McDonald Photography | Pricing

Portrait Photography in Calgary, AlbertaMcDonald Photography is a Calgary Portrait Studio providing fine art portraits to our clients since 2006

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. 


Our Session Commission - $295

This includes:

  • A pre-session consultation
  • The photo session (1-2 hours, in-studio or on-location)
  • 3 or more "looks" / wardrobe changes
  • An in-person "image reveal session" where we have selected the best images from each "look" for you to review.


Add on Products & Services:

  • Beauty makeup application and hair styling by a certified hair & makeup artist - $125
  • Fine Art Canvas of 1st edited piece up to 18" - $150

Family portraits in Calgary, ABWe offer family portrait sessions in Calgary, AB. 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 arrange 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 how we are going to create your portraits. If you purchased the makeup option, 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. The session 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 typically 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 may stop to review some of the images to show you how they are turning out and to give us a chance to confirm we're getting the shots you came in for. 

Once our session is complete, we take a few days to go through the images and we select the best of the best from the day then we will schedule your "image reveal session" where you will get to review the favourites from the day. You will then have the opportunity to select the images that you love the most and place your print order. 

Hair & makeup Belly painting maternity session in Calgary, ABAs Calgary Maternity Photographers, we love creating unique images for our Calgary and area clients.

We can provide a certified hair & makeup artist for your session at an additional cost. This option must be booked in advance. 


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

Sizing: Small – up to 12”  ~  Medium – up to 18”  ~  Large – up to 24” ~ Xlarge – Up to 36”

Premium - $2,199

  • 8 image selections
  • 1 – Large collage wall
  • 2 – Large framed prints
  • 2 – Medium framed prints
  • 1 – Triple wing leather folio
  • 3 – Pocket albums
  • 1 – Extended family selection of small prints

Popular - $1,499

  • 5 image selections
  • 2 – Large framed prints
  • 1 – Medium collage wall
  • 1 – triple wing leather folio
  • 1 – Extended family selection of small prints

Economy - $999

  • 3 image selections
  • 1 – Large framed print
  • 2 - Medium framed prints
  • 1 – Extended family selection of small prints


  • 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 also offer a subscription service for our package options so you can get all of the images and products that you love and split the cost over 3, 6, 9 or 12 equal payments. 
3 Month Subscription Options
6 Month Subscription Options
9 Month Subscription Options
12 Month Subscription Options


Gift Cards


  • Gift cards make excellent gifts from Parents or Grandparents to their grown children and are available in values from $100 to $2,000 to suit your needs. Purchase yours here.

Individual prints & custom packages

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


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 - $80
  • Beauty Makeup - $80
  • Hair & Makeup - $125

Digital copies

  • Web-optimized digital images are provided with each print / package purchased.

Returning customers

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

Friends & Family

  • We do offer preferred customer rates for our friends & family. Let's set up a consultation to discuss your needs and we can go over the details.

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, people won't notice. We will capture your beauty & personality as your friends and loved ones know you. (and we have some posing & lighting techniques that will help you look like you've dropped a few of those extra pounds) Also, once you have hit your fitness goals in the future we would be glad to have you back to do another session featuring your new look! 

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?

  • That is why you are hiring professionals. We use skilled makeup artists, and combine lighting and posing to flatter each client that we photograph. 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 such an investment? 

  • 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 or exceds 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 seem 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.
  • Consider this quote: "You never really know the value of a portrait, until it becomes all that you have left"

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!

Location family sessions in Calgary, ABCalgary family portraits in our studio or at a location of your choice.


Ready to book your session?

Step 1: Click here to send in your deposit 

(or enroll in one of our subscription plans above)

Step 2: Contact us to schedule your consultation & session

Phone: 403-471-7627