Mother and Son {Melissa Maahs Photography // Whitby Family Photographer}

This little guy just started school! In fact, the day these photos were taken was at the end of his very first day of school! It’s so hard to send your precious baby into the big wide world and start the journey of school and growing up. I know this from experience! From the day they start school, you know that things have changed forever. It’s the start of a new adventure. You realize that they are not babies anymore! They still need you, but they are embarking on the journey of becoming independent, making new friends and relationships, learning many new things, and experiencing new things. As a parent, you start to realize that you are slowly losing control over things that happen in the every day life of your baby. They now have to start to learn to make their own decisions, make mistakes (and learn from them), build relationships with people outside of the family and friends circle that they’ve been in since the day they were born. Although it can be stressful adjusting, it’s an exciting time, for both the parents and the child! It’s really true what people say when you first have a child….”they grow up way to fast, enjoy every moment when they are little, because before you know it, they will be moving out”. It’s true what ‘they’ say! Give lots of hugs, snuggles, and kisses. Spend the time being ‘present’ when you have the chance. Be a friend, yet teach them values, responsibility, and kindness. Also — get in the photos with your kids! I cannot stress this enough! Kids don’t realize the importance of it right now, but they will love you for it and thank you in the future. That’s a promise!

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Cobourg Beach Family Session {Melissa Maahs Photography // Cobourg Photographer}

This sweet little girl recently celebrated her second birthday! When the family contacted me for a family session, during the session planning consultation, they mentioned that their baby girl was about to turn two and they really wanted to celebrate by having their first family session held at an outdoor location on Lake Ontario in Cobourg. Their daughter absolutely loves the beach and they spend a lot of time there in the summer. We agreed that Cobourg beach was the perfect location for the session. During the planning meeting, mom mentioned that she wanted a large bouquet of balloons in some of the photos to show that they were celebrating their daughter’s birthday. To be honest, we didn’t have high expectations on how this would go with a giant bouquet of balloons, a two year old, and a beach location which could potentially be very windy!! Thankfully it wasn’t a windy day and she didn’t get carried away…although that would have been an amazing shot! Ha! 😉 This little girl and her mom and dad were a dream to work with. We ended up having enough time for two locations and a wardrobe change due to the fact that their toddler was so happy and easy going. I truly believe that when photographing young children, you have a better chance at getting amazing photos by just letting them play, have fun, and not force them too much into specific poses and restrict them by having them stay in a certain area. We just let this little girl and her family do what they usually do at the beach. They played in the water, played in the sand, picked up rocks, picked flowers, and got wet! After all, that’s what you do at the beach! By just letting the family be ‘in the moment’ with each other we were able to document some genuine, candid, and emotive moments for them to look back on and cherish forever. The family decided the best way to preserve their treasured portraits was in a large, 12″x12″ heirloom family album. I can’t wait to receive and deliver their album to them. It’s going to be amazing! They will be able to flip through this album and enjoy the photos from this very special time in their lives when their baby was so little. Their album is archival, and will survive the test of time and be able to be passed down to generations after their own. Be sure to scroll to the end of the photo gallery to see the end product.

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Cobourg Family Session {Melissa Maahs Photography // Cobourg Photographer}

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a very sweet family and their beloved fur-baby, 16 year old O’Malley. O’Malley was a very happy old boy but unfortunately, his family had to make the very difficult decision of saying goodbye to him. It’s never easy to say goodbye. I’m so happy his family decided to do this family photo session starring O’Malley. They will forever have these images to cherish.

We took O’Malley on quite the little adventure for his photo shoot! I’m sure he slept really well after his adventure. We started off at their home, just outside of Cobourg, Ontario. After a spending some time photographing O’Malley and his family in their beautiful yard, we took a little drive to Cobourg Beach. O’Malley took it all in. We walked along the boardwalk and he even had his little paws in lake. It was a very hot and humid summer evening and the cool water of Lake Ontario was just what he needed to cool down. There was definitely no shortage of kisses and cuddles for O’Malley. He was (and still is) loved so much and I’m certain he will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. RIP O’Malley <3

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Lake Ontario Family Session {Melissa Maahs Photography // Whitby Photographer}

This family sure knows how to have fun at a photo session! This gorgeous family of five are return clients of mine. I photographed them for the first time almost three years ago. I love when families return for a family session because I get to see how much the kids have grown over the past few years. Kids change quickly and it’s so important to periodically update your family portraits so when you look back over your family photo album in the years to come you can spark the memories of how their personalities and looks were at different stages in their lives.

For family sessions, I like to take a fun, candid approach to documenting the relationships between family members. I keep sessions fun and engaging for the kids, otherwise they lose interest fast! By playing, joking, tickling, or even just talking to eachtoher, the photo session is engaging for the kids and the parents as well. True emotions come out when family members interact, and these emotions are what I want to document for your family. During the gallery reveal session it’s not uncommon for parents to look at a photo and say “That is so him. You captured his personality!”, when referring to particular photos of their children. Hearing this is music to my ‘photographer’ ears!  Also, FYI — if you shed a tear or two during your gallery reveal session, that’s the biggest compliment you can give me!! Don’t worry, they will be happy tears, and I supply the tissues. 😉

I have a limited number of summer session spots still available and fall session spots are also booking up quickly. If you’d like to book a summer or fall photo session and document your fun loving family please contact me via my contact page.

Happy Summer!

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Tara + Ryan Family {Melissa Maahs Photography // Oshawa Lifestyle Family Photographer}

With all the rain we’ve been having so far this summer in the Durham Region it’s a miracle that the date we picked for this session actually worked out! It was a beautiful, late spring evening down by Lake Ontario in Whitby. This session took place about 2 hours before sunset. Photographers call this time of day ‘golden hour’. This is when the sun is lower in the sky and the light is softer and creates such a lovely warm feel to images. It’s my favourite time of day to shoot by far. Sometimes you have to keep your little ones up a little bit past their bedtime, but I can assure you, it’s worth it for the beautiful light at this time of day. This little guy, who is just a little over a year old, rocked staying up TWO hours past his bedtime! From what I hear, he even slept in the next two days after their session.

I have to admit, when I was contacted by Tara to photograph her and her family I was a bit nervous as the outdoor session date approached! It’s always a tad nerve wracking when I’m asked to photograph other local photographers. Tara Graham is very talented photographer in Oshawa. I’m not sure what I was so nervous about before her session because I should have known that she and her family would be naturals in front of the camera. After all, she knows all the rules about posing! 🙂

Originally Tara wanted her family session to take place in the fall. Fall is definitely very pretty with all the colours and for that reason is the busiest time of year for most photographers. A few weeks back, Tara contacted me and decided she’d like to do the session in the spring instead and I was more than happy to accomodate her request. As you can see from the photos below, spring and summer portraits are also very pretty with the fresh grass and warm golden hour light. I also find it’s easier for families to have their sessions this time of year because the sun sets so late in the day. Parents have enough time to get home from work, have dinner and head to their session. In the fall, sessions have to start right around the dinner hour so that we have enough time for the session before sunset. Spring and summer sessions usually start around 7pm and go right until the sun has set! The last 20 minutes before the sun sets is my absolute favourite 20 minutes of the session.

Thank you for checking out this post, and if you’d like, please leave a comment in the comments section below. 🙂

If you would like to inquire about or book a sunset session this summer please send me an email through the contact page.

 

 

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Summer Sisters {Melissa Maahs Photography // Oshawa Family Photographer}

What a gorgeous summer evening this was that we had at Lakeview Park in Oshawa, Durham Region. These sweet sisters had such a great time playing in the chilly waters of Lake Ontario. The cold water didn’t seem to affect them at all. This session was kept very candid; taken with more of a lifestyle session approach I guess you could say. I find children are happier and more co-operative for photos when you just let them be. I also find that the family usually loves the photos that show their children’s true personalities. Say goodbye to those forced, cheesy smiles and enjoy your family photos filled with honest emotions and the documentation of the joy of just being in the moment. These types of portraits are best displayed in a family heirloom album that can be enjoyed for many generations by your family and the future generations of your family.

 

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Marcia + Will Maternity {Melissa Maahs Photography // Durham Region Maternity Photographer}

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Motherhood Portrait Sessions {Melissa Maahs Photography // Durham Region Family Photographer // Mother’s Day}

Motherhood Portrait Sessions now booking. We had so much fun celebrating Motherhood last year I thought we’d do it again!

I believe one of the greatest gifts you can pass down to your children are portraits of them with their family members! The ‘Celebrate Motherhood’ sessions were created for that very reason. I want to provide you and your child(ren) with amazing portraits to cherish in your home and eventually hand down to your child(ren) as priceless family heirlooms. This is why I offer beautiful, tangible print products that are archival and will last for generations beyond your own.

During your session we will strive to create formal portraits of you with your child(ren) as well as fun, interactive portraits of you connecting with them as you would in day to day life. Your Motherhood session can be held in the comfort of my home studio, or at an outdoor location.

I love meeting clients in person to discuss their photography needs and to show off samples of the variety of custom fine are products that I offer. If you would like to see the unique, beautiful products offered, please feel free get in touch with me and we can arrange a visit to my home studio.

If you would like more information or to book a Motherhood Portrait Session please email me via the Contact page.

~Melissa~

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The Cole Family {Melissa Maahs Photography // Oshawa Family Photographer}

 

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The Fitzpatrick Family {Melissa Maahs Photography // Whitby Family Photographer}

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