Full Service Ottawa Family Lifestyle Portraiture
Family | Maternity | Newborn | Extended Family | Seasonal Minis | Events | Intimate Weddings


With Michelle Ma Belle Photography your investment receives the utmost attention to detail and ultimate customer service. 
This process is designed to provide clients with a custom full service photography experience.

Consultation and Session Prep

The first step, following your inquiry, is to schedule a time to chat about your photography needs and ensure we are a good fit. This can be in person or by phone. There is absolutely no fee for the consultation and you are not obligated to book - although I certainly hope you do! We will then proceed with scheduling your session and processing payment. You will also be asked to sign an client session agreement form and complete a questionnaire which covers session goals, location, clothing options, and most importantly, how and where you want to display your memories. It is essential to the success of your session that we take the time before your session to ensure all expectations and goals are well communicated in advance. 
At least 2 weeks prior to your session, we will meet at my office in Ottawa South where you can see print products first hand and view product pricing information. I am also available to meet you "half way" if you are located in a different part of the city (i.e. coffee shop). We will cover all the details mentioned in your questionnaire and map out your session.

Photo Session

All Michelle Ma Belle Photography sessions include a mix of posed and lifestyle portraits, as well as detail and interaction captures. This allows for a relaxed and casual photography session and provides you with a wide variety of portraits and memories to display. 
Sessions typically last about one hour however this is more of a guideline than strict limit. I prefer not to set a specific time limit due to the nature of family photography and the variables that may arise; some sessions require more pauses and others flow seamlessly. Outdoor sessions take place within 1-2 hours of sunrise or sunset, and in-home sessions are held during the morning hours; this ensures the best quality of light for your session. At the end of your session, we will schedule your custom viewing and selection appointment. You will also receive an email with information how to prepare and make the most of your custom selection appointment.

Custom viewing and selection appointment

Within two weeks of your session date, you will visit my office in Ottawa South to view your portraits and select your print products. All orders must be placed during the session therefore I recommend having all decision-makers present at the session. 
My office is equipped with a large screen television for your viewing pleasure, as well as comfortable seating, and several sample products to examine and adore first hand. You will be provided with a pricing menu which includes product collections and à la carte options. Most clients spend between $400 - $1200 in print products, however there is no minimum purchase amount.
I will be available to assist you in your selection by providing expert advise and recommendations on product options and/or placement. You will have the opportunity to view your portraits placed on walls in your home (if snapshots were provided in advance) which guarantees appropriate sizing and placement before ordering. Sample album pages will also be available for viewing, if you are interested in such products.