Client Testemonials

Anniversary Session - Christine We had a great photo shoot with Melissa. She had great ideas and had scoped out the location for other shots. We received the proofs quickly. We'd highly recommend her for other families looking to record special events or moments in their lives!
Family Session - Yvonne We had a great experience with Melissa from Bella Photography! We booked an extended family photo session with her and she did a great job capturing the entire family. Melissa engaged the toddlers in the family wonderfully and was able to keep them entertained through the 45 minute session. We were able to get a great variety of pictures during the session, and all for a great price! We will definitely be contacting her again!
Spring Session - Carol I felt my boyfriend didn't take enough pictures with me, so chose to book a shoot with Melissa. He was initially hesitant and reluctant about it, but actually enjoyed the experience and had a ton of fun. Melissa is very friendly, approachable, and an extremely good communicator. You can talk to her about any worries or concerns you have and she will be there to make things easier and even disappear ! You can tell yourself everyone has a camera and you can get your pictures for free..but some people are worth investing your time and money into. Melissa is one of them. And you get to walk away with photos you can treasure for life and hang up on your walls. How cool is that? The whole entire process is simple as Melissa is a very straight forward person and her payment methods are extremely modern, convenient, and easy to understand. If they aren't for you, she will help you. I plan to book a shoot again in the future. This time with my best friend. And it was her who said it first after she was trying to help me decide the best photos of Daniel and me. Thanks for the great memories and great photos
Blossom Session - Amy We had an outdoor family mini-session with Bella Photography Ottawa and it was fabulous! We have three small kids (ages 6, 6, and 4) and getting them to focus, look and smile at the same time, can be an epic undertaking! Melissa did an excellent job with them and the selection of pics is great. Highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their family pictures taken!
Spring Mini - Catherine I happen to see a spring mini session on Facebook from Bella Photography and decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did. Everything was so easy with Melissa from messenging her my questions, to signing the contract, and finally meeting her the day of our photos. I'm not usually very comfortable around new people but Melissa made it very easy and carefree for us. As a side note, we were super late for our scheduled appointment and she was still enthusiastic about taking our photos. What a professional. So happy I stumbled across Bella Photgraphy!
Family Session - Connor Thanks so much to Bella Photography for taking suck beautiful family photos. Melissa was great with our older more timid child and was able to get him to come out of his shell to get some great candid shots! So easy and painless. Thx!
Photos - Ashley Melissa takes very beautiful pictures and makes you and your child feel comfortable during the process. She has captured some very special moments for me including photos of my husband and I during my pregnancy, pictures of my newborn son and more recently, a "Mommy and me" session. These are pictures I will treasure and I am so happy with all of them. My baby felt at ease with Melissa even at 5 days old. Thank you Melissa for all the amazing pictures.
Family Session - Tanya Melissa is incredibly professional and has a very keen eye when capturing lasting moments. She is very interested in what we are looking for and has the photos have always exceeded our wants. Our walls are plastered with photos done by Melissa. Our go-to for lasting, beautiful photos.
A dad and his two kids pose for a picture at Bate Island, in Ottawa's West end taken by Ottawa Family Photographer, Bella Photography Ottawa
Daddy & Me - Nimi The payment and signing of the contract: Each step of the process was done by a single application. Putting down the deposit, making the final payment and signing the contract was seamless and simple. The photo shoot: Melissa was professional and friendly. She made the kids and Dad feel very comfortable and didn’t drag the session out where the kids would start to get uninterested. She gave guidance on how to pose and picked nice back drops for the photos. The photos: The photos were amazing. It isn’t often I look at photos and think, “Wow these are awesome!’ but I did for these. Everyone has a natural smile and she captured the love the kids have for their Dad and vice versa. It was a pleasure having you as our photographer and thank you for the beautiful pictures.
Family Photos - Maria Fantastic Service! Amazing pictures.... I would highly recommend to anyone
Daddy & Me - Nadia We booked a daddy & me session last week after a friend had recommended Bella Photography to me. We are more than happy with our pictures and would not hesitate to recommend Melissa to others. Thank you, the girls had so much fun!
A little boy smashes cake outside in Ottawa's west end. He has cake on his nose and on his toes, and smiles happily at the camera. Captured by Ottawa Cake Smash Photographer, Bella Photography Ottawa
Cake Smash Session - Rachel Melissa was so awesome! She spent an hour with my little guy to get some beautiful pics of his first birthday. She was just so great and the pics are great. We'll be seeing her again!
Mommy and Me - Meg Just amazing pictures of my son and I. I will cherish them always! Beautiful pictures and professional work. Perfect!
Family Session - Christina Great experience! Melissa is wonderful and did a great job! Love what we achieved together! Would recommend her to everyone!
Maternity Photos - Michelle Melissa did my maternity and newborn photos. She was professional, punctual and is extremely talented. She was always accommodating with days and times, and made sure I was 100 percent satisfied with my photos. She always had great suggestions to make the pictures look natural. Our photos turned our beautifully! Thanks Melissa!
A pregnant girl in a red dress and a jean jacket sits on a kitchen counter and smiles at the camera captured by Ottawa Maternity Photographer, Bella Photography Ottawa
Maternity and newborn - Ashley Melissa takes beautiful photos and we were so lucky that she took our maternity pictures and photos of our newborn baby. Her creativity and ability to capture specific moments and emotions made for some incredible pictures which we will treasure. Her kind and warm disposition made our newborn baby feel at ease. I look forward to working with her again in the future!
Family Photo Shoot & Cake Smash - Mona I've always knew Melissa had talent, talent that needed to be explored, so we had her do our first family photos and Zoë's cake smash. She was easy to work with, letting us know what shots worked best and what didn't. We had a great time, the photos turned out absolutely beautiful and we look forward to getting more family photos done by her.
Photos de maternité - Josyanne J'ai travaillé avec Melissa pour mes photos de maternité. Elle a su écouter nos besoin et désire tout en nous mettant à l'aise et confortable. Elle nous a très bien guidé dans le choix des poses et nous avons eu une grande qualité et variété de photos. Il n'y a pas de doute elle est très talentueuse! Elle est déjà réservé pour nos photos de nouveaux né!
Engagement Photos - Maryse Melissa was awesome before, during and after our engagement shoot. We had a great time being silly and she captured those moments and well as the "real" moments beautifully. My fiancé was uncomfortable posing but Mel made everything easy and fun. She worked with us and our style. We will definitely recommend her to our friends and family for any type of photos!

Recent Blog Posts

~*~ A fall affair, with Sophie and Tim ~*~ Ottawa Wedding

Sophie and Tim were married on October 6, 2018, at the Marshes Golf course, in Kanata. It was a beautiful fall day, and the rain held off for the entire event. Because Sophie and Tim were married in the late afternoon, they opted to do their photos before the ceremony. Brookstreet Hotel and the Marshes

~*~ Gen and Maggie get Married! ~*~ Backyard wedding in Compton

À la fin de l’été, j’ai eu l’incroyable opportunité de photographier le mariage magnifique de Gen et Maggie dans leur cour arrière. J’ai photographié quelques mariages à l’extérieur, et tous ont été spectaculaires. La quantité de travail que la famille et les amis voué à cette journée mémorable, me surprend toujours. Celui-ci n’était pas différent,

Karley and Ryan Get Married! ~Strathmere Garden House Wedding

Last week, Karley and Ryan were married at the Strathemere Garden House. Their wedding was a sweet and simple occasion, surrounded by friends and family. Their easy-going and fun-loving personality showed through the entire day. Here are a few of my favourite images!

Rebecca & Kellen ~ September 30, 2017 ~ Kinston Ontario

On September 30th, Rebecca and Kellen were married at the Renaissance Event Venue in Kingston, Ontario. It was a beautiful day, surrounded by beautiful and loving family and friends. This stunning event location provided an amazing backdrop for the couple to celebrate their special day. Tears of joy and lots of laughter were among the

Chateau Laurier Wedding ~*~ Elisa & Andrew ~*~ Ottawa Wedding Photography

Elisa and Andrew contacted me to shoot their wedding after I had the pleasure of photographing Andrew and his Mom for one of my “Mom and Me” Sessions (I love when adult children take photos with their parents!!). A month or so later, I met up with Andrew and his lovely fiance Elisa for a

Strathmere Wedding ~*~ Emily & Jesse ~*~ Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Emily and Jesse were married June 2017 at the Strathmere Lodge in Ottawa’s south end. With a beautiful country atmosphere, this wedding was a perfect combination of Emily’s city girl personality and Jesse’s laid back country style. Their two adorable girls were the beautiful flower girls, and their nephew the handsome little ring bearer. The

Stephanie & Alex ~ Richmond Backyard Wedding | Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Stephanie and Alex contacted me last year to photograph their wedding, and I couldn’t be happier that they did! With all the wet and rain that Ottawa has been getting this spring and summer, their day had nothing but heat and beautiful sunshine. Stephanie and Alex were married in Richmond, Ontario. Their ceremony and reception

~*~ Michelle and Nick ~*~ Cedarhill Golf & Country Club

Nick and Michelle were married and Cedarhill Golf and Country club on June 10th in Ottawa Ontario. This beautiful outdoor wedding was on a perfect day in a perfect setting. Nick and Michelle had a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by friends and loved ones, followed by a party to remember. Here are some of the highlights

~*~ Robert and Elisabeth ~*~ A stunning spring day

Robert and Elisabeth were married on May 27th and the Rideau Tennis Club in Ottawa.   Here are some of the beautiful captures of their day Venue: RA Tennis ClubDJ: Quality EntertainmentCake: Top of the Hill BakeryDress: David’s BridalFlorist: Ottawa FlowersGroom and Groomsmen Attire: MooresPhotography: Bella Photography Ottawa

~*~ Sonia and Adam ~*~ Ottawa Winter Wonderland Wedding

Sonia and Adam were married on February 4th at the RA Center in Ottawa. Photos were done before the wedding at the University of Ottawa’s Tabaret Hall. These two are some of the most fun-loving people I have met over the course of my photography career and their personality really shines through in their photos.

~*~ Jen and Alain ~*~ A wedding at Side Door Resturant.

Jen and Alain were married at Side Door restaurant downtown Ottawa on August 13, 2016. Despite the rain coming down all day, they made the absolute best of it and were even able to have a little fun with the photos. Here are some highlights from their day:

~*~ Maryse and Russ ~*~ A wedding in Mexico!

Russell and Maryse were married at on December 1, 2015, at the Occidental at Xcaret in Mexico. Despite the intense heat, their day was absolutely beautiful surrounded by many loving friends and family. They had a lovely ceremony with the ocean as their backdrop, followed by a reception outside. This wedding is close to my

~*~ Daniele and Leo ~*~ A beautiful summer wedding at Strathmere in Ottawa

Leo and Daniele were married on August 16, 2015. Their beautiful day started with a lovely ceremony at the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral in Centertown Ottawa, followed by a reception at Strathmere’s garden house in south Ottawa. Here are some of the photos of their day.

Photography Pricing

Wedding – The Platinum

  • 10 hours coverage
  • 45 minute Engagement session included
  • 2nd shooter (6 hours)
  • Online Gallery
  • Professional Image Editing
  • Additional Add-ons available

Wedding – The Diamond

  • 8 hours coverage
  • 16x20 Floatmount print
  • Online Gallery
  • Professional Image Editing
  • Additional Add-ons available

Wedding – The Sapphire

  • 6 hours coverage
  • 45 minute Engagement session included
  • Online Gallery
  • Professional Image Editing
  • Additional Add-ons available

Wedding – The Emerald

  • 4 hours coverage
  • Online Gallery
  • Professional Image Editing
  • Additional Add-ons available

Portrait – The Classic

  • 45 minute session
  • 10 digital images
  • Professional image editing
  • Online gallary

Portrait -The Delux

  • 90 minute session
  • 30 digital images
  • Professional image editing
  • Online gallary

Fun Facts

Years in Business
Client Sessions
Dogs I own

My Team

Me and the family that supports me

Melissa Owner/Photogrpaher

Mom of two humans and two furbabies, photographer, government worker, wife. Fulfilling my passion in my free time - taking your photos is part of what makes me happy!

A Child portrait of a little girl sitting down with her elbows on her knees and her hands folded under her chin
Alexa Kid #2

Loving and artistic, never one to shy away from any opportunity to be in the spotlight. Always willing to help me with any idea I may have!

Strong Willed
Image of a boy standing at an angel with his arms crossed smiling at the camera
Adrien Kid #1

Reluctant to model for me, but will suck it up to make his mom happy. Great kid with a big heart.

A Man sits with a dog on his lap, they are both looking at the camera. Pet Portrait Captured by Bella Photography Ottawa
Phil Loving boyfriend

10 years in and he still supports my crazy antics!


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