This week was supposed to be the week that graduation sessions were taking place. Due to the current covid-19 restrictions that professional photographers and many other businesses are under, we have to postpone all sessions until further notice. All non-essential businesses legally had to temporarily shut down in March.
I’m extremely sad for my clients’ children who are graduating from Grade 8 and Grade 12. I also have a child who is graduating from grade 12 this year so I know all about the very huge disappointments these grads have to deal with this school year. Not only are these kids missing out on spending the last few weeks with friends who they have gone to school with for the last 4-14 years, their prom has been cancelled, and so has their gradation ceremony. I know a lot of very disappointed young girls who already have their prom dresses. Now, we are all disappointed that we cannot move forward with their grad sessions until further notice. It’s frustrating that photographers have no information as to when we can open our businesses up again.
Unfortunately, according to the provincial government, photographers are not in the re-opening phase as of yet. Legally we are not allowed to photograph in-person client sessions. Although us photographers feel that we could very easily photograph families outdoors, from a distance, safely, we feel like our industry has been overlooked when considering what businesses can re-open safely. A bunch of us photographers are banding together to try to make some noise, and ask the government to allow us to re-open in the next phase. If you would like to help support professional photographers in our push to allow us to start shooting sessions again (at the very least, outdoor sessions), please visit this link and sign the petition. We would appreciate the support for both the photography industry and for all the clients who are missing out on documenting precious memories!
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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