Raleigh Newborn Photographer – Baby Charlotte

Meet baby girl Charlotte!  She was such a sweet little thing for her newborn session last week at my Raleigh studio!  She was adorable and such a perfect little poser for me.  Her parents were incredibly nice and I just love the family portion of the session.  I know they will cherish and treasure these images forever!

I was so happy to incorporate some of the things I learned at my recent educational workshop for newborn photography.  One of my favorite styles of photography is macro, where you can get really close up on all of those sweet details of a newborn – eyes, lips, fingers and toes!  I am currently only accepting maternity and newborn sessions while I revamp, refresh and update my business.  I think it’s long overdue!  ;)  Get ready for a slightly new look, new pricing and new policies.  I will also be working on re-organizing my studio (which also means destashing some things that I never use or need to go!) and updating my styling selections.

 

Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer
Raleigh Newborn Photographer

Raleigh Newborn Photographer, Melissa Berg, has tons of experience handling and photographing newborn babies with their families.  If you would like a session with Melissa, please fill out the contact form in the main menu.  I look forward to hearing all about your growing family!

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Jennifer Wilcox - Love those macro shoots!

Eden - Beautiful! Love the details of baby…so sweet and ever fleeting.

Jennifer Snook - Beautiful Melissa. I love those close up shots!!!

jennifermauren - such a BEAUTIFUL session!

Raleigh Newborn Photographer – Erin Elizabeth Workshop, 2015

I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged but I am so happy to be back!!!  Life has been SUPER busy.  Grayson is 1 next weekend and Dylan will be going into Kindergarten this year, so I plan on spending more time on photography.  In order to do that, I felt like I needed to get re-inspired and invested in an amazing workshop offered by Erin Elizabeth Photography located out of Perth, Australia.  She came to the US this week and I could NOT pass up the opportunity to meet Erin.  We have been in photography groups together for years and I’ve always admired her work, so learning from her was just incredible!  I felt like a learned a ton and it was definitely money well spent on my education as a professional photographer.

All of these babies are NOT clients of mine and were posed by Erin herself.  Erin trained me on lighting, posing, angles, macro photography (which I’ve been dying to learn from her!), setups, editing, workflow and business.  Erin runs an extremely successful home studio in Australia and I cannot wait to apply what I have learned as a Raleigh newborn photographer!!  Erin and I are different in that she shoots natural light and I shoot with studio lighting, but these images and lighting are easily applied to studio lighting since a window is essentially a big soft box. ;)  I am so excited to share my workshop images with you.  Erin was amazing at teaching angles and constructive criticism on how to do it better and see her vision and what she looks for when photographing babies.  So in love with these images and I hope you love them too!  I will definitely be mixing my style with the style of these images shown so I thought they were important to share. :)  Disclaimer that these images were not taken in my studio and are not my props – though I do have some of the items pictured.  Workshop was held at a hosting studio out of state.

Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography

Melissa Berg is one of Raleigh’s BEST Newborn Photographers and has her own dedicated home studio with everything you’ll need for your newborn session.  Use the contact form on this website to inquire about available dates.

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Raleigh Maternity Photographer | Caitlyn – 37 Weeks!

Caitlyn was so gorgeous at 37 weeks for her maternity photo shoot last year!  I just saw a recent photo of baby Jack, who is now 9 months and has grown into such a cutie (not that he was ever NOT cute!!) ;).  Caitlyn and John were such an amazing couple to work with during their maternity session.  I remember vividly their excitement and joy about their upcoming arrival.  When they posed together you could tell just how in love they are with each other and their new baby bundle.  I can’t believe 9 months of their pregnancy and 9 months of Jack’s sweet life have passed by already!!!  I am so happy for them that they have these beautiful pictures to remember these sweet moments.  You don’t get this back!!  Thank you so much to Caitlyn and John for trusting me with their memories and referring me to their friends!!!  I truly enjoyed working with them and I hope to see baby Jack again in the near future!

Raleigh Maternity Photographer
Raleigh Maternity Photographer
Raleigh Maternity Photographer
Raleigh Maternity Photographer
Raleigh Maternity Photographer
Raleigh Maternity Photographer

Looking for a Raleigh Maternity Photographer?  Melissa Berg is the area’s top studio maternity photographer and boasts a spacious home studio space and maternity wardrobe for client use!  Book a session with Melissa today and come see just how fun having maternity photos taken can be!!  Melissa’s signature style is highly sought after and only Melissa can consistently create these type of gorgeous maternity images with her personal style.

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Raleigh Newborn Photographer | Baby Graham 7 Days

I’m doing my best to try and blog but boy is it much harder with a 2 month old!  I have put all of my focus on shooting, editing and ordering for my clients and I’m happy to say that my lead times are shorter than they were BEFORE baby which was a goal of mine.  Under 2 weeks is what I’m shooting for but sometimes images can take up to 3 weeks to be completed, uploaded, gallery prepared and announcements designed.  WHEW!

Sweet baby Graham was 4 weeks early and such a cute little peanut!  After our session, I went downstairs to nurse my little one (who was maybe 8 weeks at the time) and boy did he look HUGE to me!!  It is so amazing how quickly babies grow.  Baby Graham also has an almost 2 year old big brother, so his parents added on a sibling mini session a few days after his newborn session to capture the two of them together as well as a complete family of 4. :)  Graham was such a sleepy little guy for BOTH sessions and posed with ease.  He was soooo sweet and smiled a ton for the camera on both days. ;)

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Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography
Raleigh Newborn Photography

Looking for a Raleigh Newborn Photographer in NC?  Melissa is accepting Fall due dates through 2015!!  Make sure to get on her calendar early as dates can fill up quickly and are available on a limited basis to ensure the best customer service to her clients.

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Meghan Rickard - Wow, for four weeks early, he sure does have quite a bit of hair!! LOVE the family photo!

Angela - The little smiles are to die for!! Great work!

Jennifer Wilcox - I love how sharp you images are while still be so rich and creamy. Perfection.

Eden - So much variety of gorgeous images to choose from!

Amber - THAT HAIR!! He is absolutely precious and I think my favorite is the close up of his face and he has the sweetest smile :)

jennifermauren - You got a crazy amount of variety here! What a fabulous session for them!

Anna Kolebuk - I really love your photos. You’re doing a great job, keep it up! Greetings from Poland.

Raleigh Durham Newborn Photographer | Baby Isaac – 3 Weeks

What a cutie!!!  Baby Isaac was three weeks old at his session and typically at 3 weeks I tell my clients just to be prepared for awake shots, wrapped shots and more family photos vs posed just in case.  Usually it never resorts to “just” those types of images and more than half sleep like a regular newborn without any hiccups.  But, each baby is unique and different…and Isaac was WIDE awake and finishing a feeding when he got to the studio this morning at 9am.  I always try to “figure babies out”.  What makes them happy, soothed, why they are doing what they’re doing if they’re unhappy, etc?  I give very specific instructions for the morning of the session that include keeping the baby awake for at least an hour (up to two) before the session (giving a sponge bath helps to keep them alert).  This gives them their awake period and we hope for them to be ready for a nice long nap after that.

For about an hour and a half this morning (you read that right!) Baby Isaac and I rocked and cuddled, he slowly drank his bottle of breast milk that mom had brought…we had warm room, blasting white noise…nothing out of the ordinary for any of my newborn sessions.  He stared contently at me the whole time, never cried… just WIDE. AWAKE.  I always have a plan in mind when things like this happen.  What’s going to be my next move to lull this baby to sleep?  At about 10am, I started panicking….well not panicking but just wondering if he was going to EVER fall asleep.  I always ask mom and dad about what’s “normal” for baby at home and Isaac’s mom and dad said he is usually very sleepy in the mornings.  Could I have just been lucky and caught the beginning of his 3 week growth spurt?  hehe.

He looks so BIG to me in this photo….he was 9lbs 4oz at birth but definitely a chunkster for 3 weeks. ;)  So as I’m going through in my head what my next move is going to be, I have mom pick out a few wraps and hats that she likes from my large collection (I have a huge shopping problem) and the plan was to put a diaper on, wrap him up, give a paci and rock him to sleep that way…if that didn’t work, we’d see if directly nursing was going to do the trick for him.  Pumping and bottle feeding was fairly new for baby Isaac and it seemed like maybe he was just having some difficulty with it.   At this point, I asked mom for a paci which Isaac doesn’t typically use yet but when mom pulled hers out, I realized it was a thermometer pacifier (which I had actually never seen before)…good thing I keep some really great ones for newborns on hand in case my clients forget theirs or the one they have isn’t working or is designed in a way that will leave temporary marks on the skin (making editing a longer and more difficult process).  I always tell them to try mine out and many clients end up buying more of the kind I have at the store bc they are soft and babies can hold on to them a little better than other types.  After getting used to it, the paci was a great tool for our session…again, not something I usually have to resort to.  The good thing is that I typically have to only use it for a few minutes for comfort and take it right out.  Isaac needing the comfort of sucking (he was completely full and was not interested in the rest of his bottle).

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While wrapped, baby Isaac was in and out of a light sleep…not enough that I could move him, but I was able to slowly unwrap him and finally I saw those eye lids flutter and I knew it would be soon where he would get into that nice deep newborn sleep that enables me to pose them without waking.  I was so proud of baby Isaac for finally succumbing to the sleep that he needs (and I needed to do my job!) ;).  I had to go back and look at the time stamps on my camera to see how quickly I worked going from pose to pose in order to complete the gallery.  By 10:30am I hadn’t taken a SINGLE image.  Well maybe one or two test shots when I tried to see if he’d fall asleep ON the beanbag. ;)  I finally started getting some wrapped shots where he fell asleep for a few moments.  From the first pose of my signature style to the last it was literally 10 minutes of baby posing ninja style.  I was fast!!  But you can see here how sleepy and peaceful Isaac was once I figured out what he needed.  We did get some beautiful opened eye shots and some wrapped shots as well but I’m so glad I was able to go through some signature poses really quick so that my clients have the typical amount of variety for their gallery.

The session ended right on time at 11:30 and was finished off with their family portraits.  Their two boys are older (8 and 12) so we added them to this particular session.  I have toddlers and smaller children come on a separate day since they usually have a shorter attention span and need more coaxing to pose with baby and there is just not enough time – plus it takes the pressure off and lets the newborn session focus on baby only and during the sibling mini session we can focus on those cherished sibling portraits and get it done right and not rushed. ;)

Are you searching for a Raleigh Durham Newborn Photographer?  Melissa Berg is the area’s most experienced newborn baby photographer and welcomes clients into her Raleigh home studio located near RDU airport.  Contact her today for a session!!

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Amber - He’s soooo cute! 3 weeks can be quite difficult but you make it look easy! ;)

Meghan Rickard - Check out that ‘little’ man’s hair! :) Awake babies are fun, but we know Momma wants to see the curled up, sleepy baby shots.

Angela - So precious! Love the simplicity!

Heather Woodward - So adorable!

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