Cary Newborn Photographer | Baby Harper

How beautiful is baby Harper?!?!  She was such a sweet tiny thing last summer in my studio and an amazing poser!  I’ve posted 20 images only because it was too hard to choose!!  During the last half of the session, baby Harper was such a smiley baby…especially during the parent shots.  How special to have those fleeting memories captured in time!   It’s really fun (though not ideal) for me to be back blogging and going down memory lane from all of my sessions!  Each session is so unique and I fondly remember our time spent together in those first few weeks with these families.  After I moved into my new home studio, my business took off and I just haven’t had time to post the full blogs from my sessions.  I am SO excited to share these now with you!!

Newborn photography is such a specialized genre of professional photography.  There is simply nothing like it.  Being almost 37 weeks, I soon will have my little one photographed by one of the top newborn photographers in the country and I couldn’t be more excited!!  There are so many different styles and not just with posing or shooting style, but with editing style as well.  I particularly love the styling and variety of Harper’s session.  It seems forever since I’ve had a little girl in the studio so I miss the pinks, purples and headbands!!!  I have literally had all newborn baby boys in the studio since 2014 started.  Not one single baby girl!  It’s raining boys everywhere (my house is full of them!!) so I was super excited to finally book a baby girl after my maternity leave.  The shopper in me has bought so much girl stuff in the last few months and I have a ton of new stuff to use!!

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Looking for a Cary Newborn Photographer?  Contact Melissa today to book your studio maternity, newborn or baby session in her Raleigh studio.  Melissa serves the Triangle, NC area and beyond!  Many of our clients travel over an hour for their session as Melissa is North Carolina’s premier newborn photographer.

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Jennifer Wilcox - She is so perfectly happy to be in the arms of her mom and dad. Great work.

Eden - Perfect! I love how you captured the baby’s smiles!

Raleigh Baby Photography | Sebastian 9 Months

Oh my sweet Sebastian!!  I so enjoyed photographing his newborn photos and most of his first year images.  Sebastian’s family unfortunately ended up moving at the end of last year and I was unable to photograph his 1 Year Cake Smash.  Such a beautiful little boy and by far his mommy brought the BEST outfits for him!!  Always picture perfect. :)  These were taken back in July of 2013 (I finally made it out of June for blogging catchup!!) and  from his photos on Facebook, he has grown so much!  Sebastian has the biggest, brightest blue eyes ever and he makes such adorable faces for the camera.  9 Month sessions are a lot of fun because most babies can crawl and do some supported standing for their photos…but they aren’t quite walking/running yet which makes for an easier session since we don’t have to do quite as much chasing around the studio. ;)

Hopefully when Sebastian’s family is in town again to visit family, I will have the honor of photographing him again.  I just love watching my babies grow up and develop personalities and skills!!  I generally suggest Milestone Sessions at 6 months/sitting and 1 Year Cake Smash but those “in between” stages are just as precious and deserved to be captured.  At 3 months, babies facial expressions really start to shine through and they are practicing their ever important tummy time and at 9 months – just before they become walkers – they are exploring their environment by pulling up on objects to stand supported and even use it to practice supported walking (or what I like to call “couch cruising”).

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To book your Raleigh Baby Photography photo shoot with Melissa, please use the contact form in the main menu!  She will be returning from maternity leave in June 2014 for baby sessions.

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Jennifer Wilcox - You capture the best smiles in newborns and babies!

Eden - OMGoodness! I love his many outfits! What a darling baby!

Maternity Photography Raleigh | Hayley 31 Weeks with TWINS!

I swear, every new maternity session is my next new favorite.  I have been getting in LOTS of new wardrobe styles the past couple of weeks inspired by my own pregnancy and I just LOVE how beautiful my clients are looking in them!  Being that I am done shooting for a while (I’ll be 37 weeks on Friday!), I’ve had to pull back the reigns on my prop spending – especially since I still have this gorgeous teal blue maternity dress that I’m dying to photograph…If I didn’t have so much to do – I’d photograph myself in it! ;)  Really working hard today to hopefully edit my last 3 sessions after Hayley’s so that all of my work is complete and I can finally relax before the baby gets here.

Hayley’s maternity session in my Raleigh studio was a dream!  Her daughter Alexa, who is only 3, was absolutely adorable for the camera.  Typically most of my clients, especially maternity, always seem to be first time moms…so getting to photograph a sibling was super fun for me…especially with my mama carrying twins!!  So glad grandma was there to help out with Alexa and also be my coveted “dress tosser”. ;)  We got a couple of extra images in her gallery due to adding Alexa to the photo shoot and they are just all too precious to not include in her blog post!  Hayley is due with twins right around the same time as me which means unfortunately I will not be photographing them but I referred Hayley to an excellent newborn photographer in our area.  Hopefully I will be able to assist on the session if my own little one hasn’t come yet!  Alexa is going to be the proud big sister of a set of boy/girl twins – how lucky is she?? :)

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Jennifer Wilcox - I love maternity sessions with big siblings! Great work;-)

Eden - Gorgeous mom and daughter! Love!

Heather Woodward - What a beautiful mama… gorgeous work!

Baby Photography Raleigh | Jackson 6 Months

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!). ;)

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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!!!

 

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Jennifer Wilcox - Can’t wait to see you use your new prop. I have a feeling it’s going to be a hit!

Eden - You will rock that prop! Love your work!

Raleigh Maternity Photography | Hayley – 31 Weeks With Twins!

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

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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!

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Jennifer Snook - Beautiful, Melissa!!! She will be thrilled with these pictures.

Jennifer Wilcox - My first thought was that these are gorgeous as always. My second thought was how does that beautiful slender mom support that belly, lol! She is a Goddess.

Jessica - Beautiful session, Melissa! Love these! I think they are two of my favorites.

Meghan Rickard - I freaking love these!! I would love to have some images like this any time! :)

Eden - Stunning images, Melissa! Mom is glamorous!

Huong Forrest - SOOO gorgeous, Melissa!! Makes me wish I were pregnant to have a maternity session like this!

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