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I'm all about real laughs, genuine love, heartfelt tears and the moments in between. I love adventurous couples, who aren't afraid to get a little dirty to find that gorgeous golden sunset. The free-spirited type who will go barefoot in the woods. Those who crave fresh air, open fields, the sound of rain and late night canoe rides. If any of these are your kinda jam too and you're into photos that feel as real as you are, then you've come to the right place. Grab a coffee and stay a while! 

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Wedding & Boudoir Photography based in Ottawa, ON.

Hi, there!

A redhead with a gypsy soul. Chocolate lover, professional grilled cheese maker & daily napper. Bubble baths, old chipped paint, iced tea, and road trips are just a few little tidbits that make me all warm and fuzzy inside... 

what I'm known for:

When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of my time frolicking in the woods. It's where I felt safe, alive and free. Amongst the trees, all of my worries seemed to dissipate...

If I close my eyes, I can still smell the breeze that once blew in my hair, I can hear the sound of the waves from the lake covering my toes and I can feel exactly what I felt inside at that precise moment in time. I often want to relive those memories so that I can feel that same happiness again and I want the same for you.
I want you to feel how you felt in that perfect moment - peaceful, present and in love.

An extroverted introvert whose city roots have been planted deep in the forest...

MEET melissa

A redhead with a gypsy soul. Chocolate lover, professional grilled cheese maker & daily napper. Bubble baths, old chipped paint, iced tea, and road trips are just a few little tidbits that make me all warm and fuzzy inside... 

what I'm known for:

When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of my time frolicking in the woods. It's where I felt safe, alive and free. Amongst the trees, all of my worries seemed to dissipate...

If I close my eyes, I can still smell the breeze that once blew in my hair, I can hear the sound of the waves from the lake covering my toes and I can feel exactly what I felt inside at that precise moment in time. I often want to relive those memories so that I can feel that same happiness again and I want the same for you.
I want you to feel how you felt in that perfect moment - peaceful, present and in love.

An extroverted introvert who's city roots have been planted deep in the forest...

MEET melissa

When I was young, my grandma always said that laughing was the key to good health. I whole heartedly believe that and with my sometimes awkward dad jokes and silly personality, there won't be a shortage of fun when we work together. 

We will laugh a lot!

what makes me different

At your wedding, chances are I won't just be your photographer. I'll be the one securing boutonnieres, I may be helping grandpa down the stairs, I'll hand out and light the sparklers if need be and I know I'll probably sneak in a couple dance moves when the tunes start playing. 

Above and beyond

what makes me different

It may sound cheesy but the longer I am a photographer, the deeper my love becomes for what I do and the more intense my connections are with my couples. I will definitely shed a tear on your big day wether it's at your first look or during the mother-son dance - I just can't get enough.

I am passionate

what makes me different

I was actually never that little girl who dreamed about her wedding day...but when I met my 'person', I wanted nothing more than to get married to him! I didn't need anything overly fancy, I just knew that I wanted it to be the best time and most importantly, I wanted it to represent US. No matter what you have in mind, if it's important to you - I'll back you up 100%. 

I'm there for YOU

what makes me different

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F.A.Qs

A few frequently asked questions answered. Don't see what you're looking for? Send me an email and i'll be sure to respond With any queries you may have! 

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Absolutely! I book a limited amount of destination weddings each year, so contact me to discuss your ideas and I’ll be glad to give you a more detailed price list for your specific needs.

do you travel?

It takes approximately 2-3 weeks for portrait sessions and 6-8 weeks for wedding galleries from start to finish.

how long until i receive my images?

Canon Mark IV and III, 35mm f/1.4L, 85mm f/1.2L, 70-200 f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 24mm tilt shift f/3.5, and 100mm f/2.8 macro IS (all Canon), 2 Canon 600 EX-RT Speed-light flashes and other various lighting equipment.

What equipment do you use?

11 years and over 400 weddings!

how long have been a photographer?

I use an online gallery protected by a password that you will use. An easy system that allows you to download your images directly to your desktop from one click of a button, favourite and send the images to family and friends, order prints or albums or share them on Facebook.

in what format do i receive my images?

I work with a couple selected photographers who all use professional equipment. My second shooter is more of an assistant to me on the day of who also provides a helpful second angle.

who is your second shooter?

F.A.Qs

A few frequently asked questions answered. Don't see what you're looking for? Send me an email and i'll be sure to respond qith any queries you may have! 

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A signed contract as well as a 50% deposit is required in order to officially book your date. Payment plans can also be considered.

what do you require to book?

Certainly! Every wedding is different each in their own way. I'd be happy to discuss what type of coverage you are looking for in order to suit your needs!

DO YOU OFFER PRODUCTS SUCH AS ALBUMS?

Engagement sessions are my very favourite for numerous reasons. Most importantly, they let you get acquainted with me and being in front of the camera so come your big day - you feel much more relaxed. I also get a feel of how you interact with one another, which in turn makes me more comfortable with my clients too. Plus, you get awesome photos with a more easy going vibe in your regular attire that you get to show case. The fun we have is just a bonus!

what are your thoughts on engagement sessions?

I sure do and I am all for them! Albums and prints allow you to showcase your images in a more tangible way. In our digital age, it pains me to think of all the beautiful work collecting dust on a computer. What better way to decorate your home than with a gorgeous wood print or canvas over your mantle?!

CAN WE MAKE A CUSTOM PACKAGE?

Email me by filling out the contact section below and let me know your date and other important information. Let's make this happen!

Finally, how do i book with you?

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Wedding collections begin at $3699
Portrait collections begin at $399

W&W takes on a limited amount of wedding commissions each year in order to serve you better. 
Every couple and every wedding that I have the pleasure to photograph are different each in their own way. The packages that I have created are based on the most popular requests, but are also customizable in ordered to suit your needs. Out of town and destination weddings are also available.

Send us a note if you want to find out more about what we can do for you. We look forward to hearing all about your story and possibly capturing those special memories!

If you're still here, you might be my kind of people...

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"We loved working with Melissa for our engagement and wedding photos! Her style of photography really fit us as a couple as well as the feel of our wedding. Melissa has an amazing way of making you feel super comfortable in front of the camera, and her personality is just a breath of fresh air. She kept us all laughing and smiling through the entire day, and we could not be happier with our photos. Thank you Melissa!!!"

"Melissa has an amazing way of making you feel super comfortable in front of the camera"

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"I don't even know where to start...The moment we clicked the link to our wedding photos, we were in complete disbelief. CUE THE TEARS!!!
Our engagement photos were stunning but our wedding gallery made us relive one of the most epic days of our lives. We have Melissa to thank for that. Not only did she capture all of the important parts of the day but there are moments that we either completely forgot about or had no idea happened! The photos were the icing on the cake but to work with Melissa was also an AMAZING experience all together. She made us laugh the entire time, knew what to do if something didn't go as planned on the day of and just made us feel completely relaxed with her down-to-earth yet professional demeanour. Thank you so much Melissa for everything you've done for us and can't wait to work with you again (possibly in the near future ie: new addition!?)."

"The photos were the icing on the cake but..."

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"We were lucky to have met Melissa at a friends wedding (we were engaged at the time) and knew we wanted to hire her that day! She was professional but really easy-going at the same time. We knew we made the right choice when we saw our friends photos and it only made us that much more excited for our wedding!!!
The whole experience with Melissa was fantastic, and we were blown away when we received our photo gallery. It's been almost a year since then and I still get tears in my eyes looking through it. We couldn't have asked for a better person/photographer, hands down!!

"We knew we wanted to hire her that day!"

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"We've had the privilege to work with Melissa for our engagement, (my) boudoir and wedding photos. Not only is she beyond talented when it comes to taking the most beautiful photos but she is a joy to with as well. She is very personable and makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. We are so happy with the experiences that we've had with Melissa and are so grateful to have stunning photos from such a special time in our lives!"

"She is a joy to work with"

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Only 2 days before our wedding day, my dad had a heart attack and couldn't attend as he laid in critical condition in the hospital. We had a lot of guests come from overseas and he stressed that he didn't want us to cancel anything because of what happened.
Safe to say, the whole day was extremely emotional and every person that was there was dealing with their own feelings about that.
Melissa brought a sense of calm the moment she walked through the door. She reassured us when we doubted anything, was so patient and never rushed us. At one point, I found her in my room where my dress was hanging hugging my mom who was having a hard time. It's no exaggeration when I say that Melissa made our day 1000x better. Not only did she photograph our wedding beautifully, she was our friend throughout the entirety of the day and we all couldn't thank her enough for being there the way that she was.

"It's no exaggeration when I say that Melissa made our day 1000x better"

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Ottawa, Ontario

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