natural & simple
no crazy props or poses, just light & bright natural in home lifestyle newborn photography for growing families who want to capture these fleeting moments for their memories and to decorate their home
When I had my first baby 10 years ago I knew immediately that I didn't want him dressed up in any crazy costumes or surrounded by cheesy props for his newborn photos.
I wanted something more casual, at our home, that focused on our new little family including our 2 dogs! I wanted real moments just without the yoga pants and spit-up covered shirts :).
Then let's create beautiful artwork from your photos that you can look back on and always remember how tiny your little baby once was!
Melissa Arlena is an award winning lifestyle newborn photographer in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia who has earned her Master Photographer Certification from NAPCP. Her natural and simple work has been featured in magazines and online blogs worldwide. She has been named Best Maternity and Newborn Photographer in Richmond and Charlottesville, VA in 2023.
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"Melissa is, hands down, the best photographer we have EVER worked with! She is so patient and fun, and delivers the most beautiful, dreamy photos. there is no one I would trust more to keep your precious milestones and moments living on forever!"
Beautifully capturing the next chapter of your family's story
Products & Investment
Your photos belong on your walls and displayed in your home not collecting digital dust on your computer! But I also understand the importance of having digital copies for backup so I offer the best of both.
Every collection includes a set number of digital files plus a print credit to pick the perfect products for you and your family!
birth announcements, framed & Loose prints
*Collections including digital files, prints and products purchased separately. They are not included in the booking fee. My clients typically spend $900-$2100 on their portraits and products. Contact me for detailed pricing.
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Melissa Arlena is an award winning Richmond and Charlottesville photographer. She recently earned her Master Photographer Certification in the Maternity, Newborn & Family categories from the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. Melissa offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style.
Melissa serves Charlottesville, Richmond, Staunton, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Culpeper, Gordonsville and beyond.