, and however often you would like.

Our agreement does not include rights to digitally manipulate (ie: apply filters, remove/crop out my logo) or to otherwise alter images from their delivered state. Our agreement does not include rights to sell any image for profit, enter them into promotional contests without my explicit consent, or use them in other commercial capacities.

Please note that I retain copyright of all final photographs, and reserve the right to use event images in advertising, promotion, and various other forms of commercial context. I am always happy to discuss this in more detail, so please feel free to ask!


Illness or Emergency

If I cannot appear at your booked event due to: severe illness, emergency, catastrophic accident or other circumstance of extreme nature, I will give the fullest effort to fill my absence with a photographer who’s work I know you’ll love. If I cannot find a professional to replace me, your reservation fee and any other payments you have made will be refunded in full and by nature of our agreement, I will no longer be held liable as the photographer to your event.

Payment of your reservation fee confirms your

acknowledgement and agreement to the event policies above.


If you have any questions about these policies, please contact me here.