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!

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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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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!

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!

Raleigh Durham Maternity Photographer | Sarah 31 Weeks Pregnant

Sarah is absolutely stunning in her maternity portraits taken at my Raleigh home studio last year.  She gave birth to a baby girl named Lilllian in November 2013, whose newborn session I also got the pleasure of photographing.  Sarah is a nursing friend of mine which makes these sessions so extra special.  I was so flattered when she asked me to capture her pregnancy portraits.  Her and her husband Mike were such a pleasure in the studio.  Every single maternity session I run includes lots of laughter, but imagine when you’re photographing a friend!!  It was a ton of fun and very relaxed.  Since Sarah and I are both nurses, we’ve seen everything under the sun (oh believe it!) so a little semi implied nudity was nothing for us. ;)

I simply love the lace dress that we got to use during her session (and later on I ended up wearing it myself for my own maternity session!).  It accentuates those gorgeous baby bumps so well while remaining delicate and classic.  In fact, since her session I have added a bunch of new maternity garments to my collection.  Simple white and white will always be my favorite for maternity though and I start every session out that way.  I also have a new lens for the studio that will allow me to more easily get full body shots, which is something I want to focus on more for my maternity sessions.

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Looking for a Raleigh Durham Maternity Photographer?  Melissa specializes in beautiful maternity sessions in her Raleigh studio.  Contact her today to capture your own gorgeous pregnancy portraits!!  Don’t let this time pass you by!  It is so important to capture the beauty of mom. <3

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Jennifer Wilcox - What a beautiful mom. She will cherish these portraits.

claudia aguilar - Simply stunning :)

Anya Wait - Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful mama!

Amber - Wow! She is one stunning mom!

Meghan Rickard - She’s got a perfect baby belly and she looks so happy!!

Angela - That light is just beautiful!

Heather Woodward - Lovely!

Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer | Addison 1 Year

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this adorable little girl!  I need to make sure once I’m all caught up that I KEEP it up for the rest of 2014!!  Little Addison was such a great little subject in my Raleigh baby studio last year.  She was able to fit into my adorable soft frilly dress that I keep on hand for little girls. ;)  So beautiful on her!  I also got to use my beautiful distressed cream baby bed during her session.  I loved that I was able to capture her standing (a big milestone!) with my props, even though she didn’t need much help!  I always say it’s easier when babies aren’t yet walking for their cake smash sessions…it makes for less mess and less chasing around!  My seamless paper is pretty big but a few Melissa Berg Photography babies have been known to scamper off with their cake filled hands. ;)  I typically have two caregivers at these sessions when babies are walking (or even crawling fast!)…it’s too easy for them to get away from ya! hehe.

Addison’s session shows a perfect example of what to wear during a cake smash.  Her mom put her in a simple but colorful pink cloth diaper.  While I sometimes love the simplicity of baby in a white diaper (or even bum naked), cake smashes are meant to be fun and colorful!  Since her session (and I wish I had it then!) I’ve invested in some more colorful paper backdrops – including a nice bright pink for cake smash photos!  I can’t wait to hopefully use it this summer!

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Looking for a Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer?  Melissa Berg is Raleigh’s best studio photographer and welcomes babies 1 year of age into her studio for a super fun cake smash session!  Melissa recommends a couple of local bakers for your cake smash designs.  Contact her today for Summer and Fall availability for your little one!

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Jennifer Wilcox - How perfect is she?!

Keri - She’s a cutie!! These are precious!

Claudia Aguilar - LOVE these :) such adorable outfits

Anya Wait - LOL! She is adorable! She ate the candle AND tore up the cake. LOVE :)

Amber - Soooo cute! She has the most amazing hair <3

Meghan Rickard - She is darling! And she really tore in to that tasty looking cake!

Angela - Those outfits!! So cute!

Heather Woodward - so adorable!!!

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