Motherhood Portrait Session {Melissa Maahs Photography // Oshawa Family Photographer // Mother’s Day}

One day, all your children will have are pictures of you, or if life takes unexpected turns like it has for many, all you might have of your own children are photos of them. Make sure you make an effort to be in pictures with them! No matter what your hair, makeup, or your body looks like. They won’t care about any of that stuff. They’ll just want to see you.

Mother’s Day can be such a bittersweet day for so many. Sweet for all of us who are lucky enough to still have our Mothers in our lives. Bitter for some of us who don’t. It can also be bittersweet for Moms who have lost a son or daughter. Three years ago my mom lost her son, my brother, suddenly and unexpectedly. Mother’s Day is not easy for her and it hurts my heart to see her so sad on a day when most everyone is celebrating. My kids celebrate me and I celebrate my mom…but there will always be that hole…that lingering sadness of the loss of my brother, her son, her first baby. We support each other, stay strong, and get through it. We realize that even though we have suffered a painful loss there are always positive things to celebrate on Mother’s Day. We celebrate the fact that I have my mom, and she has me and her grandkids. Please, if you know a mother who has lost a child, reach out to her and send some love and let her know you’re thinking about her. <3

I believe one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children are portraits of them with their mom! Portraits that can be enjoyed now, in your home, and more importantly, for them to look back over the years as they grow up. Let’s face it, most of us mothers are often the ones taking the pictures and not ‘getting in the frame’ with our children. Us mothers always seem to have an excuse to not get in the picture, whether that be because we didn’t have time to do our hair or makeup that day or we’d like to lose ’10 pounds’ before we get in front of the camera. To be totally honest, when our kids look at pictures of them with their mother they don’t see any of that. They don’t care that you were sporting a messy bun and no mascara, or that you may be 10 pounds heavier than you’d like. They may not realize it now, but I can assure you, your children will appreciate that fact that you took time to exist in pictures with them! They will be treasured family heirlooms that they can show their own family down the road.

Being a mom is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs out there! Documenting the love, emotion, and connection with your children is a great way to treat yourself for all your hard work, sacrifices, and dedication, and to show your children how much they mean to you.

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.

I would like to wish all the moms and grandmothers out there a very happy Mother’s Day and however you celebrate Mother’s Day, have fun! Grab your babies, snuggle them up, and get in the frame with your children. <3

Be sure to watch the short slideshow at the end of this post highlighting some beautiful moments from this motherhood session.

Enjoy this short slideshow of some highlights from this beautiful motherhood session. Happy Mother’s Day!


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.

For detailed session information, click here.

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








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