Pre-Session Consultation

We start with an in-person, phone or email consultation. Which ever suits you best!

You are guided through your entire custom portrait experience. We help plan your wardrobe and discuss the perfect location for your session.

We help make decisions regarding the best way to display your portraits in your home or office.

You are invited to the studio to see all the unique and beautiful archival products offered by Melissa Maahs Photography.

The Photo Session

We will meet you on-location for your fun, 'no rush' photography session.

We are located in Courtice, ON and have access to many beautiful outdoor settings in the area.

If you prefer an in studio session we can accommodate a family of 5. For larger families we recommend an outdoor location.

Gallery Reveal & Ordering Session

Visit us again at the studio for your Gallery Reveal and Ordering appointment.

This is when you will sit back and view the best portraits from your session in a beautiful slideshow. We then discuss and guide you in choosing the best way to display your favourite portraits from the session that fit your style and budget.

We use special software to help you visualize how portraits will look on your walls. Just snap a picture of your wall with your smartphone or tablet and email it to us!

Custom Art Pieces

Once your order is placed with us we work with our professional lab to transform your treasured portraits from digital format to beautiful, tangible art pieces that will be enjoyed in your home and treasured by future generations of your family.

Your custom portraits are delivered to you within 3 to 4 weeks (depending on the products ordered).

Your family will thank you for investing in family heirlooms that they will cherish and become more sentimental as time passes.

Session Fees

Includes the consultation, studio rental fees, photographer's time and talent photographing and editing the portraits from your session, and the gallery reveal and ordering appointment.

Products and digital images are sold separately.

All sessions include order credit as outlined in the descriptions below.

Fine Art Legacy Portraits


A Fine Art Legacy portrait session is a thoughtfully, custom styled session that is intended to capture the personality and uniqueness of each person being photographed. Creating Fine Art portraits requires an extensive amount of planning and collaborating between the client and photographer to ensure that each session is 'unique to you'. 

Creating Fine Art portraits requires a great amount of education and skill, from lighting and camera skills, to post production (editing) skills that are imperative for taking a 'raw' image from a digital file to a unique piece of art.

While Fine Art portraiture is form of creative expression for the photographer, the portraits created during a Fine Art Legacy session will surely become timeless, heirloom pieces of art that will be enjoyed by you and your family for many geneations to come!

Fine Art Legacy portraits are meant to be displayed and enjoyed in a tangible way. Fine Art Legacy collections always include high quality, tangible art products that you can display proudly in your home or office.

The session can be held at an outdoor location or in studio, depending on the look you desire.

The session fee includes a $600 order credit

Single images are $120 each

Image collections start at $1090

Click here to see Fine Art Legacy portfolio.

Family Portraits


This session is suitable for families, children, couples, maternity, and lifestyle newborn. Includes up to 5 people, add $25 per extra person. Sessions can be held at an outdoor location or in studio.

The session fee includes a $600 order credit

Single images are $120 each

Image collections start at $1090

Click here to see family portfolio

Click here to see maternity portfolio

Head Shots

Session Fee - $390

  • Studio session with time for 2 backdrops and outfit changes
  • In-person gallery reveal and ordering session
  • includes two images or $200 order credit to put towards an Image Collection 

    Additional single images are $100 each

    Image collections start at $250

        Click here to see Head Shot portfolio.

        What’s Included – Family, Maternity, & Fine Art Legacy Portrait Sessions

        • Zoom, phone or email pre-session consultation to collaborate and discuss your session goals
        • The photographer's time and talent photographing your 'no rush' portrait session on-location (travel fees may apply) for up to 5 people (add $25 per extra person)
        • Professional editing and retouching of the best portraits from your session for your proofing gallery
        • In-person Gallery Reveal and Ordering appointment to assist you in creating the perfect art products for your home and family
        • $600 order credit to put towards your final purchase

        The Full Service Photography Experience

        Full service photography is much more than photographing your session and handing over digital files for you to 'fend for yourself' in terms of figuring out what to do with your portraits from your session. As a full service photographer, I help you plan everything from your wardrobe and styling, finding the perfect location for your session, to helping you decide on and design photographic 'art' pieces to proudly display in your home.

        Every session is unique, just like you. Your Full Service photography session begins with getting to know you and finding out 'your why' for investing in custom photography and what your needs are in terms of how you would like to display your portraits. I offer unique, tangible, professional quality prints, wall art products, custom albums, and folio boxes. I know how difficult it can be deciding how to display your treasured portraits. I guide you through your entire photography experience by taking the time to help design a gallery for that empty wall that you've been meaning to fill, or I can design a beautiful custom photo album that you and your family can enjoy looking through for many generations to come. From first contact to the delivery of your custom print products, I help you every step of the way.

        In-person, phone, or email consultations are provided to discuss wardrobe, location options, and ideas for your portrait experience. I have many unique product samples available for you too see and touch to help you decide what you would like to do with your portraits. Viewing and holding the products in person helps you to fully appreciate the quality and stunning appearance of everything I offer. You are not obligated in any way to book a session at the consultation, but if you feel that I am the right fit as the photographer for your family and you love the experience and products I offer, I can book you in right away. To secure your session date and time I require that the session fee be paid in full and a contract signed upon booking.

        After photographing your session my job is far from done. As an artist, I meticulously cull through all the photos from your session and decide on the best ones to retouch and artistically edit. Hours are spent fine tuning and editing your portraits to make everyone look their best and enhance your portraits into pieces of art.

        Once the best portraits from your session are ready for you to view I do not just send you a link and force you to choose your favourite images on your own time. Approximately 2 weeks after your portrait session, we meet again in person for your Gallery Reveal and ordering appointment. During this appointment you will enjoy viewing the portraits from your session in a custom slideshow. After viewing the slideshow, I help you narrow down your favourite portraits and guide you through the design and ordering of the perfect products to fit your needs.  Please note that all decision makers must be present at this appointment as your order will be placed that day.