Whitby Family Photographer {Melissa Maahs Photography // Lavender Session Family Photographer}

It’s that time of year again to start looking forward to the summer and to plan my summer session schedule. Although my kids are not so little anymore, I still make spending time with them and with other family throughout the summer a priority, so for that reason, I generally do not schedule sessions on weekends. Weekends for my family are for spending time together doing fun things either around home or up north at our family cottage.

Last year was the first summer I offered family sessions held at a local lavender farm. This particular farm is just north of Whitby, Ontario and is such a stunning location! This summer I was able to pre-book a handful of evenings in July (the only month when the lavender is in full bloom) to have access to photograph families in the lavender fields. The lavender farm books up very quickly due to the very short window of time when the lavender blooms.

Lavender sessions are held in the evening. The farm only allows photographers access to the fields after they are closed to the public, which works out great for my sessions because the lighting in the evening hours is the most optimal light to shoot in. The sun isn’t strong and harsh like it is during the day. The light is softer in the evening (even on a cloudy day) and this provides perfect conditions for the style of photography I offer.

Needless to say, if you’ve been wanting to book a lavender session please don’t delay in contacting me! Also, please note that theses sessions are not ‘mini’ sessions. I only offer regular ‘full’ family sessions, which usually last about 60-90 minutes.

Please visit my information page to read more about what to expect if you book a session with Melissa Maahs Photography.

If you’d like more information on a Lavender Session or any other session please contact me here.


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


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