Celebrate Family Session {Melissa Maahs Photography / Oshawa Photographer / Family Photographer}

Celebrating 50 years married with an extended family photo session!

This fun family recently reached out to me as they were trying to think of the perfect gift for their parents to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. I’m so happy they decided to gift them with an extended family portrait session for their anniversary! I cannot think of a better gift that will last a lifetime and beyond for the Imeson family. The young grandsons likely don’t realize the importance of these photos right now, but I know they will definitely appreciate the fact that their parents and grandparents valued family photography enough to go through the tremendous effort to arrange this family session. If you’ve ever went through the process of co-ordinating schedules and outfits for 9 people you KNOW it takes a lot of planning and effort! When planning an extended family portrait session everyone has their own ideas when it comes to wardrobe, location, posing, and what to do with the final portraits from their session. It takes patience and understanding amongst everyone involved to pull this off! Part of the full-service experience you receive when you hire Melissa Maahs Photography for your portrait session is unlimited pre-session consultations to help with anything from wardrobe, to deciding where to shoot your session. The consultations do not end after we have photographed your session. I provide post session consultations and advice to help you decide what you would like to do with the portraits from your session. I can help you design wall galleries or a beautiful custom heirloom album (check out some product examples here). This is all a part of the experience I love to provide to my valued clients.  I can’t tell you how honoured I am that this family choose me as their photographer and that they trusted me with documenting them during this special times in their lives. Their young sons/grandsons are growing up right before their eyes and I’m so happy to be able to preserve these moments for them, forever, in photographs.

We decided to photograph this family session at a beautiful outdoor location in Whitby, Ontario. I love this location because it has a lot of variety of natural backdrops. We shot amongst the trees, long grass, and then ended the session at the edge of beautiful Lake Ontario. Their wardrobe co-ordination and colours were perfect for this lake location.


Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I’m Melissa, the photographer behind the camera at Melissa Maahs Photography, a Durham Region, Ontario, full service family photographer offering custom family portrait sessions. I’m sure you’ve already come to the conclusion that I’m passionate about photography! Besides begin passionate about photography, I’m also passionate and dedicated to the experience I provide to  my clients and the process of making pictures into tangible pieces of art for you and your family to enjoy daily. Your art pieces will truly be treasured family heirlooms.

I thoroughly enjoy meeting, getting to know my clients and listening to their family stories. I love collaborating with clients on the endeavour of transforming their family stories into tangible art pieces of moments shared with their loved ones that will be frozen in time – forever in a photograph.

Lastly, I believe in photographs. Printed, tangible photographs that can be held in your hands, enjoyed on a wall, or flipped through in an album. My mission is to help every client create their photographic family heirlooms that can be enjoyed by you and your family for many generations to come!

If you love photographs as much as I do feel free to contact me and we can chat about how I can help you to create timeless photographic art to display and enjoy in your home.

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To see more of my work please view my portfolio here.

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