Melissa Berg is a custom maternity, newborn and baby photographer located in Raleigh, North Carolina and serves the Triangle and surrounding areas of Wake County including Brier Creek, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and beyond. Her home studio is located near Brier Creek where she conducts maternity, newborn and baby studio sessions. Outdoor sessions for maternity and babies are available. Melissa Berg is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers as well as Professional Photographers of America. Melissa has also been featured on Learn Shoot Inspire and Best Newborn Photographers with two recent nominations as a top 10 international finalist for Best Newborn Photographer November 2012 and January 2013.
It is so wonderful to see my newborn baby clients grow up during their first year. Jackson was no exception. I remember like it was yesterday…that sweet little grump he had on his face during some of his newborn session with me. During today’s baby milestone session at my Raleigh studio, I only saw that grump once and it was the first frame I took. The rest, he was either super serious gathering his surroundings or just a complete smiling little bub. He was sooo easy…and I could tell how proud his parents were that he loved the camera (and apparently brunettes which is lucky for me!). ;)
Until recently, Jackson was my last session before going out on maternity leave, but due to the demand I openeed up some dates next week and I have ONE left on the morning of Thursday March 13th. I have room for a newborn session, 2 baby sessions back to back OR a maternity session. You pick! I have this gorgeous new teal maternity dress that is dying to get used!!!…and TONS of boy and girl hats/headbands that I haven’t gotten to use yet (especially girl stuff!!) ::hint hint:: :D If you have a newborn that will be under 2 weeks old by Thursday, I may even let you use my new moon prop. Wait what? Moon prop you say??? Oh yeah…I had a moon custom made through etsy for my own baby due in a few weeks!!! Feast your eyes on this gorgeous new studio prop!!!
What an amazing maternity session in my Raleigh, NC studio this evening!! Hayley and her 3 1/2 old daughter Alexa were so stunningly beautiful tonight. Alexa was just adorable and absolutely LOVED the camera. She couldn’t wait for her turn. :) I just love these two pieces of my studio wardrobe together…perfect for mom and daughter! Little Miss Alexa is going to be a big sister to not one, but TWO younger siblings. Hayley is expecting boy/girl twins right around the same time as me. This sadly means that I will not get to photograph her babies, though we both wish that I could!!! Unfortunately dad was out of town and not able to make the session this evening. No worries though because Grandma was visiting all the way from Canada and not only attended to Alexa when it wasn’t her turn, but she was my wonderful “assistant” during Hayley’s dress toss. ;) Such a lovely family and I am so honored I got to meet and work with them. I’m sincerely hoping that if Hayley delivers before I do, that I will get to assist at their session. <3
Hayley is so incredibly gorgeous in this photo above! I used two new dresses this evening and I love them both! She looked amazing in them and I can’t believe she is carrying two babies…so jealous!! ;) I know Hayley and her family will treasure these images forever. Like me, she did not have maternity photos done with her first baby and I know she will be so glad she decided to do it this time around. I can’t wait to show her the rest of the images so she can share with her family!
I am still accepting sessions for the next few weeks for Raleigh Maternity and Raleigh Baby photography. Be sure to contact me soon, as my schedule will be closing until June/July for my own maternity leave. I will still be updating the blog with old sessions and new ones so be sure to check back for more beautiful photography!
Happy belated Valentine’s Day! Due to snowstorm Pax last week, I had to reschedule a few of my Raleigh studio appointments…so this special maternity session was supposed to happen last Wednesday but we were all snowed in! A big heartfelt congratulations to Juliessa and her husband Tony on the expectant arrival of their first son. Juliessa is actually only a few days ahead of me as far as due date and although I will be unable to photograph her baby boy (so bummed!!), I was so honored to be the one to capture her maternity and beauty during this magnificent time.
Last week we were on pins and needles watching the weather to see if we were going to have to reschedule. Juliessa had a special request to use the color red since it was special to both her and her husbands cultures and unfortunately, I did not have anything red but was excited to add something to my ever growing maternity wardrobe for my clients and accommodate her request. I found this gown and ordered it as soon as Juliessa promised she’d wear it for me. :) It is STUNNING….and so stunning on her!!!
This shot was a lot of fun!!! Tony had a blast being the “dress tosser” and I could tell by how radiant Juliessa looked that she FELT beautiful in it. This isn’t a shot I’ve really done before, so it took a little bit to get our teamwork and timing down, but as soon as we got it…it was like magic! I love how the dress almost looks like a heart!! <3
I also have this beautiful dress in a neutral color and I’m so excited to use it!!! The fabric is amazing!! Don’t forget my February maternity special is STILL going on and I have one spot left for next Thursday!! Be sure to contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in a stand alone maternity session (no newborn session required) that comes with a bonus USB and set of reference prints in celebration of my own pregnancy. <3
Juliessa’s image was featured over at Best Maternity Photographers on Facebook!
First off, I’m totally in love with his name. Which is crazy for me because having our little boy due in April – the number one hardest thing has been falling in love with a name!! Secondly…baby Lucien has been deemed the nickname “chunka monk” as he is the most soft and squishy baby I have ever snuggled in my Raleigh studio. You just want to cuddle him all day long!!! Good thing I know his mama, who is a fellow photographer who will be photographing the birth of our second son very soon…which means I will get more baby Lucien snuggles in on our planned breakfast date soon!! :) WIN WIN!!
One of the very fun things about photographing another photographer’s baby is that they always bring really cool props. Coincidentally, I have a hanging scale on the way to the studio from a prop vendor…so when Amanda told me she was bringing a vintage looking standing scale…I was super excited! She photographed her first son Michael on this scale when he was a baby, so this image is really special to her and I’m so happy I was able to re-create it for her. We used the exact same scale, basket and blanket that she used for Michael. Love how meaningful this image will be to Lucien’s family.
And yes, the scale is right! All 9lbs 4oz of Lucien’s squishy baby goodness!! Love those back rolls!!
Another fun thing about today is while Amanda knew a few images that she really wanted, I also was able to put my signature twist on them as well as do my usual signature baby posing that I enjoy so much. Baby Lucien was born breech (and such an amazing birth story – you wouldn’t believe!) so this pose came super natural to him as this is how he was snuggled in mama’s womb. You can see how super content he was!!! ;)
And lastly…I did an extra sneak peek for Amanda because these baby toes were just so kissable!! I always try to grab a few macro shots at each session if I can and if it’s important to mom and dad. These make for great album photos as detail shots or sometimes even strong enough to stand on their own in a frame as an art piece.
I had so much fun today at our session. Joe and Amanda are such great people and amazing parents!! I’m so glad that our winter weather held out so that we didn’t have to reschedule our newborn session (they were calling for icy roads this morning – eep!)…but it turns out there was no precipitation or hazardous roads the entire day (even though they let out schools an hour early). Since Amanda is a friend/fellow photographer and had her almost 3 year old Michael there for the last portion of the session, I allowed them to stay a little later since they didn’t mind Dylan being there after he got dropped off from school. I wanted to make sure she got those family shots – which we hadn’t even started by the time the session was up (we must have been talking it up lol).
Here are our two little ones waiting patiently for the mommy/daddy/baby shots to be taken. LOVE THEM!! :)
There’s a little “behind the scenes” shot for ya! ;) I promise once my studio is complete with decor, I will do a studio tour feature page for clients to see what the entire studio looks like. :)
Pregnant or expecting a baby? Make sure to contact me soon as I will be on maternity leave from the end of March through June/July 2014!! Spots are filling up quickly! I also love photographing baby and family milestone sessions!! Info on pricing for all sessions is available in the main menu. <3
So I just had to do another blog post to update you all on two additional sneak peeks I published for Grayson’s family. I mean how adorable is that SMILE!?!?! :D I love how his little pinky is sticking up too haha….so proper! His little toes sticking out too are just perfect. He just looks so sweet and content in this image I just had to share it. I am on a ROLL in the workflow department and trying to improve my process to get my clients their images faster by being ahead of the promised time frame.
I posted this image as baby Grayson’s 2nd sneak peek last week. I just love this bonnet and wrap set from Click Knits. I shop with her A LOT, especially since not only is she a complete sweetheart, but she is semi-local to me in Greensboro, NC. If you’re looking for a keepsake newborn item to purchase before your session – definitely contact Jacqui!! She is amazing!!
He was also just featured on Best Newborn Photographers AGAIN this week for this adorable image!!!
Melissa Berg is currently accepting due dates until mid-March. After that time, she will be on maternity leave for newborn sessions until June/July 2014. Please use our contact form on this website to inquire about availability for all session types! The latest information will be on the contact form concerning maternity leave and any specials open to the public! :) Don’t forget to join my newsletter for the latest and great information, specials and updates from Melissa Berg Photography!