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, photographer's time and talent photographing and editing the portraits from your session, and the viewing and ordering appointment. Products and digital files are sold separately for family, maternity, and newborn sessions. Headshot sessions include digital files as outlined in the description below.

Family, Maternity & Newborn


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 (an extra fee applies for studio rental).

Maternity sessions are best photographed when you are between 30-36 weeks pregnant.

Newborns are best photographed at approximately 5-10 days old. Your newborn will be photographed using a baby-led, natural posing approach, often called "lifestyle". Newborn sessions can be held in studio (extra fee applies for studio rental), at an outdoor location, or in your home.


Express Session - $300

  • 20 minute studio session - enough time for one look (one outfit and one background)
  • One fully retouched digital file chosen by you from a proofing gallery
  • Option to purchase additional digital files - $40 per digital file

Regular Session - $350

  • One hour studio session - enough time for two looks (clothing changes and two backgrounds)
  • 3 fully retouched digital files chosen by you from a proofing gallery
  • Option to purchase additional digital files - $40 per digital file

Personal Branding Session - $850

  • 2.5 hour session in studio or on location
  • Multiple looks and backgrounds
  • 12 fully retcouched digital files chosen by you from a proofing gallery
  • Option to purchase additional digital files - $40 per digital file

On Location Group Headshot Session - Starts at $900

  • Inquire for custom quote

What’s Included – Family, Maternity, & Newborn Sessions

In-studio, 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 in-studio or 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-studio Gallery Reveal and Ordering appointment to assist you in creating the perfect art products for your home and family

Please note: products and digital files are not included with the session fee and are purchased separately at the Gallery Reveal & Ordering appointment

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. I take the time to 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, keepsake boxes, as well as digital products. 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.

Your portrait session with Melissa Maahs Photography is not a typical 'look at the camera and say cheese' session. We take a more candid, natural 'family led' approach to photographing your family. Sure, I always strive to document a few traditional poses of everyone looking and smiling at the camera, but the majority of your session will be focused on documenting authentic moments of your family connecting with each other. These moments of connection between you and your loves will be the ones that will bring back the emotions and memories of this time in your life journey. I encourage you to connect with your family and not with the camera as much as possible during your session. Portraits of you connecting and interacting with your loved ones naturally lead to 'real' moments shared between you. These are the moments that I love to document for you!

In-person, phone, or email consultations are provided to discuss wardrobe, location options, and ideas for your portrait experience. You are encouraged to stop by my home studio so we can chat about your photography needs. I also have many unique product samples on display to help you decide what you would like to do with your portraits. 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 perfected and ready for you to view I do not just hand you a disk and wave goodbye. At this point my job is still not done. Approximately 2 weeks after your portrait session, we meet again at my home studio studio for your Gallery Reveal, design consultation, 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. It is always beneficial for you to come to the studio for your Gallery Reveal & Ordering Session as I have many samples on display of the photographic art products that I offer. Viewing and holding the products in person helps you to fully appreciate the quality and stunning appearance of everything I offer. Please note that all decision makers must be present at this appointment as your order will be placed that day.