01.

Let's Chat

It all starts by getting to know each other through email or a phone chat! My clients want more than just pretty photos, they want someone who makes them feel comfortable despite their baby body and who has experience handling newborns. By the end of our session I'm like an old family friend!

02.

Review Pricing

Once you inquire I will send you a link to download my Dream Session Planner that includes tips & advice on what to wear and how to prepare. Plus you can review the products & collections I offer. Please be sure all decision-makers are involved so everyone is comfortable with booking me!

03.

Save the Date

Pop the champagne & cue the confetti!! We are a match made in heaven! Now it's time to secure your date on my calendar. I typically book portrait sessions 4-6 weeks in advance, with newborns taking place 10 days after birth. I'll send over a custom online booking quote where you can choose your collection and pay the retainer.

04.

Review Tips

Be sure to review the Dream Session Planner for tips on preparing for the perfect session. It includes ideas on what to wear for everyone so you look stylish and coordinated. Right before your session I'll send out last minute tips on preparing your home and your baby for a smooth session.

05.

Your Session

I like to make it easy on my clients so I will come to you! Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in your home typically in the nursery, living room and master bedroom depending on the light. Most sessions are usually an hour long and our focus is on your new little family. Your job is to stare adoringly at this little person you made and my job is to capture it!

06.

Gallery & Album

Prepare yourself for tears! I have yet to have a client that didn't tear up over photos of her new baby. You'll recieve an online gallery that you can share with friends and family. I always recommend clients purchase a Baby Album and an Heirloom Box of prints so in 5 years you can snuggle on the couch with your "baby" and remember how small they once were!

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Love Notes
Taylor & Conor

"I want another life event to happen just so she can photograph it! :) "

Let me start out by saying that Melissa is an absolute joy to work with and she clearly goes above and beyond for her clients. We hired her for a maternity session with some fairly specific images in mind that greatly depended on the location and weather. After viewing her portfolio, I knew that even if we couldn't get those exact shots, her work would still be beautiful. Not only did she research locations and take time to scout them out, she produced images more amazing than I ever dreamed (and worlds better than my example photos)!

The best part was how she guided us through the whole session to create seemingly candid photos and still made sure my big belly and I were comfortable the whole time. We loved her and how she captured that special time in our lives so much that we hired her as a newborn photographer too!

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Meredith & Ben

"We loved working with Melissa and would recommend her to anyone!"

Melissa came through in a pinch for us when we needed to book her last minute. Our photo shoot with her was very relaxed and laid back which was a nice change of pace after a week in the NICU with our little one.

The majority of our time was spent doting over the baby while Melissa caught all the right natural moments in just the right light. Looking back at the photos, I'm so glad we were able to capture those very early days when he was still so tiny.

They grow so fast and those moments are so fleeting. We also loved that we were able to include our dog, our first "baby", in the photos to make those family images complete. We loved working with Melissa and would recommend her to anyone!

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The Allen Family

"When I look at the photos I'm so happy and know these will last a lifetime "

I loved our photo shoot with Melissa, she made us feel at ease. We have a rambunctious 4 year old and never imagined getting any good shots with him but she was able to calm him and make him laugh at the right moments.

When I look at the photos I'm so happy and know these will last a lifetime. They will hang in our home forever, only problem is there are too many favorites!

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The Robinson Family

"I can't wait to book her again "

Melissa is AMAZING! She's done both my maternity, and newborn sessions for my precious baby girl. I will be using her again whenever we decide to add on to our family or want any family portraits done.

Not only is she wonderfully warm and funny, but she made us feel so comfortable during our sessions. The best part of my maternity session was that, even though she was 8.5 months pregnant, she wasn't afraid to jump on the ottoman to get some different angles. She was also ready to brave the freezing cold, to get some outside shots that I wanted to do.

The best part of the newborn session was how patient she was with all of us. Having a 5 day old baby is scary enough, and she made us feel so comfortable and let me have time to take a feeding break. She takes the time to make sure everyone is comfortable, and then gets incredible shots. We've had such a great time getting to know her, and I would recommend her to anyone, whether they're looking for family portraits, newborn session, or maternity session. I can't wait to book her again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time of day will my session be?

With maternity sessions, we typically shoot in late afternoon/early evening so we get that beautiful glowy sunset light!

For newborn sessions, I find babies are better in the morning when everyone is fresh so those are scheduled around 10 am.

What happens if the baby gets fussy or hungry during our session?

I’m a mom of two boys myself and I totally understand that babies need breaks.

 

I’m happy to take breaks as needed for top offs to make baby happy.

 

A warm full belly is usually all we need to get those adorable sleepy photos!

Do you use props or sets at your sessions?

My newborn photos are natural and organic images of your baby.

 

I like to keep things very simple and clean so I don’t provide any sets or props.

 

I’m thrilled to include things like family heirlooms such as a baby blanket or special stuffed animal in the photos though.

 

Plus if you have a little girl I’m a total sucker for a beautiful headband!

When do you typically photograph newborns?

I like to schedule our newborn session when your baby is around 10 days old.

 

Ideally anywhere from 7-14 is preferred. I definitely understand that some parents can’t schedule for that time frame especially if they have dealt with a NICU stay.

 

So please don’t worry and know no matter how old your baby is we can create some beautiful photos for you!

What can we do with the digital images included in our collection?

All of my collections include a certain number of digital files and a print release.

 

This means that you can post them on Facebook or Instagram, share them through email to family and print them wherever you please in whatever size you please.

 

Keep in mind though that when ordering prints through me you will be getting quality prints that match your files exactly.

 

If you print elsewhere on your own I cannot guarantee they will be correct.

Do you shoot digital or film?

Both! I’ve been in love with film photography since high school and if the lighting is right I love to photograph new babies on film.

So your online gallery will include film and digital images!

When will I see my photos?

I love to get a quick sneak peek to my clients within 48 hours because I know how excited they are!

The full gallery is ready within 4 weeks due to the time it takes for me to have the film developed and scanned.

Are parents and siblings included in the photos?

Of course! My goal is to capture your new family not just your baby.

We will work together to get adorable sibling photos and know that yes it may take bribes but that is ok!

We stuffed Vanilla Wafers around my youngest to get my oldest to interact with him during our newborn session.

You gotta do what you gotta do!