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About Melissa DeVoe Photography

Thank you for visiting the blog of Raleigh newborn baby photographer, Melissa DeVoe Photography! Melissa specializes in custom photography for expectant Moms and babies. She has a gorgeous and comfortable studio space in Wake Forest which houses her massive prop collection, and is where she holds her newborn and older baby sessions. Melissa is well known in her area for her impeccable posing and beautifully styled sessions. She serves Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Cary, North Carolina and its surrounding areas.

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Archive: March, 2011

Six-Year Diagnosiversary Portraits

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I recently met Sarah, who is celebrating her 6-year “diagnos-iversary” of breast cancer. She wanted some photos to commemorate the occasion, and we got some great shots of her in downtown Raleigh! She’s currently healthy, cancer-free, and happy. So happy for her, I had a blast meeting her!

Jessica’s Maternity Portraits | Durham Maternity Photographer

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside… when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” — Author Unknown

Jessica and Andy will soon become parents for the first time… what an exciting time in their lives! They’re on my “Mommy & Me” plan, which means I’ll be meeting their baby soon after she arrives, I can’t wait! Jessica is absolutely glowing — pregnancy really suits her. Thanks for a fun session, guys!







Photo Challenge – Sunflare

Monday, March 14th, 2011

This week’s photo challenge theme on I Heart Faces is Sunflare. It was perfect timing, because I took this photo with major sunflare in Durham over the weekend. Looooove some sunflare on a gorgeous pregnant Mama!

More images from this session to come soon!

To see other sunflare entries in the photo challenge, head on over to I Heart Faces!

Spring Mini Sessions Available!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Spring Mini Sessions are now available!

If you’d like to capture sweet little Easter outfits, give a Mother’s Day gift, or just have a few updated pictures, then these are for you!

Please contact me soon to book your session! Space is limited!

Fix It Friday!

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I’m a big fan of I Heart Faces, they have wonderful tutorials and are a great resource for photographers. They do a weekly Fix It Friday in which they supply a photo that needs some editing help. This week I decided to participate and put my own spin on the photo.

This is also a good example of what goes into custom photography (and why it costs so much – you don’t see Wal-Mart or Sears doing these things to your photos!). It takes a LONG time to master Photoshop, and if you’re hiring and paying for a custom photographer, make sure they know their stuff! I spend a huge amount of my time sitting at my computer after every session making each image perfect. You wouldn’t believe the details I look at in every shot and make sure everything’s super duper!

So, on to the photo. Here’s the before:

And the after:

Here’s some of what I did to the photo, all in Photoshop CS4:

1. Crop
2. Run an unsharp mask
3. Clone out the white door in the background
4. Used MCP’s Magic Color Finder Brush (Vivid) on everything but the skin
5. Used the spot healing brush very lightly on portions of his face
6. Ran TRA’s Oh Snap action at about 75% opacity
7. Burned the edges of the photo slightly
8. Re-sized and sharpened for web

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Josh & Mary Grace’s Engagement Portraits

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Meet Josh and Mary Grace! They’re one of the cutest couples I’ve ever seen and soooo in love!

Josh’s Mom is a member of my local Clickin’ Moms group. We’re a bunch of photo-friends who get together once a month or so to have fun and take pictures together.

We held the session in downtown Raleigh and had a blast! I couldn’t believe all the blooms we were finding in DOWNTOWN in FEBRUARY! And I had so many good pictures, I had a hard time narrowing them down.

Here are my faves!










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