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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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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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Baby Sutton | RALEIGH DURHAM NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Oh sweet little Sutton.  What a gorgeous name for a gorgeous baby!  Sutton’s mommy opted for a mini newborn session – which is my newest session offering.  One hour of as many poses as we can squeeze in!  Little Sutton cooperated so nicely and we got SO many great photos.  Yes, aaaaall of these poses (and even a bunch more than shown here) were from a mini newborn session. I find that I can usually over deliver on these sessions as long as the baby is kept awake a little before the session, and arrives with a full belly.  Then they’ll sleep so soundly for the hour, and we can get in lots of setups.  Sutton’s mommy sure delivered – she was out like a light!  If you’d like more info on a mini newborn session, please reach out!  I love doing these.

Here are my favorites!  🙂

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

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Baby Sid | RALEIGH DURHAM BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

I can’t get over what a beautiful baby little Sid is!  And his name totally matches him!  Sid’s daddy is in the Army and they requested camouflage and some Army shots, and they brought along some of Dad’s Army hats and dog tags.  The result was adorable on him.  There is just so much cuteness in this session!  I loved every minute with this family, and I was thrilled to personalize this session for Daddy.  The photo where Sid is smiling with Daddy’s hat and dog tags is my favorite.  And the cute little teddy bear shots are precious too – I get requested to do those almost every session and they’re always favorites of mine and the parents.  Too many favorites to even mention them all!  So here are some of the highlights from Sid’s Raleigh newborn photo session.

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

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Baby Cooper | RALEIGH NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Another baby boy to share with you all!  Soooo many baby boys lately!  This is little Cooper at just nine days old.  He is the third baby I’ve photographed for this family.  They’ve had two girls, and have now finally added a baby boy to the mix!  His mommy has had to go from pink everything to blue this time around!  It really means a lot to me to have families coming back to me again and again as they expand.  I love to meet the new additions and to see how the older kids have grown.  Little Cooper looks a lot like his older sisters did as newborns.

One of my favorite things about Cooper was his crazy amazing dimples when he’d flash a smile.  I mean, they don’t even look real, they’re just too much!  I loved them.  And seeing how adored he was by his big sisters was just so sweet.  You may notice we did a lot of wrapped shots on Cooper, because it was the only way he was happy during his session.  He just likes to be snuggled all the time!  And his pictures are just way too cute, so it was all good!  Here’s all of my favorites from baby Cooper’s newborn session in Wake Forest, NC.

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

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BABY STELLA | RALEIGH WAKE FOREST NC NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Happy July everyone!  I’m right in the thick of summer vacation with my little boys.  Trying to work my way through blogging and social media shares during our summer vacation, though!!  If any of you are on Instagram, I post a lot of session photos there, so please follow me at http://www.instagram.com/melissadevoephotography

Sweet little Stella is today’s feature for the blog.  Her Mommy asked for some grays and purples, which are two colors I love and have fun using!  Baby Stella was such a tiny little sweetheart for her newborn photo session.  I absolutely loved her in my little baby bed, especially that big huge yawn she gave me!!! It’s soooo cute!!  Check out all of my favorites of baby Stella below, taken in my Raleigh newborn photography studio.

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

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Baby Emma | RALEIGH DURHAM WAKE FOREST NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The very sweet little Emma is next up on the blog!  She came for her newborn photo session at a perfect 2 weeks old, and she was wonderful and sleepy! I was so excited to see Emma’s family again after photographing maternity portraits for them in 2015, as well as newborn photos for their first baby that fall.  You may remember the cute baby Joseph, and now they have a sweet little girl to round out their family!  For Joseph’s newborn portraits, we used my little blue bed, and so we pulled it out again for little Emma.  I think it turned out SO cute! Here are aaaaall of my many favorites from Emma’s Raleigh newborn session!

 

If you’re expecting in the Raleigh Durham Wake Forest, North Carolina area and would like some photos of your newborn baby, please contact me!  I can be reached through e-mail, or contact me through my contact form on my website (link below) to discuss or book your session.  Thank you so much!

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Baby Ivy | RALEIGH WAKE FOREST NC NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

Friday, March 24th, 2017

This next little lady has the most beautiful name, Ivy.  She came to see me for her Raleigh newborn photo session when she was three weeks old. She was born back in November, and her parents asked for some Christmas set-ups, so we did a few really cute ones.  I just loved baby Ivy in front of the twinkly lights backdrop and between the tiny Christmas trees.  She was absolutely perfect and had a beautiful head of hair.  Everything I put on her looked gorgeous on her!  She is a stunning baby girl!  Here are my favorites!

 

If you’re expecting in the Raleigh – Durham – Wake Forest – North Carolina area and would like some photos of your newborn baby, please contact me!  I can be reached through e-mail, or contact me through my contact form on my website (link below) to discuss or book your session.  Thank you so much!

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Baby Declan | RALEIGH WAKE FOREST NC NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

I have such a special session to share with you all today.  And I’m long overdue in posting it! This little guy is baby Declan, and he’s the son of a sweet friend of mine, who is also a photographer.  I was lucky enough to photograph her older daughter, Arden, and you all may have seen some of the many fun photo shoots we did with Arden back during her first year.  Well, now they’ve added a baby boy to their family and my gosh, he’s precious!!  We decided to do some “extras” for Declan’s shoot, and we added an outdoor session onto the regular in-studio newborn session.  And as you can see, we did these last summer (I did say I was behind on blogging, right?!), and the warm temperatures were perfect for Declan to be posed in all these cute photos outdoors!  We had so much fun, and he was a very sleepy, willing participant!  Some of these outdoor shots are among my most favorite photos ever.  Here is a peek at Declan’s newborn session!

If you’re expecting in the Raleigh – Durham – Wake Forest – North Carolina area and would like some photos of your newborn baby, please contact me!  I can be reached through e-mail, or contact me through my contact form on my website (link below) to discuss or book your session.  Thank you so much!

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Baby Wesley | RALEIGH WAKE FOREST NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

This absolutely adorable baby boy is Wesley! I was so excited for his session so I could see his sweet family again. I had the honor of photographing Wesley’s older brother – both his newborn photos and throughout his first year.  So I was delighted when I learned they were expecting another baby boy.  Wesley’s Mommy said she really wanted the head-in-hands shot (aka the froggy pose as we photographers like to call it).  So not only did baby Wesley totally nail that shot, he even gave a perfect grin to make it all the more adorable for his Mommy.  I can tell he’s going to be a well behaved child!! 🙂  Here’s my favorites from Wesley’s Raleigh newborn photo session!

 

If you’re expecting in the Raleigh – Durham – Wake Forest – North Carolina area and would like some photos of your newborn baby, please contact me!  I can be reached through e-mail, or contact me through my contact form on my website (link below) to discuss or book your session.  Thank you so much!

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