Category Archives: Newborn Tips

Where to Find Cute Maternity Clothes Alexandria Va

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. you can still look cute and stylish in maternity clothes! Not only that but they can be so comfortable you don’t want to give them up! I still fondly remember this cream open front maternity cardigan I had, I only passed it along because I...

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3 Ways to Get Your Toddler Excited for Photos | Stafford Photographers

We’ve all been there before, you’ve done all your prep work booking your favorite photographer, coordinating everyone’s outfits and hello, birthing an adorable baby! The newborn session rolls around and BAM your toddler wants nothing to do with you let alone their new sibling! Stafford photographers like myself have seen this happen a million times....

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How to Use a Baby Schedule So You Can Get Some Sleep

I can remember it like it was yesterday, I thought to myself I CAN’T go one more night on just 2-hour increments of sleep. I literally will not survive!!!! I had been a new mom for about 3 months and in that time frame could count on one hand the number of times I got...

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How to Prepare for a Lifestyle Newborn Photoshoot

How to Prepare for a Lifestyle Photoshoot Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been introducing you to what is lifestyle newborn photography. We talked about the difference between posed sessions and lifestyle sessions and why I love a relaxed lifestyle photoshoot. Since lifestyle photos are all about being relaxed at home you probably are wondering...

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Why Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

Last week I introduced you to what Lifestyle Newborn Photography is and now I’m going to talk about my Why! I remember it like it was yesterday, I was a new newborn photographer in Fredericksburg Va. I pulled up to my clients home, opened the tailgate of my SUV and it was filled to the...

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I'm Melissa

Welcome to my blog! I'm Melissa Arlena a Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Sit back, relax and check out my latest work along with tips and advice for preparing for your maternity or newborn session. I'm so excited you are here!

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DC, Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, Lorton, Woodbridge, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania & Richmond area.

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I'm a Virginia born and raised photographer, DIYer, and educator sharing life, love and all my latest projects with you!

xoxo, Melissa Arlena

diyer, sailor, mother, dog lover, military wife

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based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia

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