Strawberry Blonde | Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions

Strawberry Blonde | Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

As a newborn photographer baby fever is just one of the hazards of the job. You just can’t help it! Being a boy mom it is the little girls that get me every time and this little darling with her red hair just stole my heart.

Carrot Tops and Blue-Eyed Blondes

I always dreamed of a blue-eyed red-headed little girl of my own. Instead, I got a blue-eyed blonde and a carrot top like the Lonestar song “My Front Porch Looking In”! Sidenote: that song makes me cry because my hubby once told me that song is his life! Actually, this little girl’s dad could say the same thing since her sister is a blue-eyed blonde! Keep reading and you’ll get to meet her too!


I love doing casual, relaxed lifestyle sessions in my client’s homes because I get to see their adorable nurseries and everyone is more at ease. Plus when it comes to siblings it is much easier to distract them in another room with their own toys! A lot of times not everyone is ready which is totally normal and totally fine.

My Process

I love to start with nursery detail photos and then move onto baby alone images! This gives Mom some extra time to get ready without feeling rushed. I’ll snag Dad and any siblings to add them to some photos and get a good variety. Then once Mom is ready we can get some beautiful family photos! After that I let Dad and siblings go off to play and I get to spend some time with just Mom and baby.

My goal is to capture the new relationships that have formed! Everything from a strong new Dad who has someone to protect to a caring new Mom who will be there always to hold them tight. Plus I love the silliness and laughter that comes from a new Big Brother or Sister! They are always so proud! This little girl has the best big sister and I know the two of them are going to be best friends!

How adorable is this nursery?!?!? I love all the little touches and of course the pink accents!

The sweetest family right here! I’m so happy for them!

I love how protective Big Sis is! I think both these girls will be fierce!

Those baby toes make me want to nibble on them!

Such a gorgeous mama! She just glows with that little one in her arms!

I love seeing tiny baby heads in Dad’s big hands!

Kisses! Kisses!

The calmest most chilled out baby right there!

Someday they will look back and think I can’t believe she was that small!

I hope this little guy goes off to college with her someday!

*I get it, planning what to wear for your maternity or newborn session can be overwhelming! What is going to look good on camera, how do I dress my baby bump, how do I dress my post-baby body? The worst is how do I coordinate my hubby, kids and me so we look stylish and not like a family from!?!? Don’t worry I’ve got you covered with tips, tricks and done for you outfit planning! Just click the link below to get your FREE ebook and get inspired!

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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! Ready to chat about your photography needs - just click here!

xoxo, Melissa Arlena

diyer, sailor, mother, dog lover, military wife


based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia

540.307.0233 • [email protected]