Melissa Anne Photography

Baby Photographer Birmingham Michigan-Sneak Peek | Melissa Anne Photography

Being a baby photographer is the best “job” ever!

Don’t get me wrong, it is very hard work, but just look at this sweet little peanut!

Those lips….ahhh!


These sweet babies make all the hard work of owning a business worth it!


I am LOVING these dark colors lately!


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Melissa specializes in maternity and newborn portraits in

Birmingham, Michigan and surrounding areas





Baby Photography Session | Troy, Michigan | Melissa Anne Photography

Baby Photography Session


Sometimes I have to pinch myself!  All the babies that come into the studio are just SO stinkin’ adorable!!  My job is the best!  I get to have fun with these adorable little peanuts!

Odin was such a sweet little guy and he was extremely good to us, letting us pose him and didn’t mind being changed into different outfits or being wrapped!  He had PERFECT hair!  I mean, he just came out with PERFECT hair!  Mom & Dad think he is pretty special and even though I would have kept him, they really like him, so home he went!


Congratulations and welcome to the world Baby Odin!!



Melissa is a Troy, Michigan based newborn, maternity and family photographer.

She specializes in creating beautiful images and an amazing experience.



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Southeast Michigan Newborn Photographer | Baby Jay | Melissa Anne Photography



Baby Jay was the 10th baby of 2019 and the 6th boy!

He completely stole my heart!  He was so sweet and sleepy.

He slept so good and only woke up at the very end of the session.

I just LOVE his pouty lips!

Dad kept singing the baby shark song with Baby Jay instead of Baby Shark, and the whole entire time I was editing I was singing “baby Jay do do do doo doo do”!



Melissa is an award-winning newborn, maternity and baby’s first year photographer based in Troy, Michigan.

She also loves to photograph engagement and family portraits.

You can contact her here for more information and to have a custom photo session!


Michigan Newborn Photographer | Baby Ellie

Beautiful Baby Elli Rose was in the studio last week and she was SO good to us!  She slept most of the session and we got to do so many different setups and poses with her!  She also smiled a ton!

Mom wanted soft pinks, creams and neutrals and she looked so sweet in pink!

Ellie was the 12th baby of 2019 and the 5th girl!

We had such a stretch of baby boys, I was so excited to get out all the headbands and girly stuff!




Melissa specializes in styled, posed newborn sessions in her Troy, Michigan studio and also

on location maternity sessions and baby’s first year portraits.

Contact her to schedule your session!





Newborn Photo Session Safety | Troy Michigan Photographer

Let’s talk about newborn photo session safety!  It is top of my list for every session that includes a baby.  There is always an easier way to do poses, but why risk the safety of the baby to get the shot?  A little extra time keeps the baby comfortable and safe.  I have trained extensively in this area and am also a certified medical assistant with 20 years of experience working with babies, not to mention a mother.   I know as a mother, I would not want to harm my baby to get a certain photo.  So how do I practice safety when some of the poses look anything but safe?

First, all of my sessions are done with my wonderful assistant, Jackie, who also happens to be my step daughter!  She has been trained in newborn safety and has assisted me on many sessions over the last year and a half.   If she is not with me, there are certain poses that will not be attempted.  I will never put a baby’s safety in jeopardy just to get a shot.  Safety always comes first in my studio.  There unfortunately have been photographers that have hurt baby’s trying to do something that they saw online, but have not been trained on.  The pose below, with baby’s chin in his hands, is actually a composite of 2 images safely done with baby’s head and hands being supported at all times.  Some babies will not go into that pose and in that case it is not attempted!



Holding baby’s head


Holding baby’s wrists


Final edited image


Another example of head in hands pose


There is a lot more that goes into this pose that every photographer should know before attempting it.  I am not going to go into all of that in this post….but if you are a photographer, please make sure you are trained correctly on doing this pose and if you are thinking of attempting this pose, make sure you are trained and have an assistant that is also trained!  I DO NOT recommend doing this pose unless you have been fully trained by an expert!!

Secondly, I watch babies extremities.  Babies are VERY delicate and can not tell you when something doesn’t feel right, but they can cry, fuss,and fidget.   Sometimes wrapping a baby too tightly can turn their little hands red, purple or blue.  It is important to watch for these color changes and know when their circulation is being compromised.  Babies circulation system is not completely working properly yet, so some babies already have purplish hands and feet, but if their extremities are cold and are turning a color that they weren’t before wrapping, or posing, you need to be aware and stop the pose or unwrap baby immediately.

I almost always start my sessions by wrapping baby and doing parent photos with baby.  These are fairly quick photos and babies usually love being wrapped (not ALL do, but the majority do!)  This gets baby comfy and cozy and we get parents done so they can kick back and relax!  I then will do some photos of baby wrapped in props or on the beanbag.  I am always watching their hands for color changes and loss of warmth.  As we get further into the session, I start unwrapping baby and capturing poses of them in simple poses on my beanbag.  I have a heater going that is not too close to baby and is watched closely to avoid baby getting over heated during the session.


Another pose that I always need an assistant for would be the chair and bucket poses.  My assistant is always within arms reach of baby and we sometimes do these as composites if necessary.


The main thing as a parent searching for a newborn photographer is to make sure that the photographer is trained in the safety of newborns.  I feel like unfortunately that gets overlooked during the search for a photographer and it really is so important to make sure that the person you are hiring and trusting with your new baby, is qualified to handle them in the manner which we need to for newborn photos.

So, now you know a little more about my newborn photo sessions and some of the safety precautions I take during all of my newborn sessions.  There are many more things that I watch for, but the most important thing that you should know is that I take the safety of all my little clients very seriously.  They are the most important person in the studio during their session and they will lead me throughout the sessions.

Please feel free to ask me any questions about my newborn sessions or safety!


Melissa is a photographer based in southeast Michigan specializing in newborn, baby’s first year, family and maternity photos.  She has 8 years experience and is a certified medical assistant for over 20 years with CPR certification


To inquire about a newborn session with Melissa click here

Baby Jay Photo Session | Sneak Peek

Baby Jay was in the studio this morning and he was so adorable!!

He was 8 pounds 11 ounces when he was born and had the sweetest little lips and cheeks!

Want to see how we did this pose?




Ta-dah!  Newborn safety is always first!  More on newborn safety on the next blog post!


Welcome to the world, baby Jay!



Melissa has been a portrait photographer for 8 years, specializing in baby’s first year, families and maternity.

Her studio is conveniently located in Southeast Michigan.


Contact us here for session info!


Newborn Photo Session | Troy Michigan Photographer

Baby Benjamin came in for his newborn photo session this week and what a doll he was!  He was 7 days old at his session.  He slept almost the entire time and let us do all the poses we wanted!

Mom brought in the adorable fishing gear.  Isn’t is so cute!

When you book a newborn photo session with Melissa Anne Photography, you have access to all of our props and outfits, and backdrops in your choice of colors for parent photos and baby on the beanbag.  Newborn photo sessions are fully customized with the items and colors you want in your photos.  You are always welcome to bring in items that are special to you, family heirlooms, or items that you would like to use to create the story of your little one!  You do not necessarily have to buy items and in our consultation and during planning, we can determine if their are items or a theme that you want to incorporate into your baby’s newborn photo session!



Welcome to the world, Benjamin!

Thank you for being so awesome and earning the title of ROCKSTAR for March!



Melissa is a newborn photographer based in Southeast Michigan and has been trained in newborn safety and newborn photography.

She specializes in newborns, baby’s first year, maternity and family photography.

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Twin Boys Newborn Photo Session | Troy Michigan Photographer

Twin Boys Newborn Photo Session


EEKKKK!!  I was SO completely excited when these gorgeous twin boys Mom contacted me wanting a newborn session!

I had a streak of girls so far in 2019, so these guys broke the streak and were double the sweetness!  They were my 5th & 6th babies, my 2nd & 3rd boys and first set of twins of 2019!

They are fraternal twins and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart, because they do look alike, but after about a half hour, I could tell them apart easily.

They have two older brothers too, so Mom has a complete boy tribe, which I think is AWESOME!



Aren’t they just the cutest?!?!


We do not charge extra for multiples!

AND…with enough notice I can create setups with matching or coordinating outfits! (OMG!)



Contact me here for more information on a newborn session experience with Melissa Anne Photography!



Melissa has 8 years experience working with newborns, children and families in the Metro-Detroit area.

Her studio is based in Troy, Michigan and serves Oakland and Genesee Counties.




Grand Blanc Newborn Photographer | Lucy

Grand Blanc Michigan Newborn Photographer


Miss Lucy was my 4th newborn for 2019 and 3rd girl!

She was such a sweetheart and slept most of the session.

I just LOVE the photos of her with her parents!


Grand Blanc Michigan Newborn Photographer Lucy

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Welcome to the world little Lucy!

I can’t wait to see you for your next session!!



Melissa is a photographer based in Troy, MI specializing in newborn, maternity,

baby’s first year and family portraits.



Contact Melissa here to get info or to schedule your session!

Pink and Gold Cake Smash | Metro Detroit Michigan Photographer

Pink and Gold Cake Smash in Metro-Detroit

Pink and Gold Cake Smash time!  They are my favorite!!  It brings out my princess side…I mean who doesn’t love a little bit of bling?

Miss Veronika has been coming to me since she was a newborn and I just can’t believe she is already 1 year old!  She was born on Valentine’s Day 2018, so we had to incorporate some hearts too!  She did not like being messy at all, but loved the washtub and her music!


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 cake-smash-pink-and-gold-girl-melissa-anne-photography-michigan-photographerHappy 1st Birthday, Veronika!!



 Cake by: The Bakery Waterford

Melissa is a photographer based in Troy, Michigan in Metro Detroit specializing in newborns, maternity and families.

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