Covid-19 Policies

Update March 2021 – I have received my COVID19 vaccine! I will always ask when I arrive if you are comfortable with me not wearing a mask and if you are not that is totally fine and I have no problems wearing one during our session.

Yes, I am currently open and taking on new clients for all session types! Outdoor Maternity & Family sessions are proceeding as normal. I’ve put together some new policies for my Lifestyle Newborn Sessions which you can see below.

At Home Session Policies

  • I will not be bringing any blankets or swaddle wraps to my sessions. I typically like to use what parents already have on hand so this isn’t a big deal really. If you don’t have any swaddle blankets/wraps you can order them from Amazon or Target. (I linked directly to a good selection to choose from.)
  • When I arrive I will wash my hands thoroughly. I will also bring hand sanitizer to use in-between hand washings.
  • I will not be handling the baby except to swaddle them once.

Pediatrician Concerns

I realize that many pediatricians are recommending against newborn sessions or telling parents to wait until the baby is older. I have photographed several babies in the 1-3 month range and it is perfectly fine. You might not get those tiny baby photos or as many sleeping swaddled photos but you will still have beautiful images of your baby. I do ask if you are going to wait to have your baby photographed please let me know that when you book your session. I need to plan my calendar accordingly.


If you or your spouse tests positive for Covid19 we will reschedule our session until you are safe. There is no fee for rescheduling in these cases.

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.



Melissa Arlena Photography captures newborns, maternity, and families.

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