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Photography in Missoula, MT,
(406) 214-9046
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 18 Reviews


    Brianne Mcclafferty

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  • Michael and I are so happy that we hired August and Jessica for our engagement and wedding photos. They are both professional, great communicators and excellent at their craft. We have only viewed our sneak peak photos because we just got married a week ago but based on the engagement and sneak peeks, we know the rest will be great. Beyond taking good photos, August and Jessica were helpful in running the wedding timeline, making sure we ate enough food, and did not miss out on the good lighting. They are in tune to the little and important things and their ability to manage multiple personalities on an emotional day is impressive. August noticed my grandmother was about to leave and snagged me for a solo shot with her. Jessica searched in a meadow for 30 minutes for my lost earring. It did not surprise us when we received many comments from our guests about how friendly and kind August and Jessica were to them. They enhanced our wedding experience. Finally, they were flexible.... Read more

    Lindsey

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  • We could not have asked for better photographers for our wedding. August and Jessica travelled from Montana to California for my wedding where they made our day so magical. I had over 30 guests reach out and ask about them because they made such a great impression. They also took us back to the location where we got engaged for a day after shoot and it was absolutely amazing. Would recommend them to anyone!

    Amy L

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  • After our wedding venue, our photographer was the second vendor that we booked. Having an amazing photographer was really important to me, so we started looking as soon as we had set a date with our venue. We set up several interviews with various photographers in Missoula, and April and her partner Jessica really surprised us when we met with them. We had seen her photos on her website and they were great, but I was immediately impressed by April's professionalism and charisma. She is young (like 24), but has a ton of experience and was raised by a photographer-father, so it's in her blood and you can tell. We also really liked that she always shoots with a second-shooter (her wife, Jessica), so we could have multiple angles of the ceremony. Not all of the photographers that we interviewed used a second shooter, so this helped our decision a lot too. Plus, April and Jessica have great chemistry together, so we knew that they would work great as a team. Our engagement shoot went great,... Read more

    Sara

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  • We booked April for two reasons...1. Her photos are amazing, her attention to detail, the way she stages photos, her composition, everything is exactly what we love about photography. 2. We are gay. We wanted someone who wasn't going to make our same sex relationship an issue or someone who would struggle to dance around that potential elephant in the room. April made us feel special and normal. She worked quickly, spent time learning our family's names and created a schedule for the day's events to lessen the stress on us. We have only seen one image but are already so in love with it, we can't wait to see the rest! April will be our go to photographer for anything we need from now on, not to mention we recommend her to anyone and everyone. She is professional, kept in communication and made every moment count. Can't say enough good things about her!

    Sarah

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  • We cannot say enough wonderful things about April Payton Photography. Our photos are absolutely gorgeous! But what stood out to us even more was the special effort she made to learn the names and faces of all of our important people (bridal party, family, and best friends) before even arriving at our venue. She walked right in immediately knowing everyone's names, which not only personalized our whole experience, but also made rounding up all our VIP's much easier. She even picked up on specific nicknames and started using them too! April was incredibly professional, organized, and wonderfully fun throughout the whole process. She helped create the entire photo schedule for the wedding day, and she had amazing photo and pose ideas to help out two very awkward newlyweds. April (and Jessica!) made our day easy and fun, kept everyone laughing the whole time, and captured our memories more beautifully than we could have hoped. I wish there was a way to spam this review with all of our f... Read more

    Judith

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  • I contacted April from California for my wedding in Montana after researching on the internet. Her portfolio encapsulated the style I was going for and knew she would be the photographer for my day. From the beginning, communication with her was easy and would reply to my emails immediately. On the day of, April and Jessica made me and the wedding party feel comfortable and relaxed. They're both great with kids, one of the flower girls was two years old and they just knew how to work with her to get the perfect shot. April and Jessica strive to get you the most amazing pictures and I really appreciated that. I honestly can't say enough good things about April and her team. Everyone at the wedding loved them and I feel I really lucked out in picking them.

    Najla

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  • April takes such amazing photographs that I had chose to fly her into Alabama for my outdoor wedding. April knows how to organize everyone. She takes charge and knows exactly where the best shots will be. She focused in on exactly what I wanted and delivered it perfectly. She is creative with her shots and dedicated to pleasing her costumers. I now have fabulous wedding photographs that have documented my special day. I recommend April Payton Photography a thousand times! You will not be dissatisfied :)

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    Najla, I wouldn't have missed your wedding for anything! I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to travel and add new scenery to my portfolio. I also appreciate your kind words! Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day!

    Linden

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    5 out of 5
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  • I was in a few weddings before my own and started to notice how much a photographer can influence the tone of the wedding day. After April shot my friend's wedding I knew I wanted her to be my wedding photographer. I am so happy we were able to hire her! April and Jess added a calmness to a whirlwind day. They also were flexible, upbeat, professional, creative, and funny. April and Jess managed our large, rowdy wedding party and guests so gracefully. Our family and friends have told us multiple times how much they loved our photographers. April and Jess are so in sync; they truly make an incredible team. I noticed it on our wedding day, but it showed up even more once we saw the photos. The pictures are more incredible than I ever could have dreamed. The posed pictures look natural (which I didn't think was possible for my husband and me). The number of amazing candid photos blew me away. I haven't printed any pictures for our home because I can't narrow down my favorites! ... Read more

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    Linden, I cannot thank you enough for you kind words! I had such a great time working with you guys and appreciate everything you did to make my job easier (especially the gift of a megaphone). Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day! I am so happy to hear that you were satisfied in all areas :) Take care!

    Jackie

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  • I cannot say enough good things about April Payton Photography! She did our engagement photos, a mini shoot, and our wedding. She was very responsive and flexible. My husband and I aren't super fond of getting our pictures taken but April and Jessica made it so easy and fun. I love their creativity and they are both genuinely good people. I cannot wait to see our wedding pictures and will be using her for future photo needs :)

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    Wow! Thank you so much Jackie! It means a lot. We had such a great time photographing you guys and wish we could do it more often! Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day!:)

    Anna

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  • April has done both our engagement photos and our wedding photos. Both times she has been amazing, creative, professional, and a joy to work with. My now husband hates pictures, the mere though of pictures makes him nervous. April did an amazing job helping him relax and came up with shot ideas he enjoyed. On your big day I promise she will NOT disappoint you. She will keep things moving along on schedule and get people moving where they need to be, she even offers great advise on things not Photagrapher related! We could not have asked for better service!

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    Thank you Anna, you know I appreciate everything. Especially the text you sent after the wedding. I had such a good time with you guys and you helped me create some beautiful photos. I hope to work with you guys many times in the future. Thank you again, so much!!

    Sarah

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  • April is amazing! My husband and I are very camera shy and she made the whole process and experience very comfortable and even fun! She's very easy to work with and has so many great ideas. She's also more than willing to accommodate all of your requests. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer for both our engagement photos and wedding.

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    Sarah, you are awesome. Thank you so much for the review. I'm glad you're happy with everything. I had a blast! I hope to work with you guys again in the future as other photo needs come up. :)

    User5455063

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  • Absolutely loved April. We saw her thru Facebook and decided to meet with her in person then go from there. We were so impressed upon meeting her that we booked immediately and could not have been happier! We did both our engagement and wedding photos with her, and will be using her once we begin to expand our family. She was a pleasure to work with, had amazing ideas, and paid attention to our thoughts and ideas along the way. Will recommend her to everyone I know!! Thanks April!!

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    Since this is private, I can not personally thank you, but please know I appreciate your review and especially your business.:)

    Kelly

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  • April was a pleasure to work with. We traveled from Illinois for our wedding in Montana. She knew how special this event was for all of us as it was the first time our ENTIRE family was together in many years. Many of our friends made the trip and now we have pictures to share with everyone. I would recommend April to anyone.

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    Thank you so much for your kind words. Your family was a great bunch and I am very happy with the outcome. I hope to work with you guys again in the future. Take care.

    kaitlyn

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  • April did an awesome job with our newborn photos. I am so glad we booked with her rather than rushing using the photographer from the hospital. She extended our session and understood when we needed to pause to feed or whatever was needed for my child to keep him happy to get through the session with great photos. I would highly recommend anyone doing a newborn photo shoot to just book the hour from the get go.

    Morgan

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  • I chose April to be the photographer for our engagement and wedding pictures. When taking the pictures April was very kind and easy to work with. We received our engagement pictures back a few days later then we was suppose to, but we loved them. When it came to the wedding pictures I was not happy. We waited 10+ weeks to receive them back, again we received them later than we was suppose to.. Recommended by April, we asked all of our guests not to take their own pictures with their phones so that nothing would disturb her while doing her job. So I believed that she would capture any and every moment possible, but that did not happen. She failed to capture a few important moments. For example, I do not have a single photo of the whole wedding party together or not even a picture of all the groomsmen together during the ceremony. She didn't seem to care that it was a big deal and said she couldn't get it, but it was not impossible! And now I do not have a single existing photo of my wed... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Morgan, thank you for taking the time to write out this review. Your feedback helps me to learn, grow, and make changes where needed. I work hard before, during, and after the wedding so I am deeply saddened and surprised that you are unhappy with the resulting images. I understand how frustrating it can be when people blink or do not look at the camera in the larger group photos or during the ceremony but of course this is something that is out of my control. The issues that are in my control have been discussed with you and resolved to the best of my ability. Please know that editing images in Photoshop is a standard practice among all photographers, and is required in circumstances like removing blemishes or distractions, stitching two images together, and moving usable faces to an image where someone’s face may not have been usable. Please also note that we delivered 516 images total. This is 116 more than our contract guaranteed based on our agreed-upon price of $2000 plus $100 travel fee to Polson. Know that we shot every moment as they happened, and we cannot control some aspects like the speed someone is walking, blinking, etc. I shot 1908 photos over 10 hours at your wedding, but when I narrow down the images and get rid of duplicates or images where the subject is blinking, we can be left with just a couple of images. I have added extra images to your gallery as discussed before that resolved some of these issues. I feel confident that I captured every moment of your wedding to the best of my ability. In terms of timely delivery, your contract states that it can take up to 10 weeks. Your photos were delivered on December 4th (10 weeks plus one day from your wedding date). I am working on new techniques that will allow a faster delivery time in the future. If there is anything else that needs attention please contact me at [email protected] or 406-214-9046. Thank you!

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