Our goal with each session is to get to that "wow" moment where we show you an image that captures a mood or expression that defines you. When reviewing images during the session our clients see their beauty from our perspective and we can see the improvement in their confidence and body language in the photos as the session progresses. We frequently hear reactions like, "wow, I can't believe that's me", "that's the nicest photo I've seen of myself" or "I never look this good in photos!". They often express how they wish they'd done their portraits sooner.



Commissioned portraiture is a luxury experience. Sitting for a professional portrait and trusting your creative team to create a lasting memory of a specific moment in your life is an investment that will last a lifetime. Artwork created during our session is printed on high-quality products that you will be proud to display on your walls, share with your friends & family and pass down to future generations. 


Session - $500

This includes:

  • A pre-session consultation
  • Beauty makeup application by a certified makeup artist (hair available at an additional cost)
  • The photo session (1-2 hours, in-studio or on-location)
  • 3 or more "looks" / wardrobe changes
  • Complimentary beverages during the session
  • An in person "image reveal session" where we have selected the best images from each "look" for you to review.

What to expect during your session

Once you have signed your contract and paid your deposit, we will start with a pre-session consultation (either by phone or in-person) to understand what you are hoping to get out of your portrait experience and to get an idea how we can best help you achieve your ideal image.  We also like to get an idea what products you may be interested in so we can shoot the session with this in mind. 

On the day of your shoot, you will arrive at the studio and be introduced to our team. We will have a look at the wardrobe changes you brought with you and make a final plan for what we are going to shoot. Our makeup artist will then begin your beauty makeup application. This process usually takes 30-45 minutes. 

When your makeup is complete, we will begin taking your photos. This process normally takes around an hour (depending on how many wardrobe changes and how many sets we want to fit in). During the session, we will work together--with a goal of staying relaxed and having fun--to get a diverse selection of images. Our makeup artist normally remains on set while we are working to be another creative eye and watch out for wardrobe, hair and makeup issues. 

From time to time during the session, we will stop to review some of the images to show you how you're doing and to give us a chance to confirm we're getting the shots you came in for. 

Finally, once we have reviewed the images and selected the best of the best from the shoot we will schedule your "image reveal session" where you will get to see our favourites from the day. You will then be able to select the images that you love the most and you will be able to place your print order. 

Hair & makeup

We will provide a certified makeup artist for your session. If you require hair services we can provide a hair stylist at an additional cost. Some of our team are skilled at both hair & makeup, so if you need both, let us know in advance.  


  • We have a variety of payment options available including cash, credit (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), PayPal & e-transfer. 
  • There is a $200 non-refundable deposit required at the time of booking to reserve your date and time. The remaining balance for the session is due when you arrive at the studio.
  • We offer payment plans for our package options below so you can get all of the images and products that you love. 

Returning customers

  • To thank you for your continued business, returning customers will receive a 25% discount on their session fee.


All packages include professional editing and a web-sharable digital copy of the selected images.

Premium - $2,199

  • 10 image selections
  • 1 - 7 image collage wall (4' x 1.5')
  • 2 - 16x24 fine art canvases or framed prints
  • 2 - 12x18 fine art canvases or framed prints
  • 1 - triple wing leather folio
  • 3 - pocket albums
  • 1 - 8x12 print
  • 2 - 5x7 prints
  • 2 - 4x5 prints
  • 4 - wallet prints

Popular - $1,499

  • 5 image selections
  • 2 - 16x24 fine art canvases or framed prints
  • 1 - 3 image collage wall (3' x 1.5')
  • 1 - triple wing leather folio
  • 1 - 8x12 print
  • 2 - 5x7 prints
  • 2 - 4x5 prints
  • 4 - wallet prints

Economy - $999

  • 3 image selections
  • 1 - 16x24 fine art canvas or framed print
  • 2 - 12x18 fine art canvases or framed prints
  • 1 - 8x12 print
  • 2 - 5x7 prints
  • 2 - 4x5 prints
  • 4 - wallet prints

Individual prints & custom packages

  • Other sizes and finishing options are available. Ask us for a quote.  


We don't have any hidden costs or fees, but the following can be added to your session at an additional cost:

  • Body painting and special effects - Call for a quote. Price varies by complexity of the artwork. 
  • Hair styling - $75

Digital copies

  • Web sized shareable digital images are provided with each print purchased.

Still not sure?

Here are a few questions/concerns that we often hear:

I'm not in the best shape, should I wait till I lose 10, 20, 30 pounds?

  • Your portrait is all about your beauty as you are now. If you're carrying a few extra pounds, it doesn't matter. We can still capture your beauty & personality as your friends and loved ones know you. When you hit your fitness goals in the future we can do another session and you'll have great before & after photos. 

What do I wear and how do I prepare for my session?

I don't take great photos, are you sure you can get an ok picture of me?

  • We believe that everybody is beautiful and if you are willing to work with us and trust us to create your portrait, we will get you images that you will love. 

Why are portraits so expensive? 

  • Running a professional business requires the ongoing costs of licenses, insurance, affiliations & training. Not to mention the maintenance and upgrades of cameras and computer equipment. We make sure we use professional equipment and strive to provide a safe environment for our clients that meets the regulations required by the city of Calgary. 
  • Crafting the perfect portrait requires as much time (or more) editing the images as it did to take them and this time is accounted for in the price.
  • We use professional photo labs to print our images ensuring that you receive high-quality artwork with your orders. 
  • While the initial investment for your portraits can be significant, we trust you will come to see the value in your session as you see the images of yourself and your loved ones hanging on your wall, reminding you of this special time for years to come.

What if I don't like the results?

  • Though it doesn't happen often, we do provide a guarantee that if you don't love your images we will reshoot them at no additional cost. 

Do you offer location sessions?

  • Yes we do. Let us know when and where!


Ready to book your session?

Phone: 403-471-7627

Email: info@mcdonaldphoto.ca