Thankful Then & Now | Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer

This post goes out to all my past clients who have let me into your homes to capture your babies and then brought those babies back to me as they’ve grown up for family portraits. As a Jupiter FL newborn photographer I love seeing how big your littles are getting! I love that when I get to see them year after year they know me and they know we are going to have fun.

Thankful Newborn Photographer

When I thought about what I’m thankful for this year as a newborn photographer in Jupiter FL it is those clients. The ones that return year after year. So I thought it would be fun to do a then and now post. To show off their first session with me and then see what they look like now. As I started pulling photos I realized how many clients I’ve seen again and again and to be honest it’s a lot! So this is going to be a small sampling vs having you scroll forever if I included everyone! Be sure to read to the bottom to learn more about my membership collective and yearbook club I’ll be launching soon!

Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer
I have photographed this particular family at least 6 times and since this was our last session before I left Virginia I thought it would be fun to recreate a photo from our first session.
Newborn baby laying on bed and then 1 year later in family photos with mom outdoors
Of course I had to include this cutie, that is my best friend and her daughter aka my daughter’s future BFF!
Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer
This little cutie was absolutely precious during her newborn session and she was of course perfect when we did a follow-up session. Look how big she is!!
Cleft lip baby and then 1 year later after surgery to repair it.
This little girl and her family have a special place in my heart as we also had a baby born with a cleft lip. Look at that gorgeous smile!
Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer
I actually got to see this little guy one more time after this photo at his sister’s newborn session. I absolutely love being invited back to photograph new additions to my client families!
Newborn baby girl in floral swaddle laying in crib and then 1 year later walking with mom in front of cherry blossom trees
I know y’all have seen this photo on my website and social media before because I’m obsessed with the matching wallpaper and swaddle blanket. Now I’m obsessed with her chubby baby thighs and smocked bubble romper!

Membership Collective

I’ve also got some big things in the works for 2022! I’m starting a Membership Collective which will let my clients book 3 or 4 sessions with me and save money over booking them individually! This is great for maternity clients especially because you can book maternity, newborn, 6 month and 1 year sessions and save $600!!!

Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer Membership collective
I photographed this little girl for her newborn, outdoor 3 month, 6 month and 1 year sessions! We also did family photos at each session so there are tons of beautiful photos documenting this little girls first year!

Yearbook Club

Plus I’m going to be opening up a Yearbook Club for past clients to join! You will get annual family photos that you can pay for monthly. Plus you get a discounted rate that is a significant savings over waiting till the last minute to book! I’m working on the details but I’ll be sending the info out to past clients here in South Florida soon. I might even implement this for past Virginia clients if I get enough interest!

Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer yearbook club
I have photographed this family every year for the last 5 years and I’m so bummed I wasn’t there this year to see how the kiddos have grown ????. That little lady right there is always my assistant at our sessions helping me take photos, I showed her one time as a bribe and she remembered it every year lol!

Jupiter FL Newborn Photographer

Hi there and thank you for stopping by! I’m Melissa, owner of Melissa Arlena Photography, a Jupiter FL newborn photographer specializing in young and growing families in South Florida. If you are interested in talking with me more about your own maternity, newborn or family portraits, let’s connect. Not quite ready, but know you want to keep me in your back pocket? No problem! Follow me on Instagram and let’s be friends!

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