Hi! I'm Melissa, and I am unnaturally in love with toast. If I am not at a spin class or playing Scrabble, you can find me chilling out to Fleetwood Mac or reading a book. Cabernet Sauvignon is my love language. I have always had a crush on Robert Downey Jr and weirdly enough my husband kinda looks like him. I am passionate about fitness, chocolate, and going to every broadway show I possibly can before I die. I will wear lipstick into my 90's.
I have two super spunky and hilarious little girls who keep me on my toes and a truly beautiful marriage to a really cool guy who treats me like a real life goddess.

I have been pouring my heart into this little business of mine, photographing weddings and other beautiful life stories since 2009. 
I am based in Winnipeg MB although I travel basically anywhere and especially love heading out west to the mountains at least once a year to shoot! 

My clients are laid back humans who go with the flow, are in the moment, and value people, relationships, and authenticity. They aren't afraid to get their dresses and suits a wee bit dirty, make out together in the woods, or show their hearts. They may also want to have a beer with me.

Hey, I'm Melissa Johnstone.

My Clients

Dwayne Larson

Associate Photographer


Having an awesome associate means we can serve more clients, and let's be honest, working on a team can be more fun!! Sugar + Soul associates are chosen for their experience, abilities, style and consistency. I still do all the editing and client relations so that the images all have the same Sugar + Soul "look", and image turnaround times remain fast! With associates, I can bring the same awesome service to more people!

Learn more about Dwayne and see his work here

I'm always so impressed at the moments she captures (she's done 3 mat and 3 newborn sessions with us). She's professional, great with kids, great with not-so-keen-on-being-photographed partners and is such a pleasure to work with. I could not recommend highly enough!

Melissa is amazing at what she does.

Mel is responsive, personable, and delivers amazing photos in a timely manner. Both myself and my husband felt very comfortable with her. She made us feel good during the photo shoot, and her cues made us laugh continuously!

Sugar & Soul is a dream to work with!

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