An Early Surprise

newborn Photography Alexandria Va

Newborn Photography Alexandria Va

I always get asked what happens if the baby comes early? No worries I tell them, I only take on a limited number of sessions a month so I have room to adjust their date if they get an early surprise like Megan and Chris did.

Having had an early surprise myself this year with our daughter coming 4 weeks early I know how stressful it is trying to suddenly get everything ready when you thought you still had weeks to go! I found getting that month of extra snuggles helped relieve the stress.

I do highly recommend finding newborn photography in Alexandria Va early. You don’t want to be rushed to find someone with a style you like and that you can trust with your baby. I recommend getting on your favorite newborn photographers books around your 6th month. That way you can be sure to secure them before they book up. Plus if you want to do maternity photos we like to shoot those when you are 32-36 weeks.

Pets & Newborn Sessions

Megan and Chris were super sweet and their nursery was adorable which you know I’m a sucker for! I loved that were were able to include their super sweet pup who has his own Instagram account!!! Check out @Teddyvangrams for adorable Goldendoodle photos. I’ve had quite a few clients with Goldendoodles and I have to say they are winning me over. The shedding thing is a big plus considering our Golden Retriever Sam leaves behind extra dogs worth of fur every week!

It’s always fun including pups in my newborn sessions. Depending on the age and temperment of the dog we might put the baby near them with mom and dad right outside of my frame. Or if they are just too excited we incorporate them in other ways. I love the simple images of them just hanging out in the nursery at mom or dad’s feet!

So if you are looking for In-home Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Alexandria Va I hope these images are exactly what you are imaging for your newborn session! Contact me today to get more details!

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Newborn Photography Alexandria Va

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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!

Areas I serve

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


Maternity and Newborn Photography

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


based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia