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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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Friday, January 29th, 2016

It’s always a nice honor and surprise when I receive a mention or award somewhere! 🙂  Photography Magazine selected me as one of the top newborn baby photographers in North Carolina for 2016.  And a photo of mine was selected for the cover slot.  What a treat for me!

To see more, follow this link:

And what’s a post without a photo? Here’s sweet baby Matthew — a proper, full blog post will be coming for him soon. 🙂

Raleigh Newborn and Baby Photographer Melissa DeVoe


International Contest in Newborn Photography

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Wow, I am so very thrilled and honored to share some great news!! A photo of one of my teeny tiny clients, baby Max, was selected in the 2014 Annual International Contest in Newborn Photography as an Honorable Mention!  There were so many amazing newborn photos from all around the world entered into this contest held by Child Photo Competition, so it’s very exciting that my photo of sweet baby Max grabbed their attention.  This is such an honor for me, and I’m so thankful to the judges!

Here is that photo of precious little Max with his wink and a smile! 🙂

Melissa DeVoe Raleigh Newborn Photographer

And to view all of the other winners of the International Contest in Newborn Photography, please visit the Child Photo Competition site! There are some beautiful photos there!


Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Merry Christmas everyone!  I had to hop on the blog today to share my family’s annual Christmas tree photo.  So many of you ask me about it each year, so I wanted to make sure I got it posted for you all.  This is year number four that I’ve done this portrait, and this year is oh so special, as you can imagine!  With the addition of baby Clarkson to our family, we have a new person in the photo.  🙂  He has just begun to sit up unassisted for a few seconds here and there.  My husband was slightly out of the frame stabilizing Clarkson every time he started to wobble.  I love how it turned out.  Just perfect – our family of THREE little boys.

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Newborn Baby Photographer

And of course I wanted to share each of the past year’s photos.  It’s fun to see how much each of my “big” boys have grown over the years!

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Newborn Baby Photographer

I hope you all have enjoyed your Christmas, and I wish you each a fabulous 2015!




Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!  I wanted to write a quick post to share a few things with all of my lovely clients.  First is my annual Christmas tree photo with my two kids.  I’ve been taking this photo each Christmas for the past three years and I love seeing how much they change each year.  Here is this year’s photo:

Melissa DeVoe Photography Christmas Tree Photo

And here is the past three years photos together as a comparison:

Melissa DeVoe Photography Christmas Tree Photo

The second bit of news I wanted to share is that I’m pregnant!!!  If you have REALLY good eyes you may have noticed the ultrasound picture nestled into this year’s tree.  So this means next year I’ll have another pajama’d kiddo in the photo.  I’ll really have my work cut out for me then!  🙂  Baby #3 is expected this summer.  We’re ecstatic!!

I hope you all have a very happy holiday and spend it with those you love!  Hope to see you all in 2014!  🙂



Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  We had a big house full of company, and it was a blast!  Now it’s back to catching up on work! 🙂

I met baby Mia back in October (still behind on blogging!).  She was six days old for her first photo session.  She has the most gorgeous dark hair!!  So beautiful!  Here are a couple of photos from our time together.

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Durham NC Newborn Baby Photographer

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Durham NC Newborn Baby Photographer

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Durham NC Newborn Baby Photographer

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Durham NC Newborn Baby Photographer

Melissa DeVoe Photography Raleigh Durham NC Newborn Baby Photographer

Melissa is currently booking for Raleigh Durham maternity photography sessions and Raleigh newborn photography sessions in the Raleigh Durham Cary Wake Forest, North Carolina area. Be sure to contact her early to reserve your space!

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Last summer my family and I embarked on a move from our home in Raleigh, NC to a larger home in Wake Forest, NC.  We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to experience reality TV firsthand!  We filmed an episode of House Hunters with HGTV!!!  Never in a million years would I have thought that *we* would be on a reality TV show!  What an amazing time we had, too!!  The whole family got to participate – so there was a lot of footage of my boys being silly (surprise, surprise), footage of us living in our little furnished apartment while we waited to move into our new home, and they captured us walking through three different homes with our realtor Tina Caul, and giving ALL of our opinions.

Well, of course, high on our priority list in our new home, was a functional space for my photography studio!  And thank goodness we found that!  When HGTV came back to Raleigh the second time to film, and to show us all settled into our new home, it was just TWO WEEKS after we moved in.  Talk about an incentive to get unpacked!!!  I’d managed to get my studio mostly set up, but it’s come a long way since the first two weeks.  I featured photos of my newborn studio on the blog recently, so be sure to click over and see what it looks like today!

Raleigh House Hunters Photographer

The entire experience was once in a lifetime.  We were blessed with an amazing crew from HGTV who made us feel comfortable, who were patient with my children (and the dog!), and who liked to have some fun!  What a neat thing for us to be blessed with.  We have HUNDREDS of family/friends/kid’s classmates/acquaintances who have told us they’ll be tuning in to see us.  We’re so excited!!

The air date is Monday, March 4th at 10 p.m. Eastern time, but check your local listings!  Here’s the summary of our episode from the House Hunter’s website:

Here’s a few photos from behind the scenes of our filming, all taken on my trusty iPhone (and therefore awful in the technical department)!  🙂

Raleigh NC House Hunters Newborn Phographer Untitled-2


Melissa is currently booking for Raleigh maternity photography, Raleigh newborn photography and Raleigh child photo sessions in the Raleigh Durham Wake Forest, North Carolina area. Be sure to contact her early to reserve your space!

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013

In August of 2012 my family and I bought a new home in Wake Forest.  During our house hunt, waaaaaaay up high on the list of necessities was a private home studio space for my photography business.  Fortunately, what we found far exceeded my expectations.  My studio is GIGANTIC and I have a space for everything I need.  And then some.  I had fun for the first month or two after we moved in, setting everything up, getting pictures on the walls, organizing my props, buying furniture.  And I’ve dragged my feet long enough in regards to taking and posting photos of my studio.

I really want my clients to know that when they come here for their newborn or baby session, it’s their home away from home.  I’ve got comfortable couches and chairs.  A mini-fridge stocked with water and sodas and juice, as well as plenty of snacks.  I have a separate room with comfortable seating for Mom to nurse in privacy.  A private bathroom.  Cable TV.  Wi-fi.  Everything you’d need to keep yourself busy while I capture portraits of your little one.

So without further adieu, here’s a glimpse at my space!

The last thing on my list to purchase is some storage for these props.  As you can see, right now it’s just a big pile!  I haven’t found anything I’ve liked yet, though!

I’ve managed some good organization to my headbands, hats, blankets and rugs.  I love having it all out where I can see it.  And one of the most commonly asked questions I receive from new clients is, “do you have props?”  Well, I do! I have a wide assortment.  No need to ever purchase anything for a baby session with me!

Here you’ll see my client seating area.  Lots of space to hang out and relax!

You can also see through that far doorway the private nursing room for Moms.  And through a doorway to the right is the restroom.

I always keep lots of albums, frames and birth announcement samples on hand for clients to browse through too.

Here you’ll see, behind the seating area, is the fridge and snacks.  You’ll find these come in handy while you’re hanging out waiting for baby to finish.  And nursing Mommies need their fuel!  🙂

Here’s a little peek at the nursing room for Mommies!

And a spacious restroom.  Ya know, in case you were dying to see what the restroom looked like!  🙂

This next area is my desk where I have frames and color samples stored.  It’s also my packaging station.  I loooove this area!

And lastly, my little nook for storing all of my backdrops!

Thanks for taking a peek at my space!  Hope to have you in here soon!  🙂



Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I wanted to share some information on the importance of printing your portraits from a recommended photo lab.  Below is a side by side comparison of different print labs.  You can easily see that the professional printing lab most closely matches the original (top) image and can therefore be hung in your home and viewed as it was intended by the photographer.  The “cheap” labs don’t even come close.  In fact, the Kodak Easyshare photo on the bottom right sorta makes me shudder.  It’s awful. The colors are bad in all of them, the shadows are bad.  Just all around BAD.

For my clients who have purchased digital files from me – I highly, highly recommend printing those files through a site called  Their lab is extremely close to professional quality.  Otherwise, you’re not doing your portraits any justice! Thanks for listening! 🙂

*images provided by photographybycarlise – a big thank you!


Melissa is currently booking into 2013 for maternity, newborn and child photo sessions in the Raleigh Durham Wake Forest, NC area. Be sure to contact her early to reserve your space!

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2012 Holiday Mini Sessions

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Book SOON for your holiday mini session — there are a limited number available this year.  These are short versions of my normal sessions — designed primarily for those who want a few photos for their holiday cards.  And a perfect and affordable way to get an updated photo of your family or your kids.  Please contact me if you have any questions!  🙂

We’re Nominated! | Raleigh Durham Child Photographer

Monday, May 14th, 2012

What an honor it is to be nominated for Favorite Family Photographer by the local organization Triangle Moms on Main!  Two years in a row, how exciting!

I’d love your vote in that category, and be sure to vote for your other favorite local businesses!  Just follow the link below — it takes just a moment to complete.  Thanks so much!  🙂


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