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Elizabeth | 34 Weeks | Raleigh NC Maternity Photography

Elizabeth was gorgeous at 34 weeks!!  I love the simplicity of her maternity session!  Her outfit selections were perfect!!  This white dress really is one of my favorites – it’s so modest and flattering for beautiful pregnant bellies!!  Of course the dress toss is a crowd favorite!! :D  Except we didn’t have a crowd that day!  Yes I have many moms choose to come to the session alone and have it be all about her and baby!!  I think the last image is my favorite!!  I used different lighting to create a moodier image and I think Elizabeth look absolutely stunning in it!!

Elizabeth rocked her solo dress toss!!  It can be quite a challenge when you don’t have extra hands around to make the magic happen – but she was a pro at tossing and resetting her pose!!  Amazing! :D

Raleigh NC Maternity Photography
Raleigh NC Maternity Photography
Raleigh NC Maternity Photography
Raleigh NC Maternity Photography
Raleigh NC Maternity Photography
Raleigh NC Maternity Photography
Raleigh NC Maternity Photography

Are you looking for a Raleigh NC Maternity Photography specialist?  Melissa Berg Photography specializes on custom newborn, baby and maternity photography.  Our studio is located conveniently near the RDU airport along I 540.  Melissa’s studio has everything we need for your session, including a gorgeous selection of maternity dresses for any body type.  If you see a dress on our blog that you would like to use for your session, please inquire with Melissa before booking to ensure that the dress belongs to our collection.  Some clients bring their own fabulous dresses! ;)

Melissa recommends that her maternity clients treat their maternity session like a beauty session.  Having a day of pampering and getting your hair and makeup done will increase your confidence during your photo shoot!  It’s also a fun way to celebrate your pregnancy and your beauty!  We highly recommend Makeup For Your Day in Raleigh and their hair and makeup artist can come to the studio before your session, or you can choose to go to their studio conveniently located on Glenwood Avenue across from the Angus Barn near Brier Creek.  It is about 10 minutes from Melissa Berg Photography’s studio.

   

Aisling | Raleigh Maternity Photography

I recently did a modeling call for women in the Raleigh, NC area who were pregnant and got a ton of responses on it!!  So overwhelmed and grateful that so many of you were wanting the spot!  There was something about Aisling’s submission and photos that told me she was the one!  Her photo just exuded this amazing personality that I knew would be fun and lighthearted for the project I was preparing to do!

I had recently got together with Jennifer Buenviaje who co-owns Makeup For Your Day off of Glenwood Avenue by the Angus Barn.  The two of us did some brainstorming on ways to co-market and produce a project for both of our businesses.  I had been wanting to highlight my maternity sessions to show potential clients how fun and special they are…and doing a behind the scenes type of video had always been a dream of mine.  So we decided we needed a model to make this happen!!  So happy to have been able to offer a FREE session, hair and makeup to one lucky mama to be!!

Aisling was such a pleasure to work with!  We had so many good laughs and her hair and makeup looked absolutely amazing!!  In exchange for being our maternity model and leaving the direction of the shoot up to us, I gifted Aisling these gorgeous maternity photos for her to remember her pregnancy and this experience by!  I will do a separate post on the behind the scenes of our video/photo shoot.  If you haven’t seen the final product – check out the main page of the website.

Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity Photography

Are you looking for Raleigh Maternity Photography?  Look no further!  Melissa is a leader in her industry in maternity photos for expectant mothers and baby’s immediate family.  All of Melissa’s maternity sessions have access to her gorgeous studio wardrobe.  Hair & Makeup is available as an add on to your maternity package through Makeup For Your Day at a special rate.  Please make sure you put that you are a client of Melissa Berg Photography in the message when booking your Hair and Makeup appointments.

   

Giselle | Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer

Oh Baby Giselle!!!  Such a memorable session for me!!!   This gorgeous baby was the sweetest, most calmly alert newborn I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing!! :)  Giselle was WIDE awake for almost TWO HOURS before I could finally lull her to sleep.  I didn’t let 2 hours go by wasted though.  I was determined to utilize that time while she mellowed out and grab a few beautiful open eyed portraits.  I couldn’t believe the amount of eye contact she was gracing me with!  She never made a peep!  Just a sweet soft stare here and there and she kept looking around at her surroundings.

We tried EVERYTHING!  I had all of the 5 S’s going (if you’ve never read the book Happiest Baby On The Block – I highly recommend it!).  I pulled out all of my tricks.  Made sure she was full, no bubbles/gas, and my clients had followed my pre-session instructions so she should have been sleepy.  But alas, not every baby is the same.  And I am so thankful that instead of having a fussy or inconsolable baby, we had Giselle – who was perfectly content just to hang out with us and be curious about what we were doing.

We had many laughs as I progressed the photos to see how much she would give us being wide awake.  You can see in the 1st photo, she is totally and completely wide awake and by the 2nd…I had been able to unswaddle her and see if she would fall asleep in the belly position.  Her eyes give away that she is getting sleepy but she is still awake for the camera!  Finally, I was able to coax her to sleep and perfect the pose.

As challenging as Giselle was for the first 2 hours, after she did finally fall asleep…I whipped this session out as fast as possible so that my clients would have plenty of variety in their gallery.  After going through my posing flow on the blanket (Giselle even awarded us a few smiles!), I had 4 props set up and ready to go.  I went through the props fairly quickly, changing things up slightly as I moved along…and then we went in for the parent and family photos and kept Giselle swaddled in case she was at the end of her sleep cycle and ready to wake up. :)

And O.M.G. that HAIR!!!!  Hands down the most beautiful hair I’ve ever photographed on a newborn baby!! <3

Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer
Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer

Are you looking for an Apex North Carolina Newborn Photographer?  Make sure to contact Melissa today to schedule your appointment!

   

Adriana | Durham Newborn Photographer | Melissa Berg Photography

Wow!  What can I say?  This may be my most favorite newborn session to date!!  Adriana was a perfect baby during her session and her beauty was captured so well in her photos!!  I adore the soft pinks and creams with a mix of darker mauves that played throughout the session.  I loved this session SO much that I actually ordered my gorgeous Matted Album sample using the photographs from her newborn session.  You can view this beautiful baby album in my studio along with other products to perfectly display your treasured photos.  I will be photographing and featuring Adriana’s album soon in a future blog post. :)

Adriana’s family is no stranger to my studio! :)  Juliessa and I first met during her GORGEOUS maternity session a few years ago when she was pregnant with her first baby.  I remember that time so well because we were BOTH pregnant with due dates right around the same time (like within a week or so of each other!).  It was for that reason that I was unable to photograph Christopher’s newborn session but thankfully was able to refer them to another local newborn photographer who does similar quality work who was available.  I was so happy to welcome Juliessa, Tony and Christopher back to my studio for Adriana’s beautiful newborn session.  I love that my clients trust in my work and artistry and that keeps them coming back again and again.

Christopher did so well for his sibling portrait with Adriana!  His cream sweater went perfectly with the colors and feel of her other photographs.  It only took a few clicks to get that beautiful sibling portrait because Christopher was completely camera ready and eager to please! :)  I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Adriana and her family and I hope that fate brings us together again in the future. <3

Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer
Durham Newborn Photographer

Are you looking for a Durham Newborn Photographer?  Melissa Berg is North Carolina’s top maternity, newborn and baby photographer located in Raleigh, NC.  Contact her today to schedule your session!

   

Blythe | Durham Cake Smash Photographer

Blythe is just adorable for her 1 year cake smash session!!  Cake smashes are all the rage and a ton of fun to help celebrate the first birthday of your precious little one!  Come join me in the studio for a 1 year milestone photo shoot for your baby!  We start out with a classic baby photography session highlighting your beautiful baby and their milestone achievements at 1 year…whether that is supported standing, standing alone or walking!  I ask parents to bring 2 of their favorite outfits to photograph baby in and we use a variety of baby props that I have in the studio to accent your session.  We capture all of the best smiles showcasing your baby’s personality so that you can reflect back on these adorable times forever!  Get ready to make your little one laugh with me!  These sessions are a ton of fun for everyone!

Then we switch our focus onto the CAKE SMASH!!  Everyone’s favorite part!!  Get ready to watch your little one marvel in front of their cake and explore the taste and textures fairly new to them!  You can decorate your set with any colors you choose and have a coordinated cake from my local baker who I’ve partnered with – Batter Bowl Bakeshop.  The owner, Sarah, will hand deliver your cake to the studio the day before so that your cake is here waiting for you (without mishaps en route or forgetting it at home!!).  She is so very talented at making adorable cakes that photograph beautifully for my clients sessions.  I tell my clients to stay away from chocolate cake though!!…as it tends to look like something else when smashed! ;)  The cake is the centerpiece of the cake smash but your darling baby and emerging toddler is the star!  Cake Smash photos make great decorations for 1st birthday parties and to decorate the walls of your home to remember their small sweetness forever.

Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer
Durham Cake Smash Photographer