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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.

You can reach Melissa at melissadevoephotography@gmail.com.

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Archive: October, 2018



Baby Emerson | RALEIGH WAKE FOREST NC NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Before we get to little Emerson’s newborn session share, I wanted to touch on the topic of family and sibling photos during newborn sessions.  I currently have two different newborn session options – mini sessions and full sessions.  The mini is the quick, no-fuss option.  A shorter session with time for baby photos only, and just one price for the session and a digital download of the photos.  The full session gives us plenty of time to get family photos and/or photos with any big brothers and sisters, as well as lots of different options for prints, digital files, or products to purchase after the session.

I get asked a lot what clients should wear for their family photo, and my preference is that folks always wear something simple.  You don’t want a lot of bright colors, patterns, florals, etc. that will go out of style in a few years.  A simple, neutral colored top (think cream, grey, white, black, or soft colors) with basic jeans or pants is ideal.  We’ll swaddle baby in a basic wrap, or go nude for some sweet skin shots.  The simpler we keep everything, the better the photo will be.  Of course, this is just my personal preference for the style of your photos!  You are more than welcome to wear whatever you think represents you and your family the best!

And now onto this sweet baby girl named Emerson.  This is another family where I was fortunate to photograph the older sibling as a baby, and as he got older (back when I still offered family sessions).  And as always, I’m so delighted to welcome back past clients into my Wake Forest, NC newborn studio for another baby session!  Emerson was gorgeous, and I love all of the family and sibling photos we did that day.  Here are a few of my favorites!

We can create beautiful newborn art together!  If you would like to schedule your new baby for a photo session, please let me know.  I can be reached through e-mail, or through the contact form on my website (link below) to book your photo session.  Thank you so much!

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Baby Katherine | RALEIGH DURHAM NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

I have another beautiful baby girl to feature today!  But I first wanted to touch on something I get asked by parents a lot before their newborn sessions: “how should we prep the baby?”  There are a few tips I give new parents to answer this question, because the goal for each session is to have a baby who is sleepy, and whose tummy is full.  That’s really the secret to great newborn photos!

So, let’s tackle the sleepy issue.  If a baby sleeps at home all morning before the session, then it’s more likely they’ll be rested up and awake during their session.  So the trick to make sure this doesn’t happen, is simply to do what you can to keep them awake for a little while before you leave for the session!  Sometimes babies can be hard to wake up (which isn’t usually something I’d call a problem, unless you’re about to come see me for a session!).  If your baby is super sleepy and not easy to keep awake, you can try giving them a bath, or maybe even just undressing them and changing their diaper to stimulate them.  Wipe them with a wipe on their bottom and they’re usually WIDE awake!

The second thing we want to accomplish is to have baby come with a full tummy.  So this seems like a no-brainer… feed the baby right before you leave, right?  Well YES!  But it’s actually more than that.  Some newborn babies wake every hour in need of a feed.  The trick to making sure that doesn’t happen during your session is to feed them a LOT during the 24 hours before your session.  For example, I recently had someone whose baby was really hungry and wide awake for most of their session.  I wasn’t surprised when the mom told me her baby had slept through the night with no feedings the night before.  So, wake that baby up if they’re going on more than 3 hours without a feeding.  Most doctors advise to feed newborns at least every 3 hours, so make sure to follow that rule the entire day and night prior to your session.  Then they’re more likely to have a longer sleepy stretch during their newborn session.  And all of this ensures we can get as many poses and setups done during a session as possible.  And more setups = more pictures = more cuteness!!

So that’s my two cents for getting that baby ready for his or her big photo debut!

And last but not least is baby Katherine!  Such a cutie who came in for a newborn mini-session in my Wake Forest studio (more details on the mini-session available on my website!).  Loved her sweet little smiles she gave me, and her amazing hair!

If you have a newborn or are expecting one soon, and you’re located in the Raleigh Durham Wake Forest, NC area and would like some beautiful art of your baby, please contact me!  I can be reached through e-mail, or through my contact form on my website (link below) to book your photo session.  Thank you so much!

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Baby Piper | RALEIGH DURHAM NC NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Little baby Piper was the second baby I’ve photographed for this family, and I was elated to see them again and meet their newest little one!  I adore the name Piper – such a cute choice of name.  And I believe this is the first baby named Piper I’ve ever photographed!  Piper’s session was so amazing.  She was so sleepy and curly, and we created some beautiful art for her family.

If you have a newborn or are expecting, and are in the Raleigh Durham Wake Forest, NC area and would like some beautiful art of your baby, please contact me!  I can be reached through e-mail, or through my contact form on my website (link below) to book your photo session.  Thank you so much!

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