Melissa Mae

BFA Nmed, Dipl.Arch.Tech.

Melissa Deang is an Architectural Technologies graduate, currently working to encourage green building. Though Melissa is employed in the architectural field, she is also a musician, artist, photographer, and teacher.

Melissa was raised in north Calgary and decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts after completing high school. Upon graduating from the University of Lethbridge in October 2008, Melissa let her passions for photography, music, and blogging guide her career path—and she quickly developed her own personal aesthetic and professional portfolio. She then decided to pursue her architectural interests and enrolled in the Architectural Technologies program.

Melissa worked as a studio/portrait photographer for more than a year before starting her successful freelance photography business. From weddings, to family portraits, to Calgary’s famous White Hat Awards ceremony in 2011—Melissa has shot many unique events, personalities, and places in her young career. She continues to capture amazing images and create lasting keepsakes for a growing list of clients.

Being a dedicated, life-long learner herself, Melissa has found great joy in teaching children and young adults to play piano for the past six years. Melissa’s warm personality and two decades of experience playing piano (including her participation in many piano competitions) have made her teaching style as effective as it is affable. As a loving aunt and true child-at-heart, Melissa is able to create a learning environment young people respond to. As she works towards her associate teaching degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Melissa continually discovers new methods for inspiring and motivating her students by relating her own learning experiences into her lesson plans.

During her free time, Melissa (or “Missa”, and sometimes “Missy”, as she is known to her friends and family) enjoys studying architecture, painting, cooking, going out on the next big adventure with her niece, blogging, and of course, taking pictures and playing the piano.

circa 2007

This website has been many things over the years from a travel blog, to a portfolio. This year I am making it a place that I will frequently update – an online collection of work and journals that feature lifestyle, collaborations, and the result of having more hobbies & interests than I can manage.

All work, images and posts are made by me unless otherwise stated.

Copyright © 2016 Melissa Deang, all rights reserved


Teach, Play, Compose, Listen


Fine Art, Portrait, Documentary.

Architectural Technologies

Draft, Model, LEED, Learn.


Graphic Design, Paint, Craft, Write.

Culinary Art

Cook, Bake, Eat, Eat, Eat.

Hire Me

Accepting small freelance jobs.Please inquire for availability.

Portrait Session

$250per session

Lifestyle Portraits
1.5 hour photo session
Family Portraits (up to 4 people)

Digital images and prints are purchased at an additional price


Piano Lessons

$30per half hour

Beginner to Intermediate
RCM Exam Prep
All Ages
NW Calgary

Not accepting new students for the 2016-2017 school year.


Graphic Design

$75per hour

For Print
For Web
Photo Editing

Projects will be accepted depending on availability