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Hey there, I am Melissa Arlena, a Virginia native who just moved to the land of her favorite Golden Girls to be a Miami newborn photographer serving South Florida.


I’m a military wife, Marine Corp to be exact, and mom to three littles, Will, Rob & Grace! I love DIY and interior design and when I'm not behind my camera I'm probably planning or doing some kind of home renovation project.


Keep scrolling to learn more about me!


xo, Melissa

415kPhotos Taken
325Beautiful Portraits
175Newborns Snuggled
100%Loving My Job

• Get to know melissa •

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My dream super power:


My spirit animal is a:


ⓐ Tiger

ⓑ Monkey

◉ Dorothy Zbornak

My favorite meal is:

Anything with pasta

My favorite podcast is:

My Favorite Murder

My dream vacation is:


◉ Somewhere tropical

ⓑ Cityscape & skylines

ⓒ Deep in the mountains

Can't live without:

my family

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Currently binging:

The Walking Dead

My favorite movie is:


ⓐ Long Shot

◉ The Princess Bride

ⓒ Life As We Know It

My ideal Saturday morning:

Mimosas on the docks

Fredericksburg Newborn Photographer

Most recent book I read:

Profit First

Our Sailing Life

When I’m not busy photographing adorable newborns you can catch me sailing on our 40′ sailboat Apogee with my handsome husband David, and our crazy kiddos.


We have brought each one of them onto the boat as babies so they have been sailing all their lives. Now the boys are getting old enough to start helping out a bit and they love it! Grace would spend all her time with her feet hanging off the boat (tethered of course) if we let her.


Sailing was something we just kind of fell into and here we are 12 years and 3 boats later spending our summer vacations cruising for weeks on end!

Melissa Arlena is an award winning South Florida newborn photographer. She recently earned her Master Newborn & Maternity Photographer Certification from the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. Melissa offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style.


Melissa serves Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties including:

Boca Raton | Cooper City | Coral Gables | Fort Lauderdale | Hollywood | Jupiter | Key Biscayne | Miami Shores | Palm Beach | Palmetto Bay | Parkland | Pembroke Pines | Pinecrest | Southwest Ranches | Weston and more


Melissa Arlena Photography captures newborns, maternity, and families.

Boca Raton, Miami & South Florida