Boca Raton Newborn Photography

Newborn Photography Boca Raton

When my clients are looking for Boca Raton newborn photography with a lifestyle approach I often hear that they want a session in their home to show off their beautiful nursery. They want to include the family pet and they want me to capture their joy at being new parents. These are all the reasons I love doing lifestyle newborn sessions with no crazy poses or props. Just a brand new little family in the place that they love.

At Home Lifestyle Newborn Session

I just adored working with Stacey & Andrew at their indoor lifestyle maternity session back in January. They were just the sweetest and their home was AMAZING!!! I joked around that I needed to rent their living room as a studio space because the light was so good in there. So when it was time for their newborn session I was excited to see them again, now as parents!

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Preparing for your Boca Raton newborn photography session

Their baby girl was just gorgeous and she was such a champ for her session. Her parents followed my tips email I like to send before each session so she slept perfectly for her photos. Even if she had woken up that would have been fine, I love getting photos of babies awake too!

I have an entire post dedicated to preparing for a lifestyle newborn photoshoot that is definitely worth a quick read. I cover :

  • Locations we shoot in
  • Answering the dreaded do we need to clean before our session question
  • Preparing the family
  • Making time for mom to get ready (super important because she is always stuck preparing everyone else first)
  • Prepping baby for photos
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What to wear in your newborn photos

Stacey looked amazing in her dress and we were both thrilled when she said it had POCKETS!! Nothing makes a girl happier than a dress with pockets! If you aren’t sure what to wear for your newborn session I send all my clients a Portrait Planning Guide with tips and advice. Plus you can check out my Pinterest board Newborn Photoshoot What to Wear to get inspired. Dad’s can usually get away with nice jeans and a button down with the sleeves rolled up. This give them that casual yet put together look! I always recommend keeping the colors soft or neutral.

I love when clients shop local and support other small businesses! So here are a few great options to find beautiful dresses for your session. Etiquette Boutique is located in the Whole Food plaza but you can also shop their Instagram at etiquetteboutiques. Not a small business but Francesca’s at the Town Center at Boca Raton can be a good spot to find long flowy dresses at affordable prices.

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Decorating the nursery for your at home baby session

I totally get that not everyone has a knack for interior design and decorating, that is where Pinterest comes in! I love taking my favorite photos of all the different nurseries I photograph and adding them to my Nursery Inspiration Pinterest board to inspire others!

If you are the type that prefers to leave decorating to the professionals you are in luck because there are several fabulous interior designers in Boca Raton. Check out Krista + Home Interior Design, her Instagram is full of beautiful rooms. Also take a look at Nikki Levy Interiors, you can get lost in her Instagram account with all the pretty designs. If you are located closer to Miami I have a blog post of the best interior designers in Miami for your baby nursery you’ll want to check out! Be sure to stop by Bellini of Boca to see tons of baby furniture and get started on that nursery to do list.

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What to Expect at your lifestyle newborn session

So many of my clients tell me they have no idea what to do in front of the camera and they are worried they “won’t look as good as the people on my website”. That is a direct quote from at least 5 past clients who are in fact now on my website! I always tell them that I’m going to give you easy directions and really they all revolve around staring adoringly at your brand new baby. It’s super simple!

I don’t expect my clients to be models. I want to capture them authentically being joyful and happy at their new little family in their own home. We will recreate things you will normally do with your baby like rocking in a glider but for photos you get to be dressed up and look extra pretty! So don’t worry if you have no idea how to pose in front of the camera. I will walk you through it every step of the way!

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Behind the Scenes Boca Raton Newborn Photography

I had so much fun recreating some of the photos we did at their maternity session but this time with their beautiful daughter in their arms. Plus Andrew once again hooked me up with some great behind the scenes photos of me in action. I’ll include those at the end so you can see what I look like when I’m shooting lifestyle newborn photography in Boca Raton.

I’m also participating in a blog circle with some amazing photographers. This week I’ll be sharing a lifestyle family newborn session from a photographer in Cleveland. Be sure to check out that link at the end of this post!

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Check out Cleveland Lifestyle Family and Newborn Photographer Alison Nicole!

Melissa Arlena is an award winning Boca Raton newborn photographer. She offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style. Her clients love that not only do they get digital files from their session but artwork to display in their home. She is happy to design custom wall art galleries to show off your favorite photos!

Melissa serves Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties including: Boca Raton | Cooper City | Coral Gables | Key Biscayne | Miami Shores | Palm Beach | Palmetto Bay | Parkland | Pinecrest | Southwest Ranches | Weston

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  • Amy HuangJune 7, 2021 - 2:45 pm

    What a beautiful session! I love the details of the room! This makes me want to do newborn sessions too!!

  • Kim ForbesJune 7, 2021 - 5:14 pm

    Goodness, this is so pretty! Melissa, I love how you used their home so beautifully in their newborn session and the images are gorgeous!!

  • SaraJune 7, 2021 - 7:23 pm

    Beautiful lifestyle newborn photos.  I love how light and bright they are! 

  • AliJuly 3, 2021 - 9:49 am

    These are all so so sweet! I’m sure this family loves having these images. That nursery is beautiful too!

  • IanaJuly 6, 2021 - 5:50 am

    These photos are so precious and timeless! Wish I lived closer to you! ????

  • Michele QuattrinJuly 6, 2021 - 9:06 pm

    Love in home newborn sessions, and these are so pretty.  You are inspiring me!

  • Jillian FaulknerJuly 18, 2021 - 1:25 am

    What a beautiful in-home newborn session! I’m sure they are both thrilled with their images! 

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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.


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