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"Melissa was so easy and fun to work with! We appreciated how personable she was and she made our newborn session so relaxed."


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"Melissa is amazing! She did our newborn photos and they all turned out beautiful. Melissa was patient and professional and made us feel so comfortable during the entire process. Her photo style is simple and natural, capturing real, precious moments in the first days with your baby. The final product she provided is with is something we will cherish forever. I highly recommend Melissa Arlena Photography!"


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"Melissa is simply the best! Out of all the maternity pictures I’ve gotten for previous babies, the pictures I got this time with Melissa are by far my favorite. She was so kind, patient, and professional during my maternity session and I feel like she read my mind in capturing all the pictures that I would want. I truly love the pictures that she took and would definitely recommend her to anyone that is looking for maternity pictures!!"

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"Our experience with Melissa was nothing short of amazing!!! In the current Covid pandemic, she made us feel super safe, took every precaution, and still delivered beautiful images we will always cherish! She is so easy to work with and goes above and beyond to make sure you get exactly what you want. We love her and highly recommend her!!"

jULIE m.

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"Melissa just did a newborn session for us amid this pandemic and we can’t sing her praises enough. Not only did she take all precautions, she was so sweet and down to earth, so skilled, and so efficient - the session literally flew by. We were left with almost 50 shots that we’ll treasure forever, and the session didn’t seem to last more than an hour. She is just fabulous. Can’t wait to call her back for some holiday photos of the fam <3"



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"My husband and I had the privilege of hiring Melissa last minute for our wedding years ago, when she was primarily a wedding photographer. We knew we wanted quality photos taken by someone who has natural ability to capture each moment beautifully, and Melissa delivered in every way. Five years later we hired her again without hesitant and without considering any other local photographers for our maternity and newborn photos. We now have a timeless collection of photos adorning our home’s walls that we will cherish the rest of our lives and pass down for generations. If you’re looking for one of the best in the business, look no further."


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"Melissa took our newborn photos and we are SO in love! She made us feel so relaxed and you could absolutely tell it in our photos. They are some of my favorite pictures of us. Now I just wish she would do family photos so we could keep using her!"

hALEY h.

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"Melissa did our maternity and newborn photographs, and they turned out beautifully! She was very easy to work with, provided us with amazing photos that portrayed our family in an authentic way, and (perhaps the greatest feat) actually got our toddler to cooperate. We would highly recommend her!"


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"Melissa was such a pleasure to work with. She made our newborn photoshoot easy and comfortable. We were blown away with the photos when they came back. She captured the joy we have as new parents as well as the beauty of our little boy. Thank you Melissa!"


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"We had a great experience doing a newborn shoot with Melissa. She was really responsive via email to set everything up, spelled out how she typically approaches the shoot so we knew what to expect, provided wardrobe guidance, and even had helpful tips for how to handle older siblings during the shoot. She was relaxed and easy on the day - she shot a really wide variety, caught some hilarious and oh-so-sweet photos of my toddler, and captured our family as we are. She loosely arranged us or would prompt us where to look, but there was no awkward posing nor silly props. (She wore a mask the entire time, was careful about hand hygiene, kept an appropriate distance, etc). She interacted beautifully with my toddler and he had the best time - you can tell she's a mom herself, she just gets it. The photos came out light and bright and airy, exactly what we wanted. Great experience and a great outcome, we highly recommend her."


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"We hired Melissa to do both maternity and newborn photos. We had another photographer lined up to do maternity pictures and that fell through and I was so impressed with how quickly Melissa responded and we were able to set up a shoot. Despite picking what was likely the coldest and windiest day of the year in January for our shoot, Melissa was amazing and our pictures are beautiful. When the baby came, Melissa came to our house for a lifestyle shoot. I was nervous because the baby had a rough night but Melissa worked incredibly fast while the baby slept. She even posed our dog to get some great pics of him and the baby. We got our pictures so quickly for our baby announcements and they were absolutely beautiful. I'd highly recommend Melissa to anyone and look forward to another opportunity for her to photograph our family."

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"I am so happy that I found Melissa for our newborn photographs. I did a lot of research before choosing a photographer and found that many in the area were very expensive or not responsive. When I found Melissa’s website I loved the light and airy feel of her photos (which is not easy to capture in a townhouse in Old Town). I reached out and not only was she responsive but it was very clear that she has a passion for newborn photography. I was not disappointed! The photos she took are absolutely perfect and so beautiful. She captured all of the love and happiness we feel with our new baby boy. Additionally, she was a pleasure to work with. Baby boy had to spend some time in the NICU and then I had to cancel our original date for different reasons and not only did she accommodate me, but she did so on a date that was more convenient for me than for her. She worked very efficiently but nothing felt rushed. I appreciate that she is a mom herself and knew how to handle our newborn with care. I cannot recommend Melissa’s services enough and I am already looking forward to using her again for future family photos."


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"Melissa is an amazing photographer to work with! She has a way of putting everyone at ease (even our anxious pup!) and we can’t say enough about how beautiful our engagement and anniversary photos turned out! I would highly recommend her for whatever special occasion you are wanting to capture!"


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"Melissa recently came to our home to capture newborn photos and photos of our growing family and we had a great experience. As most new parents know, newborns are a lot of work! It was so helpful that Melissa was willing to drive to our home for our session. When she arrived she got right to work taking pictures in the nursery. Then, we did individual newborn and family photos where Melissa guided us through the entire way with a friendly demeanor. She captures so many beautiful pictures and did it quickly - which was so helpful with a new baby! I will definitely be reaching out to Melissa for photos in the future."


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"Melissa Arlena is the best photographer in the region. Her photographs are excellent, capturing tender and unexpected moments, true photographic treasures. But not only that, she was able to bring certainty, confidence, and stability to our wedding day by making sure we got all the photographs we wanted, and the ones we didn't know we wanted but were later glad we got. Her experience meant that we didn't have to direct her, unlike so many other wedding day vendors. She took charge, got to work, and knocked it out of the park.


Of course, we had her come back to do a newborn photo session at our house with our baby. And there, too, she did an excellent job. Despite us having almost no sleep, her photos remind us that exhaustion fades but love remains. Our baby will never be two weeks old again, and her skills mean that we'll be forever able to relive the joy we felt in those first weeks of parenthood.


Don't take the chance going with someone who might not take good photos. Don't risk going with someone who might not take the photos you don't know you want. Go with Melissa Arlena. You'll be glad you did."

Melissa Arlena is an award winning Miami & Boca Raton newborn photographer . She recently earned her Master Newborn & Maternity Photographer Certification 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 Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties including:

Boca Raton | Cooper City | Coral Gables | Fort Lauderdale | Hollywood | Jupiter | Key Biscayne | Miami Shores | Palm Beach | Palmetto Bay | Parkland | Pembroke Pines | Pinecrest | Southwest Ranches | Weston and more



Melissa Arlena Photography captures newborns, maternity, and families.

boca raton, Miami & South Florida