Hi, my name is Melissa Schumacher. I'm a portrait photographer. I specialize in photographing women, because I find that after a certain age, we start to get really hard on ourselves. We look in the mirror and all we can see is this wrinkle, or these lines over here, and we think where did that come from? As women, it stops us from really wanting to get in front of the camera. When I say that to most women they agree with me, but they still don't think that they can have great portraits. 

I hear the negative self talk. I get it. I can empathize with that. I have it too. I want to HEAL the feelings from it! I'm not the age that I once was. I'm not the weight that I once was. I understand it, and when women tell me that they're not photogenic, I let them know that people were not born photogenic. They just had a really good photographer. That's really why we take a lot of care during a photo shoot. 

I make it really fun and easy, because I believe it's not your job to be photogenic or good in front of the camera. It's my job to pose you and direct you through your entire photo shoot so that you can finally have photos that you feel beautiful in, and you feel proud of. 

 

Women come to me for a variety of reasons, including beauty and intimate portraits, or because maybe you're turning 30 or 40, or 60, and you want to celebrate, or maybe you need photos for your website for work, maybe you're a high school grad, or maybe you want photos with your mother, daughter or your sister or your best friend. I want our daughters to know they are beautiful at every age, which is why I love dance photography. It starts teaching them to be proud of who they are at a young age. 

I invite you to do your own personalized photo shoot with me. It's so much fun. I will direct you every step of the way. I will help you with the posing, how to hold your hands, how to smile, how to look at me. You don't need to worry about a thing. You can just sit back and relax and enjoy the day. You deserve to have photos that you feel proud of. Let's do this!  I would rather show you what I do than tell you about what I do. My other website is melissasphotography.ca, and I really look forward to meeting you and photographing you.

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